CORRECTION: HS hoops start 11/21/16 not 11/14/16, sorry my mistake!

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12 a.m.
Last week I wrote and stated in my August 22nd Blog that basketball for high school teams would start 12 weeks from the 22nd. My mistake, I was a week early. I HAD THAT WRONG. Basketball will start 12 weeks from today, August 29th, which will make the start on …

UMaine men’s basketball has 4 NCAA tourney teams on nonconference schedule

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 23, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
UMaine, which was 8-22, will play Duke on Dec. 3.

Sports briefs for Aug. 22, 2016

By Staff and Wire Reports on Aug. 22, 2016, at 7:52 p.m.
Two USM standouts headed to Little East hall GORHAM, Maine – Former University of Southern Maine standout student-athletes Renee (Heath) Towne and Tim Bonsant will be inducted into the fourth class of Little East Conference Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Providence (R.I.) Marriott Hotel. The LEC …

12 weeks from today until lst day of High School hoops on Nov. 14th

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
For all of us Maine high school basketball fans, it will be exactly 12 weeks from today, Monday, August 22nd, until the Maine high school basketball season can start tryouts/practicing on Monday, November 14th. The only organized basketball games in Maine for high school players and Maine high school B-ball …
Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates his team's gold-medal win over Serbia in the men's basketball final of the Rio Games Sunday at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

U.S. men’s basketball team routs Serbia for third straight gold

By Steve Keating, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — A ruthless United States pounded Serbia 96-66 to claim a third straight Olympic men’s basketball title on Sunday, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski a golden send-off. After scrapping to a tense three-point win over Serbia in the group round, the United States quickly removed any suspense from …
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Fern Masse (left) poses for a photo with Hall of Fame board of directors chairman Tony Hamlin, also a 2016 inductee, during Sunday's induction ceremony at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

New Maine Basketball Hall of Fame class represents generational shift

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
BANGOR | The metamorphosis of a basketball Hall of Fame involves multiple factors, among them recognizing greats of the past before it’s too late for them to appreciate the honor and acknowledging achievements in different phases of the game and various levels of the sport. The third annual induction …
U.S. Olympic basketball players Diana Taurasi (from left), Brittney Griner and Sue Bird walk off the court after their gold medal victory over Spain on Saturday.

US women’s basketball team wins gold against Spain

By Steve Keating, Reuters on Aug. 20, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
The U.S. extended its Olympic winning streak to a staggering 49-0.
Sarah Wilcox

Six set for induction into Old Town Athletic Hall of Fame

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Six new names will be entered into the Old Town High School Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, according to an announcement by the school and the RSU 34 Educational Foundation.
The 1947 Patten Academy boys basketball team was honored at a banquet hosted by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad at the Penobscot Hotel in Bangor after beating Boston Latin 35-32 at the Boston Garden in the New England Basketball Tournament. From left are Carroll Hatt, manager Jack Seely, Thurston Townsend, captain Lloyd Wilson, coach Willis Phair, Donna Phair, Harley Dow, Howard Cunningham, Hollis Bates, Gilman Rossignol and Kenneth McCourt. Team member Lynn Vickery did not return with the team.

Maine basketball hall to honor giant-killing 1947 Patten Academy team

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 19, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
“We just felt like nobody could beat us,” said former Patten Academy player Thurston Townsend.
Vassiliy Levit (left) of Kazakhstan and Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia square off in the men’'s heavyweight final boxing bout at Riocentro on Monday during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Tishchenko won the gold medal.

Olympics roundup: Bahamian foils Felix’s bid for 400-meter gold

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 15, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO – A valiant effort by Allyson Felix to overcome an ankle injury that threatened to derail her Olympic dreams months before she reached Rio wasn’t quite enough for her to win gold in the women’s 400-meter dash on Monday night, when Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dived …

Collins says DeAndre Jordan is a poor foul shooter because he is inconsistent with his release point

on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:17 a.m.
To help my summer basketball withdrawal symptoms since the NBA championship series ended in mid June I have turned to watching the USA Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball Games to get my basketball fix.. Basketball games at any level are many times won or lost at the foul line. Watching …

Sports briefs for Aug. 14, 2016

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 14, 2016, at 9:50 p.m.
Kaepernick sits out preseason opener San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not participate in the 49ers’ preseason game against the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday night. The 49ers announced in the hours leading up to the contest that Kaepernick would sit out with a sore right shoulder. Blaine Gabbert, who …
Justin Rose of Great Britian celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to win the gold medal during the final round of Men's Golf at Olympic Golf Course in Rio De Janeiro.

Olympics roundup: Bolt speeds to third straight 100-meter gold

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 14, 2016, at 9:16 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — For 9.81 glorious seconds on Sunday, all the ills that have dogged athletics recently were forgotten as Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100-meter final to become the first man to win three successive Olympic titles on the track. The Jamaican superstar trailed archrival Justin …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Aug. 11, 2016

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 8:49 p.m.
BASKETBALL BANGOR — Maine Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 induction ceremony, noon Sunday, Aug. 21, at Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St. Doors open 11:30 a.m., ceremony begins after lunch. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at . For information, contact 942-5766 or FOOTBALL BANGOR — The …

UMaine women’s basketball team lands shooting guard

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 11, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Shooting guard Kelly Fogarty from Walpole, Massachusetts, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine beginning in the fall of 2017.

Sports briefs for Aug. 8, 2016

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 08, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
Rio police arrest Namibian boxer for attempted sexual assault RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested a 22-year-old boxer who was the flag bearer for the Namibian national team on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a room maid in the Olympic village, the second boxer detained on such …

“If you live by the 3, you may die by the 3″ still exists even in the NBA

on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:12 p.m.
Ever since the 3 point shot came in first in the NBA, then in college and finally in High School in 1987-88 we have the saying listed in the title of this Blog, “IF YOU LIVE BY THE 3, YOU MAY DIE BY THE 3″. A great example of that …
Len MacPhee

UMaine at Farmington to dedicate court to legendary coach

on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
The basketball court at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Dearborn Gymnasium will be named Len MacPhee Court.

Basketball shooting techniques I wish I knew when I played in HS & College

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Trying to help any basketball player at any level to improve their shooting skills and shooting percentages here comes another shooting BLOG to do just that. Remember, the first 2 weeks of August  is the best time for basketball players who are going to play a fall sport to work …

Sports briefs for Aug. 2, 2016

By Staff and Wire Reports on Aug. 02, 2016, at 8:51 p.m.
UMaine women’s basketball gains academic honor For the second-straight season, the University of Maine women’s basketball team made it to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top-25 Academic Honor Roll. The Black Bears checked in at No. 18 on the national list with a team grade point average of 3.48, as …