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Stearns players watch from the sidelines as their teammates attempt to stop a Medomak Valley play during their game on Sept. 11 in Millinocket.

Maine high school football’s battle for safety, survival

“More schools are playing football, but fewer kids are playing football per school,” said Steve Waceken, who has coached football in Millinocket for nearly two decades.
Fort Fairfield's Ryan Player (second from right) sits on the field with the ball on his stomach, while teammate Chris Gill (left) and Central Aroostook's Dustin Pryor (right) circle around him during the first half of their game Tuesday in Fort Fairfield. Fort Fairfield's Josh Ricker looks on from behind.

Switch pays off in Fort Fairfield soccer team’s win over Central Aroostook

Ryan Player is perfectly content at his regular center midfield position, but with his team trailing by a goal late in …
Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts rounds the bases on his solo home run to left during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees on Sept. 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Red Sox player to compete in World Series of Bowling event

Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts has entered the Professional Bowlers Association’s GEICO World Series of Bowling VII on Dec. 7-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.
Nathalie St. Pierre (from left), Riley Field and Emily Hogan have helped lead the Messalonskee field hockey team to a 12-0 record and No. 1 spot in Class A North.

Messalonskee making run at elusive regional field hockey championship

HAMPDEN | The Messalonskee High School field hockey program from Oakland is among the state’s best, but rival Skowhegan has continually prevented the Eagles …
Houston Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card playoff game Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Houston won 3-0.

Astros eliminate Yankees from postseason

NEW YORK — Pitching on three days’ rest, Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in six outstanding innings, and the Houston Astros eliminated the New York …
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (center) makes the save on a deflection by Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (left) in the second period on Oct. 2 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Former UMaine star battling for goaltending job with Red Wings

“I don’t think this preseason has been different than any other year,” said Jimmy Howard. “You’re always fighting for your position. There’s always a young guy who wants your job.”
Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (left) congratulates right wing Brian Flynn as he scored a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period on Sept. 28 at Videotron Centre in Quebec.

Seven former UMaine players earn roster spots with NHL teams

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is one of seven former University of Maine players who will be on NHL rosters when the season opens Wednesday night.

College roundup: Gleason leads UMF women’s soccer team by USM

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Ashley Gleason recorded a goal and an assist in a three-goal first half to lead the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers to …
Andrew Fleming

Oxford Hills standout finds right fit in UMaine men’s basketball

“I just feel like they really want to win,” Andrew Fleming said.
Austin Theriault

Fort Kent native expects to race again after horrific crash

Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault expects to race again this season despite suffering a compression fracture in his lower back after hitting the wall head-on during …
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton (left) controls the puck defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (center) and defenseman Brent Burns during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose in this Sept. 29 file photo.

Former UMaine defenseman earns roster spot with NHL’s Canucks

Former University of Maine All-American defenseman Ben Hutton has earned a roster spot for the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks. Hutton decided to pass up …
Jeffery DeVaughn of the University of Maine pulls down Richmond's Brian Brown during Saturday's CAA game at Richmond, Virginia. UMaine's Sherrod Baltimore (right) looks on.

UMaine football’s weekend loss exposes inexperience in roster

The inexperience of the University of Maine’s secondary was exposed during Saturday’s 48-17 Colonial Athletic Association football loss at Richmond, Virginia.
Evan Graves

Mainers win overall titles at Maine Marathon

A couple of familiar faces took home individual titles during the 2015 Maine Marathon held on Sunday in Portland. Evan Graves of Caribou was the …

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