College – Press Herald Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:19:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 College roundup: Maine men fall to 0-5 in basketball Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:12:24 +0000 BANGOR — Tyler Scanlon and Will Goff each scored 13 points Wednesday to help Boston University beat Maine 78-69 at the Cross Insurance Center.

Walter Whyte added 12 points for BU (1-3), which lost Sunday to Connecticut, 85-66. Nick Havener grabbed 10 rebounds but was just 4-of-14 shooting from the field. Goff made four of BU’s 11 3-pointers and Scanlon added three.

BU trailed 9-2 early but Goff made four straight 3-pointers and the Terriers led 41-28 at halftime in their first visit to Maine since joining the Patriot League in the summer of 2013.

Aaron Calixte led Maine (0-5) with 22 points but committed nine turnovers. Andrew Fleming had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 90, (2) ARIZONA 84: Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State (5-0) upset Arizona (3-1) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack. But it was Beverly – who missed the first two games in an NCAA eligibility dispute tied to his attending summer courses at Ohio State before coming to N.C. State – who led the way in the critical moments.

(5) VILLANOVA 66, WESTERN KENTUCKY 58: Jalen Brunson scored 18 points to help Villanova (4-0) beat Western Kentucky (2-2) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Wildcats found themselves in a close game until early in the second half. That’s when they ran off a 13-2 burst to push ahead by double figures, part of a hot-shooting stretch that had them picking up the pace and scoring baskets off turnovers.

(11) MIAMI 57, LA SALLE 46: Dewan Huell scored 16 points and Miami (4-0)did just enough to get by La Salle (3-3) at Reading, Pennsylvania.

B.J. Johnson scored 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting and Pookie Powell added 15 on 5 of 15 from the field for La Salle in its third straight loss.

TENNESSEE 78, (18) PURDUE 75: Grant Williams scored all 22 of his points after halftime and hit the go-ahead shot with 14.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Tennessee (3-0) past Purdue (4-1) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.


(18) OREGON STATE 97, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 44: Kat Tudor had careers-highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Oregon State (3-1) beat North Carolina Central (1-2) at Durham, North Carolina, for its first road win of the season.

(19) TEXAS A&M 66, LITTLE ROCK 49: Danni Williams scored 18 points, Chennedy Carter added 17 and Texas A&M (3-1) beat Little Rock (1-2) at College Station, Texas.

(22) KENTUCKY 86, MOREHEAD STATE 53: Maci Morris made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Makenzie Cann had her second straight double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Kentucky (5-0) beat Morehead State (2-3) at Lexington, Kentucky

(25) MICHIGAN 78, OAKLAND 69: Hallie Thome scored 29 points, Katelynn Flaherty added 26 and Michigan (3-1) pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Oakland (2-3) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Maine colleges: Third-quarter run helps Bates in women’s basketball Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:12:03 +0000 GORHAM — Reserve Julia Middlebrook put in a layup with 4:18 to play in the third quarter Tuesday, igniting an 11-1 run that helped Bates College to a 68-56 victory against the University of Southern Maine in a nonconference women’s basketball game at Warren Gymnasium.

Nina Davenport led the Bobcats (1-2) with 27 points and eight boards, Melanie Binkhorst added 12 points and Middlebrooks finished with nine.

Kristen Curley led USM (0-4)with 20 points, Emily Nicholson chipped in with 15.

ST. JOSEPH’S 84, UM-FARMINGTON 57: Regan McFerran had 20 points to lead four players in double-figures for the Monks (2-1), who opened a 38-22 halftime lead and defeated the Beavers (0-3) at Farmington.

Kelsi McNamara had 18 points for St. Joseph’s.

UM-AUGUSTA 62, SMCC 60: Caitlin LaFountain’s layup gave the Moose (6-4, 4-1 Yankee Small College) the lead with 29 seconds to play against the Seawolves (5-3, 3-1) at Augusta.

After a timeout, Emily Hogan missed a 3-pointer for SMCC and following an offensive rebound, Dominique Lewis had a steal for Augusta. She hit her first free throw to ice it.

COLBY 68, THOMAS 41: The Mules (2-1) closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run to open a 20-9 lead and handled the visiting Terriers (1-3) at Waterville.


BOWDOIN 120, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGAND 93: Reserve Sam Grad went 10 of 11 from the field and had a game-high 24 points to lead six players in double figures for the Polar Bears (3-0) against the Nor’easters (1-3) at Brunswick.

UM-FARMINGTON 71, ST. JOSEPH’S 69: Bill Ruby hit a 3-pointer with 3:34 to play in overtime to give the Beavers (1-2) a 66-65 lead against the Monks (1-2) at Farmington.

BATES 55, SOUTHERN MAINE 46: Tom Coyne had a game-high 16 points as the Bobcats (2-1) downed the Huskies (1-3) at Gorham.

COLBY 81, THOMAS 66: The Mules (3-0) opened the game with an 11-3 run and ran out to a 43-29 halftime lead, handling the visiting Terriers (1-2) at Waterville.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 108, UM-AUGUSTA 86: Dylan Sylvester had 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead six players, including all five starters, in double figures as the Seawolves (6-2, 2-1 Yankee Small College) cruised past the Moose (2-4, 1-3) at Augusta.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1, SALEM STATE 1: Jessica Tolzman scored a power-play goal from Kyra Yu and Alex Mitchell with 52 seconds left in the first period to tie the game for the Nor’easters (1-2-4) against the Vikings (0-5-2) at Salem, Massachusetts.

COLBY 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Natalie Mause scored from Tay Munson after 11:03 and the Mules (1-1-1) shut out the Huskies (2-6) at Waterville.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3, BOWDOIN 2: Brady Fleurent scored the go-ahead goal from Ray Bloom and Tyler Seltenreich with 6:13 to play as the Nor’easters (3-3-1) got past the host Polar Bears (1-2) at Brunswick.

SALEM STATE 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Mackenzie Cook scored twice for the Vikings (3-4), who opened a 2-0 first-period lead and held off the Huskies (1-5-1) at Gorham.

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Top 25 basketball: Kansas rolls past Texas Southern Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:43:04 +0000 LAWRENCE, Kan. — Svi Mykhailiuk scored 21 points, Udoka Azubuike added 20 and No. 3 Kansas cruised to a 114-71 victory against Texas Southern on Tuesday night.

Lagerald Vick, Devonte’ Graham and Marcus Garrett all finished with a double-double for Kansas. Vick posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, Graham had 17 points and 11 assists, and Garrett logged 13 points and 11 boards.

The Jayhawks shot 59 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range in the first half. Their seven 3s set a school record for the most in a half.

The strong shooting carried into the second half. With just under 10 minutes left Graham gave Kansas its 17th 3 of the game – a program record.

(6) WICHITA STATE 80, MARQUETTE 66: Landry Shamet scored 19 points, Connor Frankamp added 13 and Wichita State (4-0) rode its second-half defense to defeat Marquette (2-2) at Lahaina, Hawaii.

Wichita State took control by holding sharpshooters Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey in check long enough to build a 10-point lead.

(12) CINCINNATI 75, RICHMOND 48: Cane Broome led a balanced offense with 13 points, Jacob Evans added 12 and Cincinnati (5-0)used a dominant first half to defeat Richmond (1-3) at George Town, Cayman Islands.

Jarron Cumberland opened the scoring with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and Evans hit another before the Spiders scored, and when Justin Jenifer hit a 3 just beyond the five-minute mark Cincinnati was up 14-4.

(14) MINNESOTA 100, ALABAMA A&M 57: Jordan Murphy had his fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota (5-0) defeated Alabama A&M (0-4) at Minneapolis.

Four others scored in double figures for the Gophers. Davonte Fitzgerald had 13, Nate Mason scored 12, and Reggie Lynch and Jamir Harris each added 11.

(16) TEXAS A&M 98, PENN STATE 87: Robert Williams had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Texas A&M (4-0) over Penn State (5-1) at New York.

Duane Wilson led the Aggies with 22 points.

(19) LOUISVILLE 84, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 42: Reserve Jordan Nwora scored a career-high 18 points and Deng Adel had 16 points as Louisville (3-0) coasted past visiting Southern Illinois (2-1).

(23) UCLA 72, WISCONSIN 70: Aaron Holiday got a scooping layup to drop just before the final buzzer, giving UCLA (4-1) a victory over Wisconsin (3-2) at Kansas City, Missouri.


(15) MARYLAND 111, HOWARD 49: Stephanie Jones and Brianna Fraser scored 24 points apiece, and Blair Watson had 18, all career highs, as Maryland (3-2) coasted past Howard (0-4) at College Park, Maryland.

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Women’s basketball: Bowdoin’s in fine form in routing UNE, 91-59 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:50:19 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin grabbed the momentum early to cruise to a 91-59 win Tuesday night over previously unbeaten University of New England in a nonconference Division III college women’s basketball game at Morrell Gymnasium.

The lopsided win over the Nor’easters came on the heels of the Polar Bears’ 80-68 win over the weekend against highly regarded University of Saint Thomas in the Skidmore Invitational.

“They look very impressive on film, but they look even better in person,” said UNE Coach Anthony Ewing. “They play really fast. They’ve got kids who go to the basket, kids that can shoot. They ‘D’ up, and they’re well coached. There’s not a lot of weaknesses there. You’ve got to kind of hope they don’t shoot real well to be in a game with them.”

The Polar Bears (3-0) shot the ball extremely well, making 46.9 percent of their 3-pointers (12 of 26) and 44.9 percent of their shots overall (35 of 78).

“There’s no one that we can say we can drop off her (and) we don’t have to guard her,” Ewing said, “and there is no one who can’t shoot the 3(-point shot) very well.”

The Polar Bears’ Taylor Choate, a junior guard, led all scorers with 22 points, all but six coming in the second half. Kate Kerrigan followed with 18 points. Laure Petit had 14 points.

Olivia Shaw, a senior forward from Saco, led UNE (3-1) with 17 points.

Sam MacDonald followed with 15 points. Ashley Coneys added 11 points.

Bowdoin took command early, stringing together a 21-0 run that started late in the first quarter and extended nearly five minutes into the second quarter. It ended with the Polar Bears holding a 38-15 lead. Buoyed by a 53 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range (8 of 15), they carried a 50-27 lead into the second half.

“The first home game is always fun and exciting,” said Kerrigan, a senior guard from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who scored 13 points during the first half to help propel the Polar Bears into their early 23-point lead. “We had a little bit of those nerves and it took us a little time to settle down, but once we did we rolled and we didn’t really stop rolling.”

“They’re a team that seizes momentum really well (and) they do a good job of holding on to it,” Ewing said. “We called a timeout to try to stem it, but they have such good enthusiasm, and it’s sort of contagious.”

Despite the accolades from Ewing, Bowdoin Coach Adrienne Shibles saw room for improvement.

“Our decision-making sometimes is a little sloppy,” she said. “I think we could look inside more. We’ve got some weapons inside, and we don’t use them enough.

“We’ve got some good people who can really score the ball inside, and I think if we have a little bit more balance inside-out that’s going to be good.”

“Tonight on the defensive end we let up way more points than we should have,” Kerrigan said. “We could have had some better box outs.”

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College football notebook: Miami moves up to second, trails Alabama in rankings Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:13:33 +0000 Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.

Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection committee’s rankings were mostly unchanged.

Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Southern California followed in the same order as they did last week. Over the next two weeks, every team in the top nine will play another team ranked in the committee’s top 25, including four games matching top playoff contenders.

The Crimson Tide will play at Auburn on Saturday to decide a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship on Dec. 2. The winner plays Georgia.

The Atlantic Coast Conference championship will match Clemson and Miami on Dec. 2, and Wisconsin and Ohio State play in the Big Ten championship.

Miami’s move is small but potentially significant. The unbeaten Hurricanes play at Pitt on Friday and now seem to be better positioned to get into the playoff even with a loss to Clemson, depending on how things play out in other conferences.

Central Florida came in at No. 15 and Memphis is 20th, the highest ranked teams from outside the Power Five. The American Athletic Conference rivals could meet in the league title game in two weeks if UCF beats USF on Black Friday, setting up a game that would likely send the winner into a New Year’s Six bowl as the highest ranked Group of Five conference champion.

KANSAS STATE: Quarterback Jesse Ertz will need surgery on his ailing knee and miss the remainder of the season, while backup Alex Delton remains sidelined after sustaining two concussions.

Wildcats Coach Bill Snyder said it’s possible Delton could return for a bowl game.

That means the Wildcats, who are 6-5 after last week’s upset of Oklahoma State, will lean on freshman Skylar Thompson against Iowa State on Saturday.

KANSAS: Coach David Beaty announced that his captains – Dorance Armstrong Jr., Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen Jr. – were stripped of their status. The trio refused to shake Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield’s hand during the pregame coin-toss, which led to a game filled with vitriol.

Mayfield was hit several times after the whistle, once earning a personal foul on Kansas, while the Heisman Trophy front-runner was caught grabbing his crotch and cursing at the Jayhawks’ bench.

NORTHERN ARIZONA: The school has reversed course after announcing two months ago that Coach Jerome Souers was leaving.

The university now says Souers will continue as coach of the Lumberjacks to “ensure stability” for the football program.

University President Rita Cheng says stability is vital as the school begins a search for a new athletic director.

In September, the school said this would be Souers’ last season.

The 59-year-old is in his 20th season coaching the team.

He is the winningest coach in Big Sky Conference history with 112 wins and he has coached 84 FCS All-Americans.

TENNESSEE STATE: A former Tennessee State player has been charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury for punching a coach on the sideline during a game.

Latrelle Lee was arrested Monday and released on $7,500 bond.

According to the arrest affidavit, strength coach TJ Greenstone was trying to keep the Tigers behind the white line when Lee punched him several times around his face, knocking him to the ground. The incident was caught on video, and the affidavit says Greenstone has had medical issues from being hit.

Lee was kicked off the team and expelled from Tennessee State. He is due in court Dec. 8.

DUKE: Safety Jeremy McDuffie will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Team officials said McDuffie will have surgery on Nov. 27 to repair ligament damage in his right knee. McDuffie was hurt during the Blue Devils’ 43-20 victory over Georgia Tech last week.

He started all 11 games and had 58 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes broken up.

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UMaine must prepare better, recruit for new offensive line, coach says Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:25:45 +0000 As he looked back on the University of Maine’s disappointing football season, Coach Joe Harasymiak did not mince words.

“This is my fault, this year is on me,” he said. “It falls on my shoulders. I’ve got to get better with the staff and the players.”

In Harasymiak’s second season, the Black Bears slipped to a 4-6 overall record, 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Their season was bookended by one-point losses: 24-23 to New Hampshire on a missed extra point on Aug. 31, and 20-19 to Stony Brook on a 35-yard last-play Hail Mary pass Saturday. New Hampshire and Stony Brook advanced to the NCAA playoffs.

Fourth-quarter collapses, too many penalties, dropped passes and mental errors plagued the Black Bears. Harasymiak said changes will be made in the way the team approaches the offseason because “if we want to take the next step, we need to do things differently … We have to change the way we go about preparing this offseason, stress how important it is to do the little things in this world of instant gratification. Yes, we have talent, but you have to work extremely hard to win in this league.”

In Harasymiak’s two seasons, Maine has gone 10-11 overall, 8-8 in the CAA. Even the players know changes have to be made in the way they prepare.

“It’s not like we don’t have the talent,” said sophomore Josh Mack, who led Football Championship Subdivision running backs with 1,335 rushing yards. “It’s about the mental aspect. We’ve got to learn to play, run the system and learn to play (through) adversity.”

The Black Bears have some exceptional young talent, evidenced by the CAA all-conference honors released Tuesday. Eight Maine players were honored, only two seniors: offensive left tackle Jamil Demby (first team) and offensive right guard/tackle Isaiah Brooks (third team). Mack and sophomore kick returner Earnest Edwards were named to the first team offense; junior specialist Mozai Nelson was named to first-team defense; junior linebacker Sterling Sheffield and sophomore cornerback Manny Patterson were on the second-team defense; sophomore defensive lineman Kayon Whitaker was on to the third-team defense.

Also, Mack is one of the 25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS offensive player of the year, and redshirt freshman linebacker Jaron Grayer, who led Maine with 79 tackles, was named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the FCS freshman of the year.

“I think we’ve got a lot to build on,” said redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Ferguson. “We’ve got a lot of people coming back and a lot of kids who will contribute next year, and then some who will step in. We’re close, obviously.”

Ferguson showed moments of brilliance, completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 2,064 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Whitaker was second in tackles with 65, followed by Sheffield (64), sophomore defensive lineman Charles Mitchell (58) and redshirt freshman linebacker Deshawn Stevens(50).

Maine’s defense should be strong next year. Seven players who started or received significant playing time in Saturday’s finale will return. Maine led the CAA and was fourth in the nation in third-down defense (allowing 27.4 percent) and was 36th in the nation in total defense, allowing 335.1 yards per game.

The biggest concern will be the offensive line, which had four seniors, all starters in the finale. Center Chris Mulvey, a redshirt freshman, and junior tackle Cody Levy will return. Young linemen such as Archie Callahan, Liam Dobson and Samuel Cooper are primed to step in.

Harasymiak said Maine’s recruiting will focus on offensive linemen. “We have some work to do there,” he said. “That’s the most important area to us.”

Maine has 18 scholarships to offer, according to Harasymiak. He and his staff will hit the road next right after Thanksgiving to focus on their top recruits, including those in Maine.

The NCAA has an early signing period this year for football from Dec. 20-22. Harasymiak said it’s unlikely the Black Bears will sign many players that week, but instead will get a good idea what recruits are left for February’s signing period.

“It will be interesting to see how it pans out for small schools like us,” he said.

The players, meanwhile, intend to get right back into training when they return from Thanksgiving break. “Football’s a year-round sport,” said Whitaker. “You can’t get behind. As soon as we’re back, we’re back in the weight room.”

Actually, Mack said he’ll start this weekend: “No days off for me.”

Maine’s schedule next year again will be difficult. The Black Bears will open again against New Hampshire, which has defeated them eight consecutive times, then has three difficult road games – at Football Bowl Subdivision teams Western Kentucky and Central Michigan, then Ivy League champ Yale –before finishing with seven CAA games.

Playing two FBS games a year makes winning CAA games that much more important for the Black Bears. “It forces us to go 6-2 in the league, or 5-3 and be on the bubble,” said Harasymiak.

But those FBS games bring in much-needed money: $300,000 from Western Kentucky and $400,000 from Central Michigan. So Maine’s schedule will continue to feature them.

“That’s why we need to start now,” said Sheffield. “It’s not time to start in January or February. Great teams know how to prepare when the game is far away. This offseason – we understand how hard the schedule is. And in order for us to do well, and win the (CAA) championship and go to the playoffs, we know we need to handle those teams first.”

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Sports Digest: UMaine running back a finalist for Payton Award Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:55:01 +0000 University of Maine running back Josh Mack has been named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the Football Championship Subdivision offensive player of the year.

Mack, a sophomore, rushed for 1,335 yards while leading the country with 133.5 yards per game. He joins 24 other finalists for the award, including the 2016 winner, quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State.

Black Bears linebacker Jaron Grayer was selected as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the freshman of the year. Grayer, one of 20 finalists, led Maine in tackles with 79.

Winners will be announced Jan. 5.

nOklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t start the regular-season finale Saturday against West Virginia, Coach Lincoln Riley said.

Mayfield was spotted grabbing his crotch and yelling an obscene comment toward Kansas players during the Sooners’ win on Saturday.


G-LEAGUE: Jon Holmes, a forward averaging 6.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Maine Red Claws, will join 11 other G League players on Team USA for the first round of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.

Holmes will play for Team USA against Puerto Rico on Thursday in Orlando, Florida, and against Mexico on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, before rejoining the Red Claws.

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy is serving as U.S. coach.

The U.S. plays two more games in February and two next summer, then must go through another round of qualifying to reach the World Cup, which is used to determine qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics.


U.S. MEN: The U.S. Soccer Federation is not planning to hire a men’s national team coach before the organization’s presidential election in February, and with no major competitions in the near future, it might wait until the pool of potential candidates grows after next summer’s World Cup, multiple people familiar with the situation told the Washington Post.

The full-time job has been vacant since Bruce Arena stepped down last month in the wake of the failed World Cup qualifying campaign.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Brighton fought back twice to draw with Stoke 2-2 at home, extending its unbeaten run to five matches on its impressive return to England’s top flight.


ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: World champions Emma Coburn and Sam Kendricks were voted USA Track and Field’s top athletes for 2017.

Coburn captured the steeplechase title at the world championships in London in August. Kendricks finished the season undefeated in the pole vault.


WTA: Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the 1993 Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49.

The native of the Czech Republic had cancer.

Novotna won her only Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1998, after losses in the final in 1993 and 1997. She also lost in the 1991 Australian Open final, and reached No. 2 in the singles rankings in 1997.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine men basketball falls to 0-4 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:40:45 +0000 UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Joseph Lopez led a balanced attack with 11 points, four in overtime, and Sacred Heart edged Maine 69-68 on Sunday in a consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

Sean Hoehn only scored four points but he had an opening layup and what proved to be the winning free throws with 15.9 seconds to play for the Pioneers (1-3).

Aaron Calixte, who had 18 points for Maine (0-4), made two free throws at 8.4 seconds left. But after Lopez missed the front end of a one-and-one at 7.6 left, the Black Bears couldn’t get off a potential winning shot.

Regulation ended in a similar fashion. Celio Araujo missed a pair of free throws for Maine with 16 seconds left and Lopez muscled to the hoop to tie the game at 59 with 6.3 to play, but the Black Bears lost the ball without getting off a final shot.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 78, SOUTHERN MAINE 62: Isaiah Robinson had 17 points and David Labossiere had 16 as the Camels (2-0) defeated the Huskies (1-2) at New London, Connecticut.

Christian McCue scored 19 points for USM.

BATES 72, MAINE MARITIME 69: Jeff Spellman scored 24 points, including five in overtime, as the Mules (1-1) beat the Mariners (0-2) in Castine.


BOWDOIN 2, MIDDLEBURY 0: Pat Geary and Thomas Dunleavy each had a goal to lead the Polar Bears (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) past the Panthers (0-2, 0-2) at Middlebury, Vermont. Alex Zafonte made 39 saves for the shutout.

WILLIAMS 3, COLBY 2: Max Fuld, Roberto Cellini and C.J. Shugart each scored to lift the Ephs (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) over the Mules (1-1, 1-1) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Kienan Scott and Cam MacDonald scored for Colby.


CASTLETON 76, SOUTHERN MAINE 67: Ashlie Fay had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Spartans (3-0) defeated the Huskies (0-3) at Northampton, Massachusetts. Kristen Curley scored 16 points for Southern Maine.

SMITH 85, BATES 64: Nina Davenport scored 28 points for the Bobcats (0-2), but Lauren Bondi’s 24 points lifted the Pioneers (3-0) to a victory at Northampton, Massachusetts.


MAINE 2, NORTHEASTERN 0: Brooke Stacey scored twice and Carly Jackson made 28 saves as the Black Bears (9-6-1, 4-3-1 Hockey East) defeated the Huskies (7-7-2, 5-4-1) at Boston.

Aerin Frankel stopped 26 shots for Northeastern.

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Maine suffers men’s hockey loss in Portland Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:45:51 +0000 Early in the second period, the University of Maine tried to skate out of its zone. But a collision left the puck just within the blue line.

Boston University pounced for a three-on-two rush and scored.

And so it went.

The Black Bears had trouble with BU’s forechecking, and the Terriers coasted to a 7-0 rout Saturday night before 6,206 at Cross Insurance Arena.

It was another split series for the Black Bears, who beat BU 5-2 on Friday night. Maine is 4-6 overall, 3-3 in Hockey East.

BU, ranked 18th in the country, improved to 6-7-1, 4-4-1.

“Our team, because they played really well Friday night and won a big game, thought it was going to be easy,” said Maine Coach Red Gendron. “We played the game tonight like we had it all figured out.

“We got it handed to us. It’s a process. We have to learn from this, being embarrassed at home, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Goalie Rob McGovern kept Maine in it early, but the Terriers got too many solid chances.

“We attacked with speed,” BU Coach David Quinn said. “With our speed, forecheck should be our identity and I thought we did a good job. We hounded the puck and didn’t give them a lot of time or space. That caused some turnovers for us, and that’s usually when you can strike.”

The Terriers quickly took a 1-0 lead when Shane Bowers scored his first of two goals at 1:27. Patrick Harper, BU’s leading scorer and a Nashville Predators draft pick, skated the puck behind the net. He fed Bowers in the circle for a one-timer.

McGovern made key saves in the first period, including one a two-on-one rush. Then, when Bowers got the puck alone in the slot after a turnover, McGovern made another save.

The Black Bears created chances in the first period – 10 shots to BU’s 11. Maine crashed the net but was unable to get a rebound.

“We never came back,” Gendron said. “That’s a function of our team having to mature emotionally. It’s not a physical thing.”

In the second period, the early turnover that led to a three-on-two featured a crisp cross-ice pass from Chad Krys to Jordan Greenway, who scored into the top left corner at 4:27.

A delayed penalty against Maine brought BU goalie Jake Oettinger to the bench. With a six-on-five advantage, the Terriers crashed the net, and Hank Crone scored at 13:46.

BU then created another turnover in Maine’s zone. A shot hit the post and bounced back into a scrum. The puck trickled in at 19:17, with Brady Tkachuk getting credit for the goal.

Roughing calls and other penalties dominated the third period. BU converted two odd-man rushes to make it 6-0, and McGovern was replaced by Maine’s No. 3 goalie, Stephen Mundinger. He gave up a power-play goal at 19:23.

NOTES: The Maine hockey team will be at North Yarmouth Academy from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday for a “Skate with the Bears” promotion. There’s no fee. … Maine leaves Sunday night for the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Maine will play Providence at 2 p.m. Friday and RPI or Clarkson on Saturday. … Maine’s next plays at Alfond Arena on Dec. 1-2 against Vermont (1-4-1, 3-8-1).


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College football: Miami rallies to remain unbeaten Sun, 19 Nov 2017 02:45:36 +0000 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score Saturday, and No. 2 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback in five years by holding off Virginia 44-28 to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games.

Jaquan Johnson had an interception return for a touchdown for Miami (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast), which went on a 30-0 run in the second half to remain unbeaten. Virginia is 6-5, 3-4.

(1) ALABAMA 56, MERCER 0: Jalen Hurts passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than a quarter, and Alabama (11-0) beat FCS team Mercer (5-6) at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

(3) OKLAHOMA 41, KANSAS 3: Baker Mayfield threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, leading Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) over Kansas (1-10, 0-8) at Lawrence, Kansas.

(4) CLEMSON 61, THE CITADEL 3: Kelly Bryant threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and was out of the game before halftime as Clemson (10-1), at home, comfortably remained in the playoff race with a win over The Citadel (5-6).

(5) WISCONSIN 24, (19) MICHIGAN 10: Alex Hornibrook’s 24-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor in third quarter broke open a defensive slugfest, Kendric Pryor scored on an end-around and Wisconsin (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) beat Michigan (8-3, 5-3) at Madison, Wisconsin.

(6) AUBURN 42, LOUISIANA-MONROE 14: Darius Slayton’s 50-yard scoring catch late in the first half provided the lead and Auburn (9-2) pulled away from visiting Louisiana-Monroe (4-6) to set up next week’s home game against top-ranked Alabama.

(7) GEORGIA 42, KENTUCKY 13: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel led a dominant running game and Georgia (10-1, 7-1 Southeastern) bounced back from its first loss of the season, wearing down Kentucky f(7-4, 4-4) at Athens, Georgia.

(8) OHIO STATE 52, ILLINOIS 14: Ohio State (9-2, 7-1)scored on its first six possessions – including J.T. Barrett’s 100th career touchdown pass – and routed Illinois (2-9, 0-9) at Columbus, Ohio, to clinch the Big Ten East title.

(9) NOTRE DAME 24, NAVY 17: Brandon Wimbush threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score as Notre Dame (9-2) rallied in the rain and wind to beat Navy (6-4) at South Bend, Indiana.

KANSAS STATE 45, (10) OKLAHOMA STATE 40: Byron Pringle caught three touchdown passes and also returned a kickoff for another touchdown to help Kansas State (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) pull an upset over Oklahoma State (8-3, 5-3) at Stillwater, Oklahoma.

ALBANY 15, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Will Brunson connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass with Austin Ellis for the game’s only touchdown, and Albany (4-7, 2-6 Colonial Athletic)upset visiting New Hampshire (7-6, 5-3).

YALE 24, HARVARD 3: Kurt Rawlings threw for 177 yards and a touchdown to lead Yale (9-1, 6-1) over rival Harvard (5-5, 3-4) at New Haven, Connecticut, securing the Bulldogs’ first outright Ivy League championship in 37 years.

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin tops third-ranked team in women’s basketball Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:24:13 +0000 SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Abby Kelly scored 27 points, and Bowdoin rode a strong start to an 80-68 victory over nationally third-ranked St. Thomas in the Skidmore Invitational women’s basketball tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (2-0) raced to a 32-19 lead after one quarter against the Minnesota school, which fell to 1-1 after losing for just the second time in 34 games.

ST. JOSEPH’S 76, KEENE STATE 71: Kelsi McNamara scored 15 points and made four free throws in the last 30 seconds of overtime to put away a win for the Monks (2-1) over the Owls (0-3) in a consolation game at Keene, New Hampshire.

UNE 67, PLYMOUTH STATE 42: Sam McDonald and Olivia Shaw each scored 12 points in the first half while leading the Nor’easters (3-0) to a 41-22 lead over Plymouth State (2-1) at Plattsburgh, New York. Both players finished with 20 points.

CASTLETON 76, BATES 75: Alexis Quenneville scored 24 points and hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in regulation to give the Spartans (2-0) the lead for good in a win over the Bobcats (0-1) at Smith in Northampton, Massachusetts. Nina Davenport scored 31 points for Bates.


SOUTH ALABAMA 68, MAINE 46: Aaron Calixte scored 13 points for the Black Bears (0-3), but the Jaguars (2-2) had four players score in double figures in beating Maine in a tournament game at Uncasville, Connecticut.

BOWDOIN 67, WESTFIELD 61: Jack Simonds scored 16 points, and the Polar Bears (2-0) went 7 of 9 from the free throw line down the stretch to beat the Owls (2-1) in a tournament at Westfield, Massachusetts.

David Reynolds added 15 points, while Zavier Rucker had 11 points and 11 boards.

COLBY 124, UNE 97: Sam Jefferson scored 22 points, Dean Weiner had 17 points and 18 rebounds, and the Mules (2-0) spanned the halves with a 35-12 run that gave them a 69-44 lead over the Nor’easters (1-2) at Biddeford. Gavin Dibble scored 22 points for UNE.

HUSSON 84, ST. JOSEPH’S 75: Raheem Anderson had game-highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Eagles (1-1) used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to take control in a win over the Monks (1-1) at Standish.

Jack Casale had 20 points to lead St. Joseph’s, while Aaron Hall and Quinn Richardson-Newton added 14 each.

VERMONT TECH 89, SMCC 83: Willie Brown had 19 points for the Seawolves (6-2, 2-1 Yankee Small College Conference), but Titus Smith led the Knights (6-1, 4-1) to a victory with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists at Randolph, Vermont.

COAST GUARD 91, USM 40: Justin Kane’s 20 points led the Bears (1-1) in a victory over Southern Maine (1-1) at New London, Connecticut.

J.T. Cox added 12 points for the Bears. Kevin Weisser’s eight points was high for the Huskies.


COLBY 9, MIDDLEBURY 1: J.P. Schuhlen and Mario Benicky each had three goals to lead Colby over the Panthers in a NESCAC opener at Middlebury, Vermont.

Nick O’Connor added a goal and an assist for the Mules.

WILLIAMS 4, BOWDOIN 3: Myles Cunningham and Marcus Mollica scored second-period goals to give the Ephs a 4-2 lead, and they survived Bradley Ingersoll’s third-period tally for Bowdoin to win a NESCAC opener at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Matthew Lison and Thomas Dunleavy also scored for the Polar Bears.

NORWICH 4, USM 0: The Cadets (4-2-1, 4-1-1 NEHC) scored three second period goals and cruised past the Huskies (1-4-1, 1-4-1) at Northfield, Vermont.

Anthony D’Aloisio and Paul Leger split time in net for Southern Maine and combined for 26 saves.

SALVE REGINA 6, UNE 4: Jack Billings had three goals and an assist to lead the Seahawks (6-1, 5-1 Commonwealth Coast ) past the Nor’easters (2-3-1, 2-3-1) at Biddeford.

Tucker Ross, Tyler Seltenreich, Brett Mecrones, and Dylan Bengtson scored for UNE.


NORTHEASTERN 3, MAINE 0: Aerin Frankel turned back 39 shots as the Huskies (7-6-2, 5-3-1 Hockey East) shut out the Black Bears (8-6-1, 3-3-1) at Boston.

Skylar Fontaine, McKenna Brand and Taytum Clairmont scored.

Carly Jackson had 23 saves for Maine.

BOWDOIN 3, COLBY 3: Bowdoin goalie Kerri St. Denis stopped a penalty shot with 1:45 left in overtime to preserve a tie for the Polar Bears (1-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC) against the Mules (0-1-1, 0-1-1) at Waterville.

Carly Thomas scored twice for Colby.

CASTLETON 4, USM 1: Amanda Piknick scored in the first period to give the Huskies (2-5, 2-4 NEHC) a lead, but Jocelyn Forrest, Hannah Rose, Nicolle Trivino, and Lisa Kilroy each scored to lead the Spartans (4-3-1, 3-2-1) to a win at Rutland, Vermont.

NORWICH 7, UNE 1: Adrieana Rossini and Amanda Conway each scored twice as the Cadets (8-0-1, 6-0 New England Hockey Conference) handled the Nor’easters (1-2-3, 1-2-3) at Northfield, Vermont.

Alex Mitchell scored for UNE.

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UMaine football notebook: Practice makes perfect for Stony Brook Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:13:12 +0000 ORONO — Every Thursday during the season, Stony Brook practices a Hail Mary pass.

“We call it Big Ben,” said Seawolves Coach Chuck Priore. “It’s always unsuccessful.”

But when it mattered most in the regular-season finale, Stony Brook was finally successful. Joe Carbone threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Jackson on the game’s final play to lift Stony Brook to a stunning 20-19 victory over Maine at Alfond Stadium.

“We played to the last play,” said Priore. “These two guys to my right (Carbone and Jackson) got it done but they’ll tell you the left tackle had to protect, the right tackle had to protect, and the guy upstairs had to be on your side.”

Carbone spiked the ball to stop the clock with six seconds left. Then he took a shotgun snap and lofted a high pass to Jackson in the right corner of the end zone. Jackson outleaped four Maine defenders for the catch, falling to the ground while they fell onto him and holding onto the ball during the ensuing scrum. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Jackson, who had dropped a fourth-down pass on Stony Brook’s previous series, was simply glad to have the opportunity.

“I didn’t believe in myself as much as my teammates did after that (previous) drive,” he said. “Just to be out there and have Joe trust me to throw the ball to me, I’m blessed.”

Maine sophomore cornerback Manny Patterson, who played a strong game with five pass break-ups, was in on the jump ball.

“I don’t even know what happened on that play,” he said. “I have to go back on the film and rewatch.”

And learn from what happened.

“At the end of the day, they wanted to make the play,” he said. “They’re a playoff team, we’re not. If we want to be a playoff team, we’ve got to make plays like that.”

Maine held Carbone to 41 passing yards through three quarters. He threw for 181 in the fourth.

“They finished,” said Patterson. “That’s something we need to do, we just need to finish every game. We play tough and then somehow we end up falling apart. But we’re going to find a way.”

STONY BROOK lost its best wide receiver, Ray Bolden, in the second quarter after he was tackled by Deshawn Stevens on a 1-yard completion. Bolden, who has nine touchdown catches this season, was helped off the field, not putting any pressure on his right leg.

Then, with 9:47 remaining, the Seawolves lost one of their best defensive players, rover Tyrice Beverette, when he received a game disqualification for targeting.

MAINE WAS without two of its top players for much of the game, too. Wide receiver and kick returner Earnest Edwards, who caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, didn’t play after early in the second quarter because of illness. Senior cornerback Najee Goode, who has battled injuries most of the year, did not play after the first quarter.


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Stony Brook beats Maine on final-play Hail Mary pass, 20-19 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:32:21 +0000 ORONO — In a season of cruel losses, this one topped them all.

In control for nearly every second Saturday, the University of Maine lost when Stony Brook quarterback Joe Carbone threw a last-play Hail Mary 35-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Jackson, who caught the ball amid four defenders.

After the play was upheld on review, the Seawolves loudly celebrated their improbable 20-19 victory while the Black Bears disconsolately trudged off Morse Field for the final time this season.

“Just another extremely disappointing loss,” said Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak. “We played well for a lot of the game and it got away from us at the end. Kind of the story of the year, not making enough plays in the fourth quarter, for sure.

“Just a terrible way to lose it, obviously.”

The loss closed a 4-6 season for the Black Bears, who finished 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine ended with three consecutive losses.

Stony Brook, which totaled 188 yards in the fourth quarter after compiling 101 through the first three, is 9-2, 7-1 in the CAA, and bound for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

“Games are won as complete games,” said Stony Brook Coach Chuck Priore. “You always preach to the kids to play to the last tick of the clock. And literally that happened today. A great life lesson.”

Chris Ferguson threw two first-half touchdown passes – 40 yards to Earnest Edwards (who didn’t play in the second half because he was sick) and 59 yards to Jared Osumah – to lead the Black Bears to a 19-7 halftime lead. Josh Mack scored Maine’s other touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter.

But the Black Bears couldn’t keep offensive momentum going in the second half, when the Seawolves held Maine to 110 yards.

Maine, which failed to convert two 2-point conversion passes in the first half, had a chance to extend the lead in the third quarter, but Brandon Briggs missed a 38-yard field goal wide left with 9:48 remaining.

“That one, more than the (conversion misses), is the one that mattered,” said Harasymiak. “That was a tough one to take. Just inconsistency.”

Still, Maine led by 12 entering the fourth quarter and had Stony Brook deep in its own end when the momentum changed.

Carbone threw a pass over the middle that was deflected high into the air – and into the hands of Jackson. He ended up completing a 65-yard play that led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Carbone to Donavin Washington that cut the lead to 19-14 with 10:46 remaining.

“The (big plays) continue to hurt us,” said Harasymiak. “Great teams that make the playoffs don’t allow those plays to happen.”

Maine punted the next three times it had the ball, the final time giving Stony Brook the ball on its 27 with 31 seconds remaining.

A pass interference penalty moved the ball to the Seawolves’ 42. After an incompletion, Carbone hit a wide-open Washington over the middle for 23 yards to the Maine 35.

Priore said Washington called that play, telling him it would be open. Harasymiak simply said, “That’s the play that lost the game. We cut a guy loose in man coverage. That play allowed them to be in position to win it.”

Carbone spiked the ball to stop the clock with six seconds left. Then he lofted the ball to the right corner of the end zone, where the 6-foot-2 Jackson leaped up among the– defenders and came down with the ball.

“I just went up and did what I’m taught to do,” said Jackson. “I just saw the ball and knew I had to go up and get it.

“This is the best win, a great win.”


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Friday’s top 25 basketball roundup: Duke avoids letdown, gets past Southern Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:25:46 +0000 DURHAM, N.C. — Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke beat Southern 78-61 on Friday night.

Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Grayson Allen finished with 10 points for the Blue Devils (4-0), who were coming off a victory over No. 2 Michigan State three nights earlier.

Duke showed several classic symptoms of a letdown, finishing with a season-high 15 turnovers, shooting just 4 of 20 from 3-point range and for a while struggling to keep Southern off the offensive glass before regrouping to finish with a 51-34 rebounding advantage.

(4) KANSAS 98, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 64: Svi Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 27 points, Lagerald Vick finished with 22 and host Kansas (3-0) routed Summit League favorite South Dakota State (3-1).

Udoka Azubuike added 17 points and Malik Newman had 13 for the Jayhawks, who shot 60 percent from the field and didn’t commit a turnover until midway through the second half.

(5) VILLANOVA 104, LAFAYETTE 57: Mikal Bridges set a school record by hitting all six of his 3-point shots and scored a career-high 24 points for Villanova (3-0) in a rout of Lafayette (0-3) at Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Jalen Brunson added 22 points and hit 4 of 6 3s in another dominant performance by the Wildcats, who made 16 of 30 from long range.

(7) KENTUCKY 78, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 61: Quade Green scored a career-high 21 points, Kevin Knox had 17 points with 10 rebounds and host Kentucky (3-1) overcame an early 18-8 deficit to run away from East Tennessee State (1-2).


(1) CONNECTICUT 82, (20) CALIFORNIA 47: Crystal Dangerfield, Kia Nurse and Napheesa Collier all scored 14 points to help the top-ranked Huskies (2-0) rout California (1-1) at Storrs, Connecticut.

UConn trailed 4-3 early before scoring 23 of the next 25 points to take command of the game.

(2) TEXAS 120, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 70: Jada Underwood scored 19 points, Brooke McCarty had 18 and Texas (3-0) cruised past Texas-San Antonio (1-3) at Austin.

Underwood set career bests in scoring and rebounding (nine) while playing 21 minutes.

(9) OHIO STATE 95, QUINNIPIAC 63: Kelsey Mitchell scored 32 points, Linnae Harper had a second consecutive double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and host Ohio State (3-1) beat Quinnipiac (0-3).

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine tops BU in hockey Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:16:58 +0000 ORONO — Patrick Shea and Canon Pieper each had a goal and an assist and the University of Maine men’s hockey team won its second straight, defeating Boston University 5-2 in a Hockey East game Friday night.

Pieper and Brendan Robbins scored 21/2 apart to send the Black Bears (5-5, 3-3 Hockey East) to a 3-1 lead 7:06 into the second period.

Brady Keeper and Patrick Holway also scored for Maine. Jeremy Swayman made 40 saves.

Logan Cockerill and Kasper Kotkansalo scored for the Terriers (5-8-1, 3-5-2).

USM 4, CASTLETON 3: Michael Taormina and Patrick Magliano each scored twice for the Huskies (1-3-1) in a win over the Spartans (2-4) in Rutland, Vermont.

Taormina scored midway through the third to break a 2-2 tie, and Magliano added his second goal four minutes later.

SALVE REGINA 8, UNE 3: Timothy Sweeney and Shaun Patry each scored twice as the Seahawks (5-1, 4-1 CCC) cruised past the Nor’easters (2-2-1, 2-2-1) in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

The Seahawks scored four times in the third after the Nor’easters cut the lead to 4-3 on Tyler Seltenreich’s second goal of the game.


BOWDOIN 3, COLBY 2: Maureen Greason scored her second goal of the game on a power play with 4:46 remaining to give the Polar Bears the edge in a NESCAC opener at Brunswick.

Izzi Stoddard added a goal for Bowdoin.

Anna Cosentino and Moira Mullaney scored for Colby.

UNE 3, CASTLETON 3: Lisa Kilroy scored the tying goal on a power play with less than four minutes left in regulation, and Castleton (3-3-1, 2-2-1 NEHC) fought to a draw against the Nor’easters (1-1-3, 1-1-3) at Rutland, Vermont.

Jessie Scott scored twice for UNE, tying the game 41 seconds into the third. Marykate Drinkwater then gave UNE a 3-2 lead midway through the period.

NORWICH 10, USM 0: Sarah Schwenzfeier scored and had four assists, and Alyssa Hulst and Amanda Conway each scored twice as the Cadets (7-0-1, 5-0 NEHC) downed the Huskies (2-4, 2-3) at Northfield, Vermont.


UNE 122, ST. JOSEPH’S (BROOKLYN, N.Y.) 102: Daron Hoges Jr. had 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead the Nor’easters (1-1) past the Bears (0-1) in the opening game of UNE’s tip-off tournament in Biddeford.

Matt Hobbs added 16 points for the Nor’easters.

COLBY 72, COLBY-SAWYER 60: Dean Weiner had 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals as the Mules (1-0) defeated the Chargers (0-1) at Biddeford.

Matt Hanna added 14 points and three steals.

BOWDOIN 80, ST. LAWRENCE 74: Jack Simonds had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Polar Bears (1-0) held off the Saints (0-1) in the opening round of Westfield State’s tip-off tourney in Westfield, Massachusetts.

David Reynolds added 13 points, while Jack Bors and Liam Farley each chipped in with 12.


BOWDOIN 76, SKIDMORE 42: Kate Kerrigan scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures, and the Polar Bears downed the Thoroughbreds in an opener at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Abby Kelly scored 12 points, and Taylor Choate and Lauren Petit each added 11 for Bowdoin.

COLBY 52, UMASS-BOSTON 48: Haley Driscoll scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 47 seconds left to put Colby (1-0) up for good against the Beacons (1-1) at Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Ainsley Burns added 12 points.

UNE 67, CLARKSON 38: Olivia Shaw scored 14 points and Jocelyn Chaput had 12 points,14 rebounds and six assists as UNE (2-0) beat the Golden Knights (1-0) in Plattsburgh, New York.

Sam MacDonald added 12 points and six assists.

BABSON 81, ST. JOSEPH’S 64: Payton Ouimette scored 19 points with 11 rebounds as the Beavers (1-0) beat the Monks (1-1) at Keene, New Hampshire.

Kelsi McNamara and Emily Benway each scored 13 points to pace the Monks.

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On Football: UMaine learning that ‘little things matter’ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:31:54 +0000 ORONO — A year ago, the University of Maine went into its final regular-season game with a chance to qualify for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Black Bears lost that game – and a shot at the playoffs – in the final seconds to rival New Hampshire. But Maine finished the season 6-5 in Joe Harasymiak’s first year as coach, a three-win improvement over the previous season.

Saturday, Maine will finish its season at home again, against nationally ranked and playoff-bound Stony Brook. This time the Black Bears (4-5) have no playoff hopes on the line. The best they can do is finish .500.

So should this be considered a step back for Harasymiak and the Black Bears? Certainly, in terms of wins, it was. And everyone associated with the program will tell you it was disappointing.

Led by 24 seniors, the Black Bears expected to contend not only for a playoff berth but a Colonial Athletic Association title.

“With the talent we have, we should have done better,” said Isaiah Brooks, a senior offensive lineman.

Maybe those expectations were unrealistic. This was, after all, a team that graduated three players who went on to play professional football: defensive lineman Pat Ricard with the Baltimore Ravens, and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga and quarterback Dan Collins in the Canadian Football League. Those three were in the middle of every one of those six wins a year ago.

And the Black Bears were starting young players at several key positions, including quarterback and center.

Maine faltered this season because it couldn’t win games in the fourth quarter – and because it couldn’t beat the CAA’s most successful programs. Over the last two years, Maine is 0-6 against James Madison, New Hampshire and Villanova. That’s 60 percent of Maine’s losses in two years.

The Black Bears have had several failings this fall. Going into Saturday’s game, they lead the CAA in penalties (averaging 84.2 penalty yards per game) and are next-to-last in third-down conversions (28.9 percent).

They’ve made too many mistakes in critical moments: a pass interference penalty to keep an opponent’s drive going, an illegal-shift penalty to kill an offensive drive, a dropped pass or a missed tackle on third down, a fumble on a punt return, a missed field goal or extra point.

Maine lost to New Hampshire by a point in the opener. It trailed top-ranked James Madison by four entering the fourth quarter, was tied with Delaware entering the fourth quarter, and was tied with Massachusetts (a Football Bowl Subdivision team) in the third quarter after trailing by 17 in the first. The Black Bears lost all three of those games.

“As a team, we just didn’t step up in big moments,” said Najee Goode, a senior cornerback who battled injuries all year.

But this is a team that also did a lot of things well, and one that shows a lot of promise.

Its defense, spurred by a young group of interior linemen and linebackers, leads the CAA in opponents’ third-down conversion rate and is ranked fourth overall. Defensive linemen Charles Mitchell and Kayon Whitaker have been dominant at times. Redshirt freshmen linebackers Jaron Grayer and Deshawn Stevens have been impressive.

Sophomore running back Josh Mack leads the FCS in rushing yards per game (140.2) and is just 22 yards shy of the fourth-best rushing season in Maine history. Sophomore receiver/kick returner Earnest Edwards has become one of the most dangerous players in the CAA.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Ferguson has struggled at times, but has also shown enough talent to indicate he could have a nice career. Ferguson has completed 152 of 284 passes (53.5 percent) for 1,808 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also has thrown 11 interceptions. When he’s played well, the Black Bears have succeeded. In the four wins, he has thrown 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions.

So was this season a step backward for the Black Bears?

No. Call it a sideways move. But they certainly need to take a step forward next year. And to do so, they must be more focused.

Harasymiak knows this and plans on re-evaluating everything he and his staff does to prepare their players – not just physically but mentally.

“We’ve got to come up with ideas on how to get us to execute in crucial situations,” he said.

The Black Bears begin a long offseason on Sunday. If Maine is to return to the playoffs any time soon, its young players have to take that next step next year. Harasymiak believes they will.

“They now know what it takes,” he said. “They have seen how the little things matter.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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College football advance: Maine vs. Stony Brook Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:22:12 +0000 WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

KICKOFF: Noon Saturday

ALL-TIME SERIES: Maine leads, 4-2

LAST MEETING: Nov. 12, 2016, won by Maine, 27-21


WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: The Black Bears have established a run-first identity with sophomore RB Josh Mack, who leads FCS with 140.2 rushing yards per game, and a big, veteran offensive line. Redshirt freshman QB Chris Ferguson is coming off a game in which he completed 16 of 41 passes and threw two interceptions. He’ll need to be much better against a Stony Brook defense that ranks 15th in the nation overall and 13th against the run. Look for a lot of quick crossing routes.

WHEN STONY BROOK HAS THE BALL: The Seawolves feature a wide-open offense, led by QB Joe Carbone, who has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,773 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s thrown just one interception in his last nine games. He’ll test a Maine secondary that has been hit by injuries. WR Ray Bolden ranks sixth in FCS with seven touchdown catches and has 64 receptions. Stony Brook will still look to run the ball – it averages 3.9 yards per rush – but look for the Seawolves to try to spread Maine out and go for some quick strikes.

KEY STAT: It’s been five years since Maine has won its season finale.

OUTLOOK: Not only are the Black Bears facing one of the best defenses in the nation, but they are going against some of the top special-teams units in the CAA. Stony Brook leads the league in kickoff returns (24.1 yards per return) and kickoff coverage. In addition, Stony Brook’s red-zone offense is tops in the CAA, scoring on 35 of its 39 possessions inside the 20 (25 touchdowns and 10 field goals). Maine’s red-zone defense is 11th in the 12-team CAA, allowing scores on 20 of 24 chances. Maine must hope its running game can control the tempo.

OF NOTE: Stony Brook, ranked 10th and 12th in the two FCS national polls, can clinch a share of the CAA championship with a win against Maine and an Elon win over James Madison. … The Seawolves have won four games in a row but have never won in Orono (0-3). … Maine redshirt freshman LB Deshawn Stevens, in for the injured Taji Lowe, has 26 tackles in the last two games. … Maine could be without several defensive players, including Lowe and defensive backs Jeff DeVaughn and Mozai Nelson.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UMaine women cruise past UM-Fort Kent in basketball Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:29:15 +0000 BANGOR — Blanca Millan scored a game-high 19 points and Kelly Fogarty added 16 as the University of Maine downed UM-Fort Kent 100-40 in a nonconference women’s basketball game Thursday night at the Cross Insurance Center.

Millan hit 9 of 10 shots for the Black Bears (3-1) against the Bengals (0-3).

Fogarty hit four 3-pointers, all in the second half, and Maeve Carroll added 14 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting.

Maine opened on a 15-0 run and led 50-20 at halftime.

The Black Bears began the third with a 25-6 run, including eight points from Fogarty to take a 75-26 lead with 3:45 left.

Tate Dolley, Bianca Gutierrez and Kailee Dowler each scored 11 for the Bengals.

(4) SOUTH CAROLINA 66, CLEMSON 36: Lindsey Spann made 6 of 7 3-pointers and scored 20 points as visiting South Carolina (3-0) defeated Clemson (2-1).

Spann’s outside accuracy freed up South Carolina in the paint. A’ja Wilson scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds, her third double-double in three games.

(5) LOUISVILLE 74, (24) MICHIGAN 49: Myisha Hines-Allen scored 19 points, Asia Durr had 13 and Louisville (4-0) used a big third quarter to rally past visiting Michigan (2-1).

Trailing 37-32 at halftime, the Cardinals began the third quarter with a 12-2 run for a 44-39 lead that became a rout early in the fourth thanks to intensity on both ends.

(10) OREGON 83, (19) TEXAS A&M 68: Ruthy Hebard scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-10 shooting and Oregon (3-0) beat Texas A&M (2-1) at College Station, Texas.

Down six at the half, the Ducks scored the first seven points of the third quarter to grab a 35-34 lead. After A&M briefly led once more, Oregon began running away late in the period.

(11) DUKE 77, HIGH POINT 50: Lexie Brown scored 24 points, Leaonna Odom had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Duke (2-0) beat High Point (1-2) in the Blue Devils’ home opener at Durham, North Carolina.

(15) MARYLAND 92, NIAGARA 65: Stephanie Jones had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds, Ieshia Small added a career-best 18 points and Maryland (2-1) beat Niagara (0-3) at College Park, Maryland.

Jones was 8-of-10 shooting and Small also missed two shots as Maryland shot 57 percent.


(8) FLORIDA 108, NORTH FLORIDA 68: Behind a balanced effort and six double-figure scorers, Florida (2-0) dominated North Florida (0-4) at Gainesville, Florida.

KeVaughn Allen was Florida’s top scorer with 18 points. The balanced scoring helped the Gators dismantle the Ospreys from the beginning, with Keith Stone, Gorjok Gak and Allen contributing emphatic dunks along the way.

(11) MIAMI 90, FLORIDA A&M 59: Highly touted Miami freshman Lonnie Walker IV limped off the court in the first half after twisting his left ankle, but Coach Jim Larranaga said he didn’t think the injury was serious, and the Hurricanes (3-0) went on to beat Florida A&M (0-3) at Coral Gables, Florida.

Larranaga said he didn’t expect Walker to miss any games. The Hurricanes are scheduled to play La Salle next Wednesday in Walker’s hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

(12) CINCINNATI 97, COPPIN STATE 54: Jarron Cumberland led an opening blitz of 13 made shots, and the Bearcats (3-0) pulled away from Coppin State (0-3) at Highland Heights, Kentucky.

The Bearcats piled up 107 and 102 points while beating Savannah State and Western Carolina, and were trying to reach triple digits in three straight games for the first time in school history. They came up short, failing to make a field goal in the final four minutes.

(13) NOTRE DAME 106, CHICAGO STATE 66: T.J. Gibbs survived a scary second-half fall to score 23 points as Notre Dame (3-0) ran away from Chicago State (1-3) at South Bend, Indiana.

Gibbs hit the court hard with 11:59 remaining but stayed in the game. He finished 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc, and added three assists before taking a seat on the bench with 5:47 remaining.


(23) SOUTH FLORIDA 27, TULSA 20: Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and rushed for 119 yards as the Bulls (9-1, 6-1 AAC) held off the Golden Hurricane (2-9, 1-6) in Tampa, Florida, to remain in contention for a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

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UMaine hockey team builds hope on tighter defense Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:35:54 +0000 Nolan Vesey sees hope for his University of Maine hockey team, which plays Boston University this weekend – at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Orono, and 7 p.m. Saturday in Portland.

“We’ve never beaten them during my time here,” said Vesey, a senior forward from North Reading, Massachusetts.

“This year, we know we can play with them.”

Pretty bold talk for the captain of a team that is 3-5 overall, 2-2 in Hockey East. But this is a Black Bears team on the rise, even with a 1-3 record in their last four games.

“When you look at it, the last two weekends, we’ve been much better defensively,” Maine Coach Red Gendron said.

In their first four games – series splits with Connecticut and Miami – Maine allowed 18 goals. The Black Bears halved that against nationally-ranked Minnesota-Duluth (2-1 and 2-0 losses) and UMass-Lowell (3-2 loss, 6-2 win).

“We had a great weekend against Duluth,” Vesey said. “Unfortunately, we lost, but it gave us confidence that we can beat anybody in the country.

“Against Lowell, we threw that Friday night game away. But we came back strong Saturday. That was a good sign.”

Duluth is ranked No. 14 in the USCHO poll. Boston University (5-6, 3-3) is No. 18.

The Terriers, preseason favorites to win Hockey East, have had their stumbles (including a recent two-game sweep by Northeastern), but romped past No. 11 New Hampshire 4-0 last Saturday.

“We may not be the favorites,” sophomore forward Chase Pearson said, “but we’ll compete.

“Our defense is 100 percent improved. Offensively, in those (losses) to Duluth and Lowell, we’ve got to find a way to win in those situations.”

Pearson will be part of that search for goals. He is among the wave of young players Gendron has brought in the past two years.

Pearson, a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, is Maine’s scoring tri-leader with seven points (all assists), along with his linemates, sophomore Mitchell Fossier (four goals, three assists) and freshman Eduards Tralmaks (five goals, two assists).

Tralmaks, called “Trails” by his teammates, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Latvia who played juniors in the U.S. the past three years.

“He’s a big body. He’s not afraid of getting dirty, and he has a lot of skill with that,” Pearson said. “Size, skill, and he takes the puck to the net … it’s a lethal combination.”

The defensive corps has been infused with youth, as three freshmen and sophomore Patrick Holway (another Red Wings draft pick) are among the regulars.

The group can also score, led by junior Rob Michel (two goals, four assists) and freshman Brady Keeper (two goals, two assists).

“It’s the strongest D-corps we’ve had in terms of depth and what guys can do,” Vesey said.

Maine has used two goalies every weekend – junior Rob McGovern (3.87 goals-against average) and freshman Jeremy Swayman (2.87).

Boston University is paced by sophomore forward Patrick Harper, a Nashville Predators draft pick, with five goals and six assists. Junior forward Bobo Carpenter has 10 points.

Unlike last year, when the Black Bears played three times at Cross Insurance Arena, this will be Maine’s only Portland appearance this season. About 2,000 tickets are available.

After this weekend, the Black Bears take their longest road trip, for the Friendship Four tournament Nov. 24-25 in Northern Ireland. Maine will play Providence College the first day, then either Clarkson or RPI the second day.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

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Top 25 basketball: North Carolina coach reaches milestone Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:19:19 +0000 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Luke Maye scored 20 points Wednesday night and No. 9 North Carolina held on to give Coach Roy Williams his 400th victory at the school, 93-81 over Bucknell.

Theo Pinson added a career-high 19 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who shot 47 percent and welcomed back Joel Berry, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, on the same day graduate transfer Cameron Johnson was lost for 4 to 6 weeks following knee surgery.

North Carolina blew most of an early 16-point lead but scored nine straight points after the Bison cut the lead to 71-67 on Nate Sestina’s layup with 61/2 minutes remaining. Pinson started the decisive burst with two free throws, and Maye pushed it back to double figures with his 3-pointer with 41/2 minutes remaining that made it 78-67.

Nana Foulland and Zack Thomas scored 21 points apiece for Bucknell (0-3). The Patriot League favorites shot 46 percent and were 11 of 28 from 3-point range to offset a serious disadvantage inside.

(14) MINNESOTA 107, NIAGARA 81: Amir Coffey, Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy all scored 18 points as Minnesota (3-0) pulled away from Niagara (1-1) at Minneapolis.

Lynch and Murphy posted double-doubles, with Lynch grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds and Murphy checking in with 11. Nate Mason added 15 points and 11 assists for the Golden Gophers.

(22) SETON HALL 84, INDIANA 68: Desi Rodriguez scored 23 points, keying a balanced offense and leading Seton Hall (3-0) over Indiana (0-2) at Newark, New Jersey.

Rodriguez was one of the four Pirates to reach double figures. Angel Delgado added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Khadeen Carrington scored 17 points and Myles Powell tossed in 11.

(24) WEST VIRGINIA 98, AMERICAN 64: Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles scored 20 points each to lead West Virginia (1-1) over American (0-2) at Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Mountaineers got off to a slow start, staying competitive with the Eagles over the opening 13:56.


(2) TEXAS 100, MCNEESE STATE 34: Ariel Atkins scored 23 points and Texas (2-0) made eight 3-pointers in the first half against McNeese State (1-1) at Austin, Texas.

Texas overwhelmed McNeese State from the opening tip with a trapping defense that forced turnovers and put the game in the fast-tempo transition the Longhorns wanted. Texas forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and turned them into 19 points, and made five 3-pointers in bolting to a 32-8 lead. Atkins made the game’s first basket on a 3-pointer from the corner and finished the quarter with eight.

(9) OHIO STATE 99, IDAHO 56: Linnae Harper had 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Ohio State (2-1) beat Idaho (1-1) at Columbus, Ohio, for the 1,000th victory in program history.

Stephanie Mavunga scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half for Ohio State.

(13) TENNESSEE 89, JAMES MADISON 60: Jaime Nared had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Tennessee (2-0) never trailed in a rout of James Madison (1-2) at Knoxville, Tennessee.

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College football notebook: ACC, NCAA face concussion lawsuit Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:02:57 +0000 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Representatives of a former North Carolina football player’s estate are suing the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA, saying they ignored the dangers of concussions and it led to Ryan Hoffman’s death.

Sandra LaMountain and Noah Hoffman brought the 39-page lawsuit on behalf of Ryan Hoffman’s estate and filed it Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro.

They allege negligence, breach of express contract and unjust enrichment. They argue that both groups failed to protect and promote the safety and well-being of the players, and breached a contract with the players by failing to properly educate and warn them of the long-term risks of concussions.

They request class-action status and a jury trial, and seek damages that include past, present and future medical expenses, lost future earnings and other out-of-pocket expenses.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the organization had no comment and has not received the lawsuit. ACC spokeswoman Amy Yakola said the conference’s policy is to decline comment on ongoing litigation.

Ryan Hoffman, an offensive lineman for North Carolina in the 1990s, died in November 2016 at age 41 when he rode his bike into traffic and was struck by a car. Doctors who later analyzed his brain found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease found in people who’ve suffered repetitive brain trauma such as concussions.

ARKANSAS: The school fired Athletic Director Jeff Long on Wednesday, ending a nearly decade-long tenure that included the scandalous ouster of football coach Bobby Petrino and the continued mediocrity of the program under Bret Bielema.

The College Football Playoff selection committee member, formerly the chairman, was under contract through June 2022. Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said the university would honor the provisions in Long’s contract, meaning the school could owe him more than $5 million by firing him.

Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said he invited Long to remain a member of the selection committee for the rest of his term through the end of this season – an invitation Long accepted.

The firing comes at a time of turmoil for the football program, which is 29-32 in five seasons under Bielema, including a mark of 11-27 in the Southeastern Conference.

AWARDS: Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb are the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation’s top defensive player.

The finalists were named Wednesday. The winner will be announced Dec. 4.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s wins twice in basketball Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:56:29 +0000 CASTINE — Ian Mileikis scored 27 points and Darian Berry added 20 to lead St. Joseph’s College to an 82-75 victory against Maine Maritime Academy in a season-opening nonconference men’s basketball game Wednesday night.

The Monks, trailing by two at the half, took a 48-46 lead when Quinn Richardson-Newton flicked in a layup 3:57 into the second half.

St. Joesph’s slowly widened the lead over the ensuing seven minutes, taking a 66-56 advantage on Mileikis’ 3-pointer with 8:40 left.

The Mariners rallied within one, using six points from Nick Judge and four from Tyler Thayer to outscore the Monks 14-5 and pull to 71-70 with three minutes to play.

St. Joseph’s then countered, closing out the game on an 11-5 run by combining 7-of-9 foul shooting with a field goal each from Mileikis and Berry. Mario Nery sank four of the clinching free throws and Jack Casale two.

Aaron Hall finished with 11 points for the Monks. Adam Richardson led the Mariners with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Judge and Nick Depatsy added 15 ponts each and Thayer scored 13.


ST. JOSEPH’S 80, MAINE MARITIME MARITIME 53: Julia Champagne scored 19 points to lead a balanced St. Joseph’s offense in a mutual opener at Castine.

Kelsi McNamara and Emily Benway added 17 and 16 points respectively, and Regan McFerran and Julia Quinn each dropped in 10 points for the Monks. Alayne Felix led Maine Maritime with 16 points.

St. Joseph’s, ahead 20-16 after one quarter, used a 9-0 run late in the second to open a 36-23 lead. Champagne had seven of the nine points.

Melinda Ogden hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer for the Mariners to cut the lead to 36-26 at the half.

Benway scored eight points in the third quarter as the Monks upped their lead to 61-42 before outscoring Maine Maritime 19-11 in the fourth.

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UNE women defeat USM in basketball opener, 75-63 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:32:44 +0000 BIDDEFORD — When Sam McDonald swished a jumper in the third quarter Wednesday, the University of New England women’s basketball team took the expected big lead against the University of Southern Maine.

But that 17-point bulge was down to five early in the fourth quarter.

UNE held on to win 75-63 in the opener for both teams. The Huskies trailed by seven before beginning to foul with 1:13 left and UNE put it away.

Olivia Shaw led the Nor’easters with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Alexa Srolovitz paced USM with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

For the winning coach, it was a sign of needed work.

“Terrible” is how UNE Coach Anthony Ewing described his team’s play.

The losing coach was encouraged.

“There are a ton of positives,” USM Coach Samantha Allen said. “Considering last year’s game (a 62-46 UNE win), we’ve made some tremendous strides in terms of our defense and offense.”

That’s the difference of perspective between a team reloading and a team rebuilding.

UNE is coming off a fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance and has several regulars back. The Huskies won five games last year but return nearly all their contributors.

The Nor’easters have defeated USM five straight times and eight of their last nine meetings.

Still, the Huskies jumped ahead 13-8 in the first quarter. Utilizing a press and drives inside, USM looked ready to contend.

“We had a lot of great transitions,” Allen said.

UNE eventually took the lead and never let go. When the Nor’easters needed points, they looked to Shaw, a 6-foot senior from Saco.

“If that kid didn’t show up today, we lose this game,” Ewing said. “We’re going to need her to be like that all year for us.”

Shaw is essential because UNE graduated its stellar go-to player, 6-foot-4 Alicia Brown, last year’s leading scorer (15-point average) and rebounder (6.8). Brown led the Nor’easters to a 23-6 record, including a 17-game winning streak that was ended in the NCAA’s first round, when Scranton hit a last-second 3-pointer for a 49-48 win.

“Having a 6-foot-4 girl who can shoot and post up was nice,” Shaw said. “But now she’s not around so some people have to step up, and one of those people is me.”

Another player expected to step up was 5-10 sophomore Sadie Nelson of Windham. She averaged 10 points and 4.3 rebounds last year. But Nelson suffered a season-ending knee injury last month.

“That was tough,” Ewing said.

UNE still has talent, which showed Wednesday with 5-11 sophomore guard Ashley Coneys (15 points/7 rebounds), 5-7 freshman guard Elyssa Nicholas (13 points, three 3-pointers) and MacDonald, a 5-7 senior guard (11 points/7 rebounds).

“I’m excited where this group takes us,” MacDonald said. “We have some good chemistry.”

MacDonald acknowledged there are situations to work on and her coach would agree, especially after USM outrebounded UNE 53-47 and scored 40 points in the paint.

“We rebounded terribly. Our defense in general was terrible,” Ewing said. “We were not moving our feet, not communicating effectively. … They pushed the ball hard but we have to be better than that.”

USM had to drive after shooting only 3 of 27 from the 3-point arc.

“We have some really great days of shooting and others not so good,” Allen said. “They’ll get in the gym and keep shooting.”

Srolovitz, a 5-6 senior, sparked the Huskies. She was helped by 5-9 senior Emily Nicholson (12 points), 5-5 sophomore Jackie Luckhardt (11 points), 5-9 senior Miranda Nicely (14 rebounds) of Farmington, and 5-10 freshman Kristen Curley (8 points) of Gorham.

“It’s a tremendous starting point for the whole group,” Allen said. “I’m excited where we’re going to go.”

IN THE MEN’S GAME Wednesday night, Southern Maine topped UNE, 97-88.

USM junior Sean Jany led all scorers with 42 points. Ryan Matthews paced the Nor’easters with 14.

Jany gives the Huskies hope in their rebuilding effort. A 6-7 forward from Westbrook, Jany is in his first year at USM, having transferred from Plymouth State. He hit five 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

The Huskies returned only one starter from last year’s 10-16 team, 6-2 guard Christian McCue, who averaged 12 points. McCue is coming back from a stress fracture in his leg and played only 17 minutes (nine points).

Byron McMillian, a 6-foot guard from Washington D.C., and 6-4 freshman forward Devin Moultrie both added 12 points. Cam Scott, a 6-1 senior guard from Hampden, scored nine, and 6-4 junior guard Kevin Weisser grabbed 16 rebounds.

UNE, which was 7-19 last year, returned four regulars. On Wednesday, the Nor’easters substituted liberally, five players at a time, with no one playing more than 20 minutes.

USM led 43-41 at halftime, then jumped ahead, 59-44. The Nor’easters closed to 92-88 with 1:35 left but the Huskies stayed ahead.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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UCLA suspends three players indefinitely Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:24:13 +0000 LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized Wednesday before Coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week’s incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion.

“These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment and now they have to live with that,” Alford said. “They let a lot of people down in the process.

“I’m confident that they have already begun to use this experience as a life lesson.”

Ball, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing while also thanking President Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. The players returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after Chinese authorities withdrew the charges against them.

“I’m sorry for stealing from the stores in China,” said Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who played last season at UCLA.

“I’ve learned my lesson from this big mistake and I’m a hundred percent sure I’ll never make a mistake like this again. It’s going to make me a better person from here on out.”

When it was his turn, Hill said, “I’m sorry for shoplifting. What I did was stupid. I don’t want to be known for this dumb mistake.

“I hope you can forgive my stupid, childish actions.”

Riley was the first to speak and thanked the Pac-12 Conference, several UCLA administrators and his teammates.

“You guys mean so much to me,” Riley said of his teammates. “I’m sorry for letting you down.”

Athletic Director Dan Guerrero also spoke at the news conference but no one took questions from a large group of media.

Alford didn’t specify what the indefinite suspensions mean, saying only that the three players would have to earn their way back onto the team.

He said at some point the trio may be permitted to join team workouts, meetings and practices but that timeline has yet to be decided.

“We will come to a resolution in short order,” Guerrero said.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

All three players did.

“I’d like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided us as well,” Ball said.

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the UCLA team returned home Saturday.

Guerrero said the incident occurred when the team was given 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6 in Hangzhou.

“Those three visited several stores, took items from three stores and returned to the hotel,” he said without revealing the items taken or their value.

The next day, Guerrero said, police arrived at the hotel shared by UCLA and Georgia Tech, and interviewed both teams in an attempt to identify the culprits. Police searched the players’ personal belongings and the team bus before identifying Ball, Hill and Riley, he said.

No one from Georgia Tech was implicated.

Guerrero said the UCLA trio was taken to a police station for questioning, and Alford arrived later along with basketball administrator Chris Carlson. Guerrero found out while flying to Shanghai.

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Maine football notebook: Black Bears can play role of spoiler in finale Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:01:09 +0000 ORONO — Dakota Tarbox is taking a little extra time to appreciate practice this week. He’s a senior defensive end for the University of Maine, which will play its final game of the season at noon Saturday against Stony Brook at Alfond Stadium.

“During the week I’m just trying to cherish every moment,” said Tarbox, who comes from Dayton and played at Thornton Academy in Saco. “I want to send it off in the good way and get a W to finish the season.”

This isn’t the way the Black Bears hoped the season finale would play out. Their playoff hopes were dashed Nov. 4 in a 31-17 loss to Delaware.

Now Maine (4-5 overall, 3-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association) hopes to finish at .500 while also playing the role of spoiler. Stony Brook, ranked 10th and 12th in the two national Football Championship Subdivision polls, is playing for a possible tie for the CAA championship, depending also on the outcome of the James Madison-Elon game.

Maine definitely will have a role in how the FCS playoffs shape up.

“We would like that,” said Isaiah Brooks, a senior offensive lineman. “Get a last win, be .500, change things up in the conference. That would be a great feeling.”

There are 24 seniors on the Black Bears, including four starters on the offensive line. The underclassmen want to win this game for them, but the seniors also feel they have something to prove.

“We’ve got one game left and have to finish strong, just for the love and passion of the game,” said Jamil Demby, a senior left tackle. “We’ll see what we’re made of. I definitely believe our guys will be ready.”

While Tarbox, who will graduate in May with a degree in business management, is embracing the final days, Brooks really doesn’t want to think about it yet.

“It hasn’t hit me yet. It probably won’t hit me until after the game,” said Brooks. “I’m so used to the routine, this is another part of life that’s getting ready to open up.”

Najee Goode, a senior cornerback, remembers how the upperclassmen told him when he was a freshman that his career would seem to go by quickly.

“It came so fast,” he said. “I’m proud of my career and what we accomplished. I wish we had been able to get to the playoffs and beat (New Hampshire) but it didn’t happen that way.”

The seniors never made the playoffs and did not defeat UNH. But, said Tarbox, he’ll remember “the friends and the close relationships I’ve made with everybody on the team.”

Likewise, Brooks will remember his teammates on the offensive line and “the little funny memories we made along the way, the little moments we had together. That’s what makes it so good.”

MICAH WRIGHT, Maine’s talented junior wide receiver, underwent knee surgery Wednesday. Coach Joe Harasymiak said he didn’t have the results but the surgery was to repair a torn ACL – and possibly more. “They didn’t know about some of the other stuff yet,” said Harasymiak.

Earlier, Harasymiak said Wright will miss spring practice and will be eased back into training camp next August.

Wright, a preseason all-CAA first-team selection at wide receiver, played only five games for the Black Bears this year because of injuries and a suspension that began on the first day of training camp, Aug. 3, and wasn’t lifted until Sept. 20.

He caught 13 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and averaged 13.6 yards on nine punt returns with a touchdown.

JUNIOR DEFENSIVE backs Jeff DeVaughn and Mozai Nelson will be game-time decisions as to whether they can play. “They’ve been a little banged up and it just might be time (to rest them),” said Harasymiak. “There’s a side of it that it’s just one more game, there’s a side of it that we’re entering the offseason. But they’ve just been really banged up.”

Sophomore linebacker Taji Lowe, recovering from a high ankle sprain, also will be a game-time decision.

Junior offensive tackle Cody Levy, who started the first six games, recovered from a back injury and, said Harasymiak, “looked good in practice Tuesday.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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College basketball: Duke captures early showdown Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:34:15 +0000 CHICAGO — Grayson Allen – Duke’s lone senior – scored a career-high 37 points Tuesday night, freshman Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the Champions Classic.

Allen stepped up whenever his team needed a big play. The Blue Devils (3-0) lost Marvin Bagley III to an eye injury midway through the first half, but Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the second.

Wendell Carter Jr. added 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping Coach Mike Krzyzewski improve to 12-1 in his career against Michigan State.

Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward each scored 19 points for the Spartans, who blocked 12 shots, one shy of the school record. Michigan State (1-1) shot 51 percent from the field but was outrebounded 46-34 by the long and athletic Blue Devils.

TEXAS TECH 83, MAINE 44: Keenan Evans had 12 points to lead four players in double figures for Texas Tech (2-0), which opened a 49-13 halftime lead and rolled past Maine (0-2) at Lubbock, Texas.

Andrew Fleming and Ilija Stojiljkovic each finished with eight points for the Black Bears, and Dusan Majstorovic and Ilker Er chipped in with seven points apiece.

(5) VILLANOVA 113, NICHOLLS 77: Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks, and Villanova (2-0) swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a rout of Nicholls (1-1) at Philadelphia.

Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats had six players in double figures while shooting 58 percent from the field in their second straight blowout of an inferior opponent.

Zaquavian Smith scored 25 points and Roddy Peters had 17 for the Colonels, who trailed by as many as 38 points.

BOSTON COLLEGE 73, SACRED HEART 53: Deontae Hawkins scored 22 points with eight rebounds, and Boston College (3-0) pulled away from visiting Sacred Heart (0-2) in the second half.

CONNECTICUT 72, STONY BROOK 64: Guard Jalen Adams came back from a one-game suspension to score 19 points and the Huskies (2-0)came from behind to beat Stony Brook (0-2) at Hartford, Connecticut.


MAINE 70, BRYANT 68: Dor Saar’s jumper with 1:30 to play in overtime gave Maine (2-1) the lead for good against Bryant (0-3) at Bangor.

After a Haley Connors free throw for Bryant cut the margin to 68-67, Saar hit a pair of free throws to extend the Black Bears’ lead to three with 17 seconds left.

Kathleen Everson stepped to the line with four seconds left for the Bulldogs, hit her first free throw, missed her second and Maeve Carroll dribbled out after a rebound to end it.

Blanca Millan had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds for Maine. Saar added 12 points and Tanesha Sutton added 10.

Sydney Holloway led Bryant with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Naomi Ashley contributed 12 points and Stephanie Lesko added 10.

(3) BAYLOR 86, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 55: Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown both had double-doubles, and the other three starters also scored in double figures for Baylor (3-0) in a victory against Central Arkansas (1-1) at Waco, Texas.

(5) LOUISVILLE 90, TOLEDO 55: Jazmine Jones and Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points each to lead Louisville (3-0) over visiting Toledo (1-1).

(6) NOTRE DAME 78, WESTERN KENTUCKY 65: Jessica Shepard posted 19 points and 12 rebounds, powering Notre Dame (2-0) over Western Kentucky (1-2) at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

(12) WEST VIRGINIA 101, SACRAMENTO STATE 47: Teana Muldrow and Naomi Davenport combined for 49 points on 20-of-25 shooting, and both had double figures in rebounding as West Virginia (2-0) rolled past Sacramento State (0-3) at Morgantown, West Virginia.

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College football notebook: Alabama takes over top spot in rankings Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:28:10 +0000 Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson up to No. 2 and Miami and Oklahoma joining the top four for the first time.

Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rankings released Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Clemson moved up from fourth and unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third, giving the Atlantic Coast Conference two top four teams. Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Southern California at 11th is the highest ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, making the undefeated Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls.

WHEATON: A fifth player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty.

James Cooksey, 22, of Jacksonville, Florida, appeared at a Monday arraignment in DuPage County. He’s due back in court Jan. 11 along with the other four who earlier appeared in court in the case. They’ve also pleaded not guilty.

All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. Each was charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

The most serious charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.

Their victim also told police his attackers attempted to sodomize him with an object. He has since left the school.

TENNESSEE STATE: A player has been dismissed from the team and expelled from the school for hitting a coach.

TSU Athletics Director Teresa Phillips told The Tennessean that 22-year-old senior defensive end Latrelle Lee, of Dothan, Alabama, was kicked off the team and expelled Monday.

Videos show Lee hitting head strength coach T.J. Greenstone twice in the head, knocking him to the turf on the sideline during the Saturday night game against Southeast Missouri.

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Three UCLA players to return home after being detained in China in shoplifting case Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:52:30 +0000 LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting have been allowed to return home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were on a plane back to Los Angeles that was due to land late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.

A person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options.

“I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”

There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.

The school said the three players, along with Coach Steve Alford and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday.

Scott thanked President Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.”

He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.

It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.

“We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.

Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

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Monday’s college roundup: Transfer sets school record in Florida’s win Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:33:58 +0000 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Egor Koulechov scored 34 points, hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers in his Florida debut, to lead the eighth-ranked Gators to a 116-74 victory against Gardner-Webb in the team’s season opener Monday night.

Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice, broke the school record for points in a debut. Tom Baxley held the previous mark, scoring 32 points against Rick Barry and Miami in 1962. Florida ended up losing that game after Baxley fouled out in overtime.

Koulechov and the Gators had no issues against Gardner-Webb (0-2). Koulechov added five rebounds and five assists.

(12) CINCINNATI 102, WESTERN CAROLINA 51: Sophomore Jarron Cumberland scored 20 points for the second time in his career, and Cincinnati’s full-court pressure forced 22 turnovers as the 12th-ranked Bearcats (2-0) pulled away to a victory over the Catamounts (0-2) in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

(13) NOTRE DAME 88, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 62: Bonzie Colson had 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while the Irish (2-0) shook off a choppy opening half to roll past the Mountaineers (0-2) in South Bend, Indiana.

(15) MINNESOTA 86, PROVIDENCE 74: Jordan Murphy had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Gophers (2-0) outlasted the Friars (1-1) in Providence, Rhode Island.

(20) NORTHWESTERN 75, ST. PETERS 66: Bryant McIntosh scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Wildcats (2-0) held off the Peacocks (0-2) in Rosemont, Illinois.

(25) BAYLOR 70, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 46: Manu Lecomte scored 23 points and the Bears (2-0) pulled away from the Islanders (1-1) in Waco, Texas.

POLL: Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ first regular-season poll of 2017-18.

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the preseason poll and received 34 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 after winning their first two games.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16, and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Duke got 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

OLD DOMINION: Former Old Dominion and Fayetteville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. has died, less than two years after being diagnosed with ALS.


(4) SOUTH CAROLINA 94, (15) MARYLAND 86: A’ja Wilson had a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the defending NCAA champion Gamecocks (2-0) withstood a late charge by the Terrapins (1-1) to escape with a victory in College Park, Maryland.

POLL: UConn continued its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press poll.

The Huskies (1-0) routed then-No. 10 Stanford in the season opener Sunday. UConn once again received all 32 votes from the national media panel.

UConn was followed by Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Louisville.


ARKANSAS: Quarterback Cole Kelley has been suspended indefinitely following his weekend arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and won’t play Saturday when the Razorbacks host Mississippi State.

WYOMING: Quarterback Josh Allen, who has been viewed as a possible high NFL draft pick next year, injured his right shoulder during the Cowboys’ win over Air Force on Saturday.

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College Basketball: Hoyas win big in Ewing’s debut Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:05:44 +0000 Just like long ago, Patrick Ewing was receiving roars from Georgetown’s fans and leading the basketball team to a victory, only this time he was coaching the Hoyas as they beat Jacksonville 73-57 on Sunday in his sideline debut.

With playing rival Michael Jordan and fellow Georgetown alumni Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Otto Porter Jr. in the arena, along with his former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, Ewing began his first head coaching job at any level.

Spectators cheered when Ewing walked onto the floor for the first time, about 10 minutes before the opening tipoff. Moments later, Ewing was given an ovation when the spotlight fell on him as he was introduced after the Hoyas’ starters.

Jessie Govan led the way for the Hoyas (1-0) with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Marcus Derrickson also scored 20.

JD Notae had 18 points for Jacksonville (0-2), an ASUN Conference school that last made it to the NCAA Tournament 31 years ago. Ewing led Georgetown to the 1984 national title.

(3) ARIZONA 103, MD-BALTIMORE COUNTY 78: Allonzo Trier scored 30 points and the host Wildcats scored over 100 points for the second time in two games this young season.

(5) KENTUCKY 73, VERMONT 69: Hamido Diallo scored 16 points and the host Wildcats held off the Catamounts.

(12) MIAMI 89, NAVY 55: D.J. Vasiljevic scored 16 points to lead the Hurricanes at home.

(16) LOUISVILLE 72, GEORGE MASON 61: Deng Adel had 20 points and the visiting Cardinals won David Padgett’s debut as interim coach.

(20) PURDUE 111, CHICAGO STATE 42: Carsen Edwards scored 25 points and the host Boilermakers cruised.


(1) UCONN 78, (10) STANFORD 53: Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points to help the Huskies win big in Columbus, Ohio.

(2) TEXAS 95, STETSON 59: Lashann Higgs scored 18 points and Texas won at home.

(3) BAYLOR 100, COPPIN STATE 54: Kalani Brown had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help Baylor win big in Waco, Texas.

(9) LOUISVILLE 95, (5) OHIO ST. 90: Asia Durr scored a career-high 47 points, including 13 of her team’s 15 in overtime, to lead Louisville in Columbus.

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College football notebook: Miami jumps to No. 2 in AP poll Mon, 13 Nov 2017 02:52:02 +0000 Miami is up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Hurricanes’ best ranking since 2003.

The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has been since the preseason, getting 57 first-place votes following its last-minute win against Mississippi State. Miami received the other four first-place votes.

Oklahoma moved up to two spots to No. 3, jumping Clemson, which remained No. 4. Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 5.

Three matchups of top-10 teams on Saturday produced lopsided victories for the home teams, including Miami over Notre Dame. The Irish dropped six spots to No. 9.

Auburn moved up to No. 6 after beating Georgia, which fell from second to seventh. TCU dropped out of the top 10 after losing at Oklahoma.

Alabama notched its 101st appearance at No. 1 in the AP poll, matching Oklahoma for second most behind Ohio State’s 105. The Crimson Tide should take over sole possession of second place next week after its plays Mercer and could match the Buckeyes if it runs the table as No. 1 this season.

Ohio State moved up three spots to No. 8 after its emphatic victory over Michigan State.

TENNESSEE: Butch Jones was fired as coach with two games left in a regular season in which the Volunteers started ranked in the Top 25 but are now 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference.

Athletic director John Currie said defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Jones’ firing comes one day after Tennessee (4-6) fell 50-17 at Missouri for its fifth loss in its last six games.

Jones went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in the SEC over five seasons. He led the Volunteers to bowl victories each of the last three years before the program took a giant step backward this fall.

Jones was making $4.1 million annually and has a contract that runs through Feb. 28, 2021. According to the letter of dismissal Currie sent Sunday, the school owes Jones a buyout of more than $8.3 million. Currie said the buyout for the entire staff is in the “$13 million range,” though that figure could be mitigated depending on when and where Jones and his assistants are able to find work.

HUSSON: The Eagles (9-1) will play at Springfield (10-0) in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on Saturday.

Husson earned an automatic berth in the 32-team field by winning the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title for the second year in a row. The Braves are averaging more than 41 points per game and take a seven-game winning streak into the playoffs, while Springfield is averaging more than 45 points per game.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine extends unbeaten streak in women’s hockey Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:00:27 +0000 ORONO — Michelle Weis scored 35 seconds into overtime to give Maine a 4-3 win over Connecticut in a Hockey East game Sunday at Alfond Arena.

Tereza Vanisova’s goal 5:20 into the third period put Maine (8-5-1, 3-2-1 Hockey East) up 3-2, but UConn (4-4-3, 0-3-2) tied it on a power-play goal by Natalie Snodgrass with 8:29 remaining.

Catherine Tufts and Vendula Pribylova also scored and Carly Jackson made 22 saves for Maine, which has a four-game unbeaten streak.


SOUTHERN MAINE CC 69, ST. CLAIR COUNTY CC 61: Emily Emerson scored 26 points to lead SMCC (3-2) over the Skippers (0-2) in South Portland.

Abigail Ramirez contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and three assists.


ST. CLAIR COUNTY CC 68, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 62: The Skippers (1-1) finished with a 22-9 run to defeat the Seawolves (5-1) in South Portland.

Ryan Cloutier led SMCC with 16 points. Willie Brown scored 13 points, and Dylan Silvestri added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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St. Joseph’s falls in NCAA men’s soccer tournament Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:36:57 +0000 MEDFORD, Mass. — For the second year in a row, the St. Joseph’s College men’s soccer team was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament Sunday, but not before the Monks pushed defending national champion Tufts to the limit.

After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer – no surprise for a St. Joseph’s team that allowed only one goal all season – the Monks lost 4-2 in penalty kicks to third-ranked Tufts.

“My guys are warriors,” Monks Coach Adrian Dubois said. “They’re disciplined. They never quit. They’re resilient.

“Only one team has been able to score on us. The defending national champions couldn’t even score on us.”

Arguably a major reason why the game went to penalty kicks was the play of Monks keeper Blake Mullen, who made 11 saves – most of which were testers.

In the first half alone, Mullen made three difficult saves. In the second half, Gavin Tasker of Tufts took a shot from inside the box, but Mullen leaped and punched the ball away.

“We know he’s a really good goalie and can make saves,” Monks midfielder Rory Twomey said. “When he gets the opportunity to make a save, it lifts us as a team. That makes us go harder.

“He’s one of the best goalies in the country. We know he’s going to make saves, so we just have to keep doing our thing, defending and attacking. We know he has our back.”

Zach Lane and Connor Coleman scored in the first two rounds of the shootout for Tufts (16-1-2), before Noah Robinson of St. Joseph’s beat Tufts keeper Conner Mieth.

Travis van Brewer gave Tufts a 3-1 lead, but Mitchell Cyr countered in the fourth round. Dexter Eichhorst notched the clincher in the fifth round.

The Monks (19-1-1) had trouble generating offense, which was reflected in the final stats, as the Jumbos compiled a 24-4 advantage in shots.

“We knew it was going to be hard to get opportunities,” midfielder Jojo Strobino said. “But we stuck to our game plan. We knew what we had to do and took our chances when we got them.”

St. Joseph’s had a superb chance early in the first overtime when Mieth leaped high and punched a shot by Quinn Hewitt over the crossbar.

Meanwhile, Mullen and the Monks’ defense held firm at the other end.

“We were tough,” Dubois said. “We were a fortress. The other team could not break us down.”

The Monks were playing their second game in 24 hours, following a 2-1 victory Saturday over Mitchell College, whereas Tufts drew a first-round bye.

“We were away from home and played a full 90-minute game yesterday,” Dubois said. “We were fatigued. Our guys were tested to the max and they withheld. Going forward, I hope people start taking us seriously.

“We are a strong program with top players and we can contend in New England.”

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College football roundup: Auburn routs No. 2 Georgia Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:21:58 +0000 AUBURN, Ala. — Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham, and No. 10 Auburn smothered No. 2 Georgia’s running game in a 40-17 victory Saturday.

The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) remained in contention for the Western Division title and the College Football Playoff by snapping a three-year losing streak to one of their top rivals. Georgia (9-1, 6-1) came in with the top spot in the playoff rankings and could get a rematch in the SEC championship game if Auburn beats No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.

The first go around wasn’t pretty for Georgia. Auburn held Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and the SEC’s top ground game to 46 yards – 233 below their season average.

Stidham threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all of 30-plus yards.

(1) ALABAMA 31, (18) MISSISSIPPI STATE 24: Jalen Hurts threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds remaining to give the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) a win over the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) in Starkville, Mississippi.

(4) CLEMSON 31, FLORIDA STATE 14: Travis Etienne rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers (9-1, 7-1) won the ACC Atlantic Division with a victory over the Seminoles (3-6, 3-5) in Clemson, South Carolina.

Florida State nearly overcame a 17-0 deficit, closing to within 17-14 on Jacques Patrick’s 9-yard run and a 60-yard TD catch by tight end Ryan Izzo.

The Seminoles then recovered a fumble in Clemson territory with less than seven minutes remaining, but safety Van Smith intercepted James Blackman’s pass over the middle on the next play, setting up a scoring drive than ended with a 1-yard run by Etienne.

Clemson will face Miami in the ACC title game on Dec. 2.

(6) WISCONSIN 38, IOWA 14: Receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice, and the Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) relied on stifling defense to overcome four turnovers against the visiting Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4) and clinch a trip to the conference title game as West champions.

(11) OHIO STATE 48, (13) MICHIGAN STATE 3: J.T. Barrett threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and Mike Weber rushed for 162 yards and pair of scores as the Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) routed the Spartans (7-3, 5-2) in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes scored on five of their first six possessions and led 35-3 at the half as they claimed sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East with two games remaining.

(12) OKLAHOMA STATE 49, (24) IOWA STATE 42: Mason Rudolph threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns – including two in the final 5:55 – and the Cowboys (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) rallied to beat the Cyclones (6-4, 4-3) in Ames, Iowa.

(14) CENTRAL FLORIDA 49, UCONN 24: Otis Anderson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards and the Knights (9-0, 6-0 AAC) pulled away from the Huskies (3-7, 2-5) in Orlando, Florida.

(15) USC 38, COLORADO 24: Sam Darnold tossed two TD passes and ran for another score, Ajene Harris intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown, and the Trojans (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) beat the Buffaloes (5-6, 2-6) in Boulder, Colorado, to wrap up the Pac-12 South title.

Darnold threw for 329 yards, and the Trojans blocked two field goals as they improved to 12-0 against the Buffaloes.

(16) PENN STATE 35, RUTGERS 6: Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated the Scarlet Knights (4-6, 3-4) in State College, Pennsylvania.

GEORGIA TECH 28, (17) VIRGINIA TECH 22: TaQuon Marshall got two long touchdown passes out of his only completions, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6 minutes remaining, and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve an upset win for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3 ACC) over the Hokies (7-3, 3-3) in Atlanta.

(19) WASHINGTON STATE 33, UTAH 25: Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cougars (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12) moved a step closer to the Pac-12 North title by defeating the Utes (5-5, 2-5) in Salt Lake City.

(21) MICHIGAN 35, MARYLAND 10: Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and the Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) beat the Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) in College Park, Maryland.

(23) WEST VIRGINIA 28, KANSAS STATE 23: Will Grier threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, Justin Crawford added 113 yards rushing and the Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) overcame early mistakes to hold off the Wildcats (5-5, 3-4) in Manhattan, Kansas.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17, BOSTON COLLEGE 14: Nyheim Hines scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 50-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Wolfpack (7-3, 5-1 ACC) rebounded from two tough losses against high-ranked teams, beating the Eagles (5-5, 3-4) in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 16, ELON 6: Justin Malone-Woods’ first career touchdown reception started the Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 CAA) on their way to a win over the Phoenix (8-2, 6-1) in Durham, New Hampshire.

Trevor Knight’s 11-yard toss to Malone-Woods gave the Wildcats a 7-0 halftime lead that they extended to 16-0 in the third quarter.

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College football: UMass pulls away to beat Maine at Fenway Park Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:50:35 +0000 BOSTON — The setting of Fenway Park was surreal. The atmosphere, from the time the University of Maine players stepped onto the field for warm-ups, was electric.

But the result was all too familiar for the Black Bears. Too many penalties, too many breakdowns and another loss.

Junior quarterback Andrew Ford threw four touchdown passes, three to Andy Isabella, to lead the University of Massachusetts to a 44-31 victory over the Black Bears Saturday night at Fenway Park. Ford threw three of his touchdown passes in the first quarter, to help the Minutemen to a 21-7 lead, and then gave UMass the lead for good with his final touchdown pass to Isabella late in the third quarter.

“At the end of the day, it was too much to overcome and we made too many mistakes,” said Joe Harasymiak, Maine’s head coach. “And we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

It was Maine’s second loss in a row, dropping the Black Bears to 4-5 overall. Massachusetts, a Football Bowl Subdivision team with more scholarships, more financial support and a deeper, more talented, roster, improved to 3-7 with its third win in four games.

“It was a good win for us, no question,” said Mark Whipple, Massachusetts head coach. “Give credit to Maine. They played hard and were more physical than us up front, especially on offense.”

But Maine couldn’t overcome its 12 penalties for 124 yards and going 1-for-14 on third down. “We were probably third-and-long a bunch,” said Harasymiak.

Its biggest penalty came late in the fourth quarter with the Black Bears trailing 37-31. Facing a third-and-29 from its 12, Chris Ferguson hit Jaquan Blair for 23 yards, setting up a fourth-and-6. But the Black Bears were called for an illegal shift on the fourth-down play – another pass to Blair which would have resulted in a first down. UMass was also called for a penalty on the play – a targeting penalty resulting in the disqualification of linebacker Jarell Addo – but the penalty on Maine resulted in off-setting penalties and replaying fourth down.

This time, Ferguson’s pass was knocked down by linebacker Colbert Calhoun, giving the ball back to the Minutemen on Maine’s 35. Two plays later, Marquis Young (123 rushing yards) ran for a 33-yard touchdown to clinch the win.

Harasymiak said the trip to Fenway was memorable for the Black Bears, but the result wasn’t.

“It was a great day for the university and our program, being on a stage like this,” he said. “And that’s why these kids came to Maine, to have this opportunity … But we’re here to win. That’s my job. That’s what these kids have got to understand.”

Maine’s pass defense, which had played so well in the last three games, couldn’t keep up with the Minutemen’s speedy receivers. Ford was 21-for-39 for 355 yards and the four touchdowns of 33, 69, 12 and 14 yards. Isabella caught eight passes for 152 yards and the three scores. “We had some match-ups we thought could take advantage of,” said Ford. “And we came out with a fast tempo that put them on their heels.”

Maine clawed back behind a defense that sacked Ford five times, including a safety by Connor Walsh late in the second quarter that made it 24-16. Then the Black Bears tied it on a 1-yard plunge by Josh Mack (110 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and the PAT kick by Brandon Briggs on the first drive of the third quarter.

But Ford responded with his 14-yard touchdown pass to Isabella, a nice fade into the left corner where Isabella made a leaping catch in the corner despite good coverage, with 2:42 left in the third to make it 31-24. Just 96 seconds later, it was 37-24 after Lee Moses returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown.

Mack would get Mack back in it with a 37-yard run – set up by a 48-yard completion from Chris Ferguson to Drew Belcher – and it was 37-31 with 6:46 remaining. But Maine couldn’t make the next play when needed.

“It’s the same story,” said Belcher. “We’ve been in position to win games but we’re not making plays. We’ve just got to get over that hump.”

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UMaine football notebook: Wright gets advice from ex-NFL star Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:32:14 +0000 BOSTON — Micah Wright had a visitor Saturday afternoon before the University of Maine played Massachusetts at Fenway Park – Victor Cruz.

Cruz, the former Bridgton Academy, UMass and New York Giants wide receiver, was invited to the game by his former college teammate and roommate, Maine’s offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

Cruz took some time to speak to Wright, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week’s 31-17 loss to Delaware. Wright said he will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL and “other things.”

“It’s tough,” said Wright, a junior wide receiver and punt returner. “But it happens.”

Coen asked Cruz to speak to Wright because Cruz twice had to come back from season-ending injuries in his NFL career.

“I wanted (Cruz) to motivate Micah and to talk about moving forward,” said Coen, who considers Cruz one of his best friends. “I wanted him to talk about what Micah was going to have to do.”

Cruz, who was celebrating his 31st birthday, told Wright to take the rehab time to learn about himself and his body.

“He’s going to spend a lot of time alone,” said Cruz. “I told him to read books, learn things. Patience is what he’s going to need more than anything else.

“Embrace your rehab, learn about your body, things that you normally wouldn’t even think about.”

Wright, one of Maine’s most dynamic offensive players, certainly appreciated the advice. “I got some wise words from someone who’s been down my path,” he said.

It was a bittersweet day for Wright, who was making his first visit to Fenway Park but was unable to play. He said he watched many games at the iconic ballpark on television over the years. “Pedro, Ortiz, I dreamed about coming to see them play,” he said. “Still, this is an incredible atmosphere.”

Wright missed the first two games of the season while on suspension from the university. He was one of three players suspended on Aug. 2 while being investigated by the student conduct office for a student complaint. He was cleared to return before the Sept. 23 game at James Madison but did not make that trip.

In five games, he had 13 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned nine punts for 122 yards and a touchdown.

BOTH TEAMS shared the same sideline, with their backs to the Green Monster. Maine was at the west end, closest to the left-field grandstand, where Maine’s fans were seated.

Mark Lev, managing director of Fenway Sports Management, said Fenway Park’s quirky design necessitated that decision. Otherwise, if a team was on the other sideline, “fans in seats low on the first-base side would be obstructed by the players. Obviously, this is something the teams aren’t familiar with and the referees make special considerations when a team has a longer run to get in a substitute. We’ve had no problems in other games.”

THIS WAS the second of three college football games at Fenway this year. Dartmouth defeated Brown 33-10 on Friday night, and Connecticut will play Boston College on Nov. 18.

MAINE TACKLE Cody Levy, who has been out because of a back injury, dressed but did not play. Isaiah Brooks again moved from right guard to right tackle, and Dan Burrows started at right guard.


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Three UCLA players remain in China Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:21:01 +0000 SHANGHAI — The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, according to a report.

Citing sources, ESPN says freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China. UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday.

The trio was questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou last week, where the 21st-ranked Bruins visited before leaving for Shanghai.

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reports the players could be in Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. The source told ESPN that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.

Bruins Coach Steve Alford declined to discuss the matter after the team’s victory. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and athletic director Dan Guerrero, along with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, have been traveling with the team, but only Scott has issued any statements.

“It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students,” Scott said before the game. “We’ve had a chance to apologize for the unwelcome attention it has brought. There’s nothing new. We’re monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon.”

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Shutout streak ends, but St. Joe’s advances in NCAA men’s soccer tourney Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:07:40 +0000 MEDFORD, Mass. — The St. Joseph’s men’s soccer team allowed a goal for the first time this season but pulled out a 2-1 victory over Mitchell College in a first-round NCAA Division III tournament game Saturday at Tufts University.

A goal by Mitchell’s Quinn Outerbridge with just under 18 minutes left ended the Monks’ NCAA-record streak of 19 consecutive shutouts.

Brett Mattos scored at 24:44 of the first half, assisted by Cody Elliott. The Monks increased their lead to 2-0 midway through the second half on a goal by Quinn Hewitt, assisted by Jesse Ramirez.

The Monks (19-0-1) advance to a second-round game at 1 p.m. Sunday against Tufts (15-1-2), the defending national champions. The Jumbos had a first-round bye.

St. Joseph’s goalkeeper Blake Mullen made one save. Seth Strader had 10 saves for Mitchell (9-9-1).

RUTGERS-NEWARK 0, BOWDOIN 0 (RUTGERS WINS 3-2 ON PKs): Fabio De Sousa, Carlos Castro and Hubert Dul converted penalty kicks as the Scarlet Raiders (20-2-1) topped the Polar Bears (10-4-4) in an NCAA Division III first-round match in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Bowdoin made only two of its five attempts, getting conversions from Matty McColl and Moctar Niang.


MIDDLEBURY 5, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Grace Jennings scored 8:55 into the game, and the Panthers (17-2) got five first-half goals to beat the Nor’easters (18-5) in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Middlebury, Vermont.

Julia Richards, Erin Nicholas, Annie Leonard and Lauren Schweppe also scored.

Liz Sargent had five saves for the Nor’easters.

ROCHESTER 2, HUSSON 1: Jennifer Lee scored twice, including the winning goal in the 40th minute, to lead the Yellowjackets (18-3) past the Eagles (13-6) in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Middlebury, Vermont.


MAINE 76, HARVARD 51: Blanca Millan scored 28 points and Tanesha Sutton had eight assists and three steals as the Black Bears (1-1) defeated the Crimson (0-2) in the consolation game of the Maine Women’s Tip-Off Basketball Tournament in Orono.

Julie Brosseau scored 13 points for UMaine, which made 13 of 30 3-point attempts.

Madeline Raster led Harvard with 10 points.


COLBY 31, BOWDOIN 20: Jake Schwern rushed for a school-record 257 yards and four touchdowns, and the Mules (1-8) rallied from a 20-10 deficit to beat the Polar Bears (0-9) in Brunswick.

Nick Vailas had 14 catches and set the single-game receiving record for Bowdoin with 230 yards.

HAMILTON 35, BATES 14: Marcus Gutierrez rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and the Continentals (3-6) beat the Bobcats (2-7) in Clinton, New York.

Kyle Flaherty scored on a 1-yard run to give Bates a 7-0 lead. But Hamilton scored 21 points in the third quarter to take control.

CATHOLIC 31, MAINE MARITIME 14: Brady Berger threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals (5-5) downed the Mariners (1-8) in Castine.

HUSSON 42, MOUNT IDA 14: John Smith rushed for 287 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles (9-1) cruised past the Mustangs (4-6) in Bangor.


UMASS-BOSTON 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2: Rachel Peacock scored the tying goal with less than a minute left in the second period as UMass-Boston (2-2-1, 2-1-1 NEHC) battled to a draw against the Nor’easters (1-1-2, 1-1-2) at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.

Jessica Tolzman and Meagan Accardi scored for UNE. Caty Flagg made 46 saves.

SOUTHERN MAINE 1, SALVE REGINA 0: Riley Kirk scored on a power play with an assist from Katie Nolan 8:14 into the third period as the Huskies (2-3, 2-2 NEHC) beat the Seahawks (1-5, 1-3) in Gorham.

Whitney Padgett made 30 saves for the Huskies.


BABSON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Cooper Norton scored three times as the Beavers (3-2, 3-1 NEHC) downed the Huskies (0-3-1, 0-3-1) in Gorham.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 7, NICHOLS 5: Ryan Bloom had three goals and two assists, and Brady Fleurent added two goals and two assists as the Nor’easters (2-1-1, 2-1-1 Commonwealth Coast) defeated the Bison (3-2-1, 2-1-1) in Biddeford.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: Boston College stops UMaine in men’s basketball Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:36:50 +0000 BOSTON — Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman each scored 18 points Friday night to lead Boston College to an 85-65 victory against the University of Maine in a men’s basketball opener at Conte Forum.

Deontae Hawkins, a graduate transfer from Illinois State, had 15 rebounds with 13 points, Johncarlos Reyes scored 12, and Robinson added four assists and four rebounds for the Eagles.

Ilija Stojiljkovic led Maine with 14 points. The Black Bears shot 35.6 percent.

Maine committed just 11 turnovers but couldn’t overcome its poor shooting.

“That was a point of emphasis this whole week, taking care of the ball,” Black Bears guard Aaron Calixte said. “In the two exhibition games we kind of turned the ball over a lot.”

Bowman and Robinson, respected as a strong backcourt in the Atlantic Coast Conference, started driving to the basket a lot easier in the second half. They also made a few more shots after going a combined 5 of 14 in the opening half.

Robinson, who went 3 of 9 from the floor in the first half, hit all three of his shots in the second. Bowman nailed 4 of 8 in the second half.

The Eagles led by seven at the half and opened a 42-30 lead on Bowman’s 3 from the right wing 1:50 into the second half.

Boston College maintained a comfortable lead over the next three minutes before taking complete control with a 9-0 run that pushed its advantage to 55-39 on Steffon Mitchell’s free throw with 13 minutes to play.

Robinson had a three-point play after he was fouled on a drive and made a slashing drive with a finger-roll for a basket during the spree.

The Eagles then scored eight of the next 10 points.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, NICHOLS 2: Scott Cuthrell scored the tying goal 7:10 into the second period as the Bison (3-1-1, 2-0-1 Commonwealth Coast) ralled to tie the Nor’easters (1-1-1, 1-1-1) at Harrisville, Rhode Island.

Filip Virgili scored late in the first period to give Nichols a 1-0 lead, but Ryan Bloom scored with 36 seconds left in the period to tie it.

Jeff Eppright put UNE ahead from Andrew Slotnick 5:30 into the second, but Cuthrell tied the game less than two minutes later.

Ben Churchfield had 22 saves for UNE.

UMASS-BOSTON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Nolan Redler scored 4:31 into the game and the Beacons (4-1, 2-1 New England Hockey) cruised past the Huskies (0-2-1, 0-2-1) at Gorham.

Garrison Sanipass made it 2-0 just over seven minutes later.

After Bailey MacBurnie made it 3-0 late in the third, Patrick Magliano scored for the Huskies from Parker Sanderson and Brock Padgham to make it 3-1 with less than two minutes left.

Zack Bross scored 15 seconds later for the Beacons.

Anthony D’Aloisio finished with 31 saves for the Huskies.


UMASS-BOSTON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Rachel Peacock scored the go-ahead goal 5:58 into the second period as the Beacons (2-2, 2-1 New England Hockey) beat the Huskies (1-3, 1-2) at Gorham.

USM took a 2-0 lead after 2:42 on goals by Jensen Hamblett and Julia Ormsby, but Alli Bianchini and Emily Harris scored in the final four minutes of the first period period to tie it.

After Peacock put in her go-ahead goal, Sarah King made it 4-2 late in the game.

Whitney Padgett had 37 saves for Southern Maine, which was outshot, 41-14.

SALVE REGINA 3, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2: Alexandra Anderson scored the winning goal at 8:30 of the third period from Carley Bauckham as the Seahawks (1-4, 1-2 New England Hockey) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Nor’easters (1-1-1, 1-1-1) at Biddeford.

UNE took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Tatum Gietl and Jessica Tolzman, but Madison McCann scored 4:24 into the second and Taylor Chisholm then scored with less than a minute remaining in the period to tie it.

MAINE 2, PROVIDENCE 2: Michelle Weis scored her second power-play goal of the game with 8:46 to play in regulation as the Black Bears (7-5-1, 2-2-1 Hockey East) came back to tie the Friars (6-3-3, 3-1-1) at Orono.

Weis opened the scoring at 14:09 of the first but Maureen Murphy answered with 52 seconds to play in the period.

After a scoreless second, Murphy gave Providence its only lead with her second goal of the game while on a power play at 7:42.

Carly Jackson stopped 36 shots for the Black Bears. Madison Myers had 19 saves for the Friars.

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Women’s basketball: UMaine drops season opener to Tulane, 42-34 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:51:19 +0000 ORONO — University of Maine women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon couched her words Friday night.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game you’ll ever see,” she said.

Tulane Coach Lisa Stockton took the direct approach.

“Ugly game,” Stockton said after her Green Wave beat the Black Bears 42-34 in the Maine Women’s Tip-Off Basketball Tournament before an estimated crowd of 600 at Memorial Gymnasium.

Tulane will play the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday against Dayton, which beat Harvard, 72-66. Maine will play Harvard at 4.

Tanesha Sutton led Maine with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Kolby Morgan scored 18 for Tulane, which shot 28.6 percent.

“Defensively I’m really happy with our kids,” said Vachon, whose team switched back and forth from zone to man-to-man, frustrating the Green Wave.

“Unfortunately for us,” Vachon added, “offense was hard to come by.”

The Black Bears couldn’t score much inside and often missed outside, shooting 26.4 percent. Blanca Millan was Maine’s next-highest scorer with five points.

The Black Bears, playing in their practice gym, hit only 3-of-23 3-pointers.

“We knew what (Tulane’s defense) was doing but we couldn’t make shots,” Millan said.

Still, Maine led 30-28 after the third quarter but managed two baskets in the fourth.

“We were executing our plays,” Sutton said, “but (the shots) weren’t falling.”

The lead changed three times early in the fourth quarter. Fanny Wadling (four points/six rebounds) of Maine made it 34-34 with a layup with 4:52 remaining.

From there Maine missed its last seven shots and turned it over once.

“The end of the game is on me,” Vachon said. “I have to put our kids in better positions to make shots.”

Harlyn Wyatt’s layup put Tulane ahead 36-34 with 2:53 left. After a Maine miss, Morgan, a 5-foot-8 guard who had been guarded heavily, got open for a 3-pointer.

“The defense overhelped on the other side. My teammates saw me and I got the perfect pass,” Morgan said.

The 3-pointer put Tulane ahead 39-34. Soon the Black Bears began fouling and the Green Wave clinched it.

“Give Maine a lot of credit. They took some things away from us,” Stockton said. “But we (also) had some open shots we normally make … I’m glad we could finish it that last five minutes.”

Sutton, an undersized forward at 5-11, was the force, playing the whole game, grabbing key rebounds and making steals, while shooting 5 of 8 from the field.

“Tanesha’s a rock,” Vachon said. “She does a lot for us. She definitely is our hardest worker out there. I’m constantly telling her to shoot more.”

The Black Bears will keep shooting. Vachon expects improvement.

“This team is a young team,” Vachon said. (Sutton is the oldest regular as a junior). “They are still trying to figure out their roles and embrace them. I have no doubt they will.

“As coaches and as fans, we want them to do it faster. … They’ll figure it out and when they do, it will be fun to watch.”

Next week the Black Bears will move to their regular home court at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, for games Tuesday (Bryant) and Thursday (UMaine-Fort Kent).

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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College football preview: Maine vs. UMass at Fenway Park Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:46:37 +0000 WHERE: Fenway Park, Boston

KICKOFF: 4 p.m. Saturday

ALL-TIME SERIES: Massachusetts leads, 41-15-1

LAST MEETING: Sept. 7, 2013, won by Maine, 24-14, at Gillette Stadium


WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: The Black Bears (4-4) have found an effective formula that calls for sophomore RB Josh Mack to pound away at opposing defenses and open up the play-action passing game for QB Chris Ferguson. Mack leads the FCS with 144 rushing yards and 166.5 all-purpose yards per game. Massachusetts (2-7) allows an average of 200.7 rushing yards per game, so look for the Black Bears to use their veteran offensive line and try to control the clock and tempo with the ground game. The Minutemen also favor man-to-man coverage in the secondary, so don’t be surprised to see Ferguson take some deep shots to Jaleel Reed, Earnest Edwards or Jared Osumah.

WHEN MASSACHUSETTS HAS THE BALL: The Minutemen have an explosive passing game, which averages 288.1 yards (23rd in FBS). QB Andrew Ford has thrown for more than 300 yards three times this year but missed last week’s game because of an injury. In his absence, Ross Comis threw for 223 yards and a touchdown against Mississippi State. UMass will look to put a lot of pressure on Maine’s secondary, with receivers such as Andy Isabella, who has five touchdown receptions. But if Maine drops back into coverage, TB Marquis Young is dangerous. In his last three games, he has gained 324 yards with three touchdowns.

KEY STAT: 6, the number of 100-yard rushing games Josh Mack has this year.

OUTLOOK: This is an interesting matchup for the Black Bears. UMass has a strong passing game, but Maine’s pass defense (ranked second in the CAA with 180.8 yards per game) has been at its best lately, holding opponents under 130 yards in each of its last three games. On offense, Maine’s strength is its running game, which matches up well with the Minutemen’s shaky run defense. But in any game between an FCS team (Maine) and an FBS team (Massachusetts), depth often comes into play – especially late in the game. If Maine is going to win, it needs to jump out to an early lead and then unleash its pass rush.

OF NOTE: Maine will be without junior WR Micah Wright, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Delaware. RT Cody Levy, who suffered a back injury three weeks ago, could be a game-time decision. … UMass senior FB Andrew Libby is from Saco and played at Thornton Academy. He’s the Minutemen’s primary holder on kicks and is a special-teams standout on kickoff and punt coverage and returns. … Massachusetts lost its first six games by an average of 6.3 points. After winning two in a row, the Minutemen lost 34-23 to No. 21 Mississippi State last week.

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Football at Fenway will be ‘kind of surreal’ for UMaine players, coaches Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:17:14 +0000 Jason Matovu grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 20 minutes from Fenway Park. Drew Belcher grew up in Reading, about 35 minutes away.

They’ve both been to Fenway Park many times as fans but never dreamed as kids of playing for the Boston Red Sox. Football was their sport.

But on Saturday, they’ll get to play at Fenway as members of the University of Maine football team (4-4), which faces Massachusetts (2-7) at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be a fun experience,” said Belcher, a junior tight end for the Black Bears. “To be on that field … it’s going to be really cool. It’s something that’s kind of surreal.”

The game is part of the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series, a slate of three college games that also features Brown playing Dartmouth (on Friday night) and Connecticut playing Boston College on Nov. 18. In addition, three Thanksgiving Day high school rivalry games will be held at Fenway.

“There’s a rich history of football at Fenway Park, back to the days when the ballpark first opened and they held high school games here,” said Mark Lev, the managing director of Fenway Sports Management, a sister company of the Red Sox that brings non-baseball events to the ballpark. “We’d like to resurrect the great football legacy at Fenway Park. We’re hoping this becomes a regular occurrence, whether that’s every year or every other year.”

Fenway Park was the home of the Boston Patriots from 1963-68. But after the Patriots left, football didn’t return to Fenway until 2015, when Boston College played Notre Dame and several Thanksgiving Day high school games were played. Fenway Park has also hosted ice hockey games (the Black Bears have played there three times, winning each game), soccer, skiing and hurling.

While the games bring added revenue to Fenway, they bring prestige to the teams playing there as well.

“There is certainly a mutual benefit,” said Lev. “Part of the value for us is showcasing Fenway and bringing new fans into the ballpark. When you bring in new football fans, or in the case of Irish hurling where I’d venture to say a majority of the people in the ballpark have never been there before, hopefully there’s some residual value.

“We’re always looking to open the doors at Fenway Park to as many people as possible,” he continued. “These events open it to people who do not come here on a regular basis.”

The game comes at a good time for Maine, which had its playoff hopes dashed with last week’s 31-17 loss to Delaware. Playing at one of America’s most iconic ballparks has added a level of excitement to the game that otherwise might not be there.

“This is really a dream come true,” said Matovu, a senior safety who is expecting a big family contigent at the game. “It really is amazing. It’s a great way to go out my senior year, to have a chance to play at Fenway Park.”

Maine’s bench will be directly in front of the Green Monster. “I’m looking forward to seeing it up close and personal,” Matovu said.

“Hopefully I’m going to be able to get a couple of pictures,” said Belcher.

And it’s not just the players who are excited. Head coach Joe Harasymiak, who grew up in New Jersey, said he’s sure to be a little awestruck, too.

“When we were playing home run derby in the backyard with our friends, it was always the Green Monster. It’ll be cool to stand there on the field and look up at it.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a minute when I’m on the field and I have to remind myself, ‘OK, time to get back to coaching.'”

That the Black Bears are playing Massachusetts, a Football Bowl Subdivision team with more scholarships and a larger roster, adds another level of interest. The former Yankee Conference rivals are meeting for the 58th time, first since the Black Bears defeated the Minutemen, 24-14, at Gillette Stadium in 2013.

“They recruited me a little bit, not a ton,” Belcher said of UMass. “And I think that’s the case for a lot of kids on our team. UMass recruits a lot of the kids from the same area as (Maine). So there’s a little chip on your shoulder. Anytime you play an FBS team, you have something to prove. And this will be a good game for us to gauge where we are as a team.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Women’s basketball preview: South Carolina, UConn among favorites again Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:35:34 +0000 NEW YORK — It’s been five years since a team other than UConn started the season as defending champions. Coach Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks have that honor this year.

After a thrilling Final Four that ended with the Gamecocks winning their first national championship, women’s college basketball is ready to get started Friday.

South Carolina is among the teams looking to travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the Final Four in April. UConn, Stanford, Ohio State and Louisville will make the trip there this weekend to play a tipoff tournament at the site of the upcoming NCAA championships.

South Carolina returns only two starters, although one is star A’ja Wilson.

“I think when we first started practice, we had a certain level of confidence and swagger,” Staley said. “But that team that won last year and the team that we have this year are very different. I made sure they were aware of that very quickly.”

Mississippi State ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak on a last-second shot in overtime of the NCAA semifinals. With the longest winning streak in NCAA history behind them, the Huskies will aim for a fifth national championship in the last six seasons.

“I think what happened last season is exactly what needed to happen,” UConn Coach Geno Auriemma said. “Not because we need any extra motivation to win. I just think we need it to lift all the stuff we’ve been carrying around with us the last couple of years and just play free and clear and be like everybody else, and understand that losing is not the end of the world.”

The top-ranked Huskies return a talented group led by three preseason AP All-Americans. Auriemma has another group of talented newcomers as well.

Some things to watch this season:


Three coaches have a shot at joining the 1,000-win club: Auriemma (991), North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (990) and Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (977). Only Pat Summitt and Tara VanDerveer have reached that mark in women’s basketball.

“I honestly had no idea I was that close, but that is incredible company to be a part of,” Auriemma said this summer. “The fact that there are three of us within reach of that mark just goes to show we’ve all been in the game for a while.”


Once again, a plethora of players switched schools, including stellar freshman Destiny Slocumb, who left Maryland to head to Oregon State. Notre Dame added Jessica Shephard from Nebraska, who was surprisingly granted immediate eligibility last week.

South Carolina will try to get Te’a Cooper eligible at semester break. She sat out last season at Tennessee because of a knee injury, then switched to the Gamecocks this summer.


There are a bunch of talented newcomers, starting with Tennessee’s highly regarded freshmen group. The Lady Vols are led by Rennia Davis and Evina Westbrook.

“They are very talented young women and I think they came in here as highly touted freshmen,” Tennessee Coach Holly Warlick said. “Some think they have a lot of pressure, but they don’t see it as pressure.”

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Men’s basketball: Black Bears’ uphill climb continues Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:05:32 +0000 ORONO — Of the top seven players last year, only Andrew Fleming returns to the University of Maine men’s basketball team.

But Fleming, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Oxford Hills High, is optimistic about the team that begins its season Friday night at Boston College.

“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “We can compete.”

Joining Fleming will be a roster that includes five junior college transfers, another transfer who had to sit out last year, and regulars returning from injury.

Maine may be rebuilding again but as Coach Bob Walsh pointed out, it’s an “older” roster.

Trouble is, Walsh said the same thing last year when three junior college players came aboard with another transfer who sat out the year before, Wes Myers.

Myers led the team in scoring (16.9 points per game) but also broke a teammate’s jaw in a locker-room fight toward the end of the season. He was suspended from the team and school. Although eventually reinstated, Myers transferred to South Carolina, where he scored 11 points in 24 minutes Monday night in a loss to Virginia Tech.

Myers is one of the four players who transferred out; four others graduated. A year earlier, five transfers and two graduations depleted the roster.

“It’s certainly tougher (to build the program) if you lose personnel like we have,” Walsh said. “We need to find guys who really want to be here, who fit.”

It’s a perpetual uphill climb. Maine has had one winning season in the last 13, going 135-252 over that time.

Walsh came aboard in 2014 and was rebuilding immediately. His first team went 3-27, then 8-22 and 7-25 last year.

Now that Walsh is in the final year of a four-year contract, you could suggest that he’s coaching for his job.

“I don’t feel that way at all,” Walsh said. “I’m coaching for Aaron Calixte and for Andrew Fleming and for the other guys committed to being here … They’ve given us the approach that hopefully we can build on.”

Calixte, a 5-11 junior point guard, played five games last year, then broke his foot and missed the rest of the season.

Injuries were a problem last season. Two players (Troy Reid-Knight and Garet Beal, now graduated) were injured before the season and sat out. Then Calixte went down and finally, 6-6 guard Ilker Er (knee) was gone after 11 games.

This season, injuries already are having an impact. Vincent Eze, a 6-8 center who averaged six points and was the second-best rebounder (4.9), is out for the year after hip surgery. And junior college transfer Duncan Douglas, a 6-6 forward, is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his foot.

“We need to get him back,” Walsh said of Douglas. “He’s a key piece for us. He’s a physical kid who can guard bigger guys.”

For now the Black Bears feature few active forwards. They will rely on Fleming and 6-7 junior forward Ilija Stojiljkovic inside. Fleming averaged 10.7 points and was the top rebounder (6.5) last year. Stojiljkovic averaged 2.9 points and 3.3 boards.

The rest of Maine’s regulars are guards.

“We’re going to be undersized,” said Walsh, who will use a spread offense instead of trying to pack it inside.

Walsh started the same five players in exhibition wins over Division III Husson and St. Joseph’s. Fleming totaled 30 points and 16 rebounds.

“Andrew got a ton of great experience last year and by the end of the season, was the guy we were counting on to be our best player, as a freshman,” Walsh said. “He’s aware of our expectations (this year).”

The other starters include Calixte (16 points in the two exhibitions) and Er (19 points and 17 rebounds), along with two junior college transfers – 6-1 guard Trae Bryant (16 points) and 6-6 guard Isaiah White (19 points).

White scored 17 against Husson, hitting 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range. Although he did little against St. Joseph’s, White’s presence could take some scoring pressure off Fleming.

The top players off the bench should be Stojiljkovic, 6-5 junior guard Vernon Lowndes (a junior college All-American who averaged 19.1 points) and 6-5 guard Dusan Majstorovic, a transfer from LaSalle who sat out last year.

Maine finished tied for last in America East last year (3-13 record) and was predicted to finish last again in a preseason poll of league coaches.

Before the Black Bears reach their conference schedule, they have a boatload of difficult non-league road games, including Texas Tech, South Alabama, Georgetown, St. Joseph’s University and UMass.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Women’s basketball: UMaine opens season with plenty of questions Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:05:03 +0000 Shortly after the disappointment of losing for the second straight year in the America East women’s basketball championship game, the University of Maine received another blow.

Five of its international players, including four from a vaunted freshman class, were transferring.

“It was sad,” said guard Blanca Millan, now a sophomore, who watched two of her fellow Spaniards leave.

Millan didn’t think to transfer: “I like it here. It’s small, like where I’m from. Everyone knows each other … and (other) players are still here.”

Millan and the others will be counted on to keep the 2017-18 team a contender. The Black Bears need to not only replace those transfers but also guard Sigi Koizar, a three-time America East first-team selection who graduated.

Maine has a vacancy for a go-to player.

“I don’t know if we’ll have a go-to. One may emerge,” said interim coach Amy Vachon, still filling in for Richard Barron, who has been on medical leave since January.

Vachon’s team begins its season Friday with the two-day Maine Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Tournament. The Black Bears will play Tulane at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gymnasium.

Maine’s top two scorers are gone – Koizar (14.1 points per game) and forward Laia Sole (9.4), who transferred. The Black Bears have their next four leading scorers back – guards Millan (8.6) and Julie Brosseau (6.8), guard/forward Tanesha Sutton (7.4) and forward Fanny Wadling (5.0).

“We’re pretty well rounded,” Vachon said. “We have a lot of different kids who can score.”

But will they?

In a stunning 68-49 exhibition loss to Division II Stonehill two weeks ago, the Black Bears looked confused on offense and defense. Millan and Wadling led the team with nine points each.

“Our team was embarrassed by it, frustrated by it,” Vachon said. She added that the performance seemed to wake her players up, both in practices and in a closed-gym scrimmage at Syracuse last week.

“We’re in a much better place.”

In Maine’s favor are the returning four regulars, as well as 6-foot-2 forward Kirsten Johnson, who shined at times last year. The 6-1 Millan is a defensive whiz (1.8 steals per game) and can hit the 3. Brosseau, at 5-8, also hits from the outside (59 3-pointers). The 6-1 Wadling can be strong inside (3.7 rebounds), and the 5-10 Sutton is reliable on defense and the boards (4.8).

Another positive trend is 5-6 freshman point guard Dor Saar from Israel. Barron saw her play in an international tournament two years ago. They kept in touch and Saar opted to play in Orono.

“It’s nice to have a point guard,” said Vachon, who played the position for Maine from 1996-2000.

Working against Maine is its lack of depth and inside game. The four freshman who transferred were the 6-2 Sole (now at Duquesne), 6-3 Anita Kelava (Georgetown), 6-2 Tihana Stojsavljevic (Texas Tech) and 6-foot Naira Caceres (Butler).

They would have provided depth and height.

“We may play small,” Vachon said. “We’ll put the five on the court that gives us the best chance to win.”

Maine has four other freshmen – guards Kelly Fogarty and Maeve Carroll, and post players Kat Williams and Kira Barra; and three guards from Maine – juniors Parise Rossignol (Van Buren) and Maddy McVicar (Calais), and sophomore Sierra Tapley (Bar Harbor).

Who will be first off the bench?

“We’ll figure that out,” Vachon said.

THE SCHEDULE features one glitch as well as extremes in competition.

The glitch is playing this weekend’s tournament in a gym. The Black Bears introduced a tip-off tournament last year with hopes of making it a marquee event. But Maine didn’t secure its home court – the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor – in time for this year’s tournament. Instead the Maine Harvest Festival is at the Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Maine will play difficult games on the road, including Miami, Ohio State, Mississippi, Duke and Boston College.

Conversely, Maine will be home against Division III Maine Maritime Academy as well as UMaine-Fort Kent, which doesn’t play in the NCAA.

“It’s hard to get teams that want to come up and play us,” Vachon said. “At the end of the year we were in that bind. We found local teams that wanted to come.”

THE TIP-OFF tournament begins with Maine’s game against Tulane, which beat the Black Bears last year. The Green Wave are led by 5-8 guard Kolby Morgan.

Friday’s second game, at 8 p.m., features Harvard vs. Dayton. Maine plays at 4 p.m. Saturday against Harvard or Dayton. The other game Saturday is at 2 p.m.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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College football: Oklahoma’s Mayfield tunes out Heisman talk Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:33:59 +0000 NORMAN, Okla. — Many pundits across the nation have declared Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.

It makes sense – he passed for a school-record 598 yards and tossed five touchdown passes in last week’s 62-52 win at Oklahoma State. He already had a Heisman moment in the bank after passing for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-16 win at Ohio State in September.

Experience has helped Mayfield put such chatter in perspective. He could become the fifth player overall and the first quarterback to finish in the top four in the Heisman balloting three times after finishing fourth in 2015 and third last year. Right now, he’s focused on his team’s next marquee moment, when the fifth-ranked Sooners host No. 8 TCU Saturday night. If he does his part and the team keeps winning, he figures awards will take care of themselves.

“You’re going to have guys who have individual recognition, but right now, I’m not worried about that,” he said. “The guys around this program know I’m not going to get caught up in that and I’m worried about winning ball games. I’ve always been a team-first guy and the most important thing to me is winning. The Heisman won’t come if we don’t win Saturday.”

Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown, like Mayfield an Associated Press first-team midseason All-American, said he wants to get the Heisman for his quarterback. He said Mayfield deserves it for his production, attention to detail and work ethic.

“He may say it doesn’t mean much to him, but as an offensive lineman, it means a lot to us,” Brown said. “We want him to win the Heisman Trophy. We want him to win every award he can win. We want to send him out of this university as one of the best players of all time.”

Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley has been around his share of productive quarterbacks, from his days at Texas Tech as a player and assistant coach to his time as offensive coordinator at East Carolina. He said Mayfield is the best yet.

“He’s the best one I’ve ever coached,” Riley said. “Probably the best one I’ve been around. Just the complete package. I’ve been around other guys who maybe did a few things better here and there, but you talk about the total package of intelligence, arm talent, leadership, drive and being able to move, he’s the most complete one I’ve been around.”

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Investigation casts a pall over upcoming NCAA men’s basketball season Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:25:14 +0000 While there’s plenty to be excited about on the court, the federal corruption probe leaves a sour taste.

College basketball is better than ever on the floor. Scoring is up, star players fill every corner of the country and fan support is sky high.

Off the floor, it has an image problem.

A federal probe this summer uncovered the dark underbelly of college basketball, revealing a web of bribes and kickbacks from shoe companies funneled toward recruits. The arrests of 10 people, including assistant coaches at four prominent schools, casts a shadow over the sport heading into the 2017-18 season – and likely beyond.

“It’s a big egg on a lot of our faces,” Utah Coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “It kind of speaks for the entire entity, and we’re part of it.”

The federal investigation led to the arrests of assistant coaches from No. 3 Arizona, No. 10 Southern Cal, Oklahoma State and Auburn, along with an Adidas marketing executive. The probe has already taken down No. 16 Louisville coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, and more shoes could drop as the investigation digs deeper.

The teams already in the crosshairs – Miami is also among them – will play with uncertainty: whether their players will remain eligible, if the investigation will reach all the way to the head coach, if NCAA sanctions are on the horizon.

The other major programs, particularly those with high-end recruits, could be looking over their shoulders all season to see if they will become ensnared.

“You have to eliminate the clutter and understand the class has to be tight,” said Arizona Coach Sean Miller. “You have to talk to people, but only we know what happens on a daily basis in our program.”

On the court, Miller has the type of team that could end his Final Four-less run. The Wildcats have a core of experienced players returning from last year’s Elite Eight team – preseason All-American Allonzo Trier among them – to go with a stellar recruiting class, highlighted by athletic big man Deandre Ayton.

Of course, there are plenty of deep, talented teams capable of making a run to San Antonio.

Duke is the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season with senior Grayson Allen back and the addition of Marvin Bagley III, Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s latest one-and-done wonder.

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo always seems to get the most out of his team in March and has plenty to work with this season, playing with a stacked deck bolstered by the return of preseason All-American Miles Bridges.

No. 4 Kansas has reloaded and is gunning for a 14th Big 12 title in a row. So has No. 5 Kentucky. Coach John Calipari is never without a roster full of future NBA players.

Defending national champion North Carolina lost a lot from a year ago, but the return of point guard Joel Berry II is huge, even if he will miss the start of the season after breaking his hand punching a door.

“We’re not defending (the national championship) because it’s not the same team playing against the same teams, but we’re the only team that can go out and say we could do this a second year in a row,” Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams said.

Don’t count out the mid majors, who have been major players since Butler reached consecutive Final Fours from 2010-11.

Gonzaga reached the title game a year ago and took the Tar Heels to the wire. The Zags lost a lot from that team, but came in at No. 18 in the AP preseason poll and Coach Mark Few has another talented group.

This year it could be Wichita State. Coach Gregg Marshall, who has spurned offers from other schools to remain in Wichita, has his entire starting five back and a stronger schedule – for NCAA Tournament seeding purposes – after the Shockers’ move to the AAC.

“My job got better in terms of the profile of the league and the opportunity to get in the NCAA Tournament,” Marshall said.

And don’t forget about the freshmen. Every year seems to bring bigger, more athletic players straight out of high school, and this season is no exception.

Bagley is 6 feet, 11 inches of do everything, making a good Duke team even better. Same thing with Ayton, though at 7-1, 260 pounds. Kentucky has five high school All-Americans.

The best of the bunch could be Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. He’s 6-10, can shoot, score off the dribble, is a preseason All-American, the projected No. 1 NBA draft pick and has been compared to a young Kevin Durant.

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Three UCLA freshman basketball players remain in legal limbo in China Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:07:29 +0000 LOS ANGELES — The three UCLA basketball players questioned over shoplifting allegations in Hangzhou, China, could face a lengthy legal limbo depending on the actions of authorities handling their case, an expert in Chinese law said Wednesday.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill remained in a hotel in Hangzhou to await further developments in the legal process while their teammates traveled to Shanghai for the team’s opener Friday against Georgia Tech, according to a person close to the situation who was not authorized to publicly disclose that information.

The three won’t play against the Yellow Jackets and could miss additional games. Chinese authorities have up to 37 days before deciding whether to obtain official approval for an arrest, said Margaret K. Lewis, a Seton Hall professor of law specializing in the Chinese legal system.

Liangelo Ball

That doesn’t mean authorities would necessarily take that long in a case that reportedly involves merchandise taken from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team hotel.

“This timeline could go very quickly,” Lewis said. “We could have someone say tomorrow, ‘No, the evidence isn’t clear,’ or it could take a long time.”

Lewis said an arrest would trigger an investigation that could last up to two additional months before prosecutors decided whether to bring charges.

“If formal charges are brought against the basketball players … the conviction rate in China is over 99 percent,” Lewis said. “What’s important in this early stage is what charges are brought because once they are brought it becomes an issue of what the sentence will be, not whether they will be guilty.”

A court case likely would be heard before a three-judge panel, Lewis said. Possible punishment for a conviction would be based on multiple factors, including the value of the merchandise, the level of cooperation from the players and whether they appeared repentant.

“This is Louis Vuitton; it’s not a pack of chewing gum,” Lewis said, “so we can assume this is an object of some value. If we’re dealing with some sunglasses, it’s possible you could have some imprisonment of some sort but there’s other punishments that could be possible including probation. It doesn’t have to be prison; there’s no requirement of that.”

LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, reportedly canceled a planned meeting with the media over legal concerns regarding LiAngelo.

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UNE defeats St. Joe’s on late goal in NCAA field hockey playoff Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:39:49 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Down a goal, less than 15 minutes remaining? No problem.

At least not for the University of New England field hockey team. Late-game comebacks have become a thing for the Nor’easters lately and the trend continued Wednesday night in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

UNE scored twice in the final 15 minutes to defeat St. Joseph’s 2-1, the winning goal scored by Brooke Lemerise with 1:35 left.

The Nor’easters controlled territorially and statistically but needed to dig deep again to advance.

“For the last couple of games we’ve been coming from behind so we know what it’s like,” said midfielder Olivia Madore. “Even when we get scored on first we don’t put our heads down and we light the fire. You’ve got to just come out harder.”

The Nor’easters (18-4), ranked 19th in the nation, will be at second-ranked Middlebury in the second round at 11 a.m. Saturday.

UNE came back in the second half to win in the semifinals and championship game of the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs. On Wednesday night, a Monks team with just two seniors pushed the Nor’easters hard from the start.

“It was definitely a battle,” said UNE Coach Danielle Collins. “St. Joe’s came out ready to go … I think their speed and eagerness kept them in the game with us. It took us a bit of time to get into the swing and get the ball into the back of the cage. Once we did it, I knew that the momentum would be a big shift for us.”

Monks Coach Rupert Lewis said his team certainly played its best.

“Overall I was very impressed and proud of how we competed,” he said. “Surely we competed against a more experienced UNE team. A team had to win and unfortunately we weren’t on that end.”

The Monks got the first goal when Libby Pomerleau scored 1:37 into the second half, taking a pass from Kayla Kelly and getting her 22nd goal of the season.

From there it was a matter of the Monks’ defense, led by Hayley Winslow and Kayla Veilleux, holding off the Nor’easters. And they did it for a while. UNE had 13 penalty corners and didn’t score on any.

“We maintained our marks that we had to on our forward line,” said Winslow. “And we shut them down for a long time.”

But with 13:28 remaining, UNE’s near-constant pressure paid off. Kersey Boulay had the ball on the right and pushed ahead to Vonde Saunders in the middle of the circle. She spun around and swiped a reverse hit inside the left post, and it was 1-1.

“When you’re playing a team that puts 10 in the circle, you’ve got to take your shot quick,” said Saunders. “That’s what was in my head.”

St. Joseph’s had another nice bid, a tipped ball by Kelly that just went wide right with just under eight minutes left.

The Nor’easters didn’t miss on their final bid. Brenna Sicard sent a free hit into the circle and Saunders touched it to Lemerise who, said Saunders, “finished it perfectly.” Lemerise, to the left, managed to swat a bouncing ball out of the air back inside the right post.

She stood there for a second – “I was still in shock that it hit back corner” – then Lemerise turned and was swarmed by teammates. “I was screaming, I was just so happy,” she said. “We all worked so hard … It’s just a great celebration because you get to celebrate with everyone.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Sports Digest: Maine stops Northeastern in women’s hockey Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:32:31 +0000 COLLEGE

Maine stops Northeastern in women’s hockey, 4-2

Catherine Tufts scored twice Tuesday night as the University of Maine defeated Northeastern 4-2 in a women’s Hockey East game at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Tufts broke a scoreless tie just 32 seconds into the second period for the Black Bears (7-5, 2-2) before Matti Hartman countered for the Huskies (5-6-1, 3-3) at 6:07.

Michelle Weis gave Maine the lead for good with a short-handed goal at 10:25 and Alyson Matteau extended the lead 2:17 later.


U.S. MEN: Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, 17-old forward Josh Sargent, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez could make their U.S. national team debuts in a Nov. 14 exhibition at Portugal.

Defender Matt Miazga, midfielder Lynden Gooch, and goalkeepers Ethan Horvath and Bill Hamid also are part of a young 21-man roster announced by interim coach Dave Sarachan, who took over when Bruce Arena quit after the U.S. failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

PREMIER LEAGUE: David Moyes was hired as West Ham manager despite tarnishing his coaching reputation with poor spells at Manchester United and Sunderland.


U.S. TEAM: USA Gymnastics hired Kerry Perry as its new president and CEO. She was the vice president of business development at Learfield Communications. Perry will officially start Dec. 1.

She replaced Steve Penny, who resigned in March after 12 years on the job following criticism over the way USA Gymnastics handled sexual-abuse claims.


IOC COMMITTEE: The International Olympic Committee suspended Frank Fredericks, four days after he was charged in a French investigation of suspected bribery in the 2016 Olympic host city vote.

Fredericks, a four-time Olympic sprint medalist from Namibia, was an IOC board member when he accepted a $300,000 payment eight years ago on the day Rio de Janeiro was picked as the 2016 host.


MURRAY RETURN: Andy Murray, who limped out of the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a hip injury, believes he’ll be fit and ready to return to the ATP Tour by Dec. 31 at the Brisbane International.

He also thinks results won’t come quickly and aiming for the Australian Open title in January might be too ambitious.

FED CUP: Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka said she’ll sit out the final between Belarus and the United States because of an ongoing custody dispute with her baby’s father.

– Staff and news services

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