Sports briefs for Dec. 19, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
Fort Kent alumni games to tip off Dec. 27 FORT KENT — Fort Kent Community High School is holding alumni basketball games on Saturday, Dec. 27. The women’s ‘game is 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. Area youth teams will play at halftime. Alumni will be …

Three running backs named finalists for Fitzpatrick Trophy

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
PORTLAND | Three southern Maine running backs have been named finalists for the 44th annual James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, which recognizes a top senior high school football player statewide. Recently named Gatorade Maine high school football player of the year Joe Fitzpatrick of Portland’s Cheverus High School, Brett Gerry …
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) is pursued by Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) on a 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday night. The Jaguars defeated the Titans 21-13.

Jaguars prevail over Titans in ‘futility game’

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 19, 2014, at 1:29 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — They called it the futility game. Two teams tied with the worst record in the NFL. On Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars were just a shade better than Tennessee, using a 62-yard fourth-quarter run by Jordan Todman to open up an 11-point lead, en route to a …
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Prosecutors claim former UMaine football player charged with murder tried to intimidate ex-girlfriend from jail

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A state judge agreed Thursday to allow a former University of Maine football player — awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder — to have his mother and grandmother visit him for the holiday. But at the request of the prosecution, the visit will be …

Sports briefs for Dec. 18, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
Husson soccer players receive academic honors Husson University women’s soccer student-athletes Michaela Bicknell and Katie Cyr and men’s soccer student-athletes Stephen Berenyi and Kyle Hargreaves have received National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Division Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention accolades. Bicknell, a senior fullback, boasts a 3.65 grade point …

Paul Chryst named Wisconsin football coach

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:22 p.m.
Paul Chryst, a former Wisconsin Badgers assistant, was hired Wednesday as head coach, replacing Gary Andersen. Andersen announced last week that he was leaving Madison after two seasons to take the Oregon State vacancy created when Mike Riley left to take the Nebraska job. “I’d like to thank Coach Alvarez …

49ers cut defensive end Ray McDonald in wake of sexual assault allegation

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:19 p.m.
The San Francisco 49ers released defensive end Ray McDonald on Wednesday within hours of an investigation by the San Jose (California) Police Department into a possible sexual assault. “With this latest allegation, this just wasn’t something we were willing to deal with any more,” general manager Trent Baalke said at …
New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (center) celebrates a tackle with defensive end Dominique Easley (left) during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in this November 2014 file photo.

Patriots defensive end placed on injured reserve

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
The New England Patriots placed first-round draft pick and defensive end Dominique Easley on injured reserve Wednesday. The Patriots also signed tight end Steve Maneri to the 53-man roster. Easley, 22, was drafted by New England in the first round of the 2014 draft out of Florida with the 29th …
Chicago Bears tight end Matthew Mulligan (85) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray (35) during the second half of a preseason game at Soldier Field in April. Mulligan was recently signed to the Tennessee Titan's active roster.

Enfield’s Mulligan signs with Tennessee Titans

By Pete Warner on Dec. 16, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
Matt Mulligan has made the latest stop in his seven-year NFL career, this time in Nashville. The Tennessee Titans on Tuesday announced that they had signed the former University of Maine tight end to their active roster. Mulligan was added after second-year tight end Brett Bracket out of Penn State …

Saints cruise past Bears, stay atop NFC South

By Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
CHICAGO — Although both teams came into Monday night’s game with 5-8 records, the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears clearly are going in opposite directions. By winning 31-15 in a game they dominated by a wide margin, the Saints moved into first place in the woebegone NFC South. New …

Sports briefs for Dec. 16, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
Bus trip planned for UMaine women’s basketball game The Friends of UMaine Women’s Basketball is organizing a bus trip to the Black Bears’ game at New Hampshire on Sunday, March 1. The bus will leave Old Town at 7:30 a.m. and make stops in Bangor and Newport. If needed, other …
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NFL players union files lawsuit challenging Peterson suspension

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on Monday challenging an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Filed at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the lawsuit claims arbitrator Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive hand-picked by Commissioner Roger …

Sports briefs for Dec. 15, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Oilers fire Eakins as head coach The Edmonton Oilers, who have one win in their past 16 games, fired head coach Dallas Eakins on Monday. Todd Nelson, coach of the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, will join the team in time for Edmonton’s next game on …
Waterville native John Huard acknowledges applause after his induction into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame at the 57th annual NFF awards dinner Dec. 9, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

College Hall of Famer Huard cites teamwork, camaraderie as best rewards in football career

By Pete Warner on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
John Huard spent last Tuesday night in the company of some of the most celebrated players and coaches in the history of college football. The Waterville native was among 16 men inducted into National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual awards banquet held at the Waldorf …
Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) tries to prevent Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) from tackling Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday.

NFL roundup: Bills stun Rodgers, Packers

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 14, 2014, at 8:28 p.m.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — A dominant defense made life difficult on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as the Buffalo Bills forced three turnovers, kicked four field goals and added a punt return touchdown to stay alive in the AFC wild-card race with a 21-13 win on Sunday. The Bills …
 New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman catches the ball to score a touchdown in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday.

Pats roll by Dolphins, clinch sixth straight AFC East title

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 14, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Step One is out of the way for the New England Patriots. Again. “I know we have big goals every year for our team. This is the one that’s the first one to get and it’s great to be able to do it against a team that …
University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota on Saturday night was announced as the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy at a ceremony in New York City.

Oregon’s Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

By Larry Fleisher, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 13, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.
NEW YORK — As expected Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. Mariota became the first Duck to win the award as college football’s best player and won it by a landslide margin of 1,284 points over Wisconsin junior running back Melvin Gordon. Mariota accumulated 2,534 …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles for a first down during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in this December 2014 file photo.

Patriots can clinch division title with win over Dolphins

By SportsDirect on Dec. 12, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
AFC East Division titles have become commonplace during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, and the New England Patriots are on the verge of locking up another. The Patriots can clinch the division and a playoff spot with a win over the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday (CBS-TV) in Foxborough, …
Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse in New York in this December 2014 file photo.

Adrian Peterson’s suspension upheld

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 12, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season-long suspension has been upheld by NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson, the league announced Friday. Peterson was suspended for the rest of the season by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 18, after Peterson failed to attend a disciplinary hearing regarding his alleged violation of the …
Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice (right) and his wife, Janay, arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building in this November 2014 file photo.

Obama says NFL was ‘winging it’ in Rice domestic violence case

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be “winging it” in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents. The NFL on Wednesday unveiled a tougher …
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