The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » Sports Thu, 26 May 2016 04:59:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Major league roundup: Cubs’ Arrieta improves to 9-0 Thu, 26 May 2016 03:52:24 +0000 ST. LOUIS — Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.

Arrieta (9-0) joined Chris Sale of the White Sox as the only nine-game winners in the majors.

Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015.

Arrieta became the first Cub to win his first nine decisions since Kenny Holtzman in 1967 and it is the best start to a season for the team since Jim McCormick went 16-0 in 1886.

Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, and Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each drove in two for the Cubs.

METS 2, NATIONALS 0: Steven Matz pitched a career-high eight innings to win his seventh consecutive start, this one on the road.

David Wright hit his sixth homer and Rene Rivera singled in a run in the seventh.

Jeurys Familia worked out of trouble in the ninth for his 16th save.

Tanner Roark (3-4) allowed two runs – one earned – over seven innings for Washington

GIANTS 4, PADRES 3: Brandon Crawford singled in Matt Duffy with two outs in the 10th inning, and surging host San Francisco completed a three-game sweep for its 13th win in 14 games.

PIRATES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4: David Freese hit a long two-run home run to cap a four-run fifth inning, Sean Rodriguez also homered and host Pittsburgh rallied over Arizona.


INDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 3: Corey Kluber allowed two runs over 71/3 innings and Cleveland roughed up a top Chicago pitcher for the second straight day.

After sending Chris Sale to his first loss after a 9-0 start, the Indians got three runs and five hits in six innings against Joel Quintana (5-4). Quintana’s ERA, an AL-best 1.98 at the start of the day, rose to 2.22.

Before Tuesday, the host White Sox had been 15-3 in games started by Sale and Quintana.

ASTROS 4, ORIOLES 3: Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Luis Valbuena had a tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning that gave host Houston a win over Baltimore.

BLUE JAYS 8, YANKEES 4: Russell Martin hit his first two home runs of the season, Michael Saunders also went deep and Toronto finally broke out its big bats again, halting host New York’s six-game winning streak.

RANGERS 15, ANGELS 9: Rookie Nomar Mazara hit the longest home run in the majors this season, Rougned Odor drove in three runs in likely his last game before a suspension and Texas won at home.

Mazara led off the second with a drive into the second deck of the right-seat seats that would have traveled 491 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to Major League Baseball’s Statcast program. Along with his eighth homer of the season, he had a two-run single.

TWINS 7, ROYALS 5: Miguel Sano hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning after host Minnesota lost an early lead, and the Twins staved off another series sweep by beating Kansas City.


PHILLIES 8, TIGERS 5: Odubel Herrera and Peter Bourjos homered off Anibal Sanchez, and Philadelphia salvaged the finale of their three-game series at Detroit.

MARLINS 4, RAYS 3: Cole Gillespie had a late tie-breaking RBI single, Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs and Miami won at St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Sharks oust Blues, head to Stanley Cup final Thu, 26 May 2016 03:50:52 +0000 SAN JOSE, Calif. — After 25 years, the San Jose Sharks will finally play for the Stanley Cup.

Captain Joe Pavelski scored an early goal, Joel Ward added two and the Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history by beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.

Joonas Donskoi also scored, Logan Couture had an empty-netter and Martin Jones made 24 saves as a Sharks team notorious for postseason letdowns will now play for the championship that has eluded stars such as Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau for so many years.

Thornton assisted on Pavelski’s goal less than four minutes into the game to set the tone and Marleau had two assists in the third period that set off chants of “We Want The Cup! We Want The Cup!”

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final will be Monday night. The Sharks will either host Tampa Bay or visit Pittsburgh, depending on which team wins Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

With the loss, the Blues’ postseason woes continue as the franchise still seeks its first championship and first trip to the Cup final since 1970. Coach Ken Hitchcock’s second goalie change of the series did not work as Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 26 shots in his return to the net.

Vladimir Tarasenko, a 40-goal scorer in the regular season, got his first points of the series when he scored twice in the third period but it was too late for the Blues, who still trailed 4-2.

Despite making the playoffs 16 times in 18 seasons and winning the second most games in the NHL since the start of the 2003-04 season, the Sharks have been known for their soul-crushing playoff disappointments.

They won just three games in three previous trips to the conference final, were knocked out twice in four seasons by an eighth seed and most notably blew a 3-0 series lead to lose in the first round to Los Angeles in 2014.

The impact of that loss lasted for an entire year as San Jose missed the playoffs last season. But led by first-year coach Peter DeBoer and bolstered by some key acquisitions by General Manager Doug Wilson, the Sharks recovered this year and are now only four wins away from a championship.

This was the first time in San Jose’s history that the team played with a trip to the Stanley Cup final on the line. The atmosphere in the Shark Tank reflected the high stakes with the fans at a frenzy during pregame introductions and the “Let’s Go Sharks!” chants starting soon after the puck dropped.

The Sharks fed off that energy and were buzzing early as Hitchcock predicted before the game. St. Louis nearly silenced the crowd when Alexander Steen got a chance in the slot early in the period but Jones robbed him with a glove save.

That led to a breakaway for Thornton, who missed the net on his chance. But Pavelski recovered the puck behind the net and before Elliott knew what was happening, Pavelski tucked the puck in on a wraparound for his NHL-leading 13th goal of the playoffs.

San Jose added to the lead early in the second when Ward tipped a point shot from Brent Burns past Elliott to make it 2-0.

The Sharks had a chance to add to it when Scottie Upshall was called for a four-minute high-sticking penalty. But the Blues managed to kill San Jose’s potent power play and started to take over the play after that. They couldn’t get a goal the rest of the period, however, as San Jose kept them mostly to the outside and Jones made a great pad save against Jori Lehtera.

Ward’s second goal and another by Donskoi in the third period removed any drama and allowed the fans to celebrate.

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Cavaliers crush Raptors to take 3-2 series lead Thu, 26 May 2016 03:19:53 +0000 CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Back on their home court following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed while taking a 3-2 series lead.

They can clinch their second straight conference title and trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 on Friday night in Toronto.

The Raptors, who came in with momentum and confidence after winning Games 3 and 4, left Quicken Loans Arena shaken and one loss from having their deepest playoff run stopped.

James had eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter with the Cavs up 37. He spent the fourth quarter resting on the bench while Cleveland’s reserves finished the romp.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points and he, James and Love outscored the Raptors 43-34 in the first half. Cleveland has won its three games in the series by a combined 88 points.

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 for the Raptors, who were overwhelmed from the start. Bismack Biyombo had just four rebounds after getting 40 the past two games. The only positive for Toronto was center Jonas Valanciunas, who returned after missing eight straight games with a sprained right ankle. He scored nine points in 18 minutes.

Playing defense as if every possession was the game’s last, Cleveland held Toronto to just 34 points in the opening half while building a 31-point halftime lead – the largest in conference finals history. Since their expansion arrival in 1993, the Raptors had never been down by 30 points before in any game – regular or postseason – at halftime but they have rarely seen a defense like this either.

The Cavs were all over the court, swarming and stifling DeRozan and Lowry, who combined for 67 points in Game 4.

A courtside doctor might have stopped this one in the first half.

Love found his shooting touch after it went missing during the lost weekend in Toronto, where he went just 5 of 23 from the field and was benched for the fourth quarter of Game 4. He finished 8 of 10 from the field, a confidence-boosting performance that should temporarily quiet his critics.

The Cavs made a point of getting Love the ball right away and he responded by making all four field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer late in the first quarter that pushed the Cavs to a 37-19 lead.

Cleveland’s onslaught continued in the second quarter, and when James got free for an easy two-handed dunk, Cavs fans could relax and begin making TV viewing plans for Friday night.

But while it would have been understandable for Cleveland fans, who have waited since 1964 to celebrate a championship to be nervous, James was cool.

Following the morning shootaround, the four-time MVP promised to bring a sense of “calmness” to the arena. After all, this was his 13th appearance in a Game 5 with the series tied and he wasn’t about to show any anxiety. But once he and the Cavs took the court, they were anything but serene.

These looked more like the Cavaliers who opened the postseason with 10 straight wins, obliterated the Raptors by a combined 50 points in Games 1 and 2 and given a chance to beat whomever survived in the West.

The Cavs attacked – at both ends – and knocked the Raptors out before the fight began.

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Sports Digest: More state regulations coming for daily fantasy sports Thu, 26 May 2016 03:18:09 +0000 FANTASY SPORTS

Smart money says more state regulations coming

An analyst said as many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of this year.

Chris Grove of Narus Advisors said six states have passed bills to regulate daily fantasy sports and five more may do so soon.

The contests allow people to deposit money into accounts, create fantasy rosters of sports teams by selecting real players and compete against other contestants based on the statistical performances of those players to win money. Proponents say it’s a game of skill, not chance, and shouldn’t be regulated the way casinos are, but many states consider them to be forms of gambling.

About 35 states have introduced legislation addressing daily fantasy sports.


COPA AMERICA: Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in a tuneup in Frisco, Texas.

It was just the third time in 21 tries that the U.S. has defeated a South American team since a March 2007 victory over Ecuador.

nHawk-Eye will be installed for next month’s tournament, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer’s governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The 16-nation tournament will be played at 10 U.S. sites from June 3-26.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Accountancy firm KPMG said Manchester United and Real Madrid are soccer’s most valuable clubs, worth $3.2 billion each.

The study found Europe’s leading 32 clubs have a combined value exceeding $30 billion.

U.S. WOMEN: Veteran defender Christie Rampone said that she’s not healthy enough to be part of the team’s training camp for a pair of matches early next month against Japan.

Rampone, 40, had arthroscopic knee surgery in December. She had returned to play for Sky Blue of the National Women’s Soccer League.


WORLD BOXING COUNCIL: Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can choose his next opponent in defending his WBC title.

Wilder was scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21. But Povetkin failed a drug test and the bout was canceled.

While the WBC investigates Potemkin, Wilder has approval from the organization for a voluntary defense of the belt.


HALL OF FAME: Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, were elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the Pillars of the Turf category.

Hancock and Woodward will be inducted Aug. 12, along with horses Rachel Alexandra, Tom Ochiltree and Zenyatta; jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright; and trainer Steve Asmussen.


NCAA: Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will transfer after withdrawing from the NBA draft, and guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.

Andrew White III will return to Nebraska to play his senior season after deciding to remove his name from the NBA draft.

White, who sat out 2014-15 after transferring from Kansas, averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Westbrook beats Cheverus Thu, 26 May 2016 03:16:22 +0000 WESTBROOK — The plan for the Westbrook High boys’ lacrosse team Wednesday night was to score against Cheverus, then trust faceoff specialist Noah Oliver to get the ball back and build momentum.

Oliver did his part and the Blue Blazes went on to a 9-7 victory against the Stags.

The Blue Blazes (7-3) scored two goals in less than a minute four times, largely due to Oliver’s prowess at midfield.

“Noah Oliver is one of the best faceoff guys in the state,” said Curtis Knapton, the Westbrook captain. “We’ve been saying that all year. We know if we score a goal, we know we can get it back. He really gets us rolling.”

Oliver won 13 of a possible 17 faceoffs to allow the Blazes to control the ball in the Stags’ end for a large portion of the game.

“Winning the faceoffs, which Noah always does, is really helpful,” said Westbrook Coach Pete Lyons. “It leads to transition goals. We had a couple man-up opportunities where we were able to finish, too.”

Added Cheverus Coach Bill Bodwell: “Their faceoff guy is very good and we were in the box a ton. We had some penalties that were unreleasable. That was one of (the situations that Westbrook scored twice in a minute). We just can’t take that many penalities.”

With Oliver taking care of the faceoff duties, it was Knapton who shouldered the bulk of the offense for Westbrook. He finished with a game-high four goals and also contributed an assist against the Stags (6-4).

After a scoreless first quarter, Knapton pushed the Blazes to a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the second. His final goal put Westbrook ahead for good with just 3:15 remaining to break a 7-7 tie.

“He’s the man out there,” said Lyons.

“He makes great decisions, he controls tempo, he controls pace and he’s able to finish. He’s finishing with his left, with his right. He’s a great player.”

Added Bodwell: “Not many high school teams have a crease guy like him. He can really catch and finish. You just don’t see guys at this level who can catch in traffic like him. Catch, turn, shoot. Tough to stop.”

The Blue Blazes also got three goals from Tommy Kostopoulos, and a goal apiece from Grayson Post and John Tibbetts.

Goalie Alex LeBlanc made 10 saves in the win, marking the second impressive victory for Westbrook in the last week against one of the top teams in the state.

“These are the teams we want to compete with, and today we did,” said Lyons. “This is a very good Cheverus team. They’re athletic, they get up and down the field, and they have finishers. It’s a really great win for us.”

Added Knapton: “We’ve known we were capable of doing something like this all year, and we’ve been working and working, and never really turned that corner. These last two games, Gorham and Cheverus, two of the top teams in Class A in the state, we just did everything we could and we played hard for 48 minutes. This is what can happen when we play our best lacrosse.”

Mackenzie Hoglund, Max Coffin, Jesse Pierce, Frank Curran and Marco Giancotti each scored goals in the loss for the Stags.

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Wednesday’s girls’ roundup: Thornton holds on for softball victory Thu, 26 May 2016 03:01:43 +0000 SACO — Kaylee Burns hit a two-run homer during a four-run second inning Wednesday and Thornton Academy held on for a 6-4 victory against Sanford in an SMAA softball game.

The Trojans (11-4) scored five runs in the first two innings to defeat the Spartans (12-3).

Hayden Campbell and Maizie Lee each had two hits, an RBI and a run for the Trojans, and Hannah Collins singled, drove in one run and scored once.

Nicole Main hit an RBI triple and scored a run for Sanford.

FALMOUTH 1, KENNEBUNK 0: Jessica Treadwell struck out eight and Allison Murphy drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning as the Yachtsmen (6-9) defeated the Rams (4-10) at Falmouth.

Jessica Collins of Kennebunk drew a walk in the fourth inning, advanced on a fielder’s choice, then scored on Murphy’s double.

Brittney Gregoire had both hits for the Rams.

Kylie DeFeo of Kennebunk struck out two, walked two and allowed two hits.

Treadwell also walked two and allowed two hits.

BIDDEFORD 12, WESTBROOK 2: Brook Davis hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and the Tigers (12-3) added five runs in the fifth to beat the Blue Blazes (3-12) at Westbrook.

Erin Martin had three hits, including a two-run triple in the five-run fifth inning. Kristin Lebreux and Jocelyn Moody added RBI singles. Lebreux allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out four.

Kayla Horner of Westbrook hit a two-run, two-out single in the first.

OCEANSIDE 4, MEDOMAK VALLEY 3: Brianna Dugan drove in a pair of runs with a two-out line single up the middle in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners (14-0) to a walk-off win over the Panthers (9-5) at Rockland.

Chloe Jones struck out 14 and walked two in a six-hitter for Oceanside, which also got an RBI double from Casey Pine.

Jones and Abby Veilleux scored on Dugan’s single after reaching on a hit batter and a walk. They advanced on a double steal prior to Dugan’s single.

Aubrey Schaeffer had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Panthers.

NOBLE 19, MCAULEY 1: Shaughnessy Gower had nine strikeouts and one walk in a three-hitter, and also collected three hits as the Knights (9-6) cruised past the Lions (3-12) at Portland.

The Knights scored six runs in the first inning, including Kassidy Lessard’s three-run triple. Kayla Lessard hit a two-run homer during an eight-run seventh.

Lillie Donovan homered for the Lions in the fifth.

YARMOUTH 5, WELLS 2: Hannah Merrill had an RBI single in the fifth inning and the Clippers (11-3) added four runs in the sixth to beat the Warriors (9-6) at Wells.

Cate Ralph had two hits and Sophia McGrath doubled for Yarmouth. Mari Cooper allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out five.

Anya Chase went 3 for 4 for Wells.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 3, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 2: Skye Conley hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning to lift the Patriots (10-4) over the Raiders (9-5) at Gray.

Mackenzie Buzzell homered and Nicole Bennett singled in Julia Quinn to give Fryeburg a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Gray-New Gloucester responded in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Conley, who then scored on Emily Brewer’s single.

Conley had two hits and two RBI, and Alison Martell allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out nine. Bennett struck out eight, giving up eight hits and a walk.

CONY 17, CAMDEN HILLS 5: Autumn Sudsbury had a home run, two doubles and a single to lead the Rams (11-4) over Camden Hills (0-15) in six innings at Augusta.

Skyler Watson pitched a four-hitter, and added two doubles and a single. Allee Cloutier chipped in with two singles and a double for Cony, which had 20 hits.

SCARBOROUGH 12, MASSABESIC 0: Abbie Murrell threw a two-hitter and struck out 11 to lead the Red Storm (13-0) over the Mustangs (9-5) at Waterboro.

Murrell tripled and drove in two runs, and Kaleigh Scoville drove in five runs and hit a double for the Red Storm. Lindsey Kelley added two hits and scored twice.

Grace Tutt and Morgan Houk had the hits for Massabesic.

MARSHWOOD 4, GORHAM 3: Kaylah Abdul hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning to help the Hawks (7-8) beat the Rams (6-9) at Gorham.

Marshwood made it 4-2 in the eighth on a groundout by Madison Eastman that scored Emerson Stevens.

Abdul broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, leading off with a single and scoring on a Stevens single.

The Rams responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by Noelle Dibiase that scored Grace McGouldrick.

Lindsey Wilcox had two hits and scored in the bottom of the eighth for Gorham on a fielding error.

Emily Robida of Marshwood allowed six hits and two walks, striking out nine.

YORK 15, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 7: Stephanie Rundlett had a triple and two home runs to help the Wildcats (14-1) rally past the Seagulls (0-15) at Old Orchard Beach.

The Seagulls, who had one hit in the game, led 6-4 entering the fifth inning, helped by nine walks.

Rundlett pitched the sixth and seventh, striking out five. She hit a two-run homer in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth and a solo homer in the seventh.

DEERING 8, BONNY EAGLE 6: Abby Elowitch went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI to pace an 11-hit offense for the Rams (3-12) against the Scots (6-9) at Standish.

Sydney Giroux added a pair of singles and drove in two runs for the Rams, who led 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Deering also got two singles each from Kaylee Helmick and Siobhan Densmore, and Cassidy Coyne finished with two RBI.

Ashlyn Wintle hit a triple and a single, scored a run and drove in one for the Scots.


MCAULEY 11, DEERING 10: Zoe Mazur scored three minutes into overtime to lift the visiting Lions (2-8) over the Rams (4-6) at Portland.

Catherine Reid scored four goals, Elizabeth Poulin added three and Mazur had two for McAuley.

Megan Violette had five goals and Mia Thurston scored twice for Deering.

GORHAM 11, NOBLE 0: Four players scored multiple goals as the Rams (6-4) defeated the Knights (2-8) at Gorham.

Kaylin Apt, Jennifer Darasz, Hailey Morrill and Emma Smith each scored twice, and Allison Sinnett recorded eight saves.

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Wednesday’s boys’ roundup: York tops Cape Elizabeth in baseball Thu, 26 May 2016 02:47:03 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — Sam Johnson hit a two-run double during a three-run seventh inning Wednesday as York broke a tie and went on to a 6-3 victory against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.

Cape (10-3) scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead: Brendan Tinsman and Marshall Peterson had RBI groundouts, and Matthew Riggle singled in Dylan Roberts.

York (11-4) responded with two in the fourth on an RBI single from Johnson and a sacrifice fly from Matt Trainor that scored Jack Kelley, and tied it in the fifth.

Johnson had three hits and three RBI. Jack O’Rourke had two hits for Cape.

NOBLE 9, DEERING 1: The Knights (1-13) scored all of their runs in the second inning and defeated the Rams (6-7) at Portland.

The Knights totaled eight singles in the second. For the game, the teams combined for 20 hits, all singles.

Ian Westphal had two hits for the Rams.

Jacob Lacroix of Noble pitched six innings, giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out six. He also had three hits.

FALMOUTH 2, KENNEBUNK 1: Jesse Melchiskey hit a walkoff sacrifice fly as the Yachtsmen (15-0) defeated the Rams (6-9) at Falmouth.

Ryan Coughlan had an RBI double in the third inning to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Christopher Camelio hit a triple to score Colin Coyne to tie it, then scored on Melchiskey’s sacrifice fly.

Cam Guarino of Falmouth allowed five hits, striking out one and walking none.

GREELY 7, LAKE REGION 1: Austin Nowinski hit a two-run triple during a three-run third inning as the Rangers (10-4-1) beat the Lakers (0-13) at Cumberland.

Nowinski scored on a wild pitch to give Greely a 3-1 lead. Lake Region had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on a groundout by Jordan Williams that scored Andrew Douglass. The Rangers added three runs in the fourth, including a two-run single by Calvin Soule.

Justin Leeman of Greely allowed a run on three hits, striking out three in six innings.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 8, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2: Haven Cutko hit a pair of singles, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Panthers (6-9) beat the Seagulls (8-6) at Old Orchard Beach.

Galen Arnold added two hits and two RBI for the Panthers, who broke open their 2-1 lead with a six- run sixth inning.

Phineas Murray added two hits and a run for the Panthers, and Andrew Keith tripled and scored twice.

Mason Beaudoin hit a pair of singles for Old Orchard Beach.

YARMOUTH 9, POLAND 1: Tyler Waaler struck out seven and allowed three hits as the Clippers (8-5) defeated the Knights (2-13) at Poland.

Conor O’Donnell led the Clippers with three hits, two RBI and two runs.

Waaler allowed one earned run and walked none.

Ben Bernier of Poland allowed three earned runs in 42/3 innings, striking out six and walking four. Bernier also had two hits.

CHEVERUS 4, THORNTON ACADEMY 3: Tre Fletcher hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Stags (7-6) scored twice in the fifth to beat the Trojans (10-3) at Portland.

Jack Casale went 3 for 3, and also allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out three. Chris Vallee hit an RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Trojans responded in the sixth with an RBI single from Josh LePauloue and in the seventh on an RBI single from Ben Lambert. Lambert had two hits, including a double, and Brogan Searle-Belanger had three hits.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Matt Fuller reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored the go-ahead run on back-to-back singles by Damian Eldridge and Scott Parker in the sixth inning as the Raiders (3-11) rallied past the Patriots (3-11) at Gray.

Gray-New Gloucester opened the scoring in the fourth when Eli Winchester singled, then scored on an error on a squeeze play.

Fryeburg tied it in the fifth when Parker singled, then scored on a single by Keegan Jones.

Hunter Day struck out 10 and walked two in a three-hitter for the Raiders.

OCEANSIDE 10, MEDOMAK VALLEY 4: Logan Sheridan struck out five and hit an RBI double as the Mariners (11-3) defeated the Panthers (5-9) at Thomaston.

Thomas Curtis had a single, two doubles and two RBI for Oceanside. Nick Mazurek hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season.

Nicholas DePatsy and Isaac Eustler each had two singles for Medomak Valley.

Sheridan gave up six hits, allowed three earned runs and walked one.

CONY 3, CAMDEN HILLS 1: Connor Perry tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as Cony (6-9) defeated Camden Hills (4-11) at Augusta.

Perry went 3 for 3 with a double and single in addition to the triple. Riley Boivin pitched a three-hitter, striking out five and walking two. Garrison Look had a double for the Windjammers.

BONNY EAGLE 1, WINDHAM 0: Troy Bogdahn walked and scored on a pinch-hit single by Cody Mains in the eighth inning to lift the Scots (10-4) over the Eagles (4-9) at Standish.

Dana McKay pitched a three-hitter for the Scots, who also had outstanding outfield defense from Kolby Lambert and Drake Laughlin.

Zach Skillings of Windham struck out three and walked two in a three-hitter.


GORHAM 17, WINDHAM 7: Cam Wright had eight goals and four assists as the Rams (9-2) cruised past the Eagles (8-2) at Windham.

Alex York added three goals and three assists for the Rams, who opened with an 8-1 run.

Tyler Woolston scored three goals for Windham.

WINSLOW 14, MORSE 9: David Selwood and Hunter McCaslin each scored four times to lead the Black Raiders (6-4) over Morse (2-9) at Winslow.

Jimmy Fowler had three goals and an assist for Winslow. Bryce Hillier added two goals and two assists, and Jake Houghton had a goal and four assists.

Spencer Knowles and Declan Hall each scored three goals for the Shipbuilders.

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Sox keep streaking in 10-3 win over Rockies Thu, 26 May 2016 02:38:16 +0000 BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. swears he isn’t thinking about his current hitting streak. Around Fenway Park, he’d be the only one.

Bradley had two hits to extend his major league-best streak to 29 games, Xander Bogaerts homered to extend his hitting streak to 18 games and the Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Travis Shaw added three RBI and Blake Swihart had a pair of triples as Boston moved to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Red Sox have scored eight or more runs 10 times in their last 14 home games.

“I don’t think about it, until I’m reminded about it,” said Bradley, who tied Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest streak in club history. “If it ends tomorrow, today – it doesn’t matter. I just want to continue to keep swinging the bat well and keep winning.”

Steven Wright (4-4) had another solid outing, giving up three runs, two earned. He has now given up three runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts.

Chad Bettis (4-3) held the Red Sox scoreless through three innings but was responsible for seven runs over the next two innings and was pulled.

“I just thought location got away from him in the fourth and the fifth,” Manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies have lost six of their last seven – all on the road.

After a slow start, the Red Sox got back into the recent offensive groove that has propelled them this season.

Bogaerts led off the fourth with his home run for Boston’s first run. Later, Bradley lined Bettis’ first pitch of his at-bat through the left side of the infield to extend his streak.

Shaw followed with an RBI single, and Swihart kept things going later with his two-run triple to put Boston up 4-2. The Red Sox added three more in the fifth.

“Another strong performance by our guys,” Manager John Farrell said.

The offense helped erase what was at times a tough night for catcher Ryan Hanigan trying to corral the Wright’s knuckleballs. Hanigan allowed four passed balls, and Wright had three wild pitches.

A passed ball and wild pitch in the second inning helped set up an RBI groundout by Mark Reynolds that put the Rockies up 1-0.

Hanigan nearly tied it in the third with an apparent home run to right field, but a review ruled it foul. He exited an inning later and was replaced by Christian Vasquez due to illness.

Dustin Pedroia was replaced in the fifth by Marco Hernandez for precautionary reasons after experiencing right hamstring tightness while running to second on a double.

Bogaerts got treatment for a cut to his thumb after tagging a runner out in the eighth.

Pedroia said he was stretched after he left and expects to play Thursday.

“Unless I get benched,” he said.

NOTES: Farrell said utility player Brock Holt (seven-day concussion DL) went through “a battery of tests” over the past two days and was scheduled to travel back to Boston on Wednesday. He will begin general conditioning on Thursday. … Farrell said LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right patella subluxation) came out of his rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket “in pretty good shape.”

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Three straight walks in ninth inning sink Sea Dogs Thu, 26 May 2016 02:15:19 +0000 HARRISBURG, Pa. — Zach Collier led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Sanchez, lifting the Harrisburg Senators to a 2-1 win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at FNB Field.

The walk by Sanchez was the third straight issued by Portland reliever Luis Ysla, who entered the game to start the ninth inning in relief of Nik Turley.

The only out recorded by Ysla came on a sacrifice by Spencer Kieboom that moved Collier to second base.

Turley struck out four over two scoreless innings of relief after Portland starter Justin Haley gave up one run on five hits and one walk, striking out eight over six innings.

The Sea Dogs (16-29) jumped ahead in the first inning Sean Coyle doubled, then scored on Andrew Benintendi’s single.

Harrisburg (23-21) tied the game in the second on a single by Kieboom that scored Collier, who had led off the inning with a triple.

Bryan Harper, brother of Bryce, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

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Wawrinka out of Federer’s shadow Thu, 26 May 2016 01:19:52 +0000 PARIS — Reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is in unchartered territory. It’s not defending a major title. He traveled that road the first time after winning the 2014 Australian Open. But in his 11-year career that has included 45 Grand Slam events, Wawrinka never before has competed without his celebrated compatriot, 17-time major winner Roger Federer.

Federer, 34, pulled out of his first Grand Slam tournament since 1999 because of a back injury.

“It’s something different, for sure,” Wawrinka said on Wednesday after overcoming a slow start to dispatch Taro Daniel of Japan 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4 and reach the third round for the eighth time in the past nine years.

A farmer’s son and perpetual second fiddle of Swiss tennis, Wawrinka, 31, has tapped into his potential the past three seasons, quietly taking the national mantle from Federer.

Federer still ranks one place higher than Wawrinka at No. 4, but the younger Swiss led his nation to its first Davis Cup title in 2014 and owns two Grand Slam titles since 2013, while Federer has none.

While Wawrinka’s game has blossomed, the standards for Swiss tennis remain high, with the likes of Federer and Martina Hingis setting the bar.

“The tough thing in Switzerland sometimes is that we have had so many successful players,” Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi said.

Nor does Wawrinka fit neatly into the dominant storyline of this era of the so-called Big Four. Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have captured 40 of the past 44 major titles.

Wawrinka remains an outlier to many, but he owns as many majors, Olympic gold medals and Davis Cup championships as second-ranked Murray. When his blistering game is on – punctuated by a powerful serve, percussive forehand and one-handed backhand – he can scorch opponents.

Just ask Federer. Or No. 1 Djokovic.

During his French Open run a year ago, Wawrinka outclassed Federer in a straight-set quarterfinal victory. In the final, he handed Djokovic his only Grand Slam loss of 2015.

“So far, the best match I ever played,” Wawrinka says.

His start this year in Paris has been rockier.

Wawrinka battled back to take the final two sets during a five-set opening-round defeat of Lukas Rosol. He had an easier time against 93rd-ranked Daniel, but he is far from his level of a year ago.

“I was a little bit hesitating sometime with my game,” Wawrinka said Wednesday. “That’s why I make so many mistakes.”

A late bloomer, Wawrinka didn’t hit his career-high ranking of No. 3 until he was 29.

If he struggled to consider himself a member of the tennis elite, 14 months mostly inside the top five have helped him come around to the idea.

“I’m in my place,” he said earlier this spring. “I have no problem to be there.”

Success has its own pitfalls. Wawrinka, who has a 6-year-old daughter and divorced last year, said he felt “empty” after winning his second Grand Slam title in Paris.

“It’s just so big and so high,” he said. “After a few days you are completely empty. You get a little depressed. You don’t know where to put your feelings anymore.”

Wawrinka went back to work and finished the year strong. Seeded third here, he has won this year at Chennai and Dubai but struggled with illness at the Australian Open, where he lost in five sets to Milos Raonic of Canada in the fourth round.

The former French Open junior winner has played erratically on clay, with a quarterfinal loss to nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo but early exits at this month’s big tune-ups in Madrid and Rome.

“I don’t think that anyone expects Stan to win Roland Garros this year,” said his coach, Magnus Norman.

Before Wawrinka’s opening match, Norman said he practiced a total of 10 minutes on the terre battue at Roland Garros due to his late arrival and the first two days of rain.

“He found a way to win,” Norman said, citing Wawrinka’s ability to stay calm and fight back against Rosol. “That’s what the good players do.”

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The best never to win Indy, Michael Andretti finds it an unfortunate honor Thu, 26 May 2016 01:14:23 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — The words were stunning as they flew out of announcer Paul Page’s mouth in the waning laps of the 1992 Indianapolis 500.

“Michael is slowing! Michael is slowing!” he declared. “The rest of the field is coming past. Michael Andretti is slowing down.”

Andretti was within 20 miles of earning a coveted Indianapolis 500 victory. He’d dominated the race, led 160 laps, had the field covered. Then just like that, his car slowed to a crawl because of a broken fuel pump and his heartbreak was complete.

“It was that close to being the greatest moment in my life and it turned out to be the worst moment,” he said. “Me breaking down with 10 laps to go with a totally dominant car, it was a killer.”

In the lead-up to the 100th running of the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” The Associated Press interviewed the 27 living race winners on topics ranging from the greatest driver to most memorable moment. Their answers to the best driver to never win the Indianapolis 500 gave Andretti a distinction he’d rather go to anyone else.

Andretti received 17 of the 27 votes, while Lloyd Ruby received four. Others mentioned were Tony Stewart, Jim Clark – who actually won the race in 1965 – Roberto Guerrero and Alex Zanardi.

“Being the best driver to have not won Indy is an unfortunate honor,” Andretti told the AP. “I think I’d much rather be one of the winners and not be honored in this category at all. But a lot of great drivers have raced here and never did win, so to be picked among those names is a real honor.”

Andretti built one of the most impressive careers in American open-wheel racing history. He ranks fifth in starts (317), third in wins (42) and laps led (6,607). But his career is widely defined by his oh-so-close moments at Indy that added to the lore of the “Andretti curse.”

All tickets for Sunday’s race have been sold and, for only the third time in history, local race fans will be able to watch the race live on television.

The race has traditionally been televised on tape delay in the Indianapolis market. But with all reserved seating, suite and general admission tickets sold out for the 100th running of the race, the blackout was lifted. The race has not been televised live locally since the 1950s.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement in support of the decision to lift the blackout.

Tickets for Friday’s final practice and Saturday’s Legends Day are still available.

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McAuley High marksman accepts scholarship, to give college her best shot Wed, 25 May 2016 23:29:56 +0000 McAuley High is known as a basketball powerhouse, but the school’s best shooter – a 6-footer, no less – has landed an athletic scholarship in a far more obscure sport.

Sarah Schnupp, an 18-year-old senior, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to attend the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, one of the few colleges in the nation to compete in riflery.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity,” said Schnupp, who lives in Gorham and started shooting competitively in seventh grade through a 4-H program. She has since won multiple state titles, made three trips to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and currently ranks 44th among all U.S. women in three-position smallbore rifle and 75th in air rifle.

“That’s pretty good for a kid from Maine,” said her father, Joe Schnupp, a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy. “There are not a lot of kids in Maine who shoot (competitively). It’s a fun sport, great for the kids and a good way for them to learn control and self-discipline.”

Indeed, Sarah Schnupp is believed to be one of only two Mainers to earn college athletic scholarships in competitive shooting, a sport offered at the varsity level by only 33 NCAA schools. The other scholarship shooter is Brandon Bryer of Scarborough, who recently completed his freshman year at Morehead State in Kentucky.

“It’s not a full boat,” Joe Schnupp said of his daughter’s partial scholarship, “but it’s a healthy portion.”


Both Schnupp and Bryer honed their craft under the watchful eye of Don Leonard, a 70-year-old former Marine from South Portland who coaches a junior team at the Scarborough Fish & Game Association. Another former member of Leonard’s junior team at the Scarborough shooting range is Lydia Odlin of Scarborough, a member of the club team at Georgia Southern University.

University of the Sciences is one of four Division II schools that offer riflery as a varsity sport. There are 23 programs in Division I and six in Division III. Because teams generally consist of less than a dozen members, only 199 men and 189 women competed collegiately in 2014, according to the most recent statistics compiled by

Even so, shooting has been part of every Summer Olympics – with the exception of 1904 and 1928 – since the modern Games began in 1896. The United States has sent a team of at least 20 shooters to each of the past eight Games, but television viewers are unlikely to see this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Television has a thing about not wanting to have guns on it,” said Leonard, who noted that biathlon – which combines Nordic skiing and rifle marksmanship – seems to get more coverage. “So there’s very little in reference to juniors marking a path or a career to go to college.”

Five Maine high schools – Gardiner, Maine Central Institute, Brewer, Bangor and Cony of Augusta – have varsity shooting programs, said Julian Beal, who in March directed the 47th annual Maine Junior Four-Position State Championship, held at the Capitol City Rifle & Pistol Club. The four different shooting positions are standing, kneeling, prone and seated.

Sarah Schnupp bested a field of 13 to claim the girls’ state title. Her younger brother, Patrick, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cheverus High School, did likewise over a field of 37 boys. There is a third Schnupp, Erin, 14, an eighth-grader at St. Brigid School in Portland, who also shoots competitively.

“I’m seeing more girls here,” said Beal, who has been running junior programs in Maine for 42 years. “People start learning there is an Olympic sport out there and kids can get scholarships in shooting. It’s a safe environment that gets them using firearms in a positive way.”


Sarah Schnupp also was co-captain of the McAuley swim team and is a member of the National Honor Society. She chose University of the Sciences because it has an occupational therapy program that will allow her to earn a doctorate in six years.

After the signing ceremony Wednesday, Schnupp invited teachers and anyone else who was curious about her sport to the Fish & Game Association shooting range to show them what she does and perhaps clear up common misconceptions.

“I have never hunted,” she said. “That is definitely not my forte. I do precision rifle and pistol with stationary targets.”

At the range, under the supervision of Leonard and several range safety officials, Schnupp unpacked her considerable gear (stored in a wheeled duffle bag large enough for a hockey goalie) and four gun cases. She shoots an air rifle and a smallbore (or .22-caliber) rifle, both made in Germany and costing around $5,000 each. She also shoots a Benelli .22-caliber pistol and a Hammerli air pistol. They run a few thousand apiece.

When shooting rifle, as she will in college, Schnupp first climbs into custom-fitted clothing that includes flat boots (to prevent heel-to-toe rocking), sweater (to muffle pulse), stiff pants and jacket (for support) along with a fingerless glove for her left hand (the barrel rests on the back of her knuckles, with fingers curled inward), lime-green earplugs and special glasses with electrical tape over half the left lens so she won’t have to squint in order to sight the target with only her right eye.

“There’s different equipment for each of the disciplines,” she said. “There’s some overlap, but it’s a lot of gear.”

Elsewhere on the range, shotguns aimed at sporting targets popped and birds and crickets chirped in the afternoon breeze. Beneath the wooden roof of Schnupp’s range, however, all was still as she zeroed in on her target.

“I’m very passionate about shooting,” she said. “It’s a happy place for me. I’m able to get inside my own head, zone out the rest of the world, forget about all the stresses of the day and just get into the zone.”


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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin men’s tennis team wins NCAA crown Wed, 25 May 2016 22:16:09 +0000 KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team won its first NCAA Division III title Wednesday, defeating conference rival Middlebury 5-0 in the championship match.

The Division III title is the first for a Bowdoin men’s program. The Polar Bears’ field hockey squad has won four NCAA championships, most recently in 2013.

Bowdoin had lost six consecutive matches to Middlebury, a NESCAC foe, dating to 2012. The win gave the Polar Bears a school-record 20th victory on the season.


AMERICA EAST: Colin Ridley had three hits, drove in three runs and scored once as Maine (20-34) cruised to an 11-1 win over fourth-seeded UMBC (28-23) in an elimination game during the first day of the America East tournament at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Brett Chappell added four hits, two runs and one RBI for the sixth-seeded Black Bears, who scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 10-0.

Starter John Arel gave up one unearned run on two hits, striking out 11 and walking three over eight innings.

In their opening game of the day, Maine lost 1-0 to third-seeded Stony Brook on a walk-off homer by Bobby Honeyman in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Maine will play another elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Black Bears won’t know their opponent until after the two earlier games.

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Patriots join Brady in Deflategate appeal Wed, 25 May 2016 21:55:51 +0000 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots joined the latest Deflategate appeal to support quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, taking sides with him in court for the first time in his fight against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In an eight-page friend of the court brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , the Patriots said they “stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process.” They also raised the stakes in an effort to convince the entire circuit to overrule the 2-1 decision that reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension last month.

“The impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football,” the brief said. “It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy.”

The Patriots never have wavered in their defense of Brady as he fights the penalty for being “at least generally aware” of an illegal scheme to deflate footballs. But having failed to overturn the suspension with a public relations blitz or through backroom dealings within the league office, the team finally joined the court case that threatens to stretch into its third NFL season.

Though not surprising from a football perspective – after all, Brady did lead New England to four Super Bowl titles – the decision by the Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, to take sides against Goodell is a further step toward fracturing his once-solid relationship with the commissioner.

Other owners have fought the league in court – most famously Al Davis of the Raiders – but Kraft had been one of the most reliably loyal soldiers in the commissioner’s camp. The Patriots also have maintained a website designed to point out the flaws in the league’s case.

The NFL declined a request for comment.

Brady was suspended last May for four games for what Goodell said was a scheme to use improperly inflated footballs in that January’s AFC championship game. New England defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, then won the Super Bowl.

The suspension was overturned by a federal judge on the eve of the 2015 regular season, but a circuit court panel ruled 2-1 last month that Goodell was within rights granted by the collective bargaining agreement.

Brady has appealed to the full 2nd Circuit for a rehearing called “en banc,” and the Patriots’ brief was in support of that appeal. Less than 1 percent of en banc appeals are granted; if Brady’s request is rejected, his only chance of avoiding a suspension would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the odds of obtaining a hearing are even slimmer.

The Pats also were penalized by Goodell: a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks. At the time Kraft accepted the punishment, saying he was one member of a group and had to consider what was best for the league.

But Kraft’s attitude soured when Goodell, hearing Brady’s appeal personally, refused to reduce Brady’s penalty. A federal judge vacated the suspension, but he was overruled by the 2nd Circuit panel.

The document filed Wednesday repeated the Patriots “strongly believe” nobody tampered with footballs during the AFC title game. The team said the 2nd Circuit panel “endorsed the outcome of a highly manipulated and fundamentally unfair process designed and used by the Commissioner to reach and justify a predetermined outcome.”

“It renders meaningless the vital protections afforded by a bargained-for right to appeal, and to obtain and present pertinent evidence,” the team argued. “Its impacts will be felt far beyond the NFL.”

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Ex-Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee bidding to become next Vermont governor Wed, 25 May 2016 14:14:47 +0000 BURLINGTON, Vt. — A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist.

Bill “Spaceman” Lee tells WCAX-TV voters will “need umbrellas” if he’s elected because “it’s going to be raining dollars,” referring to money trickling down from the wealthy.

Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lee says he’s a “pragmatic, conservative, forward thinker.” He supports legalizing marijuana, a single-payer health care system and paid family leave.

Four other candidates — including a Google executive — are also running.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders first ran for office in Vermont — unsuccessfully — as a Liberty Union candidate.

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Casualties part of the Indy 500 story Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — Rich MacDonald was just a kid, trying to find his dad’s race number on the big screen through the flames and black mushroom clouds choking the track.

Only 6, MacDonald, his grandfather and uncle had gone to the LA Sports Arena to watch the 1964 Indianapolis 500 live on closed-circuit television. Just two laps into the race, there was a fiery wreck and it was clear something had gone horribly wrong.

Rich MacDonald still remembers trying to find out if his father, American road racing champion Dave MacDonald, was in the wreckage.

“I really didn’t get it. There was lots of fire, lots of smoke,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald died later that afternoon and driver Eddie Sachs also was killed.

Yes, the Indy 500, celebrating its centennial this weekend is “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.” But the race is also marked by tragedy. Just 12 laps into the inaugural race in 1911, mechanic Sam Dickson became the first to die.

Drivers, mechanics, fans, even a little boy standing across the street from the track long ago – all are part of the 500’s saddest chapter, painful memories of just how dangerous racing on the bricks and asphalt has been over the years.

At least 66 people have died because of auto racing since 1909 at the site, including 40 drivers, 14 mechanics and nine spectators.

In ’64, Dave MacDonald lost control of his car and slammed into the inside wall. His car exploded into a fireball and slid back onto the track. Sachs hit MacDonald’s car head-on, and he was killed instantly.

Nearly 2,000 miles away, Rich MacDonald tried to flip on a TV and watch the rest of the Indy 500.

MacDonald’s mother, Sherry, was at the track that day. Afterward, she withdrew from the racing community and could not imagine the idea of visiting the track again – until this year.

Rich MacDonald and Sherry; Sachs’ son, Eddie III, and Angela Savage, daughter of Swede Savage, the last driver to die in the race (1973), will travel to the speedway this week and hope to pose for a group photo on the track.

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NBA notebook: Cavaliers’ breeze turns into a headwind Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Upon their return from Canada, the Cavaliers had nothing to declare at U.S. Customs.

Their lead in the Eastern Conference finals already had been confiscated.

Cleveland was stripped of its dominance and a 2-0 advantage during a long weekend in Toronto, where the growing-confident-by-the-shot Raptors, propelled by a crowd and city that believes they can make the NBA finals, won two straight games.

“They flipped the script on us,” Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue said.

After being throttled by a combined 50 points in Games 1 and 2, the Raptors turned a series that began with blowouts into a best-of-three, winner-take-all slugfest. There wasn’t supposed to be a Game 5 and now there will be a Game 6 as well.

Unable to contain Toronto guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan from scoring or keep Bismack Biyombo off the boards, the Cavs have put themselves in a predicament.

Gone is their entire margin for error, some of their swagger and any aura of invincibility that surrounded them after reeling off 10 wins to open the postseason.

And as the teams prepared for Game 5 on Wednesday night, the pressure has swung back on LeBron James and the Cavs, who spent Tuesday in film sessions breaking down went wrong during their visit to Toronto.

There was plenty to process in Monday night’s 105-99 loss.

Cleveland came out flat, falling behind by 16 in the first half and relying too much on 3-point shooting, which has gone cold.

The Cavs rallied with a smaller lineup that didn’t include the suddenly struggling Kevin Love, but didn’t have enough down the stretch. Costly defensive lapses and terrific shot-making by Lowry and DeRozan helped the Raptors even the series.

“Now it’s our chance to come back, get some home-cooked meals and play in front of our home crowd,” Lue said.

James, who logged 46 minutes in Game 4, didn’t speak to the media on Tuesday.

Lue has carefully administered James’ minutes in the second half of the regular season and playoffs, hoping to keep him as fresh as possible. James pushed himself harder in Game 4 and Lue said that was the plan.

“We talked about it before the game and the night before how his body felt and wanting to play more minutes because we knew it was a big game for us, but it didn’t work out,” Lue said.

James maximized his minutes in Game 4, scoring 29 on 11-of-16 shooting, but took just one shot in the final 5:28.

“LeBron knows when he has to take over a basketball game, but also knows he has to trust his teammates,” Lue said.

THE NATIONAL Basketball Association players union, in talks with the league over how to share about $6 billion in annual revenue, hired Jefferies Group as an adviser.

The players asked the New York-based investment bank “to identify all possible current and future revenue streams on behalf of their members,” said firm spokesman Richard Khaleel.

It’s the first time Michele Roberts has led labor talks since she became executive director of the NBPA in 2014, and turning to an investment bank signals new strategy for the union, which in the past sought counsel of academics and economists.

Franchise values have tripled over the past four years, according to Forbes. And next season is the first year of a new TV contract that will pay $24 billion over nine years, about triple what the league now gets.

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Westbrook, Thunder put Warriors on the brink Wed, 25 May 2016 03:47:58 +0000 OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals and put the defending NBA champions on the brink of elimination.

It was Westbrook’s first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season. Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 26 points. Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry was limited to 19 points on 6-for-20 shooting.

Golden State’s Draymond Green, who was fined for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3, finished with six points, 11 rebounds and six turnovers.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City got a boost from an unlikely source. Andre Roberson, a player the Warriors have ignored at times during the series, scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Thunder led 30-26 at the end of the first quarter, then gained control in the second. In the most unlikely of connections, Adams threw a bullet pass to Roberson near the basket for a dunk that gave the Thunder a 56-43 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half.

Oklahoma City finished with a flurry and led 72-53 at halftime. The Thunder matched the most points they have scored in a first half in franchise playoff history, a mark they set the previous game against the Warriors. It also matched the most points Golden State has allowed in a half this season for the second straight game.

Westbrook had 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the first half, and Durant had 18 points and six boards.

Curry finished 4 for 14 in the first half. Green had four points and five turnovers and Thompson had four points and three fouls in 12 minutes.

Golden State shot 46 percent from the field in the first half, but Oklahoma City outrebounded the Warriors 28-20 and outscored them 21-9 at the free throw line in the half.

Thompson tried to keep the Warriors in it, scoring 19 points in just over seven minutes to start the third quarter. But the Thunder maintained their composure, led 94-82 at the end of the period and remained in control in the fourth.


According to Thunder Public Relations, the last team to score 72 or more points in the first half of two straight playoff games was the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers.


Warriors: Curry went 1 for 7 in the first quarter, and made just 1 of 4 3-point attempts. … Thompson committed his third foul with 7:55 left in the second quarter, and Andrew Bogut committed his third about two minutes later. … Curry made a 3-pointer for his 48th consecutive playoff game, extending his NBA record. … The Warriors were 12-0 this season the game after a loss.

Thunder: Westbrook had five points, six assists and three rebounds in the first quarter. … Oklahoma City Forced 13 turnovers in the first half. … Serge Ibaka finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. … The Thunder improved to 19-0 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double.

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Major League roundup: Strasburg improves to 8-0 as Nationals dump Mets Wed, 25 May 2016 03:40:22 +0000 WASHINGTON — Steven Strasburg remained unbeaten with an 11-strikeout performance, and the Washington Nationals hit three of their season-high five home runs off struggling Matt Harvey in a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Strasburg (8-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 62/3 innings in defeating Harvey and the Mets for the second time in six days. Strasburg has five games this season with at least 10 strikeouts and 26 over his seven-year career.

Harvey (3-7) stumbled through a third straight ineffective start, allowing five runs and eight hits over five rocky innings and is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.

“We’ve got to think what’s not just best for Matt, but what’s best for us moving forward at the moment,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.

“There are a lot of things to consider. We’re not going to make any rash judgments tonight. We’re going to sleep on it.”

CUBS 12, CARDINALS 3: Jason Hammel pitched 71/3 stingy innings and had a two-run double in a six-run first as Chicago routed host St. Louis.

BREWERS 2, BRAVES 1: Scooter Gennett’s tie-breaking single in the eighth inning lifted Milwaukee, which spoiled Brian Snitker’s home debut as the Braves’ interim manager.

PIRATES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-best five runs as Pittsburgh rolled by visiting Arizona.


YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 0: For the first time since the second week of the season, New York is back at .500.

A resurgent Nathan Eovaldi combined with his bullpen on a two-hitter to win his fifth straight decision, and the host Yankees won their sixth straight.

INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 2: Josh Tomlin beat Chris Sale in a one-sided matchup of unbeaten pitchers and Francisco Lindor had three hits, leading Cleveland at Chicago.

Tomlin pitched eight innings of two-run ball to become the first Indians starter to reach 7-0 since Dennis Martinez won his first nine decisions in 1995. Sale was knocked out in the fourth, ending his bid to become the first pitcher to win his first 10 starts in a season since Andy Hawkins for San Diego in 1985.

RANGERS 4, ANGELS 1: Martin Perez finally got a win after another strong May start and rookie Nomar Mazara homered in his home park for the first time, leading Texas over visiting Los Angeles.

ROYALS 7, TWINS 4: Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and two RBI as Kansas City topped host Minnesota.


RAYS 4, MARLINS 3: Jake Odorizzi allowed two hits in five shutout innings, Hank Conger hit a two-run single and Tampa Bay won at Miami.

TIGERS 3, PHILLIES 1: Justin Verlander struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez held on for his 400th save as Detroit won at home.

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Penguins put damper on Lightning, extend series to Game 7 Wed, 25 May 2016 03:15:00 +0000 TAMPA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at three games.

Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.

Crosby assisted on Kessel’s 5-on-3 power-play goal in the opening period and skated around Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman into the clear before sending a wrist shot between goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy’s legs for a 3-0 lead in the final minute of the second period.

Rookie goaltender Matt Murray returned to the lineup after being replaced as the starter for Game 5 by Marc-Andre Fleury, but his 10th playoff victory did not come without a bit of suspense.

Brian Boyle scored twice in the third period for Tampa Bay, with one of the goals bouncing off Kessel before getting past Murray, who finished with 28 saves. The second score drew the Lightning within one goal with 7:17 remaining.

Rust’s breakaway goal gave Pittsburgh breathing room and Bonino added an empty-netter to finish it off.

Kessel’s goal was his team-leading ninth of the playoffs. Crosby had the primary assist, his first point since delivering game-winners in Games 2 and 3, and Evgeni Malkin also had an assist to extend his point streak to four games after a slow start in the series.

The Lightning had an apparent goal by Jonathan Drouin waived off a little more than five minutes into the game, when Penguins coach Mike Sullivan successfully challenged that the young Tampa Bay winger was offside on the play before tapping in a rebound off Ondrej Palat’s shot that bounced off Murray’s pads.

Sullivan announced the decision to go back to Murray following Tuesday’s morning skate, with the Penguins facing elimination for the first time this postseason.

Murray started the first four games of the series. Fleury replaced him during the third period of Game 4, then made his first start in nearly two months in Game 5, which Tampa Bay won 4-3 in overtime.

Sullivan said he was switching back to Murray because “just like we make all our lineup decisions, we try to put players on the ice that we think give us the best chance to win.”

Before Game 5, Fleury had not started a game since March 31, when he suffered a concussion.

Tampa Bay entered the game determined to not come out flat in Game 6 of the conference final for the second straight year.

The Lightning beat the New York Rangers on the road to go up 3-2 in that series, but were badly outplayed at home the next game and had to return to Madison Square Garden to finish the series.

Now, they’ll have to win on the road again to make the third Stanley Cup appearance in franchise history.

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Tuesday’s girls’ roundup: Kennebunk captures lacrosse showdown Wed, 25 May 2016 03:06:51 +0000 YARMOUTH — Kyra Schwartzman had two goals and three assists Tuesday night to lead Kennebunk to a 9-5 victory against Yarmouth in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Jenny Bush scored three goals, and Hallie Schwartzman, Olivia Sanford and Gabby Fogg added goals for Kennebunk (10-0), which led 4-2 at halftime.

Cory Langenbach scored twice for Yarmouth (8-2). Eliza Lunt, Ella Antolini and Eva Then also had goals.

FREEPORT 11, LAKE REGION 7: Lily Johnston, Taylor Rinaldi and Courtney Broderick scored in the final nine minutes as the Falcons (4-6) got the final three goals to pull away from Lake Region (6-4) at Freeport.

Broderick finished with three goals and three assists, and Johnston added three goals. Lindsey Keenan had three goals for the Lakers.

MASSABESIC 23, SANFORD 8: Fourteen players scored for the Mustangs (9-1) against the Spartans (3-7) at Sanford.

Maquila Dimastrantonio had five goals, Morgan Pike added three, and Taylor Manning, McKenzy Ouellette and Allison Irish each scored twice.

Monica Trausch had three goals and Madison Leigh added two for Sanford.

WINDHAM 13, SOUTH PORTLAND 9: Mya Mannette had three goals and a pair of assists as the Eagles (8-2) defeated the Red Riots (6-4) at Windham.

Katie Skvorak and Steph Nichols each added two goals and two assists, and Holly Spencer scored twice for Windham.

Mary Cronin of South Portland had three goals and an assist, and Maddie Hasson added two goals.

Grace Sawyer stopped 10 shots for the Eagles. Zoe Brown had four saves for the Red Riots.

WAYNFLETE 13, WELLS 3: Isabel Burdick and Lydia Giguere each scored four goals to lead the Flyers (7-3) past the Warriors (2-7) at Portland.

The Flyers had four players score multiple goals, including Nina Moore with three and Christian Rowe with two. Charlotte Majercik of Waynflete recorded eight saves.

Leah Tufts scored twice and Delaney O’Brien once, and Kate Reidy had five saves for Wells.

MARSHWOOD 11, BIDDEFORD 7: Luci Albers and Marin Smith scored four goals each for the Hawks (9-1) against Biddeford (6-3) at South Berwick.

Albers also had two assists. Taylor Turgeon scored three goals and Camryn McKeown two for the Tigers.

YORK 13, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3: Allie Lawlor had five goals and a pair of assists as the Wildcats (7-3) handled the Raiders (2-8) at York.

MacKenzie Mallet had three goals and two assists, Emma Ford added two goals and four assists, and Martha McCaddin scored twice for York.

Hannah Frye had a pair of goals for Fryeburg.

Julianna Kiklis stopped five shots for the Wildcats.

CAPE ELIZABETH 14, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 6: Susannah Graham scored four goals to lead the Capers (3-7) over the Panthers (2-7) at Yarmouth.

Mariah Deschino had three goals and one assist, and Chloe Chapin and Addie Hayes each added two goals for Cape Elizabeth, which led 9-2 at halftime. Emily Taylor scored three goals and Isabelle Coleman added two for NYA.

ST. DOMINIC 8, MORSE 7: Caroline Gastonguay scored in overtime to lift the Saints (9-0) over the Shipbuilders (9-1) at Auburn.

Avery Lutraykowski scored three goals and Emma Theriault added two for the Saints. Abby Slonina recorded nine saves.

Madison Olsen and Isabel Paulus each scored twice for the Shipbuilders. Zenaide McCarthy had eight saves.

BOOTHBAY REGION 8, ERSKINE ACADEMY 7: Helen Hamblett scored with just under five minutes remaining and the Seahawks (8-2) held off the Eagles (5-4) at Boothbay Harbor.

Helen Hamblett finished with three goals and Sydney Meader added two. Lincoln Hamblett and Jackie McLoon also scored for Boothbay.

Christina Hodgkins scored three goals and Kaitlyn Darveau added two for Erskine. Malorie Weaver recorded 10 saves.

MESSALONSKEE 15, BRUNSWICK 6: Ally Turner scored six goals and Lauren Pickett added four to lead the Eagles (9-1) over the Dragons (2-8) at Brunswick.

Lydia Dexter scored twice and India Languet added a goal and three assists for Messalonskee.

Dina Murphy had two goals for Brunswick.

CAMDEN HILLS 16, LAWRENCE 5: Jessie Goodale and Audrey Heriz-Smith each scored four goals to lead the Windjammers (4-5) over Lawrence (0-11) at Fairfield.

McKenna Rogers had two goals for Lawrence.


BIDDEFORD 6, MARSHWOOD 0: Kirsten Lebreux pitched a one-hitter as Biddeford (11-3) beat the Hawks (6-8) at South Berwick.

Kaylah Abdul doubled for Marshwood in the seventh inning.

Brook Davis of the Tigers had two hits, including a homer, four RBI and two runs.

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: Cape Elizabeth stays perfect in lacrosse Wed, 25 May 2016 02:58:07 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — Robert Sarka had five goals and two assists Tuesday night to lead undefeated Cape Elizabeth to a 16-2 victory against North Yarmouth Academy in a schoolboy lacrosse game.

Owen Thoreck scored four goals, and Connor Thoreck and James Boeschenstein each added two for the Capers (10-0). Alex Navarez, Samuel Price and Andrew Mitchell combined for six saves.

Jeremy Thelven and Zachary Woods scored for the Panthers (2-8).

SOUTH PORTLAND 17, PORTLAND 3: Jack Fiorini had five goals as 10 players scored for the Red Riots (5-5) against the Bulldogs (4-6) at South Portland.

David Fiorini, Cooper Mehlhorn and Finn Zechman each scored twice. Quinn Watson recorded six saves.

Robert Nolan, Drake McGhie and Kevin Moore answered for Portland.

YARMOUTH 15, KENNEBUNK 13: Pat Grant had four goals and an assist for the Clippers (7-3) against the Rams (6-4) at Kennebunk.

Walter Conrad added three goals and two assists, and Remi LeBlanc scored twice for Yarmouth.

Spencer Thibodeau had four goals and three assists for Kennebunk.

Pat Gassman added three goals and an assist, and Bo Beveridge finished with three goals.

Liam Harke of the Clippers and James Ross of the Rams each had six saves.

DEERING 17, MASSABESIC 8: Andrew Johnson scored seven goals and Nate Richards added five as the Rams (5-5) handled Massabesic (4-6) at Portland.

Bryce Randall added three goals and three assists for Deering. Johnson and Richards also assisted on two goals apiece. Cameron Roy had two goals and two assists for the Mustangs, and Kevin Nguyen contributed two goals and an assist.


MARSHWOOD 5, SCARBOROUGH 4: Nick Landis’ RBI single was the only hit for the Hawks (8-7) during a four-run sixth inning that beat the Red Storm (10-3) at Scarborough.

Marshwood scored on two errors and a balk in the sixth, and also benefited from another balk and a hit batsman.

Landis pitched a four-hitter for the Hawks.

Tim Carion scored twice for Scarborough.

GORHAM 5, SANFORD 4: Kyle King hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning, scoring Ben Nelson as the Rams (9-4) beat the Spartans (2-11) at Gorham.

King had two hits and three RBI, and drove in two runs with a single in the fifth that gave the Rams a 3-2 lead. Gorham led 4-3 after six, but James Roche singled in Xavier Chase with two outs in the seventh to force extra innings.

Nelson and Gerek Brown each added two hits for Gorham, and Logan Drouin picked up the win, pitching 22/3 innings of scoreless relief. Chase, Roche and Frank Veino each had two hits and an RBI for Sanford. Tyler Burgess also drove in a run.

HALL-DALE 3, BOOTHBAY REGION 0: Ryan Sinclair doubled and the Bulldogs (10-4)broke a scoreless game open with a three-run sixth inning to beat the Seahawks (1-13) atFarmingdale.

Cole Lockhart pitched four shutout innings in relief of Quinn Stebbins to earn the victory.

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Sea Dogs top Senators 5-4 to halt three-game losing streak Wed, 25 May 2016 02:29:58 +0000 HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Portland Sea Dogs opened an early three-run lead and held on defeat the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 to end their three-game losing streak Tuesday night at FNB Field.

The Sea Dogs (16-28) scored twice in the first on sacrifice flies by Andrew Benintendi and Aneury Tavarez.

Sean Coyle homered in the third inning, his second of the year, to stretch the lead to 3-0.

The Senators (22-21) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth as Shawn Pleffner lined a two-run single to right, driving in Neftali Soto and Zach Collier.

Portland regained its two-run cushion with two runs in the sixth as Rainel Rosario hit a sac fly to center field to score Ryan Court and Taverez later scored on a fielder’s choice from Ali Solis.

A towering line-drive home run from Pleffner in the seventh inning narrowed the Sea Dogs’ lead back to a run.

Keith Couch went six innings for Portland, improving to 3-0. He allowed four earned runs on six hits, struck out five and walked three.

Mitch Atkins had a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the year.

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Bradley’s hit streak hits 28 games as Sox flatten Rockies Wed, 25 May 2016 02:19:45 +0000 BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. is halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, and David Ortiz sees no reason why the Red Sox outfielder should stop there.

Asked how many more games he thinks Bradley can keep it going, Ortiz said “70,” before adding an expletive and a smile that said he didn’t want to get into the business of making predictions.

“These kids, they work extremely hard. They want to be good,” the 40-year-old designated hitter said on Tuesday night after twenty-somethings Bradley and Xander Bogaerts each had a pair of hits in an 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

“I’m having so much fun watching it,” said Ortiz, who had two hits and four RBIs. “They make me feel like I’m a part of it. … They make me feel like I’m their age.”

In a rematch of the 2007 World Series, which Boston swept in four games, David Price (7-1) scattered five hits over seven innings and Bradley extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 28 games. Dustin Pedroia added three hits and Christian Vazquez hit his first career triple to help Boston win its third straight.

Charlie Blackmon had a solo homer and DJ LeMahieu had two hits for Colorado, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Price was spotted a 2-0 lead after one inning. Boston made it 4-1 after two and 7-2 in the fourth, when the Red Sox chased Jorge De La Rosa (1-4).

“To go out there, knowing you don’t have to be perfect, it’s huge,” said Price, who allowed three runs, walked one and struck out six to earn his third consecutive win. “At some point, we’re going to struggle offensively. That’s when the pitchers are going to have to come together.”


De La Rosa made his first start after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He left with one out in the fourth with two on and one run already in.

It was his first appearance in Fenway Park. Asked if he would always remember the experience, he said with a laugh: “I don’t want to remember. It was good to pitch here.”


Ortiz had a two-run single and a two-run double in his first three at-bats. When he came up in the eighth with one out and a runner on second, he was intentionally walked.

“He’s a great hitter, one of the best of certainly our era here,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “You’re just in a tough spot there when he comes up with guys on base.”


Rockies: RHP Jason Motte (right shoulder strain) is back with the team, and Weiss said Motte will pitch Wednesday or Thursday. Motte went on the disabled list April 11 and made six rehab appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Red Sox: RHP Carson Smith had Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season, the team said. Smith appeared in three games this year, pitching 2 2/3 innings and making two trips to the disabled list. … 1B Hanley Ramirez was lifted after being hit in the right big toe with a pitch. X-rays were negative. … LHP Eduardo Rodriguez made a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out seven in seven innings and allowing one run on four hits.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: Bowdoin men’s tennis team wins to reach NCAA final Wed, 25 May 2016 01:38:21 +0000 KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Luke Trinka battled back to force a tiebreaker in the second set at third singles to pick up the pivotal fifth point Tuesday as Bowdoin outlasted Emory 5-4 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tennis championships.

Luke Tercek won at No. 1 singles for the Polar Bears, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Gil Roddy and Grant Urken each picked up points with straight set victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Gil Roddy and Chase Savage picked up the Bowdoin point at doubles, winning 9-7.

The Polar Bears advance to the championship match at 10 a.m. Wednesday vs. Middlebury.

It is the first men’s program in Bowdoin history to play for a national title.


BOWDOIN: Bowdoin was swept in its doubles matches and fell 5-0 to Williams in a NCAA Division III semifinal at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Polar Bears finished 15-7, reaching the NCAA semifinals for the first time.

Tiffany Cheng fell to Mia Gancayo in straight sets in No. 2 singles and Samantha Stalder was defeated by Hannah Atkinson at No. 5 singles to finish the match.

The Ephs (22-3) avenged a regular-season loss to Bowdoin and advance to face Emory for the national title on Wednesday.


SMCC: Katie Bergeron was named the new coach.

Bergeron, the seventh coach in program history, recently was an assistant coach at South Portland High School.

VANDERBILT: The Commodores want Stephanie White of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever as their new women’s basketball coach so much that they’re willing to wait.

And White will lean on her old Purdue coach, Carolyn Peck, to run the Commodores while she finishes out the WNBA season.

Vanderbilt announced that White will be the program’s fifth head coach, and Peck will be the interim head coach while White works the rest of the WNBA season. When Indiana’s season ends, Peck then will be associate coach.

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Baseball: South Portland cleans up its game, slides past Biddeford Wed, 25 May 2016 01:20:23 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland ace Drew Abramson didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday, but he had enough to lead the Riots to a 2-1 victory against Biddeford in an SMAA baseball game at the Wainwright Athletic Complex.

“Stuff-wise, he was a little off compared to where he normally is,” South Portland Coach Mike Owens said. “He couldn’t quite locate his fastball on the outside corner but he competed really well and changed speeds really well.”

Abramson, who threw 63 pitches, limited the Tigers to four hits.

“He gets guys out by getting (them on their) front feet and making them pop up or ground out,” Owens said. “We need to play defense behind him and today we played very good defensively.”

The Riots didn’t make an error.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much,” Abramson said. “I was just trying to get them to put the ball in play because I know we have a great defense. People made some plays and that was all I could ask for.

“It was good to bounce back defensively because that’s how we kind of let the game go against Portland.”

The Riots made five errors Saturday in an eight-inning, 5-4 loss to Portland, ending a seven-game win streak.

Tuesday’s win helped the Riots (12-2) tighten their hold on third place in the Class A South Heal point standings.

It was the sixth one-run loss of the season for the Tigers (3-11).

“We’ve played nearly everybody tough all year,” Coach Keith LeBlanc said. “We just haven’t finished it off.”

The Tigers scored in the third inning. Owen Sullivan, Carter Edgerton and Kerry Crepeau singled before Jason Vadnais’ RBI groundout.

“We’ve gotten pretty good pitching all year and the defense has looked great all year,” LeBlanc said. “It’s just getting the timely hits. We’ve haven’t been able to do that.”

The Riots made it 1-1 when Alex Livingston, Riley Hasson, Sam Troiano and Ben Conti led off the bottom of the third with singles.

With one out, South Portland took the lead when Nick Troiano drew a bases-loaded walk.

“Our team can really string some at-bats together and that was all we really needed,” Abramson said. “One person gets going and it gets everybody going.”

Still, the Riots managed just five hits.

“Biddeford did a good job of staying away and changing speeds, and we didn’t make enough adjustments as hitters,” Owens said. “We did enough to win today but certainly going forward we’re going to have to play a lot better.

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NHL notebook: Bruins keep Miller with four-year deal Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 BOSTON — The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension and added a pair of assistant coaches.

Boston General Manager Don Sweeney announced the moves Tuesday. Miller’s extension will run through the 2019-20 season and have a cap figure of $2.5 million per year. He entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

The Bruins also signed forward Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract carrying a cap figure of $625,000.

The 28-year-old Miller just completed his third season in Boston, appearing in a career-high 71 games. He also set career bests with five goals, 13 assists and 18 points. Griffith appeared in four games for Boston this season, accruing one assist.

Sweeney also announced the hiring of Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo as assistants, joining Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Claude Julien’s staff. In addition, longtime assistant Doug Jarvis will not return for the 2016-17 season.

BLUES: The Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks.

“It’s his turn,” Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s his turn for Game 6.”

Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals.

The Sharks lead the series 3-2 and on Wednesday night can earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues are in the conference finals for the first time since 2001.

Elliott started every game of the playoffs before Hitchcock switched to Allen for Game 4, believing a shake-up was in order, and the Blues won 6-3 in San Jose. The two split duties during the season.

Hitchcock thought a couple games off might benefit the 31-year-old Elliott during the longest playoff run of his career.

“Yeah, it’s been a mental drain,” Hitchcock said. “This is the first time he’s gone through this and I think (it) allowed him to reset it. I think he’s going to be great tomorrow.”

Elliott’s 17 starts this playoffs equals his previous career total from the last four years.

SHARKS: Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with San Jose since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one.

All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of players like Marleau and Joe Thornton could be put to the side temporarily with one more San Jose win.

For the first time in 25 seasons as an NHL franchise, the Sharks are just one win away from making the Stanley Cup final. San Jose takes a 3-2 lead over St. Louis in the Western Conference final into Game 6 on Wednesday night in what should be a frenzied Shark Tank.

For more than a decade, the Sharks have been known as much for their postseason failures as their regular-season success. San Jose has the second-most wins and has played in the second-most playoff series since the start of the 2003-04 season but has fallen short every spring.

The Sharks won just three total games in their first three trips to the conference final, lost an opening series as the top seed in 2009 and most memorably became the fourth NHL team ever to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games against Los Angeles in 2014.

The Sharks then hit what they called rock bottom last year when they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003 but rebounded this season under first-year coach Peter DeBoer and a core anchored by players like Thornton, Marleau, captain Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic that have spent years trying to bring a title to San Jose.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do here for the fans,” Marleau said.

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Miracle on Ice winner selling gear from 1980 team Tue, 24 May 2016 23:43:00 +0000 NEW YORK — It took a miracle for Jim Craig to win a gold medal in hockey at the 1980 Olympics, but, after 36 years, he’s willing to let it go.

The former goaltender has put the medal up for sale at an ongoing public auction along with the jerseys, mask, skates and stick he used during victories over the Soviet Union and Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Games.

Craig, who now works as a motivational speaker in St. Petersburg, Florida, said Tuesday that his decision to part with 17 relics from the games, including an American flag that was draped over his shoulders following the victory over the Soviets, “has nothing to do with money.”

The 59-year-old said he decided to sell the collection, valued at more than $5 million, because he “didn’t know what to do with it” after it spent years on display in museums.

“I think I’m providing an opportunity for people to cherish it and enjoy it where it would’ve went into hibernation,” Craig said next to a display in a Manhattan conference room that included his scuffed skates and yellowed goalie mask. “Hopefully, someone gets that flag and it’s flown in the White House, or something, where it deserves to be.”

Craig said it will be most difficult to part with the medal, which is expected to fetch between $1 million and $1.5 million through the Bohemia-based online auction house, because to him it represents the success he achieved through the sacrifices of his parents and coaches.

He said he didn’t want to choose which of his two kids would get the prized medal and wanted to set up trust funds for them. He also wants to donate more to charities and is helping support the family of his nephew, who died at age 41 from cancer and left behind four children.

Craig is not the only member of the Miracle on Ice team to part with his Olympic gear.

Forwards Mark Pavelich and Mark Wells auctioned off their gold medals, while captain and left wing Mike Eruzione and defenseman Ken Morrow sold their game jerseys. chairman Josh Evans said Craig’s collection, which is on auction through June 17, is exciting “because it represents not just sports but Americana.”

Years after the intense hockey rivalry, Craig said he remains friends with a couple of the Red Army players he defeated in 1980, including Vladimir Lutchenko, who helped coach Craig’s kids in hockey in Massachusetts.

“The legacy is that we won in so many different ways, not just a hockey game,” Craig said. “Every day, every year, I learn more about how important it was.”

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Serena Williams breezes in French Open opener Tue, 24 May 2016 23:26:17 +0000 PARIS — Even before Serena Williams quickly and easily seized control of her first-round match Tuesday, things were shaping up rather well for her at the French Open.

Williams’ bid for her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record, began with a nothing-to-see-here 6-2, 6-0 victory against 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in 42 minutes.

“It was a little short for me, but I think in my career, if I don’t have it by now, I need to look into something different. So I’m OK – I’m OK with that,” said the top-seeded Williams, who took the last 10 games after a so-so start.

What happened earlier on Day 3 was more surprising and perhaps just as significant for the defending champion: Two of the top five seeded women exited the clay-court tournament.

No. 3 Angelique Kerber, who upset Williams in the Australian Open final in January, lost to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And No. 5 Victoria Azarenka, one of only other two women who beat Williams this season, also bowed out in the first round, stopping with an injured right knee while trailing 4-0 in the third set against 118th-ranked Karen Knapp of Italy.

Williams could have faced Azarenka in the quarterfinals and Kerber in the semifinals.

But Azarenka’s knee buckled in the sixth game of the second set, and she started grimacing and limping. After the first point of the next game, she went to the sideline and requested medical attention, which Knapp didn’t think was fair.

“I don’t want to say anything bad about her,” Knapp said, “but we all know how she is.”

Azarenka managed to pull out the second set but eventually decided not to continue.

“I started to feel a sharp pain in my knee. I’ve had an injury there before, a while ago, but it hasn’t been a problem until today,” Azarenka said. “It got worse as the match went on.”

Kerber, a left-hander, got treatment for her left shoulder.

“That was, for sure, not my best tennis,” she said.

In the last six majors, Williams went 39-2, with the losses to Kerber and No. 7 Roberta Vinci, who ended Williams’ try for a calendar-year Grand Slam at the 2015 U.S. Open but is done in Paris after losing Monday.

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Bangor pitcher named Gatorade Maine player of the year Tue, 24 May 2016 20:36:16 +0000 Trevor DeLaite of Bangor High has been selected as the 2016 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year.

DeLaite, a senior, has a 5-1 record this season and is 20-2 in his varsity career. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound left-handed pitcher had a streak of 39 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings until allowing a run in a 1-0 loss to Edward Little on Monday. He entered the game with a .372 batting average and 13 RBI.

DeLaite will attend the University of Maine this fall on a baseball scholarship.

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Rousseau named Cheverus girls’ hockey coach Tue, 24 May 2016 19:51:21 +0000 Former Falmouth High boys hockey coach Scott Rousseau has been named the new Cheverus High girls’ hockey coach, the school announced Tuesday. Rousseau replaces Kent Hulst, who coached the Stags for one season.

Rousseau coached Falmouth for 13 seasons, resigning in 2010. Under Rousseau, the Yachtsmen reached the regional semifinals every season, and the regional championship game four times.

Cheverus, which includes players from Kennebunk High and Old Orchard Beach High, finished 11-7 last year and reached the South semifinals.

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in Belmont Stakes Tue, 24 May 2016 17:13:51 +0000 NEW YORK — So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white cell count, trainer Doug O’Neill said Tuesday.

“He’s out because of sickness,” O’Neill said.

Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped out in the Preakness last Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses.

A rematch in the Belmont on June 11 would have been the next best thing to a Triple Crown attempt. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

“He’s fine, but he’s got an elevated white blood cell count,” O’Neill’s assistant Jack Sisterson said from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where Nyquist is recovering. “We just want to do right by him and get him 100 percent.”

The Belmont Stakes will be held June 11 in Elmont, New York.

Nyquist came into the Preakness unbeaten in eight races, including a 1 1/4-length win over Exaggerator in the Derby. Exaggerator turned the tables in the Preakness, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track with Nyquist finishing third.

On Monday, Nyquist had a temperature of 102 and blood work was done. The results were delivered on Tuesday.

“Sometimes it happens when a horse runs back quick,” Sisterson said, referring to the short two-week turnaround between the Derby and Preakness. “For races like these, horses have to be on top of their game, Unfortunately, there’ll be no Belmont.”

Once Nyquist recovers, he will be shipped back home to California, with a plan that could include a trip to Saratoga for the Travers Stakes.

This is not the first time Nyquist has been sidetracked. After winning the Florida Derby on April 2, the colt owned by J. Paul Reddam was shipped to Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. His return to training was delayed by an elevated white blood cell count. At that time, he had no fever, was back on the track in a few days and went on to win the Derby on May 7.

In 2012, O’Neill’s Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was retired the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury and missed a Triple Crown chance.

Without Nyquist, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont loses some of its luster, but Exaggerator can expect to take on a number of rivals from the Derby and Preakness. Among them are Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine and fifth-place finisher Lani, Suddenbreakingnews (fifth in the Derby), Destin (sixth, Derby) and Brody’s Cause (seventh, Derby). Governor Malibu, runner-up in the Peter Pan at Belmont on May 14, also is Belmont bound.

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Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith to have Tommy John surgery Tue, 24 May 2016 15:56:19 +0000 The Boston Red Sox announced that relief pitcher Carson Smith will have Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow.

Smith, 26, was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Red Sox last winter. The right-hander suffered a forearm strain in spring training and was placed on the disabled list heading into the 2016 season.

Smith pitched in just three games for Boston, and appeared in two games with the Portland Sea Dogs during an injury rehab assignment in late April.

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Tom Caron: Big Papi’s final season could be his best Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 David Ortiz is putting together a season for the ages. His .684 slugging percentage and 1.092 OPS are the best in the major leagues. His .329 batting average would be the second-highest of his 20-year career.

He’s doing things he’s never done before. Or at least coming close. On Sunday he was an unlucky bounce away from hitting for the first cycle of his career. With a homer, a double, and a single already under his belt, he stepped up to the plate needing a triple to complete the feat. He’s Big Papi, so of course he drilled a line drive to the 420 sign in the triangle – exactly where he needed to place it for a chance to make it to third.

But the ball hopped into the bullpen for a ground-rule double and Ortiz had to settle for a four-hit day with nine total bases.

You know you’re having a great season when a day like that is considered settling.

Ortiz is the 40-year-old man leading a team of youngsters scoring runs at an unprecedented rate. The Sox have hit at least one home run in the last 22 games, the longest streak of games with a homer in the history of the franchise. They have scored 66 more runs than their opponents this season, a far cry from this point last year when their run differential stood at minus-32.

“I told you guys we had a good team,” Ortiz said a week earlier, after hitting a tying triple in the ninth and a walk-off double in the 11th at Fenway.

It’s news when Ortiz tells you he likes the hitters batting around him in the lineup. There have been many seasons when he would quietly tell you how he needs better hitters offering him protection. If he’s the only guy producing in a lineup, opposing pitchers are going to work around him, willing to walk him rather than offer a pitch to hit.

Pitchers can’t do that now. Instead, they’re worried about pitching to Jackie Bradley, Jr., who has a 27-game hitting streak – tied for the sixth-longest in Red Sox history. They’re being careful with Xander Bogaerts, who quietly has a 16-game hitting streak – the second longest in baseball right now. They see Mookie Betts at the top of the lineup hitting for average and power, a healthy Dustin Pedroia in the second spot.

There are a lot of ways this lineup can hurt you, but at the center of it all sits Big Papi.

Last week the Red Sox inducted four new members into their Hall of Fame. It was an event filled with legendary former players, including members of the 2004 team that changed everything for Boston fans.

Ortiz was quick to point out that the ’04 group taught him how to play the game. He thanked Pedro Martinez and Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and Mike Timlin. He said he tries to keep that legacy going with today’s players.

The Red Sox are filled with young talent, but this core of kids know they wouldn’t be the same without the greatest designated hitter of all time. Ortiz is the engine.

Someday he’ll be the center of attention when inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. He should also be in Cooperstown.

All that will have to wait. For now he’s putting together a remarkable farewell tour, and still insisting that retirement awaits at the end of the year.

From the looks of it, this may be his best season ever.

Tom Caron is a studio host for the Red Sox broadcast on NESN. His column appears in the Portland Press Herald on Tuesdays.

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Red Sox farm report: Henry Ramos hopes for health and homers Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 There was a time when Henry Ramos was a rising outfield prospect for the Boston Red Sox – a 6-foot-2, 220-pound switch-hitter who was breaking out in Portland.

Two years later, he is still in Double-A Portland, trying to become durable enough to move on. After early-season troubles, he was batting .379 in his last eight games heading into Monday’s contest in Harrisburg.

“He’s coming along,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said.

Many thought Ramos would come along faster. Assigned to the Sea Dogs in 2014, Ramos was batting .326 with a .799 OPS through 48 games. He had just turned 22.

Then Ramos suffered a stress fracture in his left tibia and was lost for the year.

Ramos returned to Portland last year and was on crutches after six games, requiring surgery on his right knee. He came back in July and hit .309 with an .830 OPS in a 24-game stretch before going back on the disabled list.

Time seems to be running out on Ramos, a fifth-round draft choice out of Puerto Rico in 2010. He will be a minor league free agent after this season.

Back in Portland this year, Ramos played nine games before going down again. The initial diagnosis was a sore knee, with further testing needed.

With Ramos’ history, the news did not seem good.

But the knee suffered no damage and Ramos was back playing on April 26, and trying too hard to make up for two-plus seasons of frustration.

“He was trying to hit everything,” Sea Dogs hitting coach Jon Nunnally said.

Ramos nodded at the assessment. “I tried to swing at every pitch,” he said. “I didn’t have patience. I tried to get three base hits in one at-bat.”

By May 11, Ramos’ batting average was down to .214. But, by working with Nunnally, he changed his approach.

“I tried to focus on seeing the ball and making contact,” he said.

And Ramos is hitting again, including an impressive game on May 14 when he led off both the first and second innings with home runs.

“His approach is much better now. He’s waiting for his pitch to hit, not going out of the zone like we was earlier,” Febles said. “It’s paying off.”

Ramos appears both relieved and thankful.

“It feels great, to do what I love,” he said. “Injuries are really bad, man.”

SEAN COYLE was another early draft pick in 2010, going in the third round. Coyle, 24, has also been hampered with an assortment of injuries. His best year was 2014 in Portland when he batted .295 with an .883 OPS, though in only 96 games because of injury.

Before the 2015 season, Coyle was added to Boston’s 40-man roster, but he played only 39 games last season in Pawtucket, hitting .159.

This season, Coyle played 24 games in Pawtucket, but his average was no better, at .125. The Red Sox sent him down to Portland last week.

“Trying to find my swing, have more consistent ABs” Coyle said. “I was fighting through injuries last year. They lingered into the offseason and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since.

“Now it’s about getting back into a groove on the offensive side.”

TREY BALL has been mentioned before in this space as a left-handed pitcher with high expectations (seventh overall draft pick in 2013), although he is young (21). Ball, who is coming off a knee injury, returned to Class A Salem this season. In five starts, Ball is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA. Sounds like a ticket to Portland sometime this summer is likely. Ball has 19 strikeouts in 29 innings, but also 12 walks.

LEFT-HANDED PITCHER Brian Johnson made his major league debut last year but has struggled this season in Triple-A Pawtucket (2-3. 4.64 ERA, 22 walks in 33 innings). According to Ian Browne of, Johnson has been sent to Fort Myers, Florida, to be treated for anxiety.

Johnson, 25, has had some harrowing experiences on and off the field. In 2012, while pitching for the Lowell Spinners in a game at Fenway Park, Johnson was hit in the face by a line drive, causing a broken nose and 16 other fractures in his face. Last winter in Florida, Johnson was a passenger in a parked car when a man attempted an armed carjacking. Johnson was not harmed and the carjacker was arrested.

WILLIAM CUEVAS continues to pitch well since making his major league debut on April 21, in a relief role. Cuevas, an Eastern League All-Star last year, has made five starts for Pawtucket since being sent down, going 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA.

PAT LIGHT, another Pawtucket pitcher who made his Red Sox debut this year, has 20 strikeouts in 152/3 innings while hitting triple digits on the radar gun.

YOAN MONCADA continues to hit and run in Salem. He’s batting .324 with a .964 OPS and 30 stolen bases in 36 tries. Moncada, a switch-hitter is doing better batting left-handed (.339) than right (.278).

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Indy 500, one race stands alone as an icon Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — Long before he won the Indianapolis 500, Al Unser was an up-and-coming 25-year-old sprint car driver who had showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch his older brother try to qualify.

Unser still remembers the feeling of awe when he drove through the tunnel beneath the track.

“I had never seen such large grandstands,” he said, “filled with so many people.”

More than 50 years later, and after four triumphs and so many other unforgettable races at Indy, Unser’s first look at the historic speedway in May 1964 remains his most memorable moment there.

In the lead-up to the 100th running of the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” The Associated Press interviewed the 27 living race winners on topics ranging from the best driver to greatest tradition.

When asked for their most memorable moment, several recalled their earliest memories,

“The biggest thing I really remember was sitting up in the grandstands of Turn 1, and you are just enjoying the time with my mom and dad and the beautiful weather and watching cars,” said 2006 champion Sam Hornish Jr.

Hornish doesn’t remember much of his own victory, when he edged Marco Andretti in one of the closest races in history. Everything was too much of a blur: getting pushed into victory lane, pouring the milk over his head, spending the next three hours taking photographs with the Borg-Warner Trophy.

But for other former champions, winning the race remains their moment second-to-none.

“No question, there’s nothing that can match seeing the checkered flag,” said 1969 winner Mario Andretti. “It’s just a huge weight off your shoulders because you know how important it is to your career.

Bobby Unser chose the first of his three victories in 1968, in part because everyone thought the turbine cars would dominate. One by one they fell away, leaving Unser to battle Dan Gurney for the win.

Gordon Johncock remembers dueling with Rick Mears in the closing laps in 1982, holding off the eventual four-time winner in what is still regarded as one of the greatest races in history.

Parnelli Jones can remember his 1963 triumph like it happened last week. “It was just a tremendous thrill,” he said. “I woke up early the next morning and looked in the mirror to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.”

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Major League Notebook: Rangers’ Hamilton to miss season with more surgery on knee Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton will miss the entire season after more surgery on his left knee.

The Rangers said Monday that Hamilton, who has been on the disabled list all season, will have surgery June 8 in Houston. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Walt Lowe, whom the slugger visited for another opinion on his knee.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP and a five-time All-Star, had surgery twice on the knee last year.

He had soreness caused by an inflamed capsule behind his left knee after getting to spring training. Hamilton, who turned 35 on Saturday, is signed through next season.

Shin-Soo Choo is back on the disabled list after the right fielder played only one game in his return to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers put Choo on the 15-day DL on Monday with a strained left hamstring.

Choo had been out since April 9 because of a strained right calf when he was activated before Friday’s game at Houston.

Yu Darvish is in line to make his first start Saturday in nearly 22 months, and since having Tommy John surgery.

ROYALS: All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

Manager Ned Yost says Gordon will not need surgery but will miss three to four weeks. Gordon was injured in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday when he collided with third baseman Mike Moustakas, who is listed as day to day with a bruised knee.

Gordon is hitting .211 with four home runs and 10 RBI this season.

TIGERS: Jordan Zimmermann is expected to miss at least one start for Detroit, but Manager Brad Ausmus says he’s more optimistic now than he was Sunday, when the right-hander left his start in the sixth inning with a groin strain.

METS: Manager Terry Collins expects first baseman Lucas Duda to be out at least four to six weeks and maybe longer with a stress fracture in his lower back. The Mets placed Duda on the 15-day disabled list with the back problem that had been bothering him for some time.

RAYS: Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to be sidelined 8 to 10 weeks with a broken left hand, and will have surgery Tuesday in St. Petersburg to repair two fractures.

Kiermaier, who was hurt diving for a fly ball on Saturday, has been placed on the disabled list. He was hitting .236 with five homers and 16 RBI.

BRAVES, ORIOLES: Atlanta invested deeper into an already important June draft by acquiring left-hander Brian Matusz and the 76th pick in the draft from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek.

TONY GWYNN’S widow and two children have filed a lawsuit seeking to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the Hall of Famer’s death.

The suit says Gwynn started dipping as a 17-year-old freshman ballplayer at San Diego State. He died of oral cancer in 2014 at age 54.

Defendants include Altria Group Corp., the parent company of Philip Morris, and US Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC.

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Major League roundup: Grichuck homers in 9th as Cardinals beat Cubs Tue, 24 May 2016 04:01:16 +0000 ST. LOUIS — Randal Grichuck hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the ninth to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Matt Adams tied the score with a two-run homer off in the seventh for St. Louis’ major league-leading ninth pinch-hit homer of the season. It also ended a streak of 13 innings of one-run pitching by Chicago starter John Lackey against his former team.

Grichuk drove a 2-2 pitch off of Adam Warren (3-1) for the win.

Trevor Rosenthal (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cubs’ Ben Zobrist had three singles and a walk, extending his streak to 29 starts with reaching safely. He is hitting .387 during that span.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright pitched in and out of trouble throughout his six innings, scattering seven hits and stranding eight runners, while throwing 68 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

METS 7, NATIONALS 1: David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker homered leading New York to a win at Washington.

Pitching on the eve of his 43rd birthday, Bartolo Colon (4-3) allowed one run and five hits in seven efficient innings. Baseball’s oldest player struck out two and walked two.

Wright hit a three-run shot off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (3-2) during a five-run third inning, and Cespedes and Walker went back-to-back in the fifth.

Asdrubal Cabrera also drove in a run with the Mets’ fifth consecutive hit in the third, and fill-in first baseman Eric Campbell produced another with a sacrifice fly.

PIRATES 6, ROCKIES 3: Pittsburgh starter Ryan Vogelsong was carted off the field after getting struck in the head by a pitch in the second inning of a win at Pittsburgh.

With the bases loaded and Pittsburgh leading 1-0, Colorado starter Jordan Lyles (1-2) hit Vogelsong in the left cheek with a 92 mph fastball. Typically pitching out of the bullpen, Vogelsong was making his second start of the season, filling in because of a rainout Sunday.

The Pirates later said he was admitted to the hospital for injuries to his left eye. Vogelsong was replaced by Wilfredo Boscan (1-0), who got the win in relief.


WHITE SOX, INDIANS SPLIT: Brett Lawrie broke a fifth-inning tie with a three-run homer, Todd Frazier added his 14th of the season and the White Sox held on for a 7-6 win in the opener of a doubleheader at Chicago.

In the second game, Cleveland’s Cody Anderson pitched seven strong innings with nine strikeouts in a 5-1 win.

ANGELS 2, RANGERS 0: Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run, the 569th of his career, and Nick Tropeano threw 62/3 strong innings to help Los Angeles win at Arlington, Texas.

The Angels have won eight of their last 11.


MARLINS 7, RAYS 6: Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a single in Miami’s two-run eighth inning as Miami rallied to win at home.

The 42-year-old Suzuki has 10 hits in the past three games to raise his average to .417 and increase his career hit total to 2,960.

Struggling Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton put the ball in play in all three at-bats and reached on a single and walk.

Marcell Ozuna added three hits for Miami, including his ninth homer.

TIGERS 5, PHILLIES 4: Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit’s four solo homers, then scored a tiebreaking run on Victor Martinez’s seventh-inning single to lift Detroit to a win at home.

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Sports Digest: Bowdoin men’s tennis wins in quarterfinals Tue, 24 May 2016 03:19:30 +0000 COLLEGES

Bowdoin men’s tennis wins in quarterfinals

Kyle Wolfe, Luke Trinka, Jerry Jiang, Gil Roddy and Grant Urken each won singles matches as Bowdoin erased a 3-0 deficit to rally for a 5-4 men’s tennis win over Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament Monday at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Bowdoin improves to 18-3 this season.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Tiffany Cheng and Joulia Likhanskaia battled back from 4-2 and 6-5 deficits during an NCAA Division III quarterfinal win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Polar Bears (15-6) face Williams at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

WOMEN’S RUGBY: The University of New England will kick off its first varsity season in collegiate women’s rugby this September. The Nor’easters open their home schedule against Harvard on Sept. 17. UNE has competed as a club team since 2012.


NFL: National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher that the NFL feared was biased.

The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out after the institutes refused to take a $16 million grant away from prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern.


BELMONT: Two days after his first-ever loss, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has developed a fever, holding up plans for a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes.


CRIME: Spain’s Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Fernando Echavarri said he’s “lucky to have survived” after being robbed at gunpoint in crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro as he and two fellow Spaniards walked to breakfast.


BOYS’ LACROSSE: Nate McCrone scored the winning goal in overtime to lift Berwick Academy to a 9-8 win over Hyde at South Berwick.

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Raptors tie series with 105-99 win over Cavaliers Tue, 24 May 2016 03:19:29 +0000 TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.

DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Cleveland lost consecutive playoff games to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since dropping the final three games of the conference semifinals to Boston in 2010.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors led by nine points to begin the fourth but Frye made consecutive 3-pointers as Cleveland opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run, cutting it to 78-77. The Cavaliers made their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter. Frye’s errant 3-point attempt at 4:12 was their first miss.

DeRozan made two free throws at the other end and, after another miss by Frye, Carroll made one of two to put Toronto up 99-96 with 3:23 to go.

A long 3 by Irving made it 101-99 with 2:00 left, but DeRozan answered with a driving bank shot at 1:33. Toronto got the ball back after Biyombo blocked J.R. Smith’s 3, and Biyombo kept the offensive possession alive by rebounding Lowry’s missed shot. After a timeout, Lowry let the shot clock wind down before driving for the decisive layup, making it 105-99 with 22 seconds to go.

Toronto jumped to a 13-5 lead as Cleveland missed eight of its first 10 shots. Following a timeout, the Cavs made five of their next six to cut the deficit but the Raptors led 27-24 after one quarter.

Lowry scored 15 points in the second, making three of Toronto’s four 3-pointers, as the Raptors opened a 57-41 halftime lead despite not shooting a single free throw in the first two quarters. It marked the first time a team led by 15 or more at halftime in a conference finals game without shooting a free throw since Game 2 of the 2001 East Finals between Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Bucks made 2 of 6 from the line, the fewest ever made in an NBA playoff game at the time.

DeRozan shot Toronto’s first free throws at 6:13 of the third after being tackled by Smith on a drive. The foul drought came after Raptors Coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Toronto’s Game 3 win.

After shooting 3 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half, the Cavaliers made their first three long-range shots in the third quarter. Cleveland connected on 6 of 8 3s in the third but DeRozan and Lowry combined for 16 points as Toronto took a 78-69 lead into the fourth.

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Sea Dogs lose lead, fall to Senators Tue, 24 May 2016 03:15:38 +0000 HARRISBURG, Pa. — Zach Coolier tripled home the tying run and scored the winning run as the Harrisburg Senators scored twice in the bottom of the eighth en route to their seventh straight win, beating the Portland Sea Dogs 6-5 at FNB Field.

Portland pitcher Luis Ysla (1-2) could not hold the lead, yielding a leadoff triple to Chris Bostick before Collier’s triple. The winning run scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Sanchez.

Koda Glover pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save of the year.

Rainel Rosario had three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Sea Dogs (15-28). Sean Coyle added a home run.

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Monday’s girls’ roundup: York rallies from six-run deficit Tue, 24 May 2016 03:04:13 +0000 FREEPORT — Kelsey Cole hit a bases-loaded triple to cap a seven-run fourth inning as York erased a 6-0 deficit to beat Freeport 9-8 in a Western Maine Conference softball game Monday afternoon.

Cole and Lexie York had two hits apiece for the Wildcats (13-1), who fell behind 6-0 after two innings.

Elizabeth Weist and Bailey Karnes each hit a double and a single and drove in three runs for Freeport (3-11).

YARMOUTH 6, FALMOUTH 5: Eleanor O’Gorman’s two-run single in the fifth inning gave Yarmouth (10-3) the lead, and her two-run homer in the seventh provided the winning runs against the Yachtsmen (5-9) in Falmouth.

The Clippers scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, and extended it to 6-2 on O’Gorman’s homer.

Falmouth’s Jessica Collins, who rapped a two-run single in the third, launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

TRAIP ACADEMY 2, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: The Rangers (8-6) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to upend the Capers (10-4) in Kittery.

Reilly Eddy singled and scored the tying run on a two-out double by Brianne Lamoureux, and Lamoureux scored on a double by Jessica MacNeill.

Cape Elizabeth took the lead in the top of the inning when Tess Haller scored on an RBI single by Anna Torre.

Eddy, the winning pitcher, gave up four hits and struck out six.

GORHAM 5, PORTLAND 3: Moira Corbett’s two-out, two-run single provided the winning margin as the Rams (6-8) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Portland (7-7) in Gorham.

Portland broke a scoreless tie in the top of the inning when Isabelle DiMillo singled home Jess Brown and Gianna Gaudet, the scored on Taylor Crosby’s single.

Gorham countered in the bottom half, as Shayla Harris singled home Lindsey Wilcox and Noelle DiBiase blasted a two-run homer. Carli Labrecque and Kali Perry singled before Corbett’s winning hit.

SANFORD 1, MARSHWOOD 0: Molly Boissonneault scored on an RBI single by Jordan Wilson in the third inning, and Jen Jones struck out 13 in tossing a two-hitter for the Spartans (12-2) against the Hawks (6-7) in South Berwick.

Marshwood’s Emily Robida pitched a five-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.

WELLS 5, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Anya Chase struck out 10 in pitching a six-hitter for Wells (9-5) against the Hawks (5-9) in South Hiram.

Sam Bogue put the Warriors ahead with a two-run single in the first. She also doubled and scored during a three-run sixth. Olivia Durfee stroked a two-run single in the sixth.

MASSABESIC 10, DEERING 1: Massabesic leadoff hitter Grace Tutt tripled and scored in the first inning, then added a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the fifth as the Mustangs (9-5) beat the Rams (2-12) in Waterboro.

Lacey Bean added a pair of solo home runs.

SOUTH PORTLAND 7, MCAULEY 3: Stephanie Aceto and Madison Houllette each hit an RBI single in a four-run second inning as the Red Riots (4-10) beat the Lions (3-11) in South Portland.

Aceto and Miranda Gleason both went 2 for 3 with three RBI.

NOBLE 14, CHEVERUS 2: Shaughnessy Gower allowed four hits and struck out 10, and the Knights (8-6) racked up 20 hits in a six-inning win over the Stags (0-14) in North Berwick.

Tyler Chastney led Noble with four hits, and Mackenzie Aleva hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Gower walked one and gave up no earned runs. She also was one of seven Noble players with at least two hits.

BIDDEFORD 6, BONNY EAGLE 0: Kristen Lebreux went 3 for 4 and pitched a five-hitter as the Tigers (10-3) beat the Scots (6-8) in Biddeford.

Erin Martin also was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI, and Brook Davis had a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning. Alex Chase contributed two singles.

SCARBOROUGH 28, WESTBROOK 0: Chloe Griffin and Kaleigh Scoville each drove in four runs as the Red Storm (12-0) overwhelmed the Blue Blazes (3-11) in five innings in Westbrook.

Griffin had four hits, including a double, and pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

OCEANSIDE 15, MORSE 0: Chloe Jones drove in four runs with a home run and a triple, and pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Mariners (12-0) over the Shipbuilders (7-6) in six innings in Bath.

Kimmy Roman added three hits, including a triple, and Rachel Joyce homered, doubled and drove in three runs.


FALMOUTH 14, GREELY 7: Sydney Bell, London Bernier, Devon Sarazin and Chelsey Smithwick scored three goals apiece as Falmouth (10-0) beat the Rangers (4-6) in Cumberland.

Bell also recorded four assists, Bernier had three and Sarazin had one.

Katherine Leggat-Barr scored four goals, and Courtney Sullivan added two goals and two assists for Greely.

THORNTON ACADEMY 14, PORTLAND 6: Amanda Cyr scored four goals to lead the Golden Trojans (8-2) past the Bulldogs (1-8) at Saco.

Jules Grondin finished with three goals and an assist, and Faith Sinclair and Hannah McAlary each chipped in with a pair of goals.

Merritt Ryan led Portland with two goals and an assist.

MORSE 13, CONY 5: Isabelle Paulus and Maddy Olsen each notched four goals while leading the Shipbuilders (9-0) over Cony (5-5) in Augusta.

MARSHWOOD 15, CHEVERUS 2: Hannah Costin had six goals and four assists as the Hawks (9-1) cruised past the Stags (2-9) in South Berwick.

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Sharks a win away from Stanley Cup Final Tue, 24 May 2016 03:01:25 +0000 ST. LOUIS — Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final on Monday night.

Joel Ward also scored twice, including one of two empty-netters in the final minute for San Jose, which can close it out at home on Wednesday night. The Sharks have never reached the Stanley Cup Final. Joe Thornton had three assists for the Sharks.

Pavelski leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has three two-goal games, one in each series. The Sharks’ captain added an assist and is tied with teammate Logan Couture for the postseason points lead, each with a franchise-record 21 points.

Rookie Robby Fabbri scored and David Backes had an assist for St. Louis. Both were questionable coming off injuries in Game 4.

The Blues are just 4-6 at home in the postseason, and failed to hold leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in Game 5. They’re 6-3 on the road.

The Sharks were 2 for 3 on the power play in the win.

Troy Brouwer batted in a rebound from midair for St. Louis and Ward also scored a similar goal for San Jose with his first of the game.

Brouwer leads St. Louis with eight goals in 19 games this postseason after totaling seven in his first 78 playoff games.

Pavelski was left alone in the slot on a power play at 18:33 of the second and beat Jake Allen to tie it at 3-3. He redirected Brent Burns’ drive from the point 16 seconds into the third to put the Sharks in front to stay.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones allowed three goals on the Blues’ first 13 shots, but stopped all seven shots in the third.

The Sharks scored first on Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s first goal of the postseason from the point at 3:51 of the first period.

Jaden Schwartz snapped a 13-game goal drought to tie it on a rebound at 7:04 of the first.

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Monday’s boys’ roundup: Unbeaten Falmouth blanks Yarmouth, 1-0 Tue, 24 May 2016 02:37:26 +0000 FALMOUTH — Reece Armitage pitched a two-hitter and Tyler Gee lined an RBI single in the first inning as Falmouth edged Yarmouth 1-0 in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Monday.

Gee finished with a pair of hits, including a double. Connor Aube also had a double and scored the only run.

Armitage struck out eight and walked two as he improved to 6-0. Falmouth is  14-0.

Luke Klenda of Yarmouth (7-5-1) allowed five hits.

DEERING 7, PORTLAND 2: Pat Viola drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, and the Rams (6-6) added four runs in the sixth as they pulled away from the Bulldogs (10-3) at Hadlock Field.

James Sinclair hit an RBI double and Nate Loranger added an RBI single in the sixth inning. Loranger finished with three hits, and Viola and Dom Bernard added two hits apiece.

Deering pitcher Colby Dame had three strikeouts and no walks in throwing an eight-hitter.

Joe Fusco and Camren King had two hits apiece for Portland.

GREELY 2, WELLS 1: Justin Leeman led off the top of the seventh with a single and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Brad Spoerri, lifting the Rangers (9-4-1) to a win over the Warriors (7-6) in Wells.

Leeman also scored in the first inning and finished with three hits. Matt Pisini added two hits for the Rangers.

Wells tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Marrero scored from second base on an infield single by Michael Wrigley.

Ryan Twitchell struck out six over six innings to earn the win. Calvin Soule recorded the save.

FREEPORT 4, YORK 2: Colby Wagner hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Falcons (9-5) a win over the Wildcats (10-4) in Freeport.

The Falcons opened the scoring on a two-run homer by Jack Davenport in the fourth inning.

York tied the game in the sixth on sacrifice flies by Malcolm Hughes and Matt Trainor.

Davenport finished with two hits. Ian Hovde and Jack Kelley each had two hits for the Wildcats.

MORSE 2, OCEANSIDE 1: Tait Nygaard scattered six hits and drove in a run as the Shipbuilders (4-10) beat the Mariners (10-3) in Bath.

Morse grabbed the lead in the first inning when Nygaard singled home Parker Onorato. Tyler Young scored on Brendan Harper’s single to make it 2-0 in the second.

Oceanside got its run in the fourth inning when Logan Sheridan scored on a groundout by Hunter Davis.

TRAIP ACADEMY 6, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 1: Ryan Perkins doubled and scored as part of a four-run sixth inning as the Rangers (9-4) pulled away from the Panthers (5-9) in Kittery.

NYA got its run in the top of the third on an RBI single by Galen Arnold.

SACOPEE VALLEY 11, WAYNFLETE 0: Brandon Burnell struck out nine and allowed just one hit in four innings as the Hawks (12-2) defeated the Flyers (3-8) in a five-inning game in South Hiram.

Dana Shea and Brady Anderson each hit an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Kyle Jordan tripled home a run in the second inning.


DEERING 12, MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 6: Bryce Randall scored five goals to lead the Rams (4-5) over the Hawks (7-3) in Readfield.

Nathan Richards, Andrew Johnson and Nick James each recorded two goals and two assists for Deering, which outscored the Hawks 8-1 in the second half.

YORK 18, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 12: Joe Graziano scored three times in the first quarter as York (5-5) opened a 6-2 lead on the way to a win over the Raiders (5-5) in Fryeburg.

Tucker Fegan and Jack Rohr also scored three times for York.

Jeremiah Schrader led Fryeburg with four goals.

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French Open: Wawrinka avoids historic upset Tue, 24 May 2016 00:12:59 +0000 PARIS — So, Stan Wawrinka was asked, were you aware that in the long history of the French Open, no defending champion ever had lost in the first round?

“No,” Wawrinka replied quickly, his arms crossed, the hint of a smirk on his scruffy face. After waiting a comedic beat, he added with a chuckle: “And it’s still not the case, so it’s good.”

Sure, by then, it was easy for the 2015 champion at Roland Garros to kid around, because he barely avoided making the sort of history no athlete would embrace. Eventually warming up on a gray, chilly afternoon, and twice coming back from a set down, Wawrinka edged 59th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to sneak into the second round.

“I know that physically I’m stronger than he is, and I knew that he was going to decline a little bit,” said the No. 3-seeded Wawrinka said. “That’s exactly what happened.”

Something similar transpired several hours later, when No. 2 Andy Murray faced an even greater deficit, dropping the first two sets against 128th-ranked qualifier Radek Stepanek, who at 37 is the oldest man in the field. Their match was suspended until Tuesday because of darkness.

After the net-charging Stepanek raced to a 6-3, 6-3 lead, his legs began to falter, and Murray started to work his way back into the match.

Murray took the third set 6-0 and was up a break at 4-2 in the fourth when they stopped.

There were no bracket-busting stunners, but the surprises included 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic’s 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to 166th-ranked qualifier Marco Trungelliti of Argentina. Four seeded women exited, most notably No. 7 Roberta Vinci, the Italian who ended Serena Williams’ Grand Slam bid at last year’s U.S. Open.

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Softball: Thornton ends Windham’s streak Mon, 23 May 2016 23:11:52 +0000 SACO — Louisa Colucci and Libby Pomerleau led Thornton Academy to a 2-1 win over Windham in an SMAA softball game Monday, snapping the Eagles’ 11-game winning streak.

Colucci pitched all seven innings, scattering six hits.

“(Colucci) was hitting spots, pounding the strike zone. Our girls couldn’t lay off that rise ball,” said Windham Coach Travis Demmons. “She pitched a great game, tip of the hat to her.”

The sophomore struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

“The key for Louisa is that she didn’t walk anybody, so no extra baserunners,” said Thornton Coach John Provost.

“I pitched a good game and I relied on my defense most of the time. They played really good, they had an error-free game,” said Colucci.

On the other side, Windham (11-2) committed four errors.

Pomerleau played an excellent all-around game at second base and at the plate.

With the score tied at 1-1, Pomerleau led off the third inning with a ground-rule double to center field that came within a few feet of being a home run.

The next batter, Hayden Campbell, hit a groundball to shortstop. Pomerleau held at second and took off for third immediately on the shortstop’s throw to first. The subsequent throw from first to third skipped past the third baseman, allowing Pomerleau to score.

“(Pomerleau) is one of the fastest kids on the team and she’s just very smart. Smart baserunner,” said Provost.

Colucci retired the first two batters in the seventh, but Megan Joy kept Windham alive by ripping a single up the middle. Taylor Tibbetts followed with a hit down the right-field line, moving Joy to third.

Tibbetts stole second on the first pitch to Katie Hunter. On a 2-1 pitch, Hunter hit a hard grounder that appeared to be headed through the hole on the right side.

“I saw (the ball) and knew I could get to it, so I was just going to make sure that it didn’t get by me,” said Pomerleau. “I was like: I’m going to stop this no matter what, whether I have to stop it with my face or whatever.”

Pomerleau showed off her incredible range, sliding to her left to snatch the grounder and flip to first for the final out.

“(Pomerleau) is great, has tremendous range. Just a tremendous athlete,” said Provost.

The loss was the first for Windham since its season opener – a 12-6 defeat against Biddeford on April 25.

“We’ll just come back to practice tomorrow and start a new streak on Wednesday,” said Demmons, whose team dropped to fifth place in the Class A South Heal rankings, one spot behind Thornton.

Thornton (10-4) got on the board in the second inning when Jenica Botting reached on an infield single, driving home Maizie Lee from third.

Windham tied the game in the top of the third when Alexandra Morang scored on a single up the middle by Lauren Talbot.

Danielle Tardiff took the tough-luck loss for Windham, allowing seven hits while striking out five without a walk.

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AHL approves sale, move of Portland Pirates to Springfield Mon, 23 May 2016 20:02:26 +0000 Twenty-three seasons of Portland Pirates hockey officially came to an end on Monday.

The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the minor-league team to a group of local investors in Springfield, Massachusetts. The governors also approved the move of the franchise to Springfield, where it will begin play at the MassMutual Center this fall.

The AHL team’s nickname will be announced in coming weeks.

“This is a great day for our organization, for the city of Springfield and for the entire region,” said Frank Fitzgerald, attorney for the new owners, Springfield Hockey, LLC.

The NHL’s Florida Panthers, who were partnered with the Pirates during the 2015-16 season, have signed a multiyear affiliation agreement with Springfield Hockey, LLC. The Panthers announced that Eric Joyce will remain their AHL general manager. Joyce was GM of the Pirates last season.

“I think it’s actually a blessing in disguise,” said George Nanos of Portland, who has been a fan of AHL hockey since attending his first Maine Mariners game in 1977, when he was 14. “The American Hockey League is indifferent to us and they kind of let it slide.”

The Pirates announced on May 4 that majority owner Ron Cain had struck a deal to sell the franchise to a group planning to move the team out of Portland. The news stunned city officials and left Cumberland County without a major tenant at Cross Insurance Arena.

Last week, two men with historical connections to the Pirates – former team president W. Godfrey Wood and former player Brad Church – announced they are building a team of investors to bring an ECHL team to Portland, with hopes of fielding a team by the fall of 2017. The ECHL is considered the third tier of professional hockey in North America, after the NHL and AHL.

“They know what it is to be involved in the community,” Nanos said of Wood and Church. “I’m hoping that (the ECHL expansion franchise) will be approved. It’s a chance to generate community interest again.”

Church said Monday he has been in talks with the CIA board of trustees regarding a lease to accompany an ECHL expansion application, which he plans to submit in early June. He said he has also been talking with investors.

“I feel good about the pace and the positive direction,” said Church, who served the past two years as chief operating officer of the Pirates. “Everything seems to be moving along just fine.”

The Pirates played in downtown Portland from 1993 through this spring, winning the AHL’s Calder Cup championship in their first season. The team struggled with attendance the past two seasons, finishing last among the AHL’s 30 teams in 2014-15 and 29th last winter.

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Tom Brady to appeal ‘Deflategate’ suspension again Mon, 23 May 2016 12:07:08 +0000 Tom Brady will appeal his four-game suspension by the NFL, seeking a second hearing before a circuit court.

The decision by the New England Patriots quarterback was confirmed Monday by the NFL Players Association. If the appeal is denied by the full panel, Brady could try to take his case to the Supreme Court.

The court ruled 2-1 on April 25 that Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Brady for four games for his role in using improperly inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.

The full court in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rarely reconsiders cases. But pushing this matter forward could be an attempt to pressure Goodell into a settlement so another NFL season is not dominated by talk of deflated footballs.

Brady has added lawyer Ted Olson to his legal team. Olson and union chief DeMaurice Smith appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying they plan to ask for a new hearing before the entire 13-judge circuit.

Olson has experience arguing in front of the Supreme Court, including the Bush v. Gore case that settled the 2000 presidential election. Olson also was involved in the case that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

The union on April 29 sought an extension to file a petition for a new hearing. It cited the “serious consequences for each of the NFLPA’s over 1,600 members” and labor law issues that could have “far-reaching consequences for all employees subject to collective bargaining agreements.”

The three-judge panel in Manhattan ruled that Goodell did not deprive Brady of “fundamental fairness” with his procedural rulings. In a majority opinion written by Judge Barrington Parker, the court said the contract between players and the NFL gave the commissioner “especially broad” authority.

In dissent, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann said Goodell failed to even consider a “highly relevant” alternative penalty.

Last September, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman lifted the four-game suspension, saying Brady was treated unfairly by Goodell.

The judge cited “several significant legal deficiencies” on the league’s part, including no advance notice of potential penalties, a refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first discipline of a player based on a finding of “general awareness” of someone else’s wrongdoing.

The Patriots open the 2016 season Sept. 11 at Arizona, followed by games at home against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills. Brady’s backup at quarterback is Jimmy Garoppolo, who appeared in 11 games over his first two seasons but hasn’t made a start.

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Lightning beat Penguins in OT Mon, 23 May 2016 03:35:17 +0000 PITTSBURGH — The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

Jason Garrison’s wrist shot deflected off teammate Tyler Johnson’s back and sailed past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Tampa.

Nikita Kucherov scored twice to boost his postseason total to an NHL-best 11, and Alex Killorn picked up his fifth of the playoffs as the Lightning handed the Penguins consecutive losses for the first time since January.

Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford, Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Penguins, who lost for the first time all season when leading after two periods. Fleury made 21 saves in his first start since March.

Fleury played the role of dutiful backup when Coach Mike Sullivan stuck with rookie Matt Murray, even after Fleury recovered from a concussion sustained March 31. Sullivan turned to the franchise’s all-time winningest goaltender for the third period of Game 4 after Murray surrendered four goals, then stayed with Fleury after watching him turn aside all seven shots he faced as the Penguins nearly came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit.

Back in his customary starting spot for the first time in 52 days, Fleury appeared to be plenty fresh. He sprinted in full gear onto the Consol Energy Center ice for his 100th career playoff appearance and was his usually steady self – including a split save on Johnson in the second period that few of his brethren can make. He was helped by teammates more than willing to get on their bellies. The Penguins blocked 22 shots and continued their series-long dominance in creating pressure at the other end.

Dumoulin gave Pittsburgh the lead with less than a second to go in the first period. His first goal in more than 17 months was set up by a spectacular effort from 5-foot-11 forward Bryan Rust, giving away 7 inches to Victor Hedman yet somehow keeping the Tampa Bay defenseman behind him as he crashed the net. Dumoulin’s rebound beat the clock and gave the Penguins a boost they carried into the next period, when Hornqvist converted a beautiful touch pass from Carl Hagelin to make it 2-0 just 90 seconds in.

The Lightning, as they’ve done all series, counterattacked beautifully.

Killorn drew Tampa Bay within a goal 13:15 into the second on a wrist shot from the left circle. Kucherov tied it 70 seconds later as Pittsburgh’s defense collapsed around Vladislav Namestnikov, who slid the puck cross ice to Kucherov for an easy one-timer.

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Thunder rout Warriors to take 2-1 lead Mon, 23 May 2016 02:51:53 +0000 OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Oklahoma City reasserted its dominance on the glass, outrebounding Golden State 52-38.

The last time Golden State’s Stephen Curry had played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer. This time, the league MVP finished with 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Klay Thompson added 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting.

Game 4 will be Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

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