Sports briefs for March 1, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on March 01, 2015, at 6 p.m.
NFL rosters could expand to 55 The NFL Competition Committee will consider expanding in-season rosters from 53 players to 55, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The report said that opposition to larger rosters previously came from the fact that some teams were having trouble staying under a salary …

UNH, Maine women’s basketball summary

on March 01, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
COLLEGE New Hampshire 61, Maine 46 Maine (22-7) 47 Swan 0-4 0-0 0, Wood 9-18 0-0 19, Heise 0-2 0-0 0, Weckstrom 1-6 0-0 3, Koizar 6-14 0-0 13, Charles 2-6 0-0 6, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Gustafsson 3-4 0-1 6, Bodine 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: …

UNH women’s basketball team snaps Maine’s 14-game winning streak

on March 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
DURHAM, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Wildcats outscored the Maine Black Bears 9-0 in the last 3 minutes, 31 seconds of the first half and went on to post a 61-47 America East women’s basketball victory in a regular-season finale Sunday at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH snapped Maine’s 14-game winning …

College roundup: Colby-Sawyer eliminates Husson men’s basketball team in NAC semifinal

on March 01, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
NEW LONDON, New Hampshire — The Colby-Sawyer Chargers opened the second half with a 16-7 scoring run and went on to beat the Husson University Eagles 86-73 in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal Saturday. Husson led at halftime 37-30. Husson took a 47-46 lead on a pair of Aaron Willis …
The Calais High School boys celebrate their 57-43 victory over Dirigo High School of Dixfield in Saturday night's Class C basketball state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Calais won 57-43.

Calais boys shut down Dirigo to capture ‘C’ boys state crown

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BANGOR | The motto of the Calais High School boys basketball team is emblazoned on the back of their warmup shirts. “Hard hats and boots. All out. All game. All season.” Now, the Blue Devils can add: “All the way to a state championship.” Calais demonstrated grit, cohesiveness and …
The Hampden Academy Broncos celebrate after winning the Class A state basketball championship game in Augusta on Saturday. Hampden Academy bested Portland High School 70-50.

Hampden boys surge to 2nd Class A state championship in 3 years

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A fast start and dominant finish sparked Hampden Academy to its second Class A boys basketball state championship in three years Saturday night. Coach Russ Bartlett’s club — outscored by Portland 22-5 in the first quarter of last year’s state final loss — turned the tables in …

Saturday’s state basketball summaries

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:10 p.m.
GIRLS Class A LAWRENCE 50, THORNTON ACAD. 43 Thornton Acad. (19-3) 43 Hart 6-12 2-5 14, McCrum 3-12 0-7, H. Campbell 1-3 1-2 3, Robinson 1-1 0-0 2, Strickland 0-2 2-2 2, Howe 3-7 1-2 8, Lux 2-9 3-9 7. Totals: 26-46 9-20 43. Lawrence (21-1) 50 Boudreau 0-3 0-0 …
The Houlton High School girls basketball team celebrates its victory over Maranacook Community School in the Class C state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday evening . Houlton won 59-51.

Houlton girls pull away from Maranacook to claim Class C state championship

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:03 p.m.
BANGOR | Kolleen Bouchard was understandably a tad antsy when she picked up her third foul early in the third quarter of Saturday night’s Class C state championship game and was relegated to the bench. But there was no look of panic on the Houlton freshman’s face, and it …
Morgan Boudreau (left) and Paige Belanger of the Lawrence High School Bulldogs celebrate after their win in the Class A state championship basketball game in Augusta on Saturday. Lawrence defeated Thornton Academy 50-43.

Irving leads Lawrence past Thornton Academy for first Class A girls basketball state title since 1994

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 7:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nia Irving and Dominique Lewis weren’t born when Cindy Blodgett revolutionized Maine schoolgirl basketball during her four years at Lawrence High School during the early 1990s. But now they share something new in common with the phenom from Clinton — the title of state champion. Irving and …

New Hampshire beats UMaine men in regular-season finale

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
DURHAM, New Hampshire — The University of Maine men’s basketball team dropped their regular season finale to conference rival New Hampshire 65-56. Matt Miller led the Wildcats with 24 points on the day, the Senior who already leads America East in three point percentage made 6-of-8 from behind the arc …
Washburn fans cheer on their girls team to a 60-54 victory over Rangeley on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Worcester scores record 37 points to lead Washburn past Rangeley for ‘D’ title

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR | Washburn High School senior guard Mackenzie Worcester didn’t expect to reach the 2,000-point plateau for her career because she thought she entered Saturday’s State Class D championship game against Rangeley needing “40 or 50 points.” But her father, Larry, informed her Saturday morning that she was just …

Forest Hills-Fort Fairfield boys summary

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
FOREST HILLS 51, FORT FAIRFIELD 45 Forest Hills (22-0) 51 D. Daigle 0-2 2-2 2, Petrin 8-12 0-0 16, Ouellette 3-9 2-4 8, Turner 3-10 3-4 11, T. Daigle 5-8 4-6 14, Moffitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 11-16 51 Fort Fairfield (18-5) 45 Theriault 4-8 0-0 8, Daigle 0-4 …
Fort Fairfield's Johnny Theriault (2) drives inside past the defense of  Dawson Daigle (3) of Forest Hills during the Class D state championship Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Seniors spearhead Forest Hills past Fort Fairfield for ‘D’ boys title

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Forest Hills High School hadn’t had a legitimately tight game all season. Their average halftime lead was 27 points and the closest contest was a 14-point win over Hyde in the Western Maine final. That meant the starters seldom played anywhere near 32 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, …

Former NBA player Anthony Mason dead at 48

By Reuters on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks, has died at the age of 48, the team said Saturday. The 13-year NBA veteran had severe heart problems, his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement quoted on the Knicks’ website. “As you all would …

Cape Elizabeth, Medomak Valley basketball summary

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BOYS Class B Cape Elizabeth 44, Medomak Valley 42 Medomak Valley (19-3) 42 Vail, Beck 2-0-5, Williamson 2-5-9, Spear 1-0-2, Starr, DePatsy 6-1-14, McMurrin, Allaire 5-2-12, Cole. Totals: 16-8 42. Cape Elizabeth (19-3) 44 O’Rourke 4-0-11, Murphy 5-2-13, Hewitt 0-2-2, Guerette 2-0-4, Bowe 3-0-7, Galvin 2-0-4, Bottomley 1-0-3, Donnelly. Totals: …
The Cape Elizabeth boys basketball team rushes off the court with the gold ball after defeating Medomak Valley High School 44-42 in the Class B state championship game at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Friday night.

Last-second basket lifts Cape Elizabeth past Medomak Valley for Class B boys crown

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | Ethan Murphy’s fast-break layup as time expired lifted Cape Elizabeth past Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 44-42 at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday night to win its first Class B boys basketball state championship since 1988. Cape trailed 42-37 after a free throw by Medomak Valley’s Cameron …
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley dunks during the second half of the Boston Celtics 106-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden in Boston Friday night.

Celtics rally past Hornets

By The Sports Xchange on Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:29 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and roared to a 106-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night, further injecting themselves into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Despite going more than nine minutes without a field goal in a span bridging the second and third …

Greely, Presque Isle girls basketball summary

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:45 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS Class B Greely 56, Presque Isle 39 Presque Isle (19-3) 39 Hudson, Legassie, Wheaton 1-0-2, Kinney, Ackerson, Seward, Graham 1-0-3, Lagerstrom 3-0-9, Wilcox, Kingsbury 7-4-18, Vogel, Williams 1-0-3, Nelson 2-0-4. Totals: 15-4-39. Greely (20-2) 56 Porter 3-4-12, Train 5-1-14, Chapin 2-0-6, H. Felkel 3-0-8, Leggat-Barr, Storey 4-5-13, …
The Greely High School Rangers celebrate after winning the girls Class B state basketball title over Presque Isle High School at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Friday night.

Greely rolls by Presque Isle for 1st Class B girls basketball crown since 2004

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Greely High School girls basketball team’s most well-known player is 6-foot-3 senior Ashley Storey, a Miss Basketball finalist headed to the University of New Hampshire on an athletic scholarship next fall. But when Presque Isle took a quite logical step and focused its defensive attention on …

TV radio sports schedule for Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 8:52 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, XFINITY Series: Hisense 250, Qualifying, 9 a.m.; Race, 2 p.m., FS1-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 250, Qualifying, 10:30 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio NASCAR Sprint Cup, Quick Trip 500, Final Practice, noon, FS1-TV NASCAR, Camping …
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