Fort Kent driver Theriault second in Scarborough race

Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault will run in the Nationwide race this weekend at Loudon, N.H. for JR Motorsports and tuned up with a second-place finish in the Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough on Saturday night.

Berwick’s Joey Doiron won the Southern Maine Motors Firecracker 150.

The Nationwide race at NHMS, the Sta-Green 200, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

It will be the second of three Nationwide races for Theriault. He finished 15th at Iowa Speedway in May.

UMaine kicker named to awards watch list

University of Maine placekicker Sean Decloux has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards FCS Awards Watch List announced on Monday.

In 2013 the junior earned first team All-CAA honors and set a school-record with 16 made field goals. He also matched the school-standard with 45 made PATs and went 16-for-21 on field goal attempts, hitting a career-long 42-yard attempt on two occasions.

Decloux ended the season ranked third in the CAA in scoring (7.2 ppg) and was tops amongst league kickers.

The initial watch list includes 36 kickers vying for the top placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Recipients are selected based upon scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.

Judge grants preliminary approval of deal in NFL concussion suit

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Monday granted preliminary approval to a settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who have brain damage and dementia as a result of concussions suffered on the field.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody comes two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million ceiling it had placed on payments to former players who were part of a groundbreaking lawsuit over head injuries experienced during their time in the league.

Brody had denied an earlier settlement motion in January, saying the $760 million deal, which capped cash payments at $675 million, did not set aside enough money for the former players.

In granting preliminary approval, Brody has set off a massive campaign to notify up to 20,000 former football players or their heirs of the settlement, roughly 5,000 of whom have already joined in the lawsuit. The former athletes can reject or accept the settlement at a hearing set for November.

A’s minor league player suspended 50 games

Oakland Athletics minor league outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell was suspended 50 games without pay Monday after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Powell is currently on the roster of the Class A Stockton Ports of the California League, and is considered one of the organization’s top outfield prospects. He is hitting a .396 with three doubles and 10 RBIs in 48 at-bats since being promoted from Class A Beloit, where he was hitting .335 with three home runs in 69 games.

Powell is a career .317 hitter in 625 at-bats since joining the A’s organization as a 20th-round draft pick in 2012.

Blue Jays lose All-Star Encarnacion to DL

Toronto All-Star first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after suffering a strained quadriceps muscle on Saturday. The Blue Jays recalled Nolan Reimold from Triple-A Syracuse to take Encarnacion’s spot on the roster. Toronto claimed Reimold off waivers on Sunday from the Baltimore Orioles.

Encarnacion is currently third in the American League in home runs (26) and second in RBIs (70). He left Saturday’s game after feeling a pop in his right leg in the first inning.

He will miss the All-Star Game, with Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager named in his place Monday. Seager, 26, will make his first All-Star appearance and is batting .274 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs.