Sports briefs for March 27, 2014

Posted March 27, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.

Speedway 95 opening pushed back to May 3

The opening of Speedway 95 in Hermon has been pushed back a few weeks due to the lingering snow.

The stock car race track will open on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. It had been originally scheduled for April 19.

“It is going to be wet. So it’s going to take a while to get out there and do any of the repairs necessary to get the track ready to go,” said Kim Baker Allen, the office manager and official scorer.

Speedway 95 race cars will be on display this weekend at the annual Bangor Mall Show.

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Several awards will be handed out for things like best-looking race car in each division and best driver’s uniforms.

They will be on display on from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Northeastern hockey coach suspended

Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna has suspended Northeastern University men’s head coach Jim Madigan for one game as a result of public criticism of game officials following a March 16 quarterfinal game at the University of New Hampshire.

The suspension will take effect for the first NCAA game on Northeastern University’s 2014-2015 schedule.

“Using the media to criticize an official’s decision is contrary to league policy and is inherently unfair to the officials who work hard for college hockey each and every night,” said Bertagna in a news release. “Hockey East and Northeastern University expect better from our head coaches and Jim has acknowledged his error in this situation.”

Tigers’ Cabrera to sign long-term extension

Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player, is about to get a pay raise. According to multiple media outlets, the slugger and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a lucrative, long-term contract extension Thursday.

CBSSports.com reported that Cabrera would get a contract that runs at least seven years and pays more than $200 million. According to FoxSports.com, the deal would run at least six years beyond his current deal, which expires after 2015, and it would pay around $30 million per year.

Dodgers’ Mattingly calls meeting about Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called a team meeting to allow players to offer advice and clear any lingering exasperation with star outfielder Yasiel Puig.

Puig has drawn the ire of Mattingly several times in his brief MLB career, including the manager questioning injuries and effort of the enigmatic slugger. He was not the only one with questions, which is why Mattingly opted to air all concerns during the team’s week off leading up to Sunday night’s stateside opener at San Diego. Players told ESPN that Puig was receptive and open in the meeting.

Red Wings’ Datsyuk expects to return this season

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has returned to skating on his own and expects to return to help the team in its playoff push, although it is unlikely he will be full strength until after the season.

Datsyuk was shut down from all hockey-related activities for a couple of weeks on trade deadline day in hopes the downtime would help his ongoing left knee issues subside.

“It feels OK,” Datsyuk said of the knee. “I’m still not skating hard enough to check how I feel.”

Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists, but has been bothered by the knee injury much of the season, and the pain only increased after playing for Russia in the Olympics. Still, he has maintained a positive outlook regarding a return to the ice this season with the Red Wings battling for a playoff spot.

 

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