CYCLING

Maine to play host to Livestrong Day events Saturday in Bangor, Yarmouth and Portland

More than 400 cities worldwide are holding bicycle events to celebrate good health and take action to help fight cancer on Livestrong Day on Saturday. Three are in Maine.

The Livestrong Day events taking place in Maine are at three different times in three locations: 6 a.m. in Bangor, 10 a.m. in Yarmouth; and noon in Portland.

The day is celebrated worldwide to commemorate the anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s cancer diagnosis. It is recognized as a day of action by cyclists everywhere.

The two southern Maine events will be held at 182 Ocean Avenue in Portland and at 200 Main Street in Yarmouth. The event in Bangor is at 366 Griffin Road.

To learn more about the three events in Maine that are expected to draw at least a few dozen riders, go to tinyurl.com/2av23a7. To learn more about Livestrong Day, named after Armstrong’s foundation that works to help people with cancer, go to www.livestrong.org.

HOCKEY

NHL: The agent of Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Zack Kassian said the team has resumed contract talks with their 2009 first-round pick. Paul Krepelka said that he’s hopeful of a deal being reached as early as this week.

Phil Kessel scored two goals to lift host Toronto to a 5-4 preseason win over Buffalo. Nathan Gerbe scored twice, and Drew Stafford and Jordan Leopold also had goals for the Sabres (1-1-0).

The Sabres returned nine players to their junior clubs, reducing to 49 the number of players still in camp Sent down to juniors were forwards Riley Boychuk, Cedrick Henley, Steven Shipley, Kevin Sundher, Gregg Sutch and defensemen Corey Fienhage, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Matt MacKenzie and Mark Pysyk.

BASEBALL

EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs will open their 2011 season at home on Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. against the Reading Phillies.

Individual tickets for the 2011 season go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. at Hadlock Field.

COLLEGES

MEN’S SOCCER: Tim Prior opened the scoring in the 13th minute and later added an assist on a goal by Nick Powell to lead Bowdoin (2-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC) to a 4-0 victory over Colby (3-3, 1-3) at Waterville.

RUGBY

NEWTON UPDATE: Officials say a rugby league player serving a ban for using human growth hormone had been assisting doping investigators before his death.

Former British international player Terry Newton was found hanged at his home Sunday in a suspected suicide. His death came seven months after Newton became the first athlete worldwide to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone. He was 31.

Newton is reported to have become depressed after drawing a two-year ban by the Rugby Football League.