Phillies trade Papelbon to Nationals, push for Hamels offers

By The Sports Xchange on July 28, 2015, at 7:50 p.m.
While the Philadelphia Phillies would like to receive offers from other teams for starting pitcher Cole Hamels by Wednesday, they reportedly traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. The deal for Papelbon had yet to be announced by the teams, but according to a, the Nationals …

Russian defenseman decommits from UMaine hockey

By Larry Mahoney on July 28, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
The University of Maine men’s hockey program has lost another recruit, this time to the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Russian defenseman Konstantin Chernyuk, who verbally committed to attend Maine in January 2014, has decided to play for the Frontenacs. The Ontario Hockey League is one of three …
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 …
Aruba shortstop Xander Bogaerts reaches for the ball while California’s Matt Knight steals second base during a Senior League World Series game on Aug. 21, 2009, at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bogaerts is now the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.

MLB scouts to test top players during Senior League World Series

By Ernie Clark on July 28, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
BANGOR | Xander Bogaerts already was on the radar of Boston Red Sox scouts when he played for Aruba in the 2009 Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium. When that tournament concluded, both he and twin brother Jair reportedly were driven to Fenway Park in Boston where they …

Maine recruit signs with Kingston

on July 28, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
Konstantin Chernyuk will take his talents to Kingston. The 17-year-old defenseman who committed to the University of Maine in the fall of 2013 has foregone his NCAA eligibility and signed with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League Monday evening. He was drafted in the first round by Kingston …
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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 …
James Prescott, pitcher for the Coffee News Comrades, sends an offering to a Post 51 hitter during the Zone 1 American Legion tourney's championship round Saturday night at Husson University's Winkin Complex in Bangor.

Bangor faces familiar foe in state Legion baseball tournament

By Ernie Clark on July 28, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
The 2015 American Legion baseball state tournament will start where the 2014 event concluded for defending state champion Coffee News of Bangor. The Comrades, who enter this year’s eight-team state tournament as the Zone 1 tournament runner-up, edged Bessey Motors of South Paris 2-0 in last year’s state final behind …
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Bangor, Portland TV stations change sports staffs

By Larry Mahoney on July 28, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
NBC affiliates and sister TV stations WCSH 6 in Portland and WLBZ 2 in Bangor are making changes to their sports staffs. Jessica Gagne, the weekend sports anchor at WCSH 6 after serving as daily sports anchor at WLBZ 2, will make the move over to news at WCHS 6 …

US drops Boston’s embattled bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

By Scott Malone and Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters on July 28, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event. The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought …

Local sports results for July 27, 2015

on July 28, 2015, at 6:04 a.m.
Little League all-stars State tourneys Baseball Ages 11-12 At Sukeforth Field, Waldoboro Rec. Complex Saturday, July 25 District 4 (Biddeford) 13, District 6 (Westbrook) 1 District 5 (Hall-Dale) 3, District 3 (Bangor West) 2 Sunday, July 26 District 6 (Westbrook) 11, District 2 (Oceanside) 9 District 3 (Bangor West) 11, …
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter of game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

Warriors trade Lee to Celtics for Wallace, Babb

By The Sports Xchange on July 28, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
The Golden State Warriors traded forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics on Monday in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb. Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with …
Chicago's Melky Cabrera calls timeout after safely sliding past the tag of Boston Red Sox second baseman Jemile Weeks for a double during the third inning Monday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

White Sox record 15 hits in 10-7 win over Red Sox

By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange on July 27, 2015, at 11:25 p.m.
BOSTON — Adam Eaton hit a game-opening triple and collected three hits and a pair of RBIs in his return as the Chicago White Sox earned a 10-8 win over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Fenway Park. The designated hitter, who …

Trenton snaps Sea Dogs’ four-game win streak

on July 27, 2015, at 10:32 p.m.
TRENTON, New Jersey — Trenton snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in sixth inning and took the series opener from the Portland Sea Dogs 3-2 in Eastern League baseball action Monday night at Arm & Hammer Park. Trenton snapped Portland’s four-game winning streak. Danny Oh scored all three runs …
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 …

Bangor West, Saco, Medomak, Scarborough advance in Little League state tourney

on July 27, 2015, at 9:22 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | The Bangor West, Saco, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Scarborough all-star teams advanced to the semifinal round of the Little League baseball state tourney for ages 10-11 after the final day of pool play Monday at Kedderis Field. No. 3 Bangor West will take on No. 2 …
Staci Creech has a one-shot lead after the first round of the Maine Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament Monday at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club.

Veazie’s Staci Creech takes one-shot lead after first round of Maine Women’s Amateur

By Larry Mahoney on July 27, 2015, at 8:32 p.m.
Staci Creech of Veazie and the Bangor Municipal Golf Course shot a 3-over-par 75 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the 54-hole Maine Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament Monday at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club in Saco. The 42-year-old Creech, wife of University of Maine athletic director Karlton …

Sports briefs for July 27, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on July 27, 2015, at 8:26 p.m.
NFL to spot-check footballs The NFL will start spot-checking the inflation of footballs this year in the wake of the Deflategate scandal. Mike Pereira, the league’s former head of officiating, wrote an article Sunday on, detailing the NFL’s new football-monitoring procedures. According to Pereira: Each team will supply 12 …
The Boston Red Sox have traded right fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels.

Red Sox trade right fielder Victorino to Angels

By The Sports Xchange on July 27, 2015, at 7:42 p.m.
The Boston Red Sox traded injury-plagued outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor-league infielder Josh Rutledge, the Red Sox announced Monday. To fill Victorino’s spot on the 25-man roster, Boston recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket. Castillo was scheduled to start …
Dave Bartasuis of Poland reacts as his putt for birdie on the 17th hole just misses during Monday's opening round of the 2015 Charlie's Maine Open at the Augusta Country Club in Manchester.

Virginia golfer’s 6-under 64 tops Maine Open’s first round

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on July 27, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
  MANCHESTER | Brian Agee is first alphabetically among the 144 golfers in the Charlie’s Maine Open. It’s his first time in Maine. He’s been assigned to the first group of the opening day in both tournaments during his visit. And in keeping with the theme, he’s the first …

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