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Sports briefs for March 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Brewer road race cancelled

BREWER — The Chamberlain Half Marathon and 5K Road Race scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to poor road conditions.

Those seeking more information on the event may email: ChamberlainMarch2014@yahoo.com.

Swede Backstrom to get ice hockey silver medal

Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal despite being forced to miss last month’s final in Sochi due to a doping offence, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.

Although the IOC did not confirm at the time that Backstrom had failed a drugs test, Swedish officials pulled him out of the final after being told that he had been shown to be carrying a high level of the stimulant pseudoephedrine.

The IOC was criticised for its handling of the case and Sweden lost the final 3-0 to Canada.

Backstrom, one of Sweden’s top players, said he had taken the same medication for years to help treat nasal and sinus congestion while team officials felt his absence affected their chances at winning the gold medal.

An IOC Disciplinary Commission found that the 26-year-old Backstrom’s provisional suspension was justified due to the presence of excess PSE.

It decided, however, that Backstrom could receive his medal because he had been co-operative, had taken the medication following advice from the team doctor and had not intended to improve his performance.

Knicks close to finalizing Jackson deal

Phil Jackson’s deal to become president of the New York Knicks was expected to be finalized Friday, according to ESPN.

Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, is reportedly working out the details of the contract with the Knicks in Los Angeles. The reported deal is expected to pay Jackson $12 million per year.

Team officials are making plans to schedule a press conference for early next week in New York.

Jackson will be in charge of the Knicks’ basketball operations. However, general manager Steve Mills will reportedly continue to have a significant role in the team’s front office.

Jackson is expected to split time between New York and Los Angeles while running the team. He won a record 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1990s and 2000s.

Twins, Perkins agree to contract extension

The Minnesota Twins restructured the contract of closer Glen Perkins, who agreed to terms on a new four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The new deal covers the 2014 through 2017 seasons.

Perkins had been under contract through the 2015 season before agreeing to the extension.

He will now earn $4.025 million in 2014, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The deal also includes a $6.5 million club option for the 2018 season.

Perkins, 31, was 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA last season, when he recorded 36 saves in 40 save opportunities.

Cubs’ Castro now out indefinitely

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro’s return to action has been delayed because of fluid in his leg from a hamstring injury, and now there is no timetable for when he might be ready to play, ESPNChicago.com reported Friday.

When Castro suffered his hamstring injury on March 2, the Cubs said Castro would be out of the lineup for seven to 10 days.

On Friday morning, however, manager Rick Renteria said it will be longer than that and did not know how long Castro will be sidelined.

Renteria said Castro would not play before Monday, and Castro said it could be another week before he returns.

Atlanta pitcher scheduled to visit Dr. Andrews

Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday after leaving his last spring start with biceps tightness.

Beachy faces the possibility of having a second Tommy John surgery.

“Lot of frustration,” Beachy said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Really, really frustrated.”

Beachy, 27, had Tommy John surgery in June 2012 and another procedure last September to clean out scar tissue. He made nine minor league starts and five starts with the Braves last season. In 2011 and ’12, he combined to go 12-8 with a 3.07 ERA before injuring his elbow.

The Braves are scrambling to fill their rotation as right-hander Kris Medlen is also facing Tommy John surgery. Another right-hander, Mike Minor, has been hampered by a shoulder problem.


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