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Spring’s homer in 11th lifts Sea Dogs to fifth straight win

on April 22, 2014, at 11:14 p.m.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs (12-4) needed a few more innings, but powered past the Binghamton Mets (9-7) 5-3 in 11 innings, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton. The win marked the sixth straight and first extra-inning game of the season for the Sea Dogs. The battle …
Jordan Caron (right) of the Boston Bruins scores on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Tuesday. The Bruins won 3-0.

Rask shuts out Red Wings; Bruins lead series 2-1

By Paul Harris, The Sports Xchange on April 22, 2014, at 10:59 p.m.
DETROIT — Boston is wary of the Detroit Red Wings’ speed, but it was the Bruins who were the swifter team on Tuesday night. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and Boston beat Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Game …
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a double two-run double against his former team in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees won 9-3.

Ellsbury propels Yankees past Red Sox

By Pete Caldera, The Record (Hackensack) on April 22, 2014, at 10:57 p.m.
BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury had already reminded the Fenway Park fans what they were missing _– a triple off the wall, a sprawling catch in center field to save an extra-base hit — when the Red Sox paid tribute to his Boston years. A sellout crowd cheered the Ellsbury video …

TV, radio schedule for April 23, 2014

on April 22, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE NEW YORK YANKEES at BOSTON, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV, NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WDME Dover-Foxcroft (103.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (1240 AM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ …

Sea Dogs win fifth straight game

on April 22, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs (11-4) made it five straight wins, defeating the Binghamton Mets (9-6) 7-4 on Monday night in the series opener at NYSEG Stadium. Portland made history in the first inning, turning their first triple play in franchise history. The Sea Dogs clinched a winning …

Major League Baseball’s new replay system good for a ‘Popsicle headache’

By Pete Warner on April 22, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a Popsicle headache from this new MLB replay system. Here is what I see so far… A manager doesn’t like an umpire call … he slowly heads out to the field, turning just right so he can see his dugout … the …
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) gets tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty (3) to end the eighth inning at Fenway Park.

Orioles rough up Buchholz, beat Red Sox on Patriot’s Day

By The Sports Xchange on April 21, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
BOSTON — The Baltimore Orioles jumped on Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning, driving him from the game with just one out in the inning, on their way to a 7-6 win Monday at Fenway Park. In the traditional early start on Patriot’s …

Wawrinka fights back to beat Federer in Monte Carlo final

From wire reports on April 20, 2014, at 8:18 p.m.
MONTE CARLO — Stanislas Wawrinka signaled his French Open ambitions by beating Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the …
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) controls the puck while defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday.

Quick start propels Bruins past Red Wings to tie series

By Doug Alden, The Sports Xchange on April 20, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass. — Boston abandoned the cautious approach against Detroit’s speed and returned to the style that led the Bruins to the top record during the NHL’s regular season. The Bruins appeared big and bad once again Sunday, outmuscling the Red Wings early and getting to the net often during …

TV, radio sports schedule for April 21, 2014

on April 20, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BALTIMORE at BOSTON, 11 a.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor (620 AM), WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WSYY Millinocket (1240 AM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WEZQ-FM, Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (, WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WFAU …
Chris Davis (19) of Baltimore slides past the tag of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) during the third inning of Friday night's game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Orioles won 8-4.

Schoop sparks Orioles past Red Sox

By Ken Powtak, The Sports Xchange on April 18, 2014, at 10:53 p.m.
BOSTON — Light-hitting third baseman Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and winning pitcher Chris Tillman labored through five tough innings on a chilly Friday night in Fenway Park to lift the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the struggling Boston Red Sox. Right fielder Nick Markakis had …
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) maintains his concentration as he is crashed into by Boston's Jarome Inginla during Friday's NHL playoff game at TD Garden in Boston. Howard, a former University of Maine standout, helped the Red Wings shut out the Bruins 1-0.

Red Wings’ Howard shuts out Bruins 1-0 in playoff opener

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 10:29 p.m.
BOSTON — Center Pavel Datsyuk broke a scoreless tie with a goal with 3:01 left in regulation and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night to take 1-0 lead in the opening round of Eastern Conference playoffs. Detroit goaltender Jimmy …

Sports briefs for April 18, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
NCAA could give transfers extra year The NCAA’s Division I Leadership Council recommended that some athletes who transfer to other schools via hardships should be allowed an extra year of eligibility. The council proposed that athletes forced to sit out a year after transferring should be given a sixth year …

NBA settles ties for draft order

By Wire Service Report on April 18, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
Four ties among teams that finished the regular season with identical records were broken Friday through random drawings to help determine the order of this year’s NBA Draft, which is June 26. Here are the results of the drawings: Utah (25-57) won a tiebreaker with Boston. Brooklyn (44-38) won a …

Rangers open playoffs with win over Flyers

By Wire Service Reports on April 18, 2014, at 7:05 a.m.
NEW YORK — Brad Richards scored the go-ahead power-play goal midway into the third period and set up two other tallies as New York maintained its home dominance of Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Derek Stepan scored with the man advantage …
Jon Lester (31) of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during Thursday night's game at U.S Cellular Field. Boston won 3-1.

Red Sox rally behind Lester in 9th, beat White Sox

By Meghan Montemurro, The Sports Xchange on April 17, 2014, at 11:40 p.m.
CHICAGO — Anytime David Ross gets to be behind the plate for one of Jon Lester’s starts, the catcher has total confidence that the left-hander will put the Boston Red Sox in a position to win. Lester certainly did not disappoint Thursday against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular …

Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on April 17, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.
Golf courses set to open The Northport Golf Club, the Lucerne Golf Club and Sonny’s Par 3 & Driving Range will be opening in the next two days. Northport opens for the season on Friday, April 18, once the frost is gone for walkers only. Lucerne is scheduled to open …

Red Sox happy Napoli won’t be out long

By The Sports Xchange on April 17, 2014, at 6:47 p.m.
CHICAGO — All things considered, the Red Sox caught a break after first baseman Mike Napoli grotesquely dislocated the ring finger on his left hand Tuesday night. Napoli injured the finger diving headfirst into second base in the top of the ninth inning of a tied game against the Chicago …

Solving Bruins’ Chara a sizable task for Red Wings

By Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press on April 17, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
Tomas Tatar resorted to size-ism to identify the two Z’s in his life, because he got tired of wondering whether it was his Red Wings teammate or his Slovak teammate calling. Zdeno Chara — towering captain of the Boston Bruins — became “big Z,” while Henrik Zetterberg — ailing captain …
Former University of Maine All-America goaltender Jimmy Howard, pictured in an April 11 game, leads the Detroit Red Wings into their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Bruins beginning Friday night at TD Garden.

Former UMaine All-America goalie Howard hopes to spark Red Wings to playoff upset vs. Bruins

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Ten years ago, Jimmy Howard took center stage at TD Garden in Boston. In what is considered one of the best finals in Hockey East history, Howard made 63 saves as the University of Maine beat Massachusetts 2-1 in triple overtime. He led that Black Bears team to a berth …
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