McKim, Hoak, Kearns receive Hero’s Awards
BANGOR — Tony McKim, Cindy Hoak and Dana Kearns received 2013 Sports Hero’s Awards during a Tuesday luncheon at Hero’s Sports Grill.
The awards, given by Bangor radio station Sports Radio 92.9 and Hero’s Sports Grill, honor and recognize citizens in Eastern Maine who have made a difference through their volunteerism in community sports.
McKim volunteered for many years in Hancock County sports. He is a founder of the Acadia Football League, president and coach of Acadia Little League, a volunteer for MDI high school sports boosters, and a volunteer with Trenton youth sports.
Hoak volunteered with all community sports in the Guilford area. She is president of the PCHS Pirates sports boosters. That includes running the snack booth, helping the softball program with field renovations, designing homecoming shirts, and helping with snacks for teams to take on long bus rides.
Kearns has volunteered for 15 years with Holbrook community sports, such as recreation basketball, Little League and school sports. He helps as a referee, a scorekeeper and organizes banquets.
Sabres’ Scott suspended seven games
Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott received a seven-game suspension on Thursday for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson in an Oct. 23 game.
Scott had been suspended indefinitely while awaiting his in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. He already has served three of the seven games.
The 31-year-old Scott delivered an illegal check to Eriksson’s head at 5:49 of the third period and received a match penalty. He also was fined $26,923.
Scott will be eligible to return on Nov. 8 when the Sabres play the Anaheim Ducks. He has no points in seven games this season.
Cardinals refuse Westbrook’s 2014 option
The St. Louis Cardinals declined righthander Jake Westbrook’s $9.5 million contract option for 2014 on Thursday.
Westbrook, who lost his spot in the rotation in August, will get a $1 million buyout instead, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.
Also Thursday, after the Cardinals lost in six games to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, Carlos Beltran, Chris Carpenter, Rafael Furcal and Edward Mujica filed for free agency.
The 36-year-old Westbrook started 19 games in 2013 and posted a 7-8 record with a 4.63 ERA in 116 2/3 innings. He came to the Cardinals in 2010 in a deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Westbrook and Carpenter indicated during the season that they might retire.
Rangers decline Berkman option
The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that they declined the $12 million club option on designated hitter/first baseman Lance Berkman.
Instead, the Rangers will pay Berkman a $1 million buyout.
Berkman, 37, batted .242 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 73 games this season. He missed significant time with hip and knee injuries.
Ovechkin ruled out of Friday’s game
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday’s game against the host Philadelphia Flyers because of an upper body injury.
Capitals coach Adam Oates made the announcement Thursday.
Ovechkin was injured during Monday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks when he crashed headfirst into the goalie and net early in the game.
The Capitals have not revealed the exact nature of Ovechkin’s injury but said it is not a concussion.
Oates said Ovechkin might play Saturday against the visiting Florida Panthers.