Sports briefs for June 26, 2014

Posted June 26, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.

UMaine’s Cullenberg gains academic honor

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – University of Maine graduate Kelton Cullenberg continues to gain accolades for his senior track and field season and has been named an America East Scholar Athletes for the spring term.

Cullenberg joins eight other elite athletes who excelled academically and athletically during their respective seasons.

The Chesterville native graduated with a 3.92 cumulative average as he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/exercise science with a minor in business administration.

This award follows a groundbreaking honor for Cullenberg, who was named the inaugural America East Man of the Year for his efforts on the track.

Tickets available for Maine Basketball Hall induction ceremony

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame will host its inaugural induction ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Cross Insurance Center.

Tickets are now on sale for the event and can be purchased at www.mainebasketballhalloffame.com for $40 each.

For more information on the induction, contact Jen Brooks, jbrooks@emdc.org, 207-942-6389.

Inductees include 16 players, five coaches, one official and one contributor, as well as the 1944 Waterville High School basketball team that won both the state Class LL (now Class A) and New England championships.

The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame also will recognize a slate of Legends of the Game, people who were instrumental in the early development of Maine basketball. These luminaries will be honored with a special plaque at the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Concourse.

Midcoast Sports Hall plans exhibits at public libraries

The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame’s display will be on exhibit at the Camden Public Library in July and at the Rockland Public Library in August.

The display includes pictures and biographies of the 46 inductees, plus recognizes the athletes of the year from the past few years chosen from the existing schools represented by the Hall of Fame.

The display is permanently housed at the Thomaston Academy.

Inductees from the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009 will be on exhibit in Camden from July 1-15, with the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on exhibit July 16-31. In Rockland, 2007, 2008 and 2009 can be viewed Aug. 1-15 with the remaining classes on exhibit Aug. 16-31.

The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame honors and remembers athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, reporters, broadcasters, trainers, designers and other associated positions that have made outstanding contributions to sports in the midcoast area.

Orioles’ Machado appeals bat-throwing suspension

BALTIMORE — Third baseman Manny Machado met with a Major League Baseball official at Orioles Park on Wednesday to appeal his five-game suspension for throwing his bat June 8 against Oakland.

Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president, and Machado’s agent also attended the meeting. Team officials said a decision might not be rendered until the weekend, meaning Machado could be available for Friday’s doubleheader against Tampa Bay.

Joe Garagiola Jr., Major League Baseball’s senior vice president in charge of standards and on-field operations, served as the arbitrator. The meeting lasted about one hour. Machado is hoping to get the suspension reduced to two games.

The June 8 incident began when Oakland left-hander Fernando Abad threw two inside pitches to Machado in the eighth inning of their series finale. On the second pitch, the bat flew out of Machado’s hands and went down the third-base line. Machado and Abad were ejected.

Machado said he did not mean to throw the bat and has apologized for the confrontation. Abad received an undisclosed fine but was not suspended.

Ex-Jets RB Goodson misses court hearing

Former New York Jets running back Mike Goodson missed his court appearance Thursday on charges related to drug and weapons possession.

Goodson, who was released June 18 by the Jets one day after he did not show up for a mandatory minicamp practice, was due in Morris County (N.J.) Superior Court for a status conference.

Goodson could be arrested if he fails to appear in court for a July 24 hearing before Judge Mary G. Whipple.

Goodson’s attorney was in court Thursday, as was Goodson’s co-defendant Garant Evans.

The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract in March 2013, but he only played in two games before he was released. He suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Red Wings re-sign goalie Gustavsson

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract, according to reports.

The deal is worth $1.85 million. Gustavsson made $1.5 million in 2013-14, the second year of a two-year deal.

Gustavsson has spent the past two seasons backing up former University of Maine star Jimmy Howard in Detroit. He was 16-5-4 in 2013-14 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a save percentage of .907. He was 0-2 with a 2.71 GAA and a .917 save percentage against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

 

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