Freshman quarterback Chris Ferguson (red shirt) prepares to hand off to running back Nigel Beckford (2) during a scrimmage in Portland, May 8, 2017.

Redshirt freshman wins starting quarterback job at UMaine

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 20, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.
Chris Ferguson was named the starter by second-year head coach Joe Harasymiak Saturday morning.

Patriots fear defensive Rivers is lost for season with knee injury

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
New England Patriots defensive end Derek Rivers’ rookie season may be over due to a knee injury.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 10/22/2016 - Husson's Ellis Throckmorton (right) looks to make a tackle against Anna Maria during their football game at Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, Oct. 22, 2016.

Husson adds trio to football coaching staff

on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Shawn Demaray, Matt Friedman and Ellis Throckmorton have been added to the football coaching staff at Husson University.
University of Maine running back Darian Davis-Ray, one of three players suspended for alleged violations of the university code of student conduct, recently was cleared to return to practice for the Black Bears.

Suspension lifted for UMaine football tailback

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 16, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.

What Ezekiel Elliott suspension means to the Cowboys’ Super Bowl chances

By Mark Maske, The Washington Post on Aug. 13, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
The Dallas Cowboys, in a year in which they possess realistic Super Bowl aspirations, will begin the regular season without one of the league’s most valuable and seemingly indispensable players in their lineup.

Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 13, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
Sammy Watkins is Hollywood bound.

Jags hand star-free Pats preseason-opening loss

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 13, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
The defending Super Bowl champions opened the preseason Thursday night with a 31-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

UMaine cornerback looking for stellar sophomore year after impressive freshman campaign

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 12, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
Manny Patterson was chosen as UMaine’s Defensive Rookie of the Year last season as a true 18-year-old freshman after leading the team with 10 pass breakups.
University of Maine football player Spencer Carey in 2014.

Fairfield native hoping to have memorable senior year for UMaine football team

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 08, 2017, at 7:42 p.m.
Fifth-year senior Spencer Carey will be playing his third position for the Black Bears as he makes the transition from safety to wide receiver to outside linebacker.
Dick MacPherson

Old Town native, College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick MacPherson dies at 86

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
Dick MacPherson, who died of natural causes at the age of 86 on Tuesday, had a two-year stint as the head coach of the New England Patriots.
Dick MacPherson

Dick MacPherson discovers life after football

By Michael J. Dowd on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:41 p.m.
New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) works on drills during training camp at Gillette Stadium.

Jags, Bortles hold up in practice against Pats

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was pleased with what his team got out of the practice with the defending Super Bowl champions.
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) smiles on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

Wilfork retires, swaps ‘cleats for smoked meats’

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
“No more cleats. I’m moving on to smoked meats,” Wilfork proclaimed while clad in denim overalls and standing in front of a Kingsford charcoal grill.
The University of Maine held the first of its three scrimmages on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears ran 61 plays with all four quarterbacks seeing action. UMaine will open its season at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Durham, New Hampshire.

Running backs, wide receivers look good in UMaine’s first football scrimmage

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2017, at 8:38 p.m.
Nigel Beckford, who led the Black Bears in rushing in 2015 and 2014, rattled off a number of impressive runs as did sophomore Josh Mack, redshirt junior Joe Fitzpatrick and true freshman Ramon Jefferson.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) prior to a game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field, Oct. 2, 2016.

QB Jay Cutler agrees to one-year, $10M deal with Dolphins

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 07, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
The Miami Dolphins agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
Alfond Stadium in October 2016.

Black Bear football team unfazed by daunting early schedule

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 04, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
The players are taking it in stride.
Micah Wright (right) of the University of Maine catches a pass in front of Stony Brook's Travon Reid-Segure at Alfond Stadium in Orono.

Three UMaine football players suspended after student complaint

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 03, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
UMaine released a statement saying the school’s Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life is conducting an investigation.
Coach Ara Parseghian salutes the Dyche stadium crowd with the game ball as his Northwestern Wildcats carry him off the field following their 21-0 victory over Ohio State on Nov. 1, 1958.

Ara Parseghian, who led Notre Dame to 2 national football championships, dies at 94

By Paul Skrbina and Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on Aug. 02, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
Ara Parseghian, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who coached Notre Dame and Northwestern, has died. He was 94.
Graduate student Max Staver of the University of Maine throws a pass during the Jeff Cole Memorial Scrimmage held at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on May 6.

QB job, kicking game are priorities as UMaine football opens practice

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 01, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
With the season-opener against New Hampshire on Aug. 31, there are a number of questions that will have to be addressed by the Black Bear coach.

Local results for Legion baseball, football, golf, auto racing

on July 30, 2017, at 8:04 p.m.