Sports briefs for March 24, 2014

Posted March 24, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.

UMaine hockey banquet set May 9

BREWER — The Friends of Maine Hockey salute to the 2013-2014 UMaine men’s ice hockey team at its annual awards banquet will be held Friday, May 9 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

The cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the buffet dinner following. The banquet is open to the public and features a silent auction with the funds going to the hockey program.

Individual tickets are $40 each. Tables of eight can be reserved for $320. All reservations must be made by Friday, April 25.

For more information about the banquet, visit www.goblackbears.com or contact banquet chairwoman Cherie Damon at cdicemom2@aol.com or 207-949-4745.

Ex-UMaine star among NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ of the week

Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” of the week Monday.

Nyquist, a former University of Maine star, led all players with six goals and tied for the NHL lead with seven points.

Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout. Iginla tied for second in the league with five goals in four outings.

Nets owner has plan to bring NBA club under Russian jurisdiction

MOSCOW — A Russian billionaire said on Monday he planned to relocate his company that runs the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Russia, in keeping with the Kremlin’s call on Russian businessmen to repatriate their assets to help combat new U.S. sanctions.

The United States and European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on officials and businessmen believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in protest at Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, had said previously that he planned to relocate the company that runs the NBA team to Russia, but his comments to reporters in the Kremlin underlined his support for Putin.

“A Russian company will own the basketball club,” Prokhorov said before receiving a medal for services to Russia along with other national sports officials.

QB Pryor wants out of Oakland

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor read these words and knew it was time to look around for his next opportunity.

“We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback and we feel very confident that he is going to be outstanding for us,” head coach Dennis Allen said Friday. “He is a two-time Pro Bowl player and when you have the chance to add those kinds of players, that’s what you do.”

Pryor, who first requested a trade in January, already had been exposed to an offseason of speculation about the Raiders targeting a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick — provided one of the top prospects is available — and Allen has appeared at multiple quarterback pro days. He is scheduled to attend Johnny Manziel’s workout this week after the conclusion of NFL owner’s meetings in Orlando.

“Terrelle wants to start so bad,” GM Reggie McKenzie said Monday, confirming Pryor’s agent approached the team about his future. “I’ll visit with him. We’ll talk to him. We’ll see in the next week or so how he feels about his future.”

Rays pitcher Colome suspended 50 games

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome was given a 50-game suspension without pay for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

MLB announced the ban after Colome tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Colome is currently on the club’s 40-man roster as a member of Triple-A Durham of the International League. His suspension takes effective at the start of the regular season.

 

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