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LeBron should’ve acknowledged former Cavaliers after winning title

on June 21, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 48 hours, LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers ended the city’s long championship drought Sunday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. In winning the franchise’s first championship, the Cavs became the first team …
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Searsport pitcher showed incredible heart, poise in state championship win

on June 19, 2016, at 7:26 p.m.
Sometimes, all it takes is one piece of adversity to test the championship mettle of an athlete. Saturday’s Class D state high school baseball championship game between Searsport and Penobscot Valley provided a fantastic glimpse of that. Vikings senior righthander Kyle Moore had been cruising through three innings of work, …
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Even in the midst of dynasties, heartbreak can happen

on June 14, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
It’s pretty easy to say that Maine sports fans have been spoiled with lots of championships over the years. Since Adam Vinatieri split the uprights at the Superdome in New Orleans in February 2002, clinching the New England Patriots first Super Bowl championship, the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics …
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Warriors showing a Patriots-like approach in taking control of NBA Finals

on June 11, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
If you’re a fan of the New England Patriots or Boston Celtics – which I have been my entire life – you certainly know the importance of the word “team.” Team basketball, which was a major cog of the success of the 1985-86 Celtics, arguably the best team in NBA …
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Warriors fluent ball movement, defense only adding to Cleveland’s heartbreak

on June 06, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
Usually, a “Hat Trick” consists of only three hot topics. But sometimes, you have to make exceptions. There are quite a few hot topics from the sports world to get to this week that there wasn’t room for just three. I guess we can call it cleaning out my dumbbell …
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Three Portland games unusual, but UMaine hockey fans known for traveling in droves

on June 03, 2016, at 12 p.m.
University of Maine hockey fans are known for being among the most loyal college hockey fans in the country. After all, the pregame introductions at Alfond Arena often dub the “old girl,” as coach Red Gendron often calls it, as the “home of college hockey’s greatest fans.” UMaine fans have …
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Weekend Hat Trick: Buchholz a potential fatal flaw for Sox

on May 29, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
No matter how great a team is, there is always a potential fatal flaw somewhere in the fold. Take a look at the 2004 Boston Red Sox, which eradicated an 86-year curse and captivated the hearts of championship-starved baseball fans throughout New England. That club had a powerful lineup and …
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Return to Frozen Fenway a huge win for UMaine hockey program, fans

on May 18, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
No matter the age you started playing the game of hockey, there is a chance your early introductions to the game included playing in an outdoor neighborhood rink with your friends. Even though I never played organized hockey, there was nothing better than slapping the puck around on Century Street …
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Monday Hat Trick: Bishop injury a scary moment for UMaine fans

on May 16, 2016, at 8:36 a.m.
Ben Bishop can’t seem to catch a break. During the Tampa Bay Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, a groin injury hampered the former University of Maine goaltender and his Lightning fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. As Tampa Bay opened the Eastern Conference Finals …
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Celebration of Brewer track program one 100 years in the making

on May 07, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
Over in a corner of the Brewer Community School track, two longtime friends, classmates and former training partners watched in awe as 17 Brewer track alumns toed the starting line, ready to relive their glory days over four laps and one mile. As she headed to the starting line, Deedra …
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Monday Hat Trick: UMaine softball team worth your attention

on May 02, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
Over the last few months, some significant sports news has circulated out of our state’s flagship University, from coaches receiving contract extensions to high-profile recruits preparing to come to Orono in the fall. Perhaps somewhat lost in all that is the fact that the University of Maine has a pretty …
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Celtics had heart, determination and great coaching, but not enough talent

on April 29, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
It’s hard not to love this hard-working, scrappy and determined group of Boston Celtics. What coach Brad Stevens’ club lacked in talent, they made up for with passion and determination. It personifies the toughness and grit of their city and an entire region. It’s something guys like LeBron James can …
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Monday Hat Trick: UMaine hockey fans should expect more scoring punch

on April 25, 2016, at 8 a.m.
While the last two seasons have seen the University of Maine hockey team struggle, Black Bear Nation should be thrilled about the incoming class.
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Monday Hat Trick: Barron extension home run for UMaine women’s hoop

on April 18, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Two months ago, the University of Maine made the right decision in giving men’s hockey coach Red Gendron a two-year extension that will keep him in Orono through the spring of 2019. Last week, UMaine athletics made another excellent decision, this one concerning women’s basketball coach Richard Barron, whose contract …
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A coach’s lessons can extend off the court, away from the classroom

on April 14, 2016, at 8 a.m.
In this profession, it can be easy to develop close professional relationships with coaches. Over the course of my journalistic career, I’ve been spoiled to be able to work with numerous sideline generals who have made my job extremely easy. Some, like longtime Bangor High School girls basketball coach Tom …
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Monday Hat Trick: Bruins have nobody to blame but themselves for embarrassing finish

on April 10, 2016, at 8:29 p.m.
In Mid-March, the Boston Bruins headed for a West Coast road trip on top of the Atlantic Division, prime to be a lock for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Little did Bruins fans know that an 0-for-California swing would jumpstart another late-season collapse that appeared all too familiar. Boston’s season came …
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Monday Hat Trick: Another statement for the Celtics

on April 03, 2016, at 10:34 p.m.
It’s truly remarkable what coaching can do for a basketball team – or any high school, collegiate or professional ballclub. To say that Brad Stevens has done an outstanding job with the Boston Celtics is a huge understatement. Coming into the season, these Celtics were supposed to be a scrappy …
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Monday Hat Trick: Sox should win AL East, but it won’t be easy

on March 28, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
There has not been a lot to cheer about in Red Sox Nation over the last two summers. Ever since Jonny Gomes put the 2013 World Series Trophy on the Boston Marathon finish line, the Sox have been mired in the bottom of the American League East, finishing in the …
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Bringing back Michuad is a home run for UMaine hockey program

on March 24, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Alfie Michaud’s performance in the 1999 Frozen Four will resonate with University of Maine hockey fans for a lifetime. Winning championships are sweeter when they come against your rivals, and thanks to Michaud’s efforts between the pipes in Anaheim, the Black Bears were able to defeat Hockey East nemeses Boston …
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Monday Hat Trick: Celtics fans want Durant in Green

on March 21, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
There is arguably no fan base in professional sports as vocal as the one here in New England. Last Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder bolted into TD Garden for a nationally-televised matchup with the Boston Celtics, and looked every bit like a Western Conference contender in dispatching the C’s, 130-109. …