Sports Briefs122

Posted Dec. 02, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.

Bangor High hosting preseason tourney Saturday

BANGOR — The annual Bangor Invitational will be held Saturday at Red Barry Gym with Bangor High School hosting preseason boys basketball games featuring Cony of Augusta, Deering of Portland and Portland.

Cony and Deering will tip off the tourney at noon, followed by Bangor vs. Deering at 1:30 p.m., Cony vs. Portland at 3 p.m. and Bangor vs. Portland at 4:30 p.m.

Suh’s 2-game suspension upheld by NFL

NEW YORK — The suspension stands, and that means Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will sit out the next two games for stomping an opponent during a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Suh’s appeal of the suspension handed out earlier this week was denied Friday by Art Shell, jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ association to hear such cases. Suh will miss Sunday’s game at New Orleans and a Dec. 11 home game against Minnesota. He can return for practice on Dec. 12.

The 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year was penalized and ejected from the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers for stomping on the arm of guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. On Tuesday, the league suspended Suh and the player appealed.

Shell, however, saw no merits to the appeal during a conference call with Suh on Thursday.

Lions president Tom Lewand issued a statement saying the club respects the disciplinary process and added “obviously, today’s ruling does not impact our preparations for this week’s game. We remain exclusively focused on the New Orleans Saints.”

Usually, a hearing is held within 10 days of an appeal, but the league expedited Suh’s high-profile case so a decision could be made before Sunday’s game.

Suh is barred from practice and the team’s facility while suspended.

Falcons’ Meier fined for hit to the head

NEW YORK — Atlanta wide receiver Kerry Meier has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for his illegal blindside block to the head area of Minnesota long snapper Cullen Loeffler last Sunday.

Loeffler broke a bone in his lower back on the hit in the second quarter and is out for the season.

Washington’s Stephen Bowen and Seattle’s K.J. Wright were each fined $15,000 on Friday for roughing the passer penalties last Sunday. Neither of the players’ hits were called as penalties during the game.

Bowen was fined for lowering his head and striking Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with his helmet in the fourth quarter. Wright’s was a result of hitting Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman in the neck area in the second quarter.

Bode Miller takes World Cup downhill

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Bode Miller aggressively tore down the demanding course as only he can.

His poles were swinging wildly in all directions, his body was smacking gates, his skis were all over the place and his form was far from textbook.

When he reached the bottom and saw his time, Miller pumped his fist several times, not so much out of satisfaction as a sense of relief that he was safely down.

That’s how many risks he took to capture a World Cup downhill on a challenging Birds of Prey course on Friday.

Miller held nothing back as he finished in a time 1 minute, 43.82 seconds, holding off Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.04 seconds. Klaus Kroell of Austria was third.

Miller took an aggressive line only he would dare attempt and executed it to near perfection to pick up his 33rd World Cup win. It also was his third downhill victory on this course.

Lindsey Vonn wins World Cup downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup women’s downhill Friday at Lake Louise for her ninth career victory at the resort.

The American star finished in 1 minute, 53.19 seconds to beat Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather by 1.95 seconds. Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin was third in 1:55.29.

Vonn has won at least one race at Lake Louise in eight straight years.

Another downhill is scheduled for Saturday and a super-G is set for Sunday.

Capuano, Dodgers agree to 2-year deal

LOS ANGELES — Left-hander Chris Capuano and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed Friday to a $10 million, two-year contract.

Capuano will get $3 million next year and $6 million in 2013. The deal includes a $6 million mutual option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.

After recovering from elbow-ligament replacement surgery, the 34-year-old was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA for the New York Mets this year, striking 168 in 186 innings over 31 starts. He had a $1.5 million base salary and earned an additional $2,425,000 in performance bonuses.

Capuano has 57-64 record with a 4.39 ERA in seven big league seasons for Arizona, Milwaukee and the Mets.

His biggest success came in 2005 and 2006 with the Brewers. He won a career-best 18 games in 2005 and had a 3.99 ERA while making a career-high 35 starts. The following year, Capuano went 11-12 with a 4.03 ERA and made the NL All-Star team.

Omar Minaya becomes Padres vice president

NEW YORK — Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya has been hired by the San Diego Padres as senior vice president of baseball operations.

Minaya will work for new Padres general manager Josh Byrnes and will remain based in New Jersey, his longtime home. He was general manager of the Montreal Expos from February 2002 until September 2004, when he became GM of the Mets. New York fired him after the 2010 season.

Byrnes said Friday “his experience, knowledge, evaluative skills and connections throughout the industry will be invaluable for us.”

Minaya’s salary will be offset from the approximately $1.4 million the Mets owe him next year in the final season of his contract.

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