PHILADELPHIA — After a disastrous 27-win season, the Philadelphia 76ers started a new preseason under first-year coach Doug Collins much the same way — with three straight losses. That finally changed on Tuesday night. Marreese Speights scored 19 points and Lou Williams added 16… Read More
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Shaq’s debut was a hit. Shaquille O’Neal scored eight points in his debut with the Boston Celtics and the defending Eastern Conference champions opened their preseason with a 93-65 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Ray Allen led Boston… Read More
    Most Division I coaches who evaluated Kelsey Mattice got stuck on the fact she stands only 5-foot-5. University of Maine women's basketball coach Cindy Blodgett looked past the point guard's stature and instead saw her considerable skills. Mattice plans to prove the doubters wrong… Read More
        There will be plenty of chances for local high school basketball players to hone their skills before the upcoming season at the Bangor Y this fall.     Former longtime high school basketball coach Bob Cimbollek, whose teams earned 446 victories in his 40 years of… Read More
    Maine Sports Legends will honor 13 individuals as inductees into its Hall of Honors Sunday at Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. Selections from Northern Maine are William Haskell (posthumous), Emery Plourde (posthumous), Jeanette Peters and Dana Hews. From Eastern Maine are David Ames, Donald Dow and… Read More
    Bob Brown, who has been coaching basketball for more than 40 years, is among five people who will be inducted next month into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame. Carroll LaHaye, Jeff Hart and Dean Erickson also will be honored, while Bob Morrill will be inducted… Read More
    NEWPORT, R.I. — Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen may have even more space to get off his textbook jumper. The performance could have been a personal shooting video except that it happened in the spotlight of the last spring’s NBA Finals: Allen twists and turns away… Read More
    The University of Maine men's basketball team will get some prime-time exposure in February when it participates in the ninth annual ESPN BracketBusters tournament. Coach Ted Woodward's Black Bears will play on the road, from Feb. 18-20, at an opponent to be announced… Read More
    ORONO — Orono High School will induct Jeff Topliff, Zac Pelleriti, Wayne Arsenault and Dave Comeau into its athletic hall of fame during ceremonies Saturday evening in conjunction with the Red Riots’ homecoming game against Old Town. The game and ceremony originally were scheduled for Friday… Read More
    LAS VEGAS — Sports fans are betting online each night on athletes’ performances — and it’s all legal. The bets are an exception to laws banning online gambling because they take the form of fantasy sports — where participants pick a team of real-life players in… Read More
    ORONO — The University of Maine women’s basketball team got an early start to its season in August when it competed in a four-game exhibition tour in Canada. Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears are hoping to capitalize on that experience when they begin full preseason team… Read More
    The question was asked Monday by a colleague in the newsroom. Why would the University of Maine extend the contract of a coach whose three-year tenure had produced a 20-69 record? He was referring to former Black Bear All-American and current head women’s basketball… Read More
    PITTSFIELD — Pride in the sports teams runs strong at just about any high school and Maine Central Institute is no exception. On Saturday, the school will begin an era of honoring that tradition in perpetuity with the creation of a sports hall of fame. Those… Read More