Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin walks off the field following the completion of the game against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 6. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3.

NCAA lifts postseason ban from Penn State football

By Erik Matuszewski, Bloomberg on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
NEW YORK — Penn State’s football team’s postseason ban was lifted Monday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which said the school has made significant progress toward ensuring its athletic department functions with integrity. The NCAA imposed unprecedented sanctions on Penn State in 2012 in the aftermath of the child …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) yells out signals at the line of scrimmage during Sunday's game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The Dolphins won 33-20, prompting concerns about the Patriots' offensive and defensive lines.

Trench goats: Patriots face real issues on both lines

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the first time in the Tom Brady era, the New England Patriots are in sole possession of last place in the AFC East. More alarming, however, is the way in which New England was dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball in the …

TV, radio schedule for September 9, 2014

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BALTIMORE at BOSTON, 7 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 Millinocket (94.9 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), …
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) watches their game against the New Orleans Saints from the bench in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in this Aug. 28 photo.

Rice cut by Ravens, suspended indefinitely by NFL

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 08, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens released running back Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely on Monday, hours after a graphic video surfaced showing him knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City hotel elevator in February. Within minutes of the Ravens’ decision, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Rice’s suspension. Rice’s …
Mike Kozlakowski (right) of the University of Maine sacks Norfolk State quarterback Malik Stokes during their Aug. 30 football game at Morse Field in Orono. Kozlakowski has been lost for the season with a ruptured right biceps muscle.

UMaine football’s Kozlakowski lost to injury for second straight year

By Pete Warner on Sept. 08, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Mike Kozlakowski has dedicated himself to the weight room as a member of the University of Maine football team. As it turns out, he is a little bit too strong for what his body could handle. The junior, who spent last fall working his way back from a ruptured biceps …

Manning, Broncos hold off Colts

By SportsDirect on Sept. 08, 2014, at 1:45 a.m.
DENVER — Peyton Manning threw three first-half touchdown passes to Julius Thomas as Denver built a big lead and held off a late comeback by Indianapolis for a 31-24 NFL victory Sunday night. Manning finished 22-of-36 for 269 yards, Thomas had seven catches for 104 yards and Montee Ball rushed …
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito (70) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the first half Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. DeVito later left the game with an Achilles tendon injury.

Former UMaine standout may miss rest of NFL season

By Wire Service Reports on Sept. 07, 2014, at 9:50 p.m.
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Chiefs starting defensive end Mike DeVito, a former University of Maine standout, suffered an Achilles tendon injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans and is likely lost for the season. Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid confirmed that DeVito and three-time …

Kaepernick guides 49ers by mistake-prone Cowboys

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 07, 2014, at 8:15 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Colin Kaepernick tossed two touchdown passes to tight end Vernon Davis and the San Francisco 49ers took advantage of four first-half turnovers to overwhelm Dallas in the season opener 28-17 Sunday. Chris Culliver returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and Eric Reed, Perrish Cox and …
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) hits New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second half Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Miami won 33-20.

Dolphins beat up Patriots in opener

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 07, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
MIAMI — For the past decade, no team beat the New England Patriots on opening weekend. The Miami Dolphins emphatically changed that trend Sunday, pushing the Patriots around on both sides of the ball and shutting them out in the second half for a 33-20 victory at Sun Life Stadium. …

Husson football team drops opener to Alfred

on Sept. 07, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
ALFRED, New York — The Alfred University Saxons scored 20 second-quarter points en route to a 34-17 season-opening college football win Saturday over the Husson University Eagles. Tyler Johnson completed 18 of 24 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns and was not intercepted for Alfred, which also gained 142 …

Orono-Houlton football summary

on Sept. 06, 2014, at 12:43 a.m.
Red Riots 28, Shiretowners 12 Houlton 0-12-0-0 — 12 Orono 0-0-22-6 — 28 H—Drew 29 run (kick failed) H—Drew 36 run (kick blocked) O—Fowler 33 run (Collett rush) O—T. Lucy 5 run (Fowler rush) O—Fowler 4 run (Collett rush) O—Collett 2 run (rush failed) Individual Statistics Rushing — Houlton: Drew …
Mt. Blue's Alex Gilbert (23) looks to avoid a tackle by Hampden's Cooper Bennett during a game in Hampden on Friday. Mt. Blue won the game 54-13. For more photos from this game, please visit

Mt. Blue football team runs past Hampden in opener

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:52 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Cougar Gun, meet ground-and-pound. The Mt. Blue Cougars made new head coach Jim Aylward feel quite at home Friday night, churning out 376 rushing yards and scoring 42 unanswered points during the final three quarters of their season-opening 54-13 Class B football victory over Hampden Academy. Aylward, …
Orono's Keenan Colett (32) tackles Houlton's Jake Drew (5) in the first half of their game in Orono on Friday.

Orono plays it to a ‘T,’ reverts to familiar offense to rally past Houlton

By Pete Warner on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:34 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Friday night served as the unveiling of what the Orono High School football team hopes will be a revamped, more diversified offense. However, facing a two-touchdown deficit at halftime, the Red Riots went back to the scheme that has been their bread and butter for many years. …

Junior running back powers Bangor to opening win over Edward Little

By Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:07 p.m.
AUBURN — Knowing well what happened on opening night a year ago, when they narrowly escaped an upset bid by Edward Little, the Bangor Rams left nothing to chance Friday. The Rams rode a four-touchdown effort from junior Dane Johnson and got two more from senior Langston Hamer-Nagle as they …

High school football weekend scores

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
Saturday’s scores Cheverus 41, Portland 3 Dexter 20, Medomak Valley 7 (exhib.) Fryeburg 14, Kennebunk 12 Lisbon 28, Winthrop 24 MDI 20, Nokomis 14 Oak Hill 47, Telstar 14 Old Orchard 26, Traip 6 Old Town 52, Camden Hills 12 Thornton Acad. 47, South Portland 6 Waterville 36, Foxcroft 14 …

TV radio sports schedule for Sept. 6-7, 2014

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING Formula One, Italian Grand Prix, 8 a.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR Sprint Cup, Federated Auto Parts 400, 7:30 p.m., ABC-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE TORONTO at BOSTON, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium in this August 2014 file photo.

Brady, Gronkowski listed as questionable for opener, but QB says he’s ‘ready to go’

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
New England listed quarterback Tom Brady, as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski, as questionable on Friday as the Patriots prepare for Sunday’s season opener at Miami. Brady said he will be “ready to go”despite a calf injury. He returned to practice on Friday, stretching and jogging in warm-ups during …
Michael Young, general manager of WABI-TV in Bangor

WABI makes offer to DISH to resolve blackout with Sunday Patriots game looming

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
Community Broadcast Service, which operates WABI-TV (CBS) and WABI DT2 (CW), made a contract offer to the DISH Network on Friday afternoon to try to restore their stations on the satellite provider in time for the 1 p.m. Sunday NFL opener between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, according …
Husson University football head coach Gabby Price looks at a play during an October practice in Bangor.

Husson football team hopes to diversify offense to complement defense in 2014

By Pete Warner on Sept. 05, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Husson University boasted one of the stingiest defenses in all of Division III football last fall. The Eagles allowed only 271 yards per game (to rank 11th) and also limited opponents to 17.1 points per contest (34th). This season, second-year coach Gabby Price hopes his squad can …
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Thursday night.

Lynch, Seahawks cruise past Packers in opener

By Scott Johnson, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 05, 2014, at 12:11 a.m.
SEATTLE — After closing out last season with the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t show any signs of a letdown Thursday night. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, the Seattle defense began the second half with two big plays, and the …
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