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Will we ever see 4-on-4 overtime in college hockey?

on July 22, 2016, at 12 p.m.
To most, the summer months may seem like a relatively quiet time in the world of college hockey. What a lot of fans may not realize is that behind the scenes, coaches and league administrators are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. A hot topic among college hockey …
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Reducing ticket prices right move for UMaine hockey program

on July 07, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Vacation time is on the horizon for this scribe, a middle-of-summer tradition for scribes everywhere. While counting down the hours until 4:00 on Friday afternoon, plenty of items in my “barbell bag” to get to across the local and national sports landscape – Two pieces of big news have centered …
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UMaine hockey schedule features wide variety of challenges

on July 02, 2016, at 8 a.m.
It may be Fourth of July weekend, which signifies cookouts, sunshine and time at the beach in these parts, but in Maine, it’s never too early to think about hockey. Fans of the University of Maine men’s hockey team team woke up Friday morning to exciting news that the Black …
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Maine running standouts have made their mark on home state

on June 30, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Maine has produced many extraordinary athletes in multiple different sports over the years. Cindy Blodgett, Trevor Bates, Mike Bordick and Ryan Flaherty are a few select Pine Tree State natives who have excelled in their sport to the point where they embarked on professional careers, with Bates set to start …
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Paul Kariya belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame

on June 29, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
Every year, in every professional sport, we see Hall of Fame “snubs.” For those of you not familiar with that term, those are players who deserve to be enshrined in their sport’s Hall of Fame, but come up shockingly short in the voting process. This summer, you can say that …
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Former UMaine track star flexes muscles in “American Ninja Warrior” qualifier

on June 28, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
When I’m not writing for this newspaper, I’m a fitness trainer. So naturally, I’ve become a fan of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” over the years. Part of me wants to try it once, just to cross it off the “bucket list.” Now, Jesse Labreck has given people throughout Maine even …
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High school athletes: Train hard, but find time to enjoy your summer

on June 26, 2016, at 10 a.m.
For high school athletes and educators throughout Maine, this is a fantastic time of year. For educators, another school year has just wrapped up. The same goes for Maine’s best scholastic athletes, whose seasons came to an end last weekend with state championship hardware being handed out in baseball, softball …
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High school athletes: Train hard, but find time to enjoy your summer

on June 26, 2016, at 10 a.m.
For high school athletes and educators throughout Maine, this is a fantastic time of year. For educators, another school year has just wrapped up. The same goes for Maine’s best scholastic athletes, whose seasons came to an end last weekend with state championship hardware being handed out in baseball, softball …
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LeBron should’ve acknowledged former Cavaliers after winning title

on June 21, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 48 hours, LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers ended the city’s long championship drought Sunday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. In winning the franchise’s first championship, the Cavs became the first team …
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Searsport pitcher showed incredible heart, poise in state championship win

on June 19, 2016, at 7:26 p.m.
Sometimes, all it takes is one piece of adversity to test the championship mettle of an athlete. Saturday’s Class D state high school baseball championship game between Searsport and Penobscot Valley provided a fantastic glimpse of that. Vikings senior righthander Kyle Moore had been cruising through three innings of work, …
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Even in the midst of dynasties, heartbreak can happen

on June 14, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
It’s pretty easy to say that Maine sports fans have been spoiled with lots of championships over the years. Since Adam Vinatieri split the uprights at the Superdome in New Orleans in February 2002, clinching the New England Patriots first Super Bowl championship, the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics …
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Warriors showing a Patriots-like approach in taking control of NBA Finals

on June 11, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
If you’re a fan of the New England Patriots or Boston Celtics – which I have been my entire life – you certainly know the importance of the word “team.” Team basketball, which was a major cog of the success of the 1985-86 Celtics, arguably the best team in NBA …
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Warriors fluent ball movement, defense only adding to Cleveland’s heartbreak

on June 06, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
Usually, a “Hat Trick” consists of only three hot topics. But sometimes, you have to make exceptions. There are quite a few hot topics from the sports world to get to this week that there wasn’t room for just three. I guess we can call it cleaning out my dumbbell …
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Three Portland games unusual, but UMaine hockey fans known for traveling in droves

on June 03, 2016, at 12 p.m.
University of Maine hockey fans are known for being among the most loyal college hockey fans in the country. After all, the pregame introductions at Alfond Arena often dub the “old girl,” as coach Red Gendron often calls it, as the “home of college hockey’s greatest fans.” UMaine fans have …
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Weekend Hat Trick: Buchholz a potential fatal flaw for Sox

on May 29, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
No matter how great a team is, there is always a potential fatal flaw somewhere in the fold. Take a look at the 2004 Boston Red Sox, which eradicated an 86-year curse and captivated the hearts of championship-starved baseball fans throughout New England. That club had a powerful lineup and …
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Return to Frozen Fenway a huge win for UMaine hockey program, fans

on May 18, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
No matter the age you started playing the game of hockey, there is a chance your early introductions to the game included playing in an outdoor neighborhood rink with your friends. Even though I never played organized hockey, there was nothing better than slapping the puck around on Century Street …
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Monday Hat Trick: Bishop injury a scary moment for UMaine fans

on May 16, 2016, at 8:36 a.m.
Ben Bishop can’t seem to catch a break. During the Tampa Bay Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, a groin injury hampered the former University of Maine goaltender and his Lightning fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. As Tampa Bay opened the Eastern Conference Finals …
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Celebration of Brewer track program one 100 years in the making

on May 07, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
Over in a corner of the Brewer Community School track, two longtime friends, classmates and former training partners watched in awe as 17 Brewer track alumns toed the starting line, ready to relive their glory days over four laps and one mile. As she headed to the starting line, Deedra …
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Monday Hat Trick: UMaine softball team worth your attention

on May 02, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
Over the last few months, some significant sports news has circulated out of our state’s flagship University, from coaches receiving contract extensions to high-profile recruits preparing to come to Orono in the fall. Perhaps somewhat lost in all that is the fact that the University of Maine has a pretty …
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Celtics had heart, determination and great coaching, but not enough talent

on April 29, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
It’s hard not to love this hard-working, scrappy and determined group of Boston Celtics. What coach Brad Stevens’ club lacked in talent, they made up for with passion and determination. It personifies the toughness and grit of their city and an entire region. It’s something guys like LeBron James can …