Contrite Ravens’ Rice apologizes to wife, family

By The Sports Xchange on July 31, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. “My actions that night were …

Sports briefs for July 31, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on July 31, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
USM names new volleyball coach GORHAM, Maine — Diane (Marzelli) Newell has been named the head coach for the University of Southern Maine women’s volleyball program. Newell replaces Tom Gardner who departed USM after three seasons for the head coaching position at California Institute of Technology. Newell spent the past …

Sports briefs for July 30, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on July 30, 2014, at 9:05 p.m.
Tigers’ Reed charged with sexual assault Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at a Detroit hotel in March. Reed allegedly sexually assaulted an “incapacitated” woman in his hotel room on March 30 before ordering her to leave, Wayne County Prosecutor …

Sports briefs for July 29, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on July 29, 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
Lakers named Byron Scott as new head coach LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their “extensive and thorough” search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers …

Perseverance pushed center Wendell into Patriots’ picture

By The Sports Xchange on July 29, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Bill Belichick loves an underdog, and he found one in center Ryan Wendell. The starting pivot for the New England Patriots arrived as an undrafted free agent in 2008, with a strong recommendation from Belichick pal and confidant Pat Hill, whose experience as an NFL offensive line coach gives him …
From the community

Football officials classes at Bangor

Bangor Daily News on July 29, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor chapter of Maine Football Officials will begin 11 weeks of classes for prospective officials at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the lecture hall of Bangor High School. New officials will be allowed and encouraged to referee middle school and youth league games this fall once …

Sports briefs for July 28, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on July 28, 2014, at 7:49 p.m.
Patriots claim RB Gaffney off waivers The New England Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina on Monday. Gaffney, 23, was originally drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Stanford. He was injured in training camp and was released …

TV radio sports schedule for July 26-27, 2014

on July 26, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, John Wayne Walding 400, final practice, 9 a.m., ESPN2-TV; qualifying, 2 p.m., ESPN-TV Global RallyCross Series, 2 p.m., NBC-TV NASCAR Nationwide, Lilly Diabetes 250, qualifying, noon, FS1-TV; race, 4:30 p.m., ESPN-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio ATHLETICS CrossFit Games, 8 p.m., ESPN-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR …
Baltimore Ravens team president  Richard W. Cass  speaks with  running back Ray Rice (27) after practice Thursday at Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Does the NFL have a women problem?

By Cindy Boren, Washington Post on July 25, 2014, at 10:49 p.m.
The NFL sent a message with its latest disciplinary move, suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice because of a domestic incident that it deems to be a violation of its personal conduct policy. Unfortunately, the recipients of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message are women. Rice was suspended the first two …
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility Thursday in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Pats’ Gronkowski: ‘I’m not 100 percent’

By The Sports Xchange on July 25, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared by doctors to play, but he said after training camp Friday that he is not quite at that point just yet. Gronkowski has participated in individual drills for the past two days and watched from the sidelines during team drills. He …

Ravens’ Ray Rice suspended by NFL for two games

By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun on July 24, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.
The Ravens have known for a while that they’d likely be without Ray Rice at the start of the 2014 season. Now, they know exactly how long their top running back will be sidelined. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday handed downed a two-game suspension without pay to Rice for …
Rob Gronkowski

Patriots’ tight end Gronkowski cleared for training camp

By The Sports Xchange on July 24, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, has been fully cleared for training camp. The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on …

Sports briefs for July 23, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on July 23, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
Maine U17 team opens AAU nationals with victory LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Nick Mayo scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Wednesday as the Maine Athletic Club 17-and-under boys basketball team opened pool play at the AAU 11th-Grade National Championships with a 60-42 victory over the Georgia Magic. Coach Carl Parker’s …
Head coach Jack Cosgrove looks on as sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins scrambles for yardage during the 10th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage at Morse Field at the University of Maine.

Members of UMaine football team accused of illegal drinking at Sand Beach

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A gathering Saturday at Sand Beach that included members of the University of Maine football team resulted in four players being charged with alcohol violations, according to national park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said three people were charged with underage drinking after being seen drinking …

Orono High grad Cowan named new Old Town football coach

By Ernie Clark on July 23, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — When Lance Cowan first became an assistant football coach at Old Town High School eight years ago, the program was locked in a battle for survival. “That first year we were struggling to get 17 kids on the bus for away trips,” he said. But fortunes …
Maine defensive end Trevor Bates (92) tries to get a hand on a pass from Villanova quarterback John Robertson (19) during their game Sept. 29, 2012 in Orono. The CAA has named Bates a preseason All-Conference selection.

Defending league champ UMaine picked to finish seventh in CAA preseason football poll

on July 23, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
The University of Maine football team captured the Colonial Athletic Association title last season, won 10 games and hosted its first NCAA playoff game, but voters seem skeptical that the Black Bears will do the same this season as they were picked to finish seventh in the CAA preseason poll …

Sports briefs for July 22, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on July 22, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
Former Red Sox players set camp fundraisers in Oakland Former Boston Red Sox players Jim Lonborg, Bill Lee and Mike Torrez will be among 14 Major League Baseball alumni hosting an opening day clinic on Monday for the girls and boys at the New England Baseball Camp on McGrath Pond …
NBC Sports commentator Tony Dungy

Dungy clarifies his comments on gay football player

By The Sports Xchange on July 22, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. Dungy said Tuesday that Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. His intial concern was with the media …

Sports briefs for July 21, 2014

By -- From Staff and Wire Reports on July 22, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Field hockey festival Saturday The Maine Field Hockey Association’s annual Field Hockey Festival will be held Saturday at Thomas College in Waterville. Thirty­-five teams will gather from around the state to play in a seven-on-seven round robin format. Games begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with a …

California law limits school football practices to cut concussions

By Sharon Bernstein, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 9:16 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., — Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport. The measure, which limits practices with full-on tackling during …
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