Floridian David Diaz commits to Husson men’s basketball program

By BDN Staff Reports on April 10, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Husson University has announced that David Diaz, a 5-foot-10 guard, has committed to play for the Eagles this fall. Diaz was the starting point guard at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where he helped lead his team to an 18-7 overall record, averaging 11 points and …

Teague, Korver spark Hawks past Celtics

By Wire Service Reports on April 09, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — Trailing by nine points to the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks were in danger of losing to the Detroit Pistons and Celtics on back-to-back nights. Their lead over the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference was …
Shaun Lawton (10) of the University of Maine, pictured during a Jan. 16 game in Bangor, may be the next Black Bear to seek a transfer out of the program.

Lawton could be next UMaine men’s basketball player to transfer

By Larry Mahoney on April 09, 2014, at 8:55 p.m.
Sophomore guard Shaun Lawton may have become the third prominent member of the University of Maine men’s basketball team to leave the program, according to reports Wednesday on WLBZ-TV 2 and WABI-TV 5 in Bangor. However, the BDN was unable to confirm that Lawton plans to transfer. “We do not …

Sports briefs for April 9, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 09, 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
Ben Bishop sidelined by injury reported Wednesday that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss the remainder of the regular season with an undisclosed injury sustained in Tuesday’s game against Toronto. The former University of Maine star appeared to fall awkwardly on his left arm/wrist when the injury …
UMass Minutemen guard Derrick Gordon (2) reacts to a play against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half of  second round NCAA Tournament game on March 21.

UMass guard becomes first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player

By The Sports Xchange on April 09, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
One week ago, University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon gathered his teammates to tell them he was gay. Gordon, a starter who averaged 9.4 points per game last season, had come out to his parents only days before. He is the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player. …

TV, radio schedule for April 10, 2014

on April 09, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at NEW YORK YANKEES, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor (620 AM), WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WSYY Millinocket (1240 AM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WFAU Augusta (1280 AM), WKTJ Farmington …
From the community

Holden girl advances to Elks National Hoop Shoot Finals

Bangor Daily News on April 09, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Thirteen-year-old Crystal Bell, sponsored by Bangor Elks Lodge 244, received two awards during the March 22 Elks Association New England Hoop Shoot competition in Portland. First, she won the New England Regional “Hoop Shoot” championships award for most foul shots made in the girls ages 12-13 division. Secondly, …
Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson (31) leads her teammates onto the court in celebration of their win over Notre Dame in the championship game of the NCAA Tourney at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tuesday night. Connecticut won 79-58.

UConn women rout Notre Dame in final, finish at 40-0

By Chris Lee, The Sports Xchange on April 08, 2014, at 10:46 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Geno Auriemma and his Connecticut Huskies remain perfect in every way. Behind the unstoppable trio of forwards Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and center Stefanie Dolson, the Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the NCAA championship game Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. In the first title-game …
University of Maine junior guard Xavier Pollard is transferring from the school.

Top scorer Pollard latest to leave UMaine men’s basketball team

By Pete Warner on April 08, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Xavier Pollard on Tuesday became the latest player to sever ties with the University of Maine men’s basketball program. The UMaine athletics department issued a brief statement saying it had granted the junior point guard his release, which clears him to transfer. Pollard, the Black Bears’ leading scorer this season …
Connecticut's Phillip Nolan (0) and DeAndre Daniels (2) defend Kentucky's Julius Randle during the second half  in the NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Monday night.

UConn tops Kentucky for fourth men’s NCAA title

By Dom Amore, The Hartford Courant on April 07, 2014, at 11:36 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Among Kevin Ollie’s many notable phrases is “believing in the dark.” He expects his players to believe, even when they can’t see. When he took them to the site of the Final Four in January, he expected them to believe. When he grabbed the mic at Gampel …

McBride propels Notre Dame by Maryland, into national final vs. UConn

By Chris Lee, The Sports Xchange on April 06, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Notre Dame broke open a tightly-contested first half with a 35-16 run behind All-American guard Kayla McBride and the Fighting Irish routed Maryland 87-61 in Sunday night’s first NCAA women’s basketball Final Four game at the Bridgestone Arena. McBride scored 28 points on 12-for-21 shooting and pulled …
Derek Jeter

Sports briefs for April 6, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 06, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
Boise State gets commitment from Rypien Boise State landed one of the top high school quarterback prospects in the 2015 class Saturday when the nephew of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien said he would play for the Broncos. Brett Rypien spurned his uncle’s alma mater, Washington State, to become …
Connecticut's Niels Giffey (5) gets past Florida's Michael Frazier II to score as Connecticut beat Florida 63-53 in the first semifinal game of the Final Four at AT&T Stadium Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.

Late 3-pointer lifts Kentucky by Wisconsin; Wildcats to meet UConn in national final

By Art Garcia, The Sports Xchange on April 05, 2014, at 9:14 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Moments after his brother made what could have been a season-ending mistake, Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison drilled the shot that kept the Wildcats’ national championship dreams alive. Harrison’s 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left lifted Kentucky past Wisconsin 74-73 and into Monday night’s matchup with Connecticut for the …
Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) defends during the second half at TD Garden in Boston Friday night.

Rookie guard gives woeful 76ers victory over Celtics

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on April 04, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
BOSTON — Guard Michael Carter-Williams, the odds-on favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, took over in the fourth quarter and led the Philadelphia 76ers to their second win in their last 30 games on Friday night. Carter-Williams scored seven straight points for his team and center Henry Sims …

Colby men’s basketball bench celebrations to be featured on ESPN College GameDay, SportsCenter

By Pete Warner on April 04, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Colby College men’s basketball team gained some notoriety last month, albeit for activities on the periphery of the court. The Mules’ players received mention on Gawker Media’s sports website, Deadspin, for having the “best bench celebrations,” and included a video that can be seen here on …

Sports briefs for April 4, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 04, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
Seahawks extend coach Carroll’s contract Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been rewarded with a contract extension after leading the team to their first Super Bowl title earlier this year, the Seahawks said on Friday. The extension adds two more years to Carroll’s previous deal, which had one season …
Parise Rossignol

Clement, Rossignol, Carter, Smith, Shaw headline 38th BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl basketball team

By Larry Mahoney on April 04, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
Lawrence High School of Fairfield great Cindy Blodgett was a four-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl basketball team selection and, for the first time since she graduated in 1994, two other players have earned their fourth straight berths. Catherine McAuley of Portland guard Allie Clement and Van Buren forward Parise …

On Deck, a sports calendar for April 3, 2014

on April 03, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
BASKETBALL BAILEYVILLE — Men’s basketball tourney at Woodland High School, Saturday, April 5, double elimination, $125 per team, contact Ryan Lincoln 904-7231. PORTLAND — Casco Bay Sports is hosting its annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Old Port Hoopla, May 3, at the Portland Expo. It will include three men’s divisions, a …

Sports briefs for April 3, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 03, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
Timberwolves’ Cunningham arrested Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of domestic assault. “We are aware of the matter involving Dante Cunningham and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Timberwolves said in a statement Thursday. “Dante will not be traveling with the team …

TV Radio schedule for April 5, 2014

on April 03, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 AUTO RACING Formula One, Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, qualifying, 11 a.m., CNBC-TV; 12:30 p.m., NBCSN-TV Nationwide Series, Texas, 3 p.m., WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE UMAINE vs. HARTFORD, 1 p.m., WGUY Veazie (94.1 FM, 1240 AM); UMaine Internet ( BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE MILWAUKEE at …
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