University of Maine's Alyssa Derrick throws a ball to first during  softball practice in April.

UMaine softball player wows social media with football toss

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 27, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
“They were all in awe of when I would throw it,” Derrick said. “I was like, ‘this is normal for me.’”
Fred Lower

Hampden Academy football coach steps down to assume athletic administrator post

By Ernie Clark on June 27, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
New England Patriots defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton (left) shares a light moment with former Patriots running back Harold Shaw during Thursday's Football For You youth clinic held at the Winkin Complex at Husson University in Bangor.

Patriots defensive lineman giving back after memorable first season

By Larry Mahoney on June 23, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Woodrow Hamilton said it is, “kind of hard to explain the feeling you get” when you are a Super Bowl champion.

New Nokomis football coach to emphasize hard work

By Ernie Clark on June 22, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
A sign encouraging University of Maine fans to purchase season memberships for the Black Bear men's hockey team is placed in a traffic island in downtown Bangor not far from City Hall.

University of Maine athletics probes Bangor for season ticket-holders

By Larry Mahoney on June 22, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Beginning three weeks ago, the University of Maine has posted 100 signs in Bangor, Old Town and Orono urging locals to purchase season tickets for football and men’s hockey games.

Ex-New England Patriots player says hiding his homosexuality led to plans for suicide

By Des Bieler, Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
“In college, football was a great cover for being gay. And then I saw the NFL mainly as a way to keep hiding my sexuality and stay alive.”
The University of Maine football team will have to make only slight adjustments to its preseason practice regimen this season after rules changes enacted by the NCAA eliminating contact in more than one session per day.

UMaine football adapting to rules changes as NCAA limits ‘double sessions’

By Larry Mahoney on June 21, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
The Division I Council voted in April to limit teams to only one contact practice per day during the preseason.
Dan O'Connell

Football coach promoted to John Bapst athletic administrator

By Larry Mahoney on June 16, 2017, at 7:24 p.m.
Dan O’Connell, who has been the associate athletic director at John Bapst Memorial High School the past five years and the head football coach for 15 seasons, has been named to replace Rick Sinclair as the athletic director at the Bangor-based school.
Former University of Maine quarterback Dan Collins, pictured during a game in November 2016, has signed a contract with the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks.
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Former UMaine quarterback signs with defending Grey Cup champions

By Larry Mahoney on June 14, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Husson University of Bangor hopes to take the next step in the evolution of its football program when it joins the Commonwealth Coast Football conference starting with the 2019 season.

Husson football to join new conference

By Larry Mahoney on June 05, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.

Former Husson assistant named Mt. Blue football coach

By Ernie Clark on June 02, 2017, at 12:24 p.m.
New England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.

Super Bowl hero White not taking role for granted

By The Sports Xchange on June 01, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
Last summer, a smattering of uninformed onlookers — media and fans alike — thought James White might be on the roster bubble for the New England Patriots.

Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL from Maine

By The Sports Xchange on May 29, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Brady delivered the video message last week at the funeral of Kyle Milliken, thanking the hero’s wife and their two children for their sacrifice.
 Former University of Maine quarterback Dan Collins, pictured during a 2016 game against Connecticut, has signed a contract to play for the Frankfurt Universe of the German Football League.

Former UMaine quarterback signs pro deal in Germany

By Larry Mahoney on May 24, 2017, at 10:58 a.m.

Patriots’ Gronkowski agrees to restructured contract

By The Sports Xchange on May 24, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
The New England Patriots and Rob Gronkowski agreed to a restructured deal that could pay the tight end as much as $10.75 million this season, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Brady’s agent denies QB had concussion in 2016

By Wire Service Reports on May 20, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,” agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, said he has sustained concussions, including one last season.

Wife says Patriots’ Brady had concussion — one not listed on injury report

By Cindy Boren, The Washington Post on May 17, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Tom Brady graces cover of ‘Madden NFL 18’

By The Sports Xchange on May 12, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.
Brady, who will turn 40 in August, becomes the oldest player to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports football video game.
Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, on April 2, 2015. Hernandez's conviction has been thrown out by a judge after he died by suicide in April.

Judge overturns Aaron Hernandez murder conviction

By The Sports Xchange on May 09, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Graduate student Max Staver of the University of Maine throws a pass during Saturday's Jeff Cole Memorial Scrimmage held at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Cole Scrimmage key test run for UMaine football’s game in Portland

By Larry Mahoney on May 09, 2017, at 2 a.m.
“It was nice (to play here). It brought (back memories) of the state championship.”