Briefs: Naomi Graves wins No. 400 for Springfield College

Monday, December 04, 2017
Naomi Graves wins No. 400 for Pride

Springfield College women’s basketball coach Naomi Graves earned her 400th victory for the Pride Saturday, when Springfield beat Wellesley, 51-29.

Graves, who grew up in Williamsburg, holds a 400-301 record over 27 seasons in Springfield.

Graves graduated from Hampshire Regional where she scored 2,137 points and led the program to four state championships. She was named an All-American her senior year.

Baseball umpire classes being held

The Hampshire Franklin Baseball Umpires Association will conduct an instructional course for prospective umpires on eight Sundays during January, February and March.

The first class will take place on Jan. 14. The classes are held at Deerfield Elementary School. Classes are usually held during the evening.

HFBUA members umpire high school baseball games in Hampshire and Franklin counties during April and May. Members must be over 18 years old and must pass both a national background check and a rules examination.

The cost of the course is $50. Candidates will receive a rules book and manual at no additional cost. For more information, contact Artie Burke at 863-2452 or AEBurke11@verizon.net.

Hernandez lawyers want separate suits

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for the estate of late NFL star Aaron Hernandez are trying to prevent a $20 million lawsuit against the National Football League from being merged with a wider class-action suit addressing former NFL players’ head injuries.

The Boston Herald reports that the NFL and co-defendants are asking a federal judge to temporarily stay proceedings in Hernandez’s case, which was filed in state court on behalf of his 5-year-old daughter.

The defendants say there’s nothing unique about Hernandez daughter’s case to warrant a separate trial.

The child’s lawyers want her case tried in a state court, arguing their claim is for loss of parental consortium.

Hernandez was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy after taking his own life in prison in April, where he was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.

Thornburg, Red Sox agree to 1-year deal

BOSTON (AP) — Right-hander Tyler Thornburg and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and matched his 2017 salary.

The 29-year-old missed last season with a right shoulder impingement after the Red Sox acquired him from Milwaukee on Dec. 6. He was 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA in his five-year career with the Brewers.

The agreement announced Monday left the Red Sox with 12 players eligible for arbitration, including infielders Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts; catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez; outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr.; and pitchers Joe Kelly, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Carson Smith, Brandon Workman, and Steven Wright.

Players and teams exchange proposed figures on Jan. 12.

Baker supports PawSox to CMass

WORCESTER (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has made his first indication that he supports moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island to Worcester.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Baker said he believes Worcester has an opportunity and the state will do what it can to help. He made the comments last week to the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Republican governor said after the speech Friday that state assistance could come through infrastructure and public investment, such as what is done for housing projects or commercial development. He did not specify a dollar amount.

Rhode Island officials are considering an $83 million proposal to build a new stadium in Pawtucket for the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but Worcester is also interested.