Hockey coach Gagne leaves Scarborough for EL
Norm Gagne, the winningest hockey coach in Maine history, is leaving Scarborough High after eight seasons to coach at his alma mater – Edward Little – according to a report in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
Gagne has 715 wins and seven state championships, including Scarborough’s first Class A title in 2015. He also has coached at Gardiner, Waterville, Gorham and Lewiston.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Gagne ranks second all-time in wins for U.S. high school boys’ hockey coaches, behind only Bill Belisle of Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island.
BOYS’ LACROSSE: Portland scored 10 second-half goals and beat Noble 16-3 in an opener at North Berwick.
Reilly O’Brien led Portland with six goals, Wes Bryan added three, and Evan Bay and Sam Shaw scored twice.
BASEBALL: Ryan Perkins had a single and two walks as Traip Academy downed Buckfield 4-1 in an opener at Kittery.
Perkins also stole three bases, and Isaac Keefe and Hunter Sawtelle added RBI singles for the Rangers.
SOFTBALL: Buckfield took advantage of four errors to edge Traip Academy 5-4 in an opener at Kittery.
The Rangers scored their runs in the third inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Reilly Eddy. Cala McEllin added an RBI.
NFL: Roddy White, 35, the leading receiver in Atlanta Falcons history, has retired.
White announced his retirement on his Twitter account. White, who was released by Atlanta before the 2016 season, thanked the team owner, Arthur Blank, and the Falcons “for a great 11 years.”
• Washington linebacker Trent Murphy was suspended the first four games of next season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
COLLEGE: The NCAA voted to allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December, make early official visits and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people close to a recruit.
EUROPA LEAGUE: Facing possible sanctions from UEFA after the crowd disorder that delayed its quarterfinal against Besiktas, French club Lyon said it was the “victim” of visiting hooligans.
Incidents inside Lyon’s stadium – which will host the final next season – followed fighting among rival French and Turkish fans earlier in the city Thursday. About 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff, Lyon fans spilled onto the field for their own safety as fireworks were set off and missiles thrown from an upper section of the stadium housing Besiktas supporters.
CLAY COURT: Ernesto Escobedo outlasted second-seeded John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) in the U.S. men’s clay court championship at Houston to reach his first ATP Tour semifinal.
Escobedo will face eighth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over third-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States.