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 …
Bella Swan, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Maine

Junior college transfer Bella Swan joins UMaine women’s basketball team

on April 18, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s basketball program has announced that it has received a National Letter of Intent from junior college transfer Isabella (Bella) Swan. Swan transfers to the Black Bears from Salt Lake Community College. “We are all very excited about Bella joining us,” head coach …
Trevor Lyford

Highlight videos help link high school players, college recruiters

By Ernie Clark on April 18, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
When Trevor Lyford began alerting college basketball coaches of his possible interest in joining one of their programs next fall, the initial response admittedly was lukewarm. No matter that the Penquis Valley of Milo guard played a key role as the Patriots won the 2013 Class C state championship and …
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) shoots the ball past Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) and Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half at TD Garden in Boston Wednesday night.

Wizards’ scoring balance sinks Celtics in regular-season finale

By SportsDirect on April 16, 2014, at 10:36 p.m.
BOSTON — Bradley Beal led a balanced attack with 27 points as the Washington Wizards clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference on the final day of the regular season with a 118-102 NBA victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. Trevor Booker scored 20 points and John …

Sports briefs for April 16, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on April 16, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
Coffee with Coach Cosgrove set Saturday ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football team will be hosting “Coffee with Coach Cosgrove” at Alfond Stadium each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. prior to its three spring scrimmages beginning on Saturday. The other scrimmage dates are on April 26 and May 3. …
The University of Maine men's basketball coaching staff in 2009 included Chris Markwood (second left), Doug Leichner, and Ted Woodward.

Leichner, Markwood, Sorrentine among possible candidates to fill UMaine men’s basketball post

By Pete Warner on April 16, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
With Ted Woodward out as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine, speculation is rampant about a possible successor. Woodward had been a fixture in the Black Bears program, having served eight years as an assistant and the last 10 as the head coach. With the program …
Dimitry Akanda-Coronel

Former UMaine men’s basketball player heading to Bryant

By Pete Warner on April 15, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
It didn’t take long for former UMaine basketball player Dimitry Akanda-Coronel to choose his next school. College Basketball Magazine has reported on its Twitter feed that the 6-foot-5 guard has verbally committed to attend Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. On March 27, Akanda-Coronel became the first of three prominent UMaine …
Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward calls a timeout and talks to his team during a game in December 2011. Woodward was fired by the university on Monday.

Player departures signalled internal problems with Woodward’s UMaine men’s basketball teams

By Pete Warner on April 15, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
Ted Woodward’s tenure as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine was fairly typical compared to his two predecessors. His stint lasted longer than those of John Giannini and the late Rudy Keeling, but on Monday, Woodward became the first among them to be fired from the position. …

Sports briefs for April 15, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on April 15, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
Flyers sign MacDonald to six-year extension The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not released but multiple media reports placed the total value at $30 million. “We kind of hashed it out a couple different …
Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk takes a shot as Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young defends during the second quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Monday night.

Rookie guard helps 76ers hold off Celtics

By Gordie Jones, The Sports Xchange on April 14, 2014, at 10:04 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and six assists Monday night as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Boston Celtics 113-108. Backup guard Tony Wroten added 20 points for the Sixers (18-63), who snapped a four-game losing streak in their final home …

Former Brewer High School three-sport athlete named school’s girls basketball coach

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
Chris Horr, who was the assistant girls basketball coach at Brewer High School this past season, has been elevated to head coach. He was approved by the Brewer School Committee on Monday night. Horr replaces Andy Nickerson, who resigned after nine seasons. Brewer went 2-16 this past season after going …

Statement from Ted Woodward

on April 14, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
The statement of University of Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward, who was fired on Monday after 10 seasons: “It has been an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the Maine men’s basketball team for the past 10 years, and be associated with the program for …
The University of Maine on Monday fired men's basketball head coach Ted Woodward, buying out his contract to end his 10-year tenure in the position.

UMaine fires men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward

By Pete Warner on April 14, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
UMaine President Paul Ferguson announced Monday that the university will buy out Woodward’s contract, ending his tenure as coach, effective immediately.

Sports briefs for April 12, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on April 13, 2014, at 8:47 p.m.
Hermon Meadow GC opens its ‘Spring 9’ HERMON — The Hermon Meadow Golf Club’s “Spring 9” is open for the season. The Spring 9 consists of holes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and is open for walkers. The spring rates are $12 for 9 holes and …

Short-handed Celtics handle Cavs

By The Sports Xchange on April 13, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
CLEVELAND — When an opportunity arises, Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said, one has to be ready to pounce on it. That’s what the 7-footer did on Saturday night. He matched his season-high with 25 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds in the Celtics’ 111-99 victory over the Cleveland …
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts in the second half at TD Garden in Boston Friday night. The Celtics defeated the Bobcats 106-103.

Celtics struggle, but hold off Bobcats for victory

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on April 11, 2014, at 10:39 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics blew all of a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead but then used a late 8-0 spurt to end a nine-game losing streak with a 106-103 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. The Bobcats, playing without point guard Kemba Walker, who is out with a groin …

Sports briefs for April 11, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on April 11, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
Great Maine Bike Swap set Sunday ORONO — The Great Maine Bike Swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Admission is $3, with free admission for students at UMaine, the University of Southern Maine, …
Zach Gilpin

Gilpin, Cole, Bouchard, Talbot, McDevitt top 59th annual BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Team

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Hampden Academy senior forward Zach Gilpin and Bonny Eagle of Standish senior guard Dustin Cole split the state’s top individual awards for the 2013-14 schoolboy basketball season, with Cole named Mr. Basketball and Gilpin selected the Gatorade Maine player of the year. Now that duo shares standing atop the 59th …

On Deck, a sports calendar for April 10, 2014

on April 10, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
BASEBALL BANGOR — Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Cyr Motor Coach Bus Trip to Fenway Park, Saturday, May 17. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. This event is a fundraiser to bring the 2014 American Legion Baseball State Tournament to the campus of Husson University in Bangor in July. One …

Sports briefs for April 10, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports on April 10, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
UMaine softball team to play home opener Friday ORONO — The University of Maine’s softball team will play its home opener at Kessock Field at 3 p.m. Friday when the Black Bears entertain UMBC in the first game of a three-game America East series. The teams will then play a …
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