Sports briefs for March 28, 2014

Posted March 28, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.

Rock Coast Rollers join Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

The Rock Coast Rollers of Rockland has been accepted as a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a member organization for leagues to collaborate and network.

As a new member of the WFTDA, the Rock Coast Rollers join the ranks of 211 all-female, skater owned and operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.

After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program, the Rock Coast Rollers will have the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking.

Islanders owner looking to sell team

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is looking to possibly sell his majority stake in the team, according to TSN.

The Islanders are reportedly losing about $10 million per year and the team faces a $75 million loan repayment at the end of this season.

Wang has owned the majority of the team for 10 years. He bought a minority stake in the team in 2000 and a controlling share in 2004.

The 69-year-old agreed to move the Islanders to Brooklyn on a 25-year lease with Barclays after multiple proposals to remain in Nassau County failed.

The Islanders (28-35-10) are in last place in the Metropolitan Division and 14th out of 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and are coached by former University of Maine standout Jack Capuano. They have not made the playoffs since the 2007.

Tigers’ Cabrera signs record deal

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player, will make a major-league record $292 million over the next 10 years after signing an eight-year contract extension Friday.

Cabrera, who has two years and $44 million left on his current deal, will earn $248 million over the eight-year extension.

The average salary of the contract is $31 million, which tops the previous record of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. He signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January.

The contract total is higher than third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s then-record 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2007.

Nationals’ Fister will start season on DL

Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister will begin the regular season on the disabled list because of lat-muscle strain suffered on Thursday, MLB.com reported Friday.

Fister had elbow problems early in spring training, but he seemed to be recovered from that injury and was expected to be ready to start a game during the second week of the regular season. That was before Fister had to leave Thursday’s game with the lat strain.

Fister, 29, went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 33 games last season for the Tigers.

Rockets PG Beverley has torn meniscus

Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is out indefinitely, coach Kevin McHale confirmed Friday.

Beverley was injured during Thursday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The injury was initially called a sprain.

The timeline for recovery is unclear because a decision has not been made if Beverley will have the meniscus repaired or removed. A removal has a shorter recovery time.

Jeremy Lin will start at point guard in place of Beverley, who is averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Lin, the Rockets’ most productive bench player, is averaging 12.4 points and 4.2 assists in 29 minutes per game.

Nets’ Gutierrez fined $15,000

Brooklyn Nets guard Jorge Gutierrez was fined $15,000 for making excessive contact above the shoulders with Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, the NBA announced Friday.

The incident occurred with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game. Gutierrez was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the contest. The host Bobcats won the game 116-111.

 

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