College roundup: Husson baseball sweeps Colby-Sawyer

on March 28, 2015, at 8:16 p.m.
BANGOR | Husson University pitchers limited Colby-Sawyer to one run in 14 innings Saturday, setting the tone for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep at the Winkin Complex. Dan Whitney pitched six innings of five-hit ball in the Eagles’ 6-1 win in the first game, then Brandon Reilly worked …
Shane Bussey, University of Maine baseball

UMaine infielder returns from suspension intent on overcoming off-field issues

By Pete Warner on March 28, 2015, at 6:19 a.m.
ORONO | Shane Bussey was a changed man when he returned to the University of Maine campus last August. He had a fresh outlook on his life and his role as a student-athlete, a privilege which he nearly squandered during the previous school year. “I was very excited about …

Husson baseball team sweeps UM-Farmington

on March 27, 2015, at 8:59 p.m.
BANGOR | The Husson University Eagles opened their North Atlantic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep over the University of Maine-Farmington, 3-2 and 4-1, in baseball action at the Winkin Complex Friday. Husson is now 4-7 overall and the Beavers suffered their first losses and are 6-2. The Eagles …
University of Maine senior outfielder Sam Balzano

Home sweet home: UMaine baseball team plays host to Albany

on March 27, 2015, at 8:04 p.m.
MAINE vs. ALBANY Time, site: Sunday (2), 1 p.m., Monday, 2 p.m.; Mahaney Diamond, Orono Records: Maine 8-14 (0-1 America East), Albany 4-7 (0-0) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 34-27, Maine 7-0 on 5/11/14 Key players: Maine — 1B Brenden Geary (.429, 1 home run, 5 runs batted in), 2B …

TV, radio schedule for March 28-29, 2015

on March 27, 2015, at 5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series: STP 500, Practice, 10 a.m., Final Practice, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series: Martinsville, Qualifying, 11 a.m., Race, 2:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, SPRING TRAINING BOSTON at TAMPA BAY, 1 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio BASKETBALL, MEN …
Eddie Emerson of Lewiston High School delivers a pitch against Edward Little during a game last season. 

Late-blooming Lewiston left-hander commits to UMaine baseball program

By Pete Warner on March 27, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
Less than a year ago, Eddie Emerson’s best prospects for playing college baseball were at the Division III level. On Wednesday, the former Lewiston High School pitcher made a verbal commitment to accept a partial scholarship from the University of Maine. It will be a welcome homecoming for the 6-foot-3, …

On Deck, a sports calendar for March 26, 2015

on March 26, 2015, at 8:06 p.m.
BASEBALL PRESQUE ISLE — Baseball for All, which seeks to empower young girls through the game of baseball, is forming a team from Maine for girls ages 11-13. The team, called the Maine Polar Bears, will be coached by representatives of the athletic department at the University of Maine-Presque Isle …

Castillo’s homer in 10th lifts Red Sox by Twins

By The Sports Xchange on March 26, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Florida — Newcomer Rusney Castillo blasted a solo home run in the 10th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins Thursday at JetBlue Park. Castillo is regaining his form after missing two weeks of Grapefruit League play with a left oblique …

Husson baseball team set to play six games in three days

By Larry Mahoney on March 26, 2015, at 7:46 p.m.
The Husson University Eagles baseball team will play three consecutive North Atlantic Conference doubleheaders at the Winkin Complex beginning Friday. They will be using a portable fence provided by Allan Farm Fence Co. of Hermon because the Winkin Complex still has a few inches of snow on its warning track. …

Sports briefs for March 26, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on March 26, 2015, at 7:39 p.m.
UMaine hockey banquet set May 8 The Friends of Maine Hockey salute to the 2014-2015 University of Maine men’s ice hockey team at its annual awards banquet is set for Friday, May 8 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner following. …

College roundup: Moore powers MMA men’s lacrosse past Thomas

By Staff and Wire Reports on March 25, 2015, at 9:20 p.m.
CASTINE | Peter Moore scored six goals on Wednesday to propel Maine Maritime Academy to a 16-2 men’s lacrosse victory over Thomas College of Waterville at Ritchie Field. Nicholas Betti scored four goals and Dean Samuelson provided three goals and an assist for the Mariners (2-4). Tim Grant, Mike …
Workers shovel snow out of the grandstand in this recent photo at Hadlock Field in Portland.

Harsh winter won’t affect Portland Sea Dogs home opener

By Larry Mahoney on March 25, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
The harsh, snowy winter won’t derail any plans for the Eastern League’s (AA) Portland Sea Dogs to open their baseball season against Reading on April 9 at Hadlock Field. Chris Cameron, the assistant general manager and public relations director for the Sea Dogs, said snow removal began on March 1, …

Former Sea Dogs pitcher strong for Sox against Marlins

By The Sports Xchange on March 24, 2015, at 8:25 p.m.
JUPITER, Florida — Two former Portland Sea Dogs standout pitchers turned in much different outings for the Boston Red Sox in a 9-4 loss to the Miami Marlins Tuesday in a spring training game. Brian Johnson and Henry Owens, both left-handers, received some work with Johnson recording a strong effort …

Sports briefs for March 24, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on March 24, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Twins sign Dozier to four-year extension Second baseman Brian Dozier signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins. Dozier, 27, is now signed through 2018 and is one of the core players in the coming youth movement at Target Field. Dozier batted .242 last season with 23 …
Portland Sea Dogs infielder Xavier Bogaerts stands ready to take the field in Portland on April 4, 2013.

Portland Sea Dogs: PETA misled fans over Linda Bean’s lobster

By Darren Fishell on March 24, 2015, at 1:11 p.m.
The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team Tuesday refuted statements from animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that the franchise ended a contract with Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster because of ethical concerns. “While it is true that we will no longer …
Bangor High School pitchers and catchers listen to assistant coach Dave Morris during the first day of practice Monday at Red Barry Gym in Bangor.

State baseball champion Bangor begins title defense back in the gym

By Ernie Clark on March 23, 2015, at 8:35 p.m.
The brilliance of a sun-filled, nearly cloudless sky couldn’t diminish other realities of the first Monday of spring — an air temperature near 20 degrees and wind-packed snow covering lawns, gardens and athletic fields. But while it was still winter in a meteorological sense, Bangor High School’s …

Porcello turns in solid outing for Red Sox

By The Sports Xchange on March 23, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Florida — Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello turned in a solid outing against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday at JetBlue Park before the spring training game was canceled due to unplayable field conditions following a 55-minute rain delay. Porcello, who Boston acquired in the off-season when it …

Sports briefs for March 23, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on March 23, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
Vikings, agent stand firm regarding Peterson The Minnesota Vikings and agent Ben Dogra reiterated their stances regarding running back Adrian Peterson on Monday. At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, general manager Rick Spielman said, “Adrian’s a member of our football team. He is under contract with us, and we …
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is sidelined with an illness and will be out of the lineup until later this week.

Red Sox slugger Ortiz out due to illness; Betts, Ramirez spark victory

By The Sports Xchange on March 22, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is sidelined due to an illness and will sit out until sometime next week. Ortiz, who last played in a spring game Monday, is batting .267 (4-for-15) with one home run, five RBIs and two walks in six spring games. Ortiz missed his …

Sports briefs for March 22, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on March 22, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
Harzewski wins Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney WILTON | Nate Harzewski of Dixmont recorded a 1,0007 pinfall for five games to capture the Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney Saturday at Meadow Lanes. Paul Hinkley was the first qualifier with 960 pins and earned a spot in the …
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