Tight end Rob Gronkowski, pictured hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy after New England beat Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX in February, has had his contract restructured by the Patriots.

Patriots adjust Gronkowski’s $54M deal

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 04, 2015, at 5:27 p.m.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was paid $4 million of his $10 million bonus due in 2016 as part of a six-year, $54 million deal signed three years ago. Gronkowski’s contract was split into two parts. The final four years of the deal are triggered when the bonus …

Sports briefs for Aug. 3, 2015

By Joe McLaughlin on Aug. 03, 2015, at 8:57 p.m.
American cyclist suspended after positive test PARIS — American rider Tom Danielson has been suspended by his Cannondale-Garmin team after testing positive for synthetic testosterone but he denies taking a banned substance. The team issued a statement on Monday saying Danielson had returned an “adverse analytical A sample using carbon …

Football analyst James says he was fired for opposition to gay marriage

By Lisa Maria Garza, Reuters on Aug. 03, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
DALLAS — Former college football broadcaster Craig James filed suit on Monday in Dallas saying he was fired from his job by Fox Sports Southwest due to his stated opposition to same-sex marriage. The former New England Patriots running back is seeking at least $100,000 in damages and a jury …
Richard Pate of Biddeford hired a plane Saturday to protest the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case.

Biddeford man hires plane to troll NFL commish Goodell at Maine home

By CBS 13 on Aug. 03, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
A Biddeford man delivered his message to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell through the air on Monday. Richard Pate, a long-time Patriots fan and life-long Mainer, hired a pilot to fly from Biddeford towards Old Orchard Beach and straight over Roger Goodell’s house in Scarborough. A banner was …

Sports briefs for July 31, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on July 31, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
Kings hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach The Sacramento Kings hired Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach on Friday. Lieberman, who was the head coach of the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends from 2009 to 2011, becomes the second female assistant coach to join an NBA staff …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium in this July 30, 2015, file photo.

NFL, union ask judge to decide on Tom Brady suspension by Sept. 4

By Steve Ginsburg and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on July 31, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
The National Football League and its players union asked a federal judge to decide by Sept. 4 whether to uphold star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, which could resolve the “Deflategate” scandal before the regular season starts. Friday’s request by the NFL Players Association on behalf of …
As offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (right) looks on, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during training camp on Thursday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

‘Deflategate’ in air as Brady hits field with Pats

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on July 30, 2015, at 4:26 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Opening day of training camp was pretty much business as usual for the New England Patriots amid the storm surrounding Tom Brady. The star quarterback, who continues to fight the four-game suspension levied by the NFL in the “Deflategate” saga that is now waiting to enter the …
A fan holds a sign supporting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during training camp on Thursday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Tom Brady’s case to be heard in New York court

By Jonathan Stempel and Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on July 30, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s effort to void his four-game suspension was set back on Thursday as litigation embroiling the New England Patriots star quarterback was sent to a New York judge, who urged a speedy resolution to the “Deflategate” scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ordered the …

On Deck, a sports calendar for July 30, 2015

on July 29, 2015, at 11:32 p.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — University of Maine Baseball will hold its annual summer camp Sunday-Thursday, Aug. 2-6, at UMaine. It is open to overnight and commuter participants. All information is on or can be obtained through Assistant Coach Nick Derba at or 207-581-1097. Spots are limited. BICYCLING BOSTON — …

Sports briefs for July 29, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on July 29, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
Patriots sign cornerback Brown The New England Patriots have signed veteran cornerback Tarell Brown. Brown, 30, is an eight-year veteran who spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after playing his first seven seasons for Bay-area rival San Francisco. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has played in 114 career games, recording 295 …
Marcus Wasilewski

Former UMaine star quarterback to coach at alma mater

on July 29, 2015, at 6:27 p.m.
ORONO | Former University of Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski has joined the school’s Sports Performance staff as a coach. “We’re very excited to have a former collegiate star join our department,” Matt Murray, Sports Performance director, said in a news release Wednesday. “I’m confident that Marcus is going to …
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media before Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, in this January 2015 file photo.

Scarborough police not providing private security for Goodell’s home

By Beth Brogan on July 29, 2015, at 3:09 p.m.
Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton said Wednesday that his department is not providing private security at the Prout’s Neck home of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after Tuesday’s decision to uphold a four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Earlier media reports indicated the NFL had …

New coach hopes to build on Mattanawcook football tradition

By Ernie Clark on July 29, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
LINCOLN | Pat House has a strong appreciation for Mattanawcook Academy football. He’s been part of it for the better part of two decades, first as a player for the Lynx under Ken Libbey during the mid-1990s, and more recently as an assistant coach since 2005. Now House will …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes his helmet off during warm-ups ahead of the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona, in this February 1, 2015 file photo.

Brady: ‘I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either’

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on July 29, 2015, at 8:29 a.m.
New England Patriots football star Tom Brady denied on Wednesday he had destroyed his cell phone to avoid giving it to NFL investigators, saying the flap was “manufactured” to distract from “zero evidence” against him in the “Deflategate” scandal. Brady issued his statement a day after National Football League Commissioner …

Sports briefs for July 28, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on July 28, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
Mets’ Meija receives 162-game suspension Major League Baseball suspended New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia for 162 games on Tuesday after a second failed drug test this season. Mejia returned July 12 from an 80-game suspension that began in April for using a performance-enhancing drug. The latest suspension involved a …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sidelines after throwing an interception in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld on Tuesday the four-game suspension given to Brady for his role in a scheme to deflate the footballs in the AFC championship game.

Don’t think for a minute we’ve seen the last of Goodell vs. Brady

By Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange on July 28, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
It took 20 pages of tortured explanations and footnotes for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to confirm what most of us already thought we knew: There was some funny business with the footballs in the AFC Championship Game and Tom Brady probably was involved. That was good enough for Goodell to …
University of Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove directs his team during a spring scrimmage in May. Cosgrove said Tuesday's CAA preseason poll, in which his team was picked seventh, doesn't have "a ton of merit."

UMaine football coach unfazed by team rank in CAA preseason poll

By Larry Mahoney on July 28, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
The University of Maine’s football team finished seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association a year ago, and that’s where the league’s coaches feel they will finish again this fall. A preseason poll, conducted among the league’s coaches and sports information personnel, was released Tuesday, with Villanova being selected as the …
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at NFL headquarters as people ask for autographs in New York on June 23.

NFL upholds Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on July 28, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phone destroyed to …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

NFL, players association engaged in Brady settlement talks

By The Sports Xchange on July 27, 2015, at 10:26 p.m.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have engaged in talks regarding a potential settlement of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal. Sources told FOX Sports that the two sides have had an open line of communication in recent days after reports last week …
Joe Seccareecia

4 Husson football players gain preseason All-American honors

on July 27, 2015, at 5:02 p.m.
A pair of Husson University football seniors, defensive lineman Matt Pellerin and quarterback Joe Seccareccia, headline four Eagles named Monday to the 26th USA College Football Division III Preseason All-American teams. Pellerin was a second-team selection, while Seccareccia was tabbed to the third team. Junior defensive back Kenny Sweet Jr. …

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