Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 26, 2013

Sports in Brief: 02/26/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Boyne City’s Wellman qualifies for nationals

GRAND RAPIDS — Boyne City’s Madison Wellman of Boyne City qualified for nationals in snow board cross during a competition at Cannonsburg Ski Resort in Grand Rapids.

The 14-year-old will compete March 30 in Copper Mountain, Colo., against the best young snow boarders from around the country.

Snow board cross is an Olympic event where four to five competitors start at the same time at the top of the course and race to the bottom around banked turns, jumps and race gates.

TCSF’s Hennrick second at hepthalon

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Traverse City St. Francis grad Taylor Hennrick took second in the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships heptathlon.

The Detroit Mercy senior was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.75, third at both 60 and 1,000 meters, fourth in high jump, and second in pole vault, long jump and shot put.

Wings sign Lashoff to 3-year, $2.175M deal

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year, $2.175 million contract.

The team announced the move Monday.

Lashoff has a goal and two assists in 15 games this season, his first in the NHL. The 22-year-old native of Albany, N.Y., has made the most of his opportunities to fill in for banged-up defenseman in Detroit.

The undrafted free agent played in 36 games during the NHL lockout with the Grand Rapids Griffins after playing all of last season with the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate.

NFL prospect from Utah has heart ailment

INDIANAPOLIS — Top draft prospect Star Lotulelei will undergo more extensive heart tests when he returns to Utah.

Doctors at the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis found the star defensive tackle and likely high pick has a heart condition, Lotulelei’s agent, Bruce Tollner, confirmed in a series of emails with The Associated Press on Monday.

Tollner said Lotulelei would not take questions regarding the diagnosis yet. But the 6-foot-2, 311-pound defensive tackle still plans to do a full workout in front of scouts at his regularly scheduled Pro Day on March 20. The Tonga native was scheduled to fly to Utah on Monday night, Tollner said.

ESPN first reported Lotulelei has a left ventricle that is not operating at maximum capacity.

Lotulelei’s professional future could depend heavily on what doctors find.

AP source: Brady gets 3-year extension

Tom Brady will be a Patriot until he is 40 years old.

Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension with New England on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team, which has several younger players it needs to re-sign or negotiate new deals with.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the extension has not been announced.

Sports Illustrated first reported the extension.

The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least five more years.

A three-time Super Bowl champion, Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks.