EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 6, 2013

Sports In A Minute

By Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Broken tooth sidelines Oppenheim

If you’ve been checking the Web.com Tour results the last month or so you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with Andover native Rob Oppeheim, who missed three cuts in four tournaments, making only $2,310 not to mention he’s not playing this weekend’s Brasil Classic in San Pao, Brazil.

Oppenheim broke his tooth while eating a nut in Panama, during the first tournament of the season. He couldn’t get it repaired until he got home.

Well, that got infected and a twitch developed in the eye above the tooth.

“The dentist thought that it would be all set a few weeks ago, but he wouldn’t put the crown while the infection continued,” said Jim Oppenheim, Rob’s father.

Oppenheim had a root canal yesterday and expects to return to action next week at the WNB Classic in Midland, Tex.

Student buses headed for Pittsburgh

The UMass Lowell Division of Student Affairs is sponsoring a great deal for students who want to attend the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh beginning on Thursday.

UMass Lowell, which is coming off back-to-back weekends with winning the Hockey East Tournament at the T.D. Garden and then the Div. 1 NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., will be playing in the Frozen Four with Yale, Quinnipiac and St. Cloud.

The student bus trip includes tickets to the games on Thursday and Saturday, one seat on the bus and up to two nights at the Residence Inn (four students per room) for only $150.

Two coach buses will depart from campus at midnight on Wednesday night headed for Pittsburgh. The bus will return to the Lowell campus after the UMass Lowell run is complete.

Patriots have 5 picks

With the NFL Draft nearing on April 25 (through April 27) we figured we would update you on their selections.

They will drafted in the 29th spot in the first, second and third rounds. As of now, they will wait until the 20th selection of the 7th round, 226th overall (from Tampa), and then nine picks later at the 29th spot in the 7th round.

The Patriots traded away their fourth round (Tampa), fifth round (Washington) and sixth round (Cincinnati).

The guess here is the Patriots will trade back in the first and second rounds to acquire a third and fourth round pick.

Bet you didn’t know ...

Red Sox rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. has driven in a run in each of the Sox first three games, his first career major league action.

Since “RBI” became an official stat in 1920, the only other Red Sox player to drive in a run in each of his first three big league games was Jim Rice.

Big triathlon coming in June

Registration is open for the fourth annual Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon to be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at YMCA Camp Sargent in Merrimack, N.H.

Presented by the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise and the YMCA of Greater Nashua, this triathlon attracts more than 450 athletes each year. First time triathletes are encouraged to make their start at this event, which raises money for two child-serving agencies the Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County and the YMCA Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

The event consists of a 1/3 mile swim in picturesque Lake Naticook, a 16-mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile (5K) run through the streets of Merrimack. For more information about the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon or to register for the event, please visit our website at www.nashuatri.com.

Fun run for kids

The YMCA of the North Shore kicks off its 2013 road race series with two “fun run” events: Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla 5k road in Ipswich on April 13 and the Ring Around the Neck 5-mile road race in Marblehead on April 21.

Both events also feature children’s fun runs for kids to join in on the fun of being active.

“Our motto is that we run as a community for the community – and that’s the truth. Our events bring people together to accomplish their individual goals through the strength of the community,” said Barbara Berry, coordinator of the Road Race Series.