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Graham Safford of Bates College (left) is pictured during a recent NESCAC game in Lewiston. The former Hampden Academy standout lost his dad, David Hollis, to brain cancer on Christmas Day, 2010.

Bates College senior finds inspiration, hope through Christmas tragedy

Graham Safford is an intense competitor on the basketball court. It was obvious during his high school career — two years each at Camden Hills …
Former University of Maine basketball star Nate J. Fox, who was fatally shot in Bloomingdale, Illinois, on Monday and a 2013 Jaguar XJ like the one he was driving when he was killed.

Details sought in shooting death of former UMaine basketball player in Illinois

BLOOMINGDALE, Illinois — Bloomingdale and DuPage County authorities were seeking answers Thursday in the mysterious shooting death of a former University of Maine basketball player …
Crowsneck Boutin (right) celebrates after winning a mixed martial arts bout during 2014. The Trescott native, who lives in Portland, has overcome a troubled past to become New England Fights' Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year.

A life behind bars: Down East fighter finds redemption in mixed martial arts

PORTLAND | Crowsneck Boutin has been fighting virtually all of his life. For much of those 29 years he has been punished — even …

Former UMaine basketball standout Nate Fox killed in Chicago suburb

A former University of Maine men’s basketball standout reportedly was shot and killed Monday night in his driveway in a Chicago suburb. Nate Fox, 37, …
Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England starters expect to play a normal amount of reps during Sunday's game against Buffalo, despite the fact the Patriots have clinched home field throughout the NFL playoffs.

With everything clinched, business as usual for Patriots

To play or not to play, that is the question. Or, put a different way, rust vs. rest? With the New England Patriots (12-3) having …
Old Town's Drew Coulombe (center) looks to pass around Orono's Damian Heeger (left) and Keenan Collett during their basketball game Tuesday at Orono. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Late blocked shot helps Old Town outlast Orono

The undermanned Orono Red Riots were poised to upset defending Class B state champion Old Town on Tuesday night — only to …
Brianna Skolfield (32) of Central High School of East Corinth finds herself surrounded by Dexter's Tasha Pratt (20), Lauren Crane (22), and Jordyn Bell (5) during a 2012 game.

Central High basketball star determined to have strong senior year despite torn ACL

Bre Skolfield is a special athlete who has a unique distinction. And the Central High School senior center is hoping to overcome a torn anterior …
Loui Eriksson (21) of Boston skates past sprawled Nashville defenseman Roman Josi during the third period of Tuesday night's game at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Bruins won 5-3.

Marchand, Eriksson spark Bruins past Predators

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins hit their Christmas break with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Left winger Brad Marchand scored …
Connor Leen (center) and Devin Shore (foreground), pictured during an Oct. 25 game, hope to help the University of Maine hockey team bounce back from a poor first half of the season when the Black Bears return to action next week.

UMaine men’s hockey team determined to atone for poor first half

The University of Maine men’s hockey team will return to the ice next Sunday as it tries to erase the memories of a disappointing first …
Orlando's Kyle O'Quinn (2) blocks the shot of Boston's Kelly Olynyk (41) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday night.

Magic halt four-game skid with win over Celtics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tobias Harris scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 100-95 Tuesday night …

Chasse helps Orono girls edge Central in 2 OTs

The girls from Orono High School and Central High School of Corinth provided the onlookers at the Orono High School gym with …
Denver cornerback Aqib Talib (21) tackles Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham in the first half of Monday night's game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals knocked off the Broncos to earn a playoff spot.

Bengals knock off Broncos; Patriots earn home field throughout playoffs

CINCINNATI — Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for 147 yards, and Cincinnati picked off Peyton Manning four times in a 37-28 victory over the Denver …
Freshman Christiana Gerostergiou made a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left on Sunday to lift the University of Maine women's basketball team to a 54-51 victory over William & Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia.

Freshman’s 3-pointer lifts UMaine women’s basketball team past William & Mary

Christiana Gerostergiou provided the University of Maine women’s basketball team with a bit of an early Christmas present on Sunday afternoon. The freshman guard hit …

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