Friday's local pro sports roundup: Phoebus grad Adibi signs with CFL's Saskatchewan team; Admirals ousted

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Former Phoebus High and Virginia Tech defensive standout Xavier Adibi signed with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Adibi -- 6-foot-2 and 242 pounds -- spent five seasons in the NFL, totaling 70 tackles and forcing two fumbles in 44 regular-season games. The former all-state and All-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker came up with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2008.

Also signing with Saskatchewan were defensive back Donnie Fletcher and linebacker Adrian Moten.


The Norfolk Admirals’ playoff run ended with a 5-2 loss at St. John’s, which won their AHL Eastern Conference semifinal four victories to two.

The IceCaps took the lead to stay in the second period, then scored two goals in 41 seconds early in the third period -- by Andrew Gordon and Ben Chiarot -- to take control.

Andre Petersson, the Admirals' overtime hero in Game 5 at Scope Arena, and defenseman Steve Eminger each netted tying goals for Norfolk. But Kyle MacKinnon's rebound goal put the IceCaps ahead 3-2 with just less than three minutes to go in the middle period.

Michael Hutchinson (7-3 in this year's playoffs) stopped 26 of 28 shots for the series-clinching win, while losing goalie Brad Thiessen finished with 34 saves on the evening.

After goalie John Gibson was promoted to the Anaheim Ducks, the Admirals lost three of four with Thiessen in net.

Gibson helped Anaheim with three wins in their Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal against Los Angeles, but he was pulled from the net Friday in Game 7 after yielding four goals in the first 23 minutes.


International League:

Norfolk lost 7-4 to Louisville before 4,544 at Harbor Park, as Tides starter Mike Wright gave up for seven runs in four innings.

But the Tides (14-27) will receive the services of former MLB All-Star reliever Heath Bell, whom the Orioles signed.

The Bats' Argenis Diaz was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, while veteran leadoff man Jason Bourgeois was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

For the Tides, Xavier Paul was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Brett Wallace and Buck Britton -- on his 28th birthday -- had two hits apiece.

Eastern League:

Angel Villalona’s two-run single to left field in the third inning led Richmond (20-18) to a 2-1 series-opening win at Altoona.

Kyle Crick, one of San Francisco's top prospects, limited the Curve -- Pittsburgh's Double-A franchise -- to no runs and two hits in six innings for the win.

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