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Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut dunks the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov in game one of the NBA Finals Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Warriors dominate overtime, top Cavs in Game 1 of NBA Finals

By Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange on June 05, 2015, at 1:49 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Five minutes after he was sure his team had lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was watching his team celebrate. After the Warriors held their collective breaths as LeBron James and Iman Shumpert missed shots in the final 3.8 seconds …
Alison (Smith) Montgomery

Bangor High grad named Bates women’s basketball coach

on June 03, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
LEWISTON | Alison (Smith) Montgomery enjoyed an outstanding basketball career at Bangor High School and Bowdoin College. Now, the former Stockton Springs resident is returning to Maine to take her first head coaching job. Montgomery on Wednesday was named the head women’s basketball coach at Bates College by director …

TV, radio schedule for June 4, 2015

on June 03, 2015, at 4:59 p.m.
BASEBALL, HIGH SCHOOL WINTHROP vs. DIRIGO, Mountain Valley Conference Championship, 4:30 p.m., WOXO Norway (100.7 FM) radio; Internet Radio (MaineBaseballReport.com) BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE MINNESOTA at BOSTON, 4 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY …
Bob McShane is seen in this Dec. 5, 2006, file photo.

McShane returning to coach Calais girls basketball team

By Larry Mahoney on June 03, 2015, at 4:03 p.m.
Bob McShane, who led the Calais High School girls basketball team to five state championships and nine Eastern Maine titles in his 22 years at the helm, is coming back to replace his former assistant Dana Redding. Redding guided the Blue Devils to two state titles and three Eastern Maine …
Easton High School boys basketball coach Dillon Kingsbury reacts to a foul called on one of his players during a game against Central Aroostook on Jan. 30, 2014, in Mars Hill.

Young coach leaves Easton for Houlton boys basketball post

By Ernie Clark on June 02, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
Dillon Kingsbury burst onto the high school basketball coaching scene while a 19-year-old college student in 2011. Now he’s poised to take the next step in that fledgling career after his nomination to become Houlton’s new boys varsity coach was approved by the local school board Monday …

Sports briefs for May 31, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on May 31, 2015, at 8:10 p.m.
Pelicans hire Gentry as coach The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Alvin Gentry to be their next head coach. Gentry, a Golden State Warriors assistant, agreed to a deal after he interviewed in New Orleans for a second time this week. ESPN reported that the Pelicans selected Gentry over NBA …

Sports briefs for May 29, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on May 29, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
Brady’s appeal hearing set An appeal hearing for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension over Deflategate will begin June 23, according to a report on Friday. The hearing could be extended to June 25, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. The NFL suspended Brady for the first four games of …
Ryan Soucie

Cheverus names Caribou native new boys basketball coach

on May 29, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
  PORTLAND | Caribou native Ryan Soucie has been named the new Cheverus High School boys varsity basketball coach, the school announced in a news release Friday. “Ryan is an energetic coach who has a great deal of passion for the game and will provide continuity to the basketball …
Veteran AAU and high school basketball coach Carl Parker has been named the new Bangor High boys basketball coach.

30 years later, Parker returns as Bangor High School boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on May 28, 2015, at 9:11 p.m.
A familiar face is returning to lead the Bangor High School boys basketball program next season. Carl Parker, 64, a longtime Queen City resident who first guided the Rams for two seasons three decades ago, was appointed as the team’s boys varsity coach during Thursday night’s Bangor …
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs on May 12 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

‘Disappointed’ Bulls fire Thibodeau

By The Sports Xchange on May 28, 2015, at 5:56 p.m.
Tom Thibodeau was fired by the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, ending a mostly successful run as head coach with 255 wins in five seasons. Thibodeau has $9 million remaining on his contract, and such moves are not in the history of Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We were all really disappointed …

On Deck, a sports calendar for May 28, 2015

on May 28, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
BASEBALL WATERVILLE — The 14th annual Fantasy Baseball Trip to benefit the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville will be held Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 2. Games will be July 29, White Sox at Red Sox; July 30, Tigers at Orioles; July 31, Braves at Phillies; Aug. 1, Braves at Phillies, and …
Golden State guard Stephen Curry celebrates with the Western Conference championship trophy after the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.

Warriors reach NBA Finals for first time in 40 years

By The Sports Xchange on May 28, 2015, at 12:34 a.m.
OAKLAND, California — The Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years Wednesday night, closing out a 4-1 series win over the Houston Rockets with a 104-90 triumph in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors, who dispatched of the New …
Calais High School's Andre Paul (left) drives past Dirigo High School's Gavin Arsenault during the boys Class C championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this February 2015 file photo.

5 standouts to join Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball team

on May 27, 2015, at 5:03 p.m.
CASTINE | Adam Richardson of Old Town, Andre Paul of Calais and Alik Espling of Orono are among five standouts who will join the Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball program next fall. Alexander Neill of Augusta and Dennis “D.J.” Harris of Vallejo, California, also plan to attend the school …
LeBron James of Cleveland (left) outworks Atlant's DeMarre Carroll for a loose ball during Tuesday night's NBA playoff game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers cruised past the Hawks to gain a spot in the NBA Finals.

James propels Cavaliers past Hawks, into NBA Finals

By The Sports Xchange on May 26, 2015, at 11:33 p.m.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James pulled the conference championship T-shirt over his sweaty, weary frame and turned to J.R. Smith with one simple message: “Four more.” This is why James returned to Cleveland. The Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed for …
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University of Maine's Liz Wood (right) shoots over University of Albany's Shereesha Richards (center) and Tiana-Jo Carter during their game on Jan. 4  at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Women’s basketball success highlighted forgettable UMaine athletics season

By Larry Mahoney on May 26, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
When assessing the 2014-15 athletics season at the University of Maine, it is clear that the women’s basketball team provided the lion’s share of the highlights in an otherwise forgettable year. The final tally for the nine teams that compiled a won-lost record was 115-152-12. During regular-season conference play, the …
James Harden (left) of Houston drives past Golden State's Andrew Bogut during the second half of Monday's NBA Western Conference Finals game at Toyota Center in Denver. The Rockets won 128-115.

Harden propels Rockets past Warriors

By The Sports Xchange on May 26, 2015, at 12:03 a.m.
HOUSTON — James Harden scored 16 of his game-high 45 points in the third quarter as the Houston Rockets staved off several furious runs by the Golden State Warriors and averted a sweep in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 win Monday night at Toyota Center. The Warriors, who …
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Cavs’ James records triple-double in OT win over Hawks

By The Sports Xchange on May 25, 2015, at 1:14 a.m.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James had a miserable start and a memorable finish Sunday. As a result, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from their second NBA Finals trip in franchise history. James compiled 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists after missing his first 10 shots, and the Cavaliers …

Trip to Italy enhances team bond for UMaine women’s basketball squad

By Anna Heise, Special to the BDN on May 24, 2015, at 11:08 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bears women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of …
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots as Houston Rockets guard Nick Johnson (3) defends during the second half in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Curry, Warriors romp over Rockets, 115-80

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2015, at 12:40 a.m.
HOUSTON — Stephen Curry keeps making threes and the Golden State Warriors keep getting closer to their first NBA Finals appearance in 40 years. They’re really one and the same, the NBA most valuable player continually pushing the Warriors in their attempt to reward a starved franchise and deserving fan …
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Maine women’s basketball team caps tour of Rome with win in final game

By Anna Heise, Special to the BDN on May 24, 2015, at 12:30 a.m.
Editor’s Note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bears women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of …
 
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