The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » Sports http://www.pressherald.com Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.6 Sports Digest: Halep advances in China’s Wuhan Open as Begu is forced out with injury http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/27/sports-digest-halep-advances-as-begu-is-forced-out-with-injury/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/27/sports-digest-halep-advances-as-begu-is-forced-out-with-injury/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:01:24 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/27/sports-digest-halep-advances-as-begu-is-forced-out-with-injury/ TENNIS

Former French Open finalist Simona Halep took less than 70 minutes to reach the third round of China’s Wuhan Open in Wuhan, China, after fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu retired in the second set Monday.

Serena Williams, who was replaced by Angelique Kerber at No. 1 in the rankings with her run to the U.S. Open title, has withdrawn from both Wuhan and Beijing because of an injured right shoulder.

COLLEGES

FOOTBALL: NFL scouts will get more access to college underclassmen under an agreement between the NFL and American Football Coaches Association.

Schools will be able designate five underclassmen for special eligibility after they have completed their second seasons of college football. NFL teams can scout them similarly to the way the league evaluates in their senior seasons.

Schools can petition the NFL to have more than five underclassmen given special eligibility.

• LSU starting defensive end Davon Godchaux was suspended indefinitely after being arrested following an incident with his girlfriend at his apartment.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: This year’s Puerto Rico Tipoff will move to Orlando, Florida, due to concerns about Zika virus on the island.

ESPN Events senior vice president Pete Derzis said the concern for the welfare of participants and spectators was “the primary driver” in the decision. Derzis said the plan is to return to Puerto Rico in the future.

ESPN Events owns and operates the tournament.

SOCCER

RUSSIA: CSKA Moscow Coach Leonid Slutsky says Tottenham fans have nothing to fear in Russia despite the violence between English and Russian supporters at the European Championship.

About 300 Tottenham fans are expected to attend Tuesday’s Champions League game against CSKA, the first visit to Russia by an English club since the violent clashes in Marseille in June.

HOCKEY

WORLD CUP: Kings forward Marian Gaborik is leaving the World Cup of Hockey and will be out for eight weeks because of a foot injury.

Gaborik was injured during Team Europe’s 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the tournament semifinals.

DOG-SLED RACING

IDITAROD: Four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey has dropped out of next year’s nearly 1,000-mile race for health reasons, organizers said.

According to race marshal Mark Nordman, Mackey plans to take better care of his health so he can be ready to compete again in 2018.

GOLF

RYDER CUP: Bubba Watson will be at the Ryder Cup, even if it’s not exactly the way he imagined it. U.S. captain Davis Love III announced that Watson has been added to the team as a fifth vice captain. The two-time Masters champion and seventh-ranked player in the world competed as a player on the last three U.S. squads, and said at the start of the year that his goals were to play in both the Olympics and the Ryder Cup.

Watson finished tied for eighth at the Rio Games, but he wound up just outside of the eighth and last automatic qualifying spot as a Ryder Cup player. He then began lobbying behind the scenes for one of the four captain’s picks at Love’s discretion.

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NFL roundup: Falcons run past Saints http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/nfl-roundup-falcons-run-past-saints/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/nfl-roundup-falcons-run-past-saints/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:58:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/nfl-roundup-falcons-run-past-saints/ NEW ORLEANS — Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs, and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.

The game was played nearly 10 years to the day after the Saints’ memorable return to the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, 13 months after Hurricane Katrina. But there would be no reprise of New Orleans’ dominant and emotional 23-3 triumph a decade ago.

The Saints’ depleted defense struggled to slow down Devonta Freeman, who rushed for 152 yards and caught five passes for 55 yards. Coleman also was effective in the passing game out of the backfield, with three receptions for 47 yards to go with his 42 yards rushing.

Ryan finished with 240 yards passing for Atlanta (2-1) which did not turn the ball over and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Drew Brees put up his usual big numbers – 376 yards and three TDs passing – but his interception for a touchdown on a tipped pass early in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons a 45-25 lead that proved too much for New Orleans to overcome.

GIANTS: Shane Vereen will require surgery on a triceps injury, the Giants announced, leaving the team without its best pass-catching running back and currently its leading rusher for what could be the rest of the year.

He will be placed on injured reserve. After first describing the procedure as “season-ending” earlier Monday, the Giants said later in the afternoon there is a chance for Vereen to return from that designation if he heals quickly enough. He will not be eligible to return until late November.

STEELERS: Le’Veon Bell stood at his locker, his face covered in sweat and his eagerness to kickstart his stalled NFL career palpable.

His three-game suspension for a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy over, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is ready to get back to work, particularly after spending Sunday afternoon watching his teammates get clobbered across the state in Philadelphia.

The team that looked borderline unstoppable at times during wins over Washington and Cincinnati was a mess against the Eagles. DeAngelo Williams, who filled in so brilliantly for Bell during the opening two weeks, slogged for just 21 yards. The offense posted its lowest point total in five years and the defense spent the afternoon futilely trying to make Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz look like a rookie.

Enter Bell, limited to six of Pittsburgh’s last 22 games thanks to knee injuries and run-ins with the league’s drug policy.

An All-Pro in 2014 when he emerged as one of the best all-around backs in the league, Bell believes he’s a better player than the one last seen being carted off the field in a loss to the Bengals last November with a torn MCL in his right knee.

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL in his left knee and Coach Pete Carroll raised the possibility of Wilson missing the Week 4 game against the New York Jets.

Carroll said during his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM that Wilson “feels great” and that his recovery is already going “exceedingly well.”

Wilson underwent an MRI on Sunday night that confirmed the ligament sprain and Wilson received treatment all night, Carroll said.

Wilson was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 37-18 win over San Francisco when he was pulled down awkwardly while being sacked by Eli Harold. Wilson stayed down on the field for a few moments after the injury before walking off.

JETS: New York is giving Austin Seferian-Jenkins a chance to redeem himself off the field and get his NFL career back on track.

The talented but troubled tight end was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who cut him last week after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

WASHINGTON: Coach Jay Gruden said safety DeAngelo Hall will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.

BENGALS: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back with the Bengals, looking to inject some energy into a team off to its worst start in five years.

Burfict was suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the season because of his numerous illegal hits on opponents.

His hit to receiver Antonio Brown’s head drew a penalty that set up Pittsburgh’s last-minute field goal for an 18-16 playoff win last season.

RAIDERS: Oakland released Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece after his four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs was completed.

CHARGERS: Coach Mike McCoy says linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon.

TEXANS: Left tackle Duane Brown returned to practice for the first time since January surgery to repair a torn quadriceps, and Coach Bill O’Brien said he could play on Sunday against Tennessee.

Former Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who remains unsigned after a tumultuous 2015 season revolving around his domestic violence case in North Carolina, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in Texas.

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Major league roundup: Yankees avoid sweep by beating Jays, 7-5 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-roundup-yankees-avoid-sweep-by-beating-jays-7-5/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-roundup-yankees-avoid-sweep-by-beating-jays-7-5/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:53:42 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-roundup-yankees-avoid-sweep-by-beating-jays-7-5/ TORONTO — Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks added a game-winning blast as the New York Yankees avoided a four-game sweep, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Monday night.

With Toronto leading 3-2 heading to the ninth, Manager John Gibbons called on Jason Grilli (7-6) to close it out because Roberto Osuna was unavailable after pitching the previous two days.

Teixeira tied it 3-all with a one-out drive into the second deck in right. After flipping his bat, Teixeira yelled “Blown save!” at Grilli after returning to the dugout.

Didi Gregorius singled and Hicks followed with a two-run homer.

New York scored five runs in a bat-around ninth, matching their total from the 35 previous innings in the series.

INDIANS 7, TIGERS 4: Cleveland clinched the AL Central title, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a victory at Detroit.

Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even those concerns were secondary when the Indians poured onto the field to celebrate their first division title since 2007.

Buck Farmer (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings for the Tigers, who fell two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.

WHITE SOX 7, RAYS 1: James Shields (6-18) pitched six effective innings for his first win in two months and Justin Morneau and Carlos Sanchez each hit a two-run homer in a win at Chicago.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

MARLINS 7, METS 3: Dee Gordon homered leading off the first inning for Miami, which totaled 14 hits and mixed cheers with the tears of the past two days in its first game since Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

Adam Conley pitched three scoreless innings subbing for Fernandez, who had been scheduled to make his final start of the year.

CUBS 12, PIRATES 2: Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs and major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings as visiting Chicago won its 100th game.

REDS 15, CARDINALS 2: Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two of the Cincinnati’s four homers as the Reds won a rout at St. Louis.

Steve Selsky went 5 for 5 including a homer, four RBI and scored three runs. He’s the first Reds rookie to have five hits in a game since Wade Rowdon against the Mets on July 9, 1986.

DIAMONDBACKS 14, NATIONALS 4: Jean Segura had two homers and Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run shot and drove in two more runs with a double. Mitch Haniger and Jake Lamb also homered for Arizona as Washington pitchers gave up a season-high five home runs.

INTERLEAGUE

BREWERS 8, RANGERS 3: Jonathan Villar had two home runs and a career-high five RBI and Matt Garza beat his former team as Milwaukee won at Arlington, Texas.

The loss dropped American League West-champion Texas one-half game behind the Boston Red Sox in the race for the league’s best record. The Cleveland Indians pulled within one-half game of the Rangers.

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Field hockey: York tops Falmouth 5-0 to stay unbeaten http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/field-hockey-york-tops-falmouth-5-0/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/field-hockey-york-tops-falmouth-5-0/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:53:18 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/field-hockey-york-tops-falmouth-5-0/ FALMOUTH —The top two field hockey teams in the Western Maine Conference met for the second time in less than two weeks Monday night with the same result.

Undefeated York, the top-ranked team in Class B South, scored four second-half goals to roll to a 5-0 win against Falmouth, which came into the game as the top-ranked team in Class A South.

The Wildcats (10-0) have improved since their 3-1 win against the Yachtsmen (9-2) on Sept. 14 in a game played at York.

“We always have room to grow,” said senior Lily Posternak.

“We’ll keep on working hard in practice because we obviously can’t get complacent.”

It was the 46th consecutive win for the Wildcats since Nokomis handed them a 1-0 loss in the 2013 Class B state championship game.

“They passed the ball beautifully, executed really well, and we really had a hard time adjusting,” Falmouth Coach Robin Haley said.

“We had some opportunities and we just couldn’t execute and it showed.

“We turned the ball over. We put the ball in the air. Those are costly mistakes and we can’t afford to play that kind of game against a team like York because they’re going to capitalize on it.”

“You just focus and stay in the moment and continue to work,” York Coach Barb Marois said.

It was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Wildcats, the two-time defending Class B state champion and a regional champion in 10 of the last 12 seasons.

“We really applied pressure off the bat and we kept it on,” Posternak said. “We needed to put pressure as soon as they touched the ball and we did that.”

York held a 1-0 lead at halftime.

After receiving a pass from Isabel Bretz, Posternak put in a shot from just inside the circle to open the scoring 17:23 into the game. The goal came after the fourth of the Wildcats’ eight penalty corners during the first half.

One of the Yachtsmen’s best scoring chances during the first half came when Isabella Libby rang a shot off the left post less then three minutes into the game.

“If we could have gotten that goal maybe we would have settled down,” Haley said.

The Wildcats got goals from Sydney Bouchard, Bretz, Alexandra Lawlor and Bailey Oliver in the second half.

York held a 14-9 advantage in shots and a 13-8 edge in penalty corners. The Wildcats scored on four of their penalty corners.

“My girls stayed in it and they played until the final buzzer,” Haley said.

“Had we’d been able to get the win it would have been a big boost.”

Added Haley: “We’re going to have to regroup and prepare for the rest of the season and the playoffs and we’ve got to win. We just have to do a better job with our stick work and take care of some of our passing. We rushed, and we need to play with a little bit more composure.”

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Major league notebook: Nationals catcher injures leg http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-notebook-nationals-catcher-injures-leg/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-notebook-nationals-catcher-injures-leg/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:48:10 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/major-league-notebook-nationals-catcher-injures-leg/ WASHINGTON — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos left Washington’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an apparent right leg injury, a potentially damaging blow to the NL East champions.

Ramos was injured on a play at the plate in the sixth inning Monday night when he jumped for a throw and landed awkwardly on his leg. Arizona’s Brandon Drury scored but didn’t make contact with Ramos.

After clutching at his right leg on the ground, Ramos had to be helped off the field by trainers. He was replaced by Pedro Severino.

Ramos tore the ACL and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in 2012.

He is hitting .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI this season for the playoff-bound Nationals, who clinched the NL East title on Saturday.

YANKEES: After sitting out the past seven games with a sore right hamstring, second-baseman Starlin Castro entered as a pinch hitter in Monday’s 7-5 win over Toronto, but he did not play in the field.

 Injured right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad when the Yankees return home. Tanaka, who has a right forearm strain, has not thrown in the past five days.

DIAMONDBACKS: Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa is trying to avoid a second Tommy John surgery by having a stem cell injection in his ailing elbow.

Manager Chip Hale said De La Rosa met with Dr. James Andrews and decided to try the stem cell injection instead of another major surgery. Hale didn’t have a timeframe for De La Rosa’s return other than he will miss the remainder of the season.

CARDINALS: Shortstop Aledmys Diaz left the club to join Jose Fernandez’s family in a private ceremony. Diaz and Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, were boyhood friends.

TIGERS: Manager Brad Ausmus said third baseman Nick Castellanos, working through a left-hand issue, could be back before the weekend. He’s currently in the instructional league.

METS: If outfield prospect Tim Tebow is going to have trouble with the curve, it won’t be revealed for at least a few more days.

During the fall Instructional League, the repertoire of Mets pitchers is limited to fastballs and change-ups. At least until Wednesday, when the Mets play the Cardinals, Tebow will not have to contend with breaking balls, which have been the undoing of many a prospect with good swing mechanics.

On Monday, though, Tebow had trouble enough with fastballs and change-ups in his two plate appearances during the Mets’ first intrasquad game, striking out swinging both times.

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Maine Milestones http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/maine-milestones-52/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/maine-milestones-52/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:38:20 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/maine-milestones-52/ The Maine Running Hall of Fame will induct seven members at its 2016 induction ceremony on Nov. 13 at the Governor’s Hill Mansion in Augusta.

The honorees are:

 Larry Allen of Mt. Desert Island, who helped establish women’s indoor track at the University of Maine.

 Robert Ashby of Brunswick, an outstanding distance runner who has won numerous marathons, including this year’s Bay of Fundy International Marathon at age 47.

 Steve Podgajny of Brunswick, who ran a personal-best time of 2:16:46 at the 1981 Boston Marathon and later founded the Maine Distance Festival, a track meet at Bowdoin College that featured some of the nation’s top runners.

 Phil Pierce of Falmouth, who has completed 30 Boston Marathon and many ultramarathons, and has had leadership roles with the Maine Track Club, Maine Running Hall of Fame, New England 65+ Runners Club and Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

 Gretchen Read of Portland, who became an outstanding masters runner after taking up the sport at age 50.

 Bill Reilly of Brownfield, a top age-group runner with personal bests of 16:59 for 5K and 2:43:58 for the marathon, and a longtime coach at Fryeburg Academy.

 Mike Westphal of Cranberry Island, a former Paul Bunyan Marathon champion who continues to run and raise money for charity despite being diagnosed nine years ago with Parkinson’s disease.

The hall will also honor two of the states oldest races: the Pat’s Pizza Clam Festival Classic in Yarmouth and the Great Pumpkin 10K in Saco.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $25 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/maine-running-hall-of-fame-induction-banquet-tickets-27445193312.

Frank Juliano used a 6-iron to record a hole-in-one on the 15th hole at Willowdale Golf Club on Sept. 5. The 147-yard shot was witnessed by Bob Parent, Glenn Stone and John Bilodeau.

Janice Pierce made a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Toddy Brook Golf Course on Sept. 15. Pierce used a 6-iron for the 85-yard shot, witnessed by Scott Pierce and Kent Pierce.

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More details emerge in death of baseball star http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/more-details-emerge-in-death-of-baseball-star/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/more-details-emerge-in-death-of-baseball-star/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:06:47 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/more-details-emerge-in-death-of-baseball-star/ MIAMI — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was seen at a Miami River bar and may have argued with a girlfriend in the hours before his boat crashed into a jetty off South Beach on Sunday morning, killing him and two friends.

Fernandez, 24, died when his 32-foot SeaVee “Kaught Looking” slammed into the Government Cut north jetty at a high speed, investigators say. He died in the crash along with Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25. The incident remains under investigation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, which changed its story Monday and acknowledged that the boat belonged to Fernandez.

Investigators have not indicated what the trio was doing, or where they were going when their boat, headed south, plowed into the dark rocks that jut east into the ocean from South Pointe Park after 3 a.m. But the Miami Herald confirmed that Fernandez was at American Social Bar & Kitchen in Brickell sometime overnight. A spokesperson for the bar said there was no timeline for his appearance, but acknowledged in a statement attributed to an unidentified manager that he was there, as first reported by TMZ.com.

“Jose Fernandez was a guest at American Social. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who share in the loss of the three victims involved in this tragic boating accident and to the Miami Marlins organization,” the statement said.

The confirmation of Fernandez’s whereabouts was just one of several details to trickle out following the violent crash, which ripped the fiberglass from the left side of the hull and flipped the vessel onto the jetty rocks. Divers found two men trapped beneath the boat while a third was thrown from the vessel.

Initially, an FWC officer said the boat was not Fernandez’s, but belonged to “a friend of Jose’s who is very well connected to several Marlins players.” Officer Lorenzo Veloz said he’d seen the boat several times, and that Fernandez was never behind the wheel.

Though there is no criminal case – everyone in the accident is dead and there would be no one to charge – the FWC turned to prosecutors to draft a search warrant to search the boat, in an abundance of caution. A Miami-Dade State Attorney’s spokesman would not talk specifics.

In a press release, FWC Officer Rob Klepper confirmed Macias and Rivero were also aboard Fernandez’s boat Sunday morning. The two friends were both graduates of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School and both have studied psychology at Florida International University – Rivero was still attending.

Macias, the son of a Miami-Dade police detective, worked at Wells Fargo Advisors. Rivero, an avid boxer, worked for Carnival Cruises.

It’s not clear if the two friends were with Fernandez when he left the bar.

Klepper declined to discuss whether they were looking into Fernandez’s appearance at American Social. He also declined to discuss whether investigators were aware of a Sunday Instagram post from Will Bernal, a friend of Rivero’s who said Fernandez was upset about something before the trio boarded his boat.

“Try to keep him close to shore if you go out,” Bernal texted Rivero.

“Trust me it’s not my time yet,” Rivero responded.

“I know but try to keep Jose cool, tell him what I said,” Bernal wrote back.

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Bernal said Rivero had only met Fernandez within the past few months and had actually left a birthday party late Saturday night to hang out with the Marlins superstar, “who was really stressed out.”

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Monday’s high school roundup: Morse boys’ soccer scores in OT to beat Oceanside http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/mondays-high-school-roundup-morse-boys-soccer-scores-in-ot-to-beat-oceanside/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/mondays-high-school-roundup-morse-boys-soccer-scores-in-ot-to-beat-oceanside/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:00:58 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/mondays-high-school-roundup-morse-boys-soccer-scores-in-ot-to-beat-oceanside/ ROCKLAND — Declan Hall scored with 1:58 left in overtime to lift Morse to a 2-1 win over Oceanside in a boys’ soccer game Monday afternoon.

The Shipbuilders (5-3) took a 1-0 lead with 27 minutes remaining in the first half on a direct kick from Dakota Freeman.

The Mariners tied it on a goal by Sam Townsend with 10 minutes left in the second half.

Mariners goalie Colby Dorr recorded 13 saves. Alex Fernald stopped 11 shots for Morse.

A.R. GOULD 3, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2: Issak Aliyow scored twice to lead A.R. Gould (5-3) past the Lions (1-5-1) in South Portland.

A.R. Gould got out to a 2-0 advantage on goals by Aliyow and Tyrese Collins.

The Lions cut the lead to 2-1 before halftime on Christian Patterson’s goal from Jeremiah Hammond.

Aliyow added his second goal to open the second half, putting the Lions up 3-1.

Hammond added a goal for the Lions late in the second-half on a penalty kick.

GORHAM 8, MASSABESIC 0: Jackson Fotter scored four goals to lead the Rams (6-0-1) past the Mustangs (0-8) in Gorham.

Kyle King scored two goals for Gorham, and Andrew Rent and Kyle Patterson each added a goal. Tyler Richman and Ethan Orach each had two assists.

Mustangs goalie Xavier Lundrigan recorded 10 saves.

Alex York stopped three shots for Gorham.

FIELD HOCKEY

YARMOUTH 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 0: Sophia McGrath had a goal and an assist in the first half to lead the Clippers (6-4) past the Capers (4-5) in Cape Elizabeth.

Molly Wilson added a goal to put the Capers up 3-0 in the second half.

Capers goalie Kinnon McGrath recorded 11 saves. Cate Ralph stopped three shots for the Clippers.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 6, GREELY 0: Grace Condon scored twice and added an assist to lead the Raiders (4-5-1) past the Rangers (4-5) in Fryeburg.

Condon scored twice in the first half, and Bridget Tweedie and Taylor Kruger also scored to give Fryeburg Academy a 4-0 lead at the half. Kruger finished with two goals.

Rangers goalie Kylie Rogers recorded 14 saves.

Kaleigh Rose stopped two shots for Fryeburg.

WELLS 4, MAINE GIRLS ACADEMY/WAYNFLETE 1: The Warriors (2-6-1) scored four second-half goals and beat the Flying Lions (0-7) in Portland.

Hannah Moody, Takara McDermott and Delaney O’Brien each scored in an eight-minute span in the second half to put the Warriors ahead 3-0. Marissa Mizzoni added a goal with two minutes remaining.

Gabby Eng assisted on a goal by Semhar Yehdego for the Flying Lions.

Goalie Kiera MacWhinnie recorded 19 saves.

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Commentary: Golf was lucky to have a man like Palmer http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/commentary-golf-was-lucky-to-have-a-man-like-palmer/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/commentary-golf-was-lucky-to-have-a-man-like-palmer/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:14:27 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/commentary-golf-was-lucky-to-have-a-man-like-palmer/ As the statements poured out in the wake of Arnold Palmer’s death on Sunday night – ranging from 23-year-old Jordan Spieth to 76-year-old Jack Nicklaus to the President of the United States – I was struck by one thing: Almost no one said anything about Palmer’s golf.

It was all about the man.

Palmer, who was 87 when he died in a Pittsburgh hospital, was a great player: a seven-time major champion who won 62 times on the PGA Tour, fifth on the career list. But Palmer wasn’t one of the most iconic athletes of the past 100 years because of what he did on the golf course, but because of what he did off the golf course.

No one understood and embraced the responsibilities of stardom the way Arnold Palmer did. No one ever signed more autographs – never a scrawl, but a very clear signature. No one was more accessible or open with the media – all media, ranging from TV networks to high school kids – who wanted to ask a few questions.

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the greatest players in golf history. Palmer was the most important: He made golf a sport for TV, for corporate America and for millions of fans – his “army.”

Palmer had an almost unique gift: He could make anyone he was talking to feel as if they were the most important person he had ever met. Everyone who ever met Palmer has a story about their first encounter.

Here’s mine: In 1994, while researching, “A Good Walk Spoiled,” I asked Doc Giffin, Palmer’s right-hand man for 53 years, whether Palmer might have some time to talk during the annual PGA Tour event he hosted at Bay Hill. The next day, Doc asked me if I could go to Arnold’s house for breakfast later in the week.

When we shook hands at the front door, Palmer said, “So, Doc tells me you went to Duke.”

I said that was correct. Palmer smiled, shook his head and said, “So, I guess you couldn’t get into Wake Forest.”

His alma mater . . . of course.

Two hours later, he had supplied me with enough material for several chapters.

Not wanting to overstay my welcome, I thanked him for his time, his hospitality and for breakfast.

“You got enough?” he asked. “I’m going down to my workshop to work on some clubs if you want to stick around a while longer.”

That became another 90 minutes.

Palmer did that for everyone.

More than anything, Palmer always understood that fame and fortune aren’t a one-way street. Prior to the 1997 Masters, Palmer took Tiger Woods to lunch in the champion’s locker room at Augusta National. Woods was still a few days away from his first Masters victory – so Palmer hosted him.

Woods was singing a song that went something like, “It’s just not fair. I can’t be a normal 21-year-old.”

“You’re right,” Palmer said. “Normal 21-year-olds don’t have $50 million in the bank.”

Palmer always connected with young players. As with Woods, he never coddled them. He told them exactly what he thought about their games, the way they behaved, even the way they looked.

In 1996, when Paul Goydos won at Bay Hill – and thus qualified for the Masters – he asked Palmer during the awards ceremony if he could play a practice round with him at Augusta.

“Only if you lose that ridiculous beard,” Palmer said. “You look awful.”

Goydos lost the beard and asked that it be air-brushed out of his champions portrait that hangs in the Bay Hill clubhouse. “I didn’t want Mr. Palmer to walk by it and think I looked ridiculous,” he said.

This past March, a number of players changed their schedules to play Bay Hill because they knew Palmer was ill and it might be their last chance to pay tribute.

Twenty-five years ago, Palmer made the cut at Bay Hill – for the final time – at the age of 61. That night, Peter Jacobsen went to a bakery and asked for a sheet cake for 100 people.

“I need it first thing in the morning,” Jacobsen said.

“Monday is the earliest I can do it,” the baker said.

“It’s for Arnold Palmer.”

“We open at 8 tomorrow. Is that soon enough?”

When Jacobsen presented the cake to Palmer that afternoon during a rain delay with the entire field in the locker room, Palmer cried. Then he cut a piece for every player.

“I cried because Peter and all the guys were saying to me that I was still one of them,” Palmer said. “That meant a lot.”

He never stopped being one of them.

On a searingly hot June day in 1994, Palmer played his last U.S. Open round. He was clearly exhausted coming down the stretch, but it never stopped him from returning every wave, every, ‘go Arnie,’ every cheer of any kind, with a smile, a wave, a “thanks,” or “how’s it going?” Every one of those people got a look in the eye and the famous smile.

They all could go home and told their friends, “Arnold Palmer said hello to me today.”

Because he did.

As Palmer walked up the 18th fairway that afternoon, many players came out of the clubhouse to stand behind the green and join the throngs. On the 10th tee – adjacent to the green –players refused to tee off so they could watch.

When Palmer made his final putt, playing partner Rocco Mediate, like Palmer a blue-collar kid from western Pennsylvania, leaned down, pointed at the thousands around the green and said softly, “All this is because of you.”

A few minutes later, when Palmer came into a packed interview room, he was overcome by tears on several occasions. He tried to talk – and stopped. He tried again – and stopped. Finally, he stood to leave. Every single person in the room jumped to their feet and applauded.

It was completely unprofessional. No cheering the press box. And yet, it was absolutely the right thing to do because no one ever did more for the media than Palmer.

A handful of us trailed him back to the locker room. There, he composed himself and talked for another 20 minutes.

“I shot 81 today,” he said softly. “I was terrible. In any other sport, I’d have been booed – should have been booed. Instead, I get cheered.”

He paused for a moment. “How lucky have I been to have played this game for all these years?”

Actually, the luck was ours.

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Arnold Palmer won over Maine fans as he won at Purpoodock Club in 1986 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/palmers-impact-felt-in-maine/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/palmers-impact-felt-in-maine/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:00:27 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/palmers-impact-felt-in-maine/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Thirty years ago Arnold Palmer could still strike the ball with the best players on the Senior PGA Tour. Putting was the problem. Palmer wasn’t about to change his famous knock-kneed style after winning 62 PGA events, seven majors and nine more titles on the Senior Tour.

Instead, he changed putters. At least that’s what he was doing at Purpoodock Club in 1986 before the third round of the Unionmutual Seniors Golf Classic, according to club member Jonathan Brogan.

“The pro then, Bryce Roberts, obviously had a bunch of putters sitting around and Arnold would grab a handful of putters and he would go out to the practice green with five different putters,” said Brogan, 57. “He’d take a few putts with these five different putters and then decide which one would get auditioned for the day. So here he is leading the tournament and he’s got all these different putters he’s trying out.”

Palmer, who died Sunday at the age of 87, must have found the right putter (or putters) that weekend.

Palmer earned what would be his next-to-last tournament victory and $38,000 at Purpoodock Club on Sept. 28, 1986, besting an invitational field of top senior professionals by three shots with rounds of 65-67-68 and gaining new fans to Arnie’s Army.

“I was always a Jack Nicklaus fan because I was too young when Arnold was at his peak,” Brogan said. “And then when I saw him play out here and saw how he reacted and how he interacted with the crowds, you could see it in two seconds. He was amazing. He just had a way of looking at people that made everyone think he was looking right at them. People talk about charisma or however you describe it but he had it. The crowd loved him and he loved them.”

Palmer, who had gone nearly two years without a victory, acknowledged the estimated crowd of over 10,000 that packed the tight layout.

“The fans in his area have been fantastic,” Palmer told television station WCSH that day. “They showed up in force and I think that is great.”

Current Purpoodock pro Tony Decker was in the throng, a teenager who had been newly introduced to golf.

“He just seemed to have a presence about him and really was engaging with the gallery and it seemed like people were always rooting for him,” Decker said. “In a sport where you never root against anybody, people were definitely pulling for him.”

Palmer didn’t disappoint. He played aggressively, intent on expanding his first-round lead.

Palmer's three straight eagles on the 16th hole at Purpoodock are commemorated.

Palmer’s three straight eagles on the 16th hole at Purpoodock are commemorated. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Palmer eagled the par-5 16th hole all three days. That feat is now commemorated by a bronze plaque beside the 16th tee, which was dedicated in 2005 with approval from Palmer. The current plaque is actually the second one that was completed.

Brogan said the first attempt had a profile image of Palmer that did not do him justice and the manufacturer agreed to make a second one

“When he played at Purpoodock he was still dashing even though he was getting up there in years,” said Tom Chard, the former longtime Portland Press Herald golf writer who covered the event. “He had the swagger still and obviously he could still play a lick.”

Palmer’s most memorable shot in the final round was his second on the newly reconfigured par-5 second hole.

“It wasn’t an ideal position but it was far enough back for him to go over the trees,” Chard said. “He put it on the green and he was on in two, which is kind of unheard of.”

“The safe shot is to wedge it up and go for birdie. He’s looking at it, looking at it, and he takes his 4-wood out and drives it right over this big oak tree and onto the green,” Brogan said. “The crowd went crazy and he was just fired up.”

Palmer missed his eagle putt by an inch. After the round he explained his decision.

Arnie's Army gained a new group of fans when Arnold Palmer won the Unionmutual Seniors Golf Classic in September 1986 at Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth. Palmer thrilled the crowd with his daring playing and charming style.

Arnie’s Army gained a new group of fans when Arnold Palmer won the Unionmutual Seniors Golf Classic in September 1986 at Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth. Palmer thrilled the crowd with his daring playing and charming style. File photo/Jack Milton

“If I had dumped the ball in the middle of the trees I would have been in trouble. I knew I could hit the shot that was required,” Palmer said. “Like I said before, the idea is to get as big a lead as possible. That’s the best way to do it.”

The Unionmutual tournament, which was not affiliated with the Senior PGA Tour, was held for three years, 1984-86. It was the brainchild of then club president Ralph “Bud” Deangelis and Colin Hampton, an avid golfer and the president of Union Mutual. The tournament invited top senior pros and rewarded the top salespeople at Union Mutual (now Unum) with the opportunity to play in a pro-am.

Palmer played all three years.

“The first year it was a match play tournament and Palmer lost in the first round so he was out after a day. He was obviously the draw,” Chard said. “The next year they went to three rounds of stroke play to insure Arnold stayed all three days.”

After the pros’ first visit in 1984, tournament organizers encouraged the course to change the aforementioned second hole from a par 4 to a par 5.

“The pros wanted a par 5 on the front nine, which the members did, too,” Brogan said. “In the process they also turned a weak third hole into a good third hole. It was really a win-win for the course.

Standing next to the 16th tee Monday, Decker noted that 30 years ago to the day was the opening round of Palmer’s Purpoodock win.

“Not only did he shape the game but, in a certain way, just his presence here shaped our golf course,” Decker said.

 

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Tom Caron: Red Sox barreling down the road and into the playoffs http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/tom-caron-red-sox-barreling-down-the-road-and-into-the-playoffs/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/tom-caron-red-sox-barreling-down-the-road-and-into-the-playoffs/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:45:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/tom-caron-red-sox-barreling-down-the-road-and-into-the-playoffs/ The Boston Red Sox are streaking into the playoffs. They’ve won 11 straight games and are making a mockery of the American League East race, clinching a playoff spot on Saturday night.

The next goal in sight for the Sox is the AL East title. They could clinch it as early as Tuesday night. That’s an important step for a team hoping to play deep into October. Winning the division means you get to avoid the one-game wild-card elimination game that kicks off the playoffs. Win the East and you can map out your plans for a best-of-five American League Division Series, which starts Oct. 6.

Since Major League Baseball added a second wild-card team in 2012, three of the four AL teams that won the wild-card game went on to lose in the division series. That would stand to reason since a wild-card team would undoubtedly use its top pitcher in that game, making him unavailable for the first two games of the ALDS.

This week, the Red Sox also will battle with Texas and Cleveland for the best record in the American League – and home-field advantage throughout the World Series.

Not that they need it. The Sox have won 11 of 12 games on the road, and have the best road record in baseball since the All-Star break at 27-14. That’s a remarkable .650 winning percentage. Boston is 7-0 on its current 10-game trip.

This team has come together on the road. The Sox faced a daunting schedule in the final two months of the season. This week they’ll wrap up a stretch of 29 of 42 games away from home.

The Red Sox have steadfastly refused to talk about the playoffs. Even after clinching their spot – a remarkable achievement, considering they had finished in last place the past two years – the Sox refused to even raise a glass for a toast. They have their sights set firmly on the bigger prizes ahead.

They’ve got a real chance to accomplish their goals. For the past three weeks this team has been as good as any in baseball. The Sox have the lowest bullpen ERA of any team in MLB, their starters have the lowest ERA in the AL since July 9, and the offense has scored the most runs in baseball.

And they are developing the swagger a team needs to succeed in October. During their winning streak they have rallied to win five games when trailing after five innings. They are a confident group. They believe in themselves, believe they can rally from a deficit at any time.

New England believes in them, too. This team has won over the region after two disappointing seasons.

Baseball is back in Boston – and it may be back for a while.

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

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Belichick talks about the Bills, but not quarterback situation http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/belichick-talks-bills-but-not-qbs/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/belichick-talks-bills-but-not-qbs/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:36:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/belichick-talks-bills-but-not-qbs/ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots Coach Bill Belichick remains mum on his team’s quarterback situation ahead of its game against division rival Buffalo this week.

Belichick declined to provide updates Monday on the health of Jimmy Garoppolo or rookie Jacoby Brissett, both of whom may be unavailable. Franchise quarterback Tom Brady will be serving the last game of his four-game suspension.

Belichick wasn’t as tight-lipped about facing a challenging Bills rushing attack anchored by four-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy.

“McCoy is as good as it gets,” Belichick told reporters in a conference call. “The production that he has had is outstanding.”

McCoy ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help Buffalo earn its first win of the season in a 33-18 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Bills (1-2) rank eighth in the NFL in rushing yardage (359 total, 119.7 per game) through three games.

New England’s running game has proven problematic for opponents as well. The Patriots (3-0) boast the league’s best ground game with 452 total yards, good for an average of 150.7 per game.

LeGarrette Blount has carried much of that workload and leads the league in rushing with 298 yards and four touchdowns.

Blount ran for 105 yards and two scores in the Patriots’ 27-0 win against the Houston Texans last Thursday.

“I always feel like if we can just get a hole, get him started, get him going, that he has a lot of ability to make yards on his own,” Belichick said.

Blount may be leaned on heavily once again if Garoppolo and Brissett are sidelined against Buffalo.

That would leave the Patriots without a healthy quarterback on their roster.

Brady is eligible to return from his suspension on Oct. 9 against the Cleveland Browns.

Garoppolo missed the game against Houston with a throwing shoulder injury that occurred during the second quarter of New England’s game against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 18.

Brissett, the 91st overall pick in this year’s draft, sustained an apparent thumb injury while making his first career start Thursday against the Texans.

The former N.C. State standout scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard run in the first quarter and finished 11 of 19 for 103 yards passing.

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Brad Marchand signs 8-year extension with Bruins http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/brad-marchand-signs-8-year-extension-with-bruins/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/brad-marchand-signs-8-year-extension-with-bruins/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:07:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/brad-marchand-signs-8-year-extension-with-bruins/ BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension.

The team announced the deal on Monday as Marchand prepares to play for Canada in the finals of the hockey World Cup.

The 28-year-old Marchand, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, had a career-high 37 goals and 60 points last season. In seven NHL seasons – all with the Bruins – he has 153 goals and 136 assists.

“Boston has become my second home,” Marchand said. “I really believe in our team and our group and what we’re working towards.”

His recent play for Canada has opened eyes across the league. Playing mostly on a line with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and perennial Boston Bruins linemate Patrice Bergeron, Marchand is second to Crosby in World Cup scoring with five points and is tied for the tournament lead with three goals.

Canada will face Team Europe in the best-of-3 finals starting Tuesday.

“The exposure and to be able to play on a team with these caliber of players, it’s incredible,” Marchand said about playing for Canada in the World Cup. “When you get that confidence to know that you can play at that level, it feels really good, for one. And it pushes you to another level.”

Marchand was a member of Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011, with 11 goals in the playoffs, the second-most on the team. Marchand started that season, his rookie year, on the fourth line. By the end he was skating among the Bruins’ top six forwards. He would have been a coveted player had he hit the open market in 2017, especially after his breakout performance on the World Cup stage.

“Right now where is with Team Canada, he’s also very respected by his teammates for the way he prepares, the way he plays and everything else,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who is serving as an assistant to Mike Babcock with Canada. “So he’s come a long ways.”

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NBA notebook: Paul Pierce to retire at end of NBA season http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/paul-pierce-to-retire-at-end-of-nba-season/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/paul-pierce-to-retire-at-end-of-nba-season/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:32:30 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/26/paul-pierce-to-retire-at-end-of-nba-season/ LOS ANGELES — Paul Pierce decided to return for his 19th and last season in the NBA, convinced the Los Angeles Clippers can make a successful run to their first league title.

The 10-time All-Star first disclosed his decision Monday in a posting on The Players’ Tribune and later expanded on it at the team’s media day. He turns 39 on Oct. 13.

“The reason for me coming back is this group,” he said. “This group is talented enough to win a championship. I want to come back and give it one more try and help them get over the top.”

Pierce said early in the summer he wasn’t motivated to work out, but his hunger had returned by August. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.1 minutes over 68 games last season.

“Last season left a bad taste in my mouth, how the season went and how I played,” he said. “Why not give it one more shot? To win a championship here for the Los Angeles Clippers would be monumental.”

With Kevin Garnett’s retirement last week, Pierce is the lone active player with over 25,000 points, 7,500 rebounds and 4,500 assists.

Pierce spent his first 15 seasons with the Celtics, winning the 2008 NBA championship.

CAVALIERS: LeBron James says he plans to stand during the national anthem, but he supports San Francisco quarterback Colin Kapernick’s decision to kneel in protest.

James has always been outspoken on social issues. He said Monday he intends to stand while “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played before games because “that’s who I am, that’s what I believe.” The NBA superstar, however, admires Kapernick’s “peaceful” handling of the situation.

He says he is troubled by repeated videos of police shootings.

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Cowboys end 8-game home losing streak http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/cowboys-end-eight-game-home-losing-streak/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/cowboys-end-eight-game-home-losing-streak/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:59:37 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/cowboys-end-eight-game-home-losing-streak/ ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without injured quarterback Tony Romo over the previous three seasons.

Prescott’s first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he’s up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career.

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined because of a sprained right thumb, and the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime. They dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under Coach John Fox.

Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards and two touchdowns to Zach Miller. Most of his yardage came in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, had his first 100-yard rushing game for Dallas, finishing with 140 yards on 30 carries.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas’ first home win since last year’s opener, which was a week before the first of two collarbone injuries that kept Romo out of 12 games. Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back this preseason.

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Major League roundup: Blue Jays rally past Yankees http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rally-past-yankees/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rally-past-yankees/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:35:27 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rally-past-yankees/ TORONTO — Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and the Toronto Blue Jays held their AL wild-card lead, rallying past the New York Yankees 4-3 Sunday.

Toronto leads Baltimore by 11/2 games for the top AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yankees.

New York ended its 33-inning scoreless streak but lost for the 11th time in 14 games.

The Blue Jays bounced back after the Yankees scored twice in the ninth off closer Roberto Osuna (3-2) for a 3-2 lead.

WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 0: Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings and Chicago denied Cleveland any chance of wrapping up the AL Central title at home.

Rodon (8-10) blanked the Indians on just two singles and easily handled the division leaders, who have gone flat at the worst time possible.

ATHLETICS 7, RANGERS 1: Jharel Cotton pitched seven crisp innings and Oakland avoided a series sweep at home.

Adrian Beltre hit his 32nd home run for Texas.

MARINERS 4, TWINS 3: Nelson Cruz homered twice before leaving with left wrist soreness, Jesus Sucre homered for the first time in 14 months and Seattle won at Minneapolis.

ROYALS 12, TIGERS 9: Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City’s first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat host Detroit and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race.

ASTROS 4, ANGELS 1: Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings, Evan Gattis, Tony Kemp and Tyler White homered, and Houston won at home to snap a three-game slide and keep its playoff hopes alive.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

DODGERS 4, ROCKIES 3: Los Angeles clinched its fourth straight NL West title, winning the crown in Vin Scully’s final home game when Charlie Culberson homered with two outs in the 10th inning to beat Colorado.

After a raucous celebration at home plate, the Dodgers took off their caps to salute Scully, the 88-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster who has just three games left before ending his 67-year career.

PADRES 4, GIANTS 3: Rookie Manuel Margot tripled in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on Wil Myers’ single as San Diego dropped San Francisco a game behind the New York Mets in the wild-card race.

Margot, called up Wednesday, doubled in the first inning and hit an RBI single in the second.

METS 17, PHILLIES 0: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and New York overwhelmed the visiting Phillies in the largest shutout victory in team history.

CUBS 3, CARDINALS 1: David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and host Chicago won to damage St. Louis’ wild-card chances.

NATIONALS 10, PIRATES 7: Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth hit a tying two-run homer, Chris Heisey drove in the go-ahead run, and Washington scored five runs off former teammate Felipe Rivero in the eighth to rally at Pittsburgh.

INTERLEAGUE

ORIOLES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and Baltimore completed a three-game sweep at home.

Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (10-6) allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts in five innings.

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NFL roundup: Bills surprise Cardinals http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/nfl-roundup-bills-surprise-cardinals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/nfl-roundup-bills-surprise-cardinals/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:11:59 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/nfl-roundup-bills-surprise-cardinals/ ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The win came on the heels of an 0-2 start that led to the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

McCoy scored on 24- and 5-yard runs, and finished with 110 yards rushing after combining for just 117 in his first two games. Tyrod Taylor had 76 yards rushing, including a 49-yarder – the longest by a quarterback in team history – and a 20-yard touchdown.

A week after allowing 493 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets, the Bills limited Arizona to 348 yards and closed the game by intercepting Carson Palmer on each of Arizona’s final four possessions.

Arizona (1-2) unraveled a week after a 40-7 win over Tampa Bay and had a five-game road winning streak snapped.

CHIEFS 24, JETS 3: Kansas City (2-1) returned two turnovers for touchdowns, intercepted three passes in the end zone and forced eight turnovers total in a victory over visiting New York (1-2).

Marcus Peters had two interceptions, including the first of four in the fourth quarter off Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick finished with six interceptions.

WASHINGTON 29, GIANTS 27: Dustin Hopkins kicked a 37-yard field goal – his fifth of the game – late in the fourth quarter, and Washington (1-2) won at East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kirk Cousins threw touchdown passes of 44 yards to DeSean Jackson and 55 to Jamison Crowder, and Washington handed Ben McAdoo his first loss as coach of the Giants (2-1).

Eli Manning passed for 350 yards for the Giants but was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter.

EAGLES 34, STEELERS 3: Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, and Philadelphia (3-0) beat visiting Pittsburgh (2-1) to remain unbeaten.

Wentz, the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews.

Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood each had their first career rushing touchdown.

BRONCOS 29, BENGALS 17: Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start and was nearly perfect under fourth-quarter pressure, rallying Denver (3-0) at Cincinnati (1-2).

Siemian completed 11 of 12 passes and drove the Broncos to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

PACKERS 34, LIONS 27: Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and Green Bay (2-1) snapped out of its offensive funk before holding off visiting Detroit (1-2).

Rodgers led the Packers to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL’s best receivers before he missed the 2015 season because of a knee injury.

Matthew Stafford passed for 385 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions.

VIKINGS 22, PANTHERS 10: Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and Minnesota (3-0) snapped a 14-game home winning streak for Carolina (1-2).

SEAHAWKS 37, 49ERS 18: Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a touchdown before suffering a left knee injury, and Seattle (2-1) routed visiting San Francisco (1-2).

COLTS 26, CHARGERS 22: Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play, giving Indianapolis (1-2) a victory over visiting San Diego (1-2).

The Colts recovered two fumbles in the final 62 seconds to preserve the win.

Luck finished 24 of 37 for 331 yards.

RAMS 37, BUCCANEERS 32: Case Keenum threw two touchdown passes and Todd Gurley rushed for two more scores for Los Angeles (2-1) in a storm-delayed victory at Tampa Bay (1-2).

The Rams, who did not get into the end zone in their first two games, also scored on Ethan Westbrooks’ 77-yard fumble return before thunder and lightning caused a 69-minute delay with two minutes remaining.

Jameis Winston threw for 405 yards and three TDs for Tampa Bay.

RAVENS 19, JAGUARS 17: Justin Tucker kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining, lifting Baltimore (3-0) to a win at Jacksonville (0-3).

RAIDERS 17, TITANS 10: Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and Oakland (2-1) forced three turnovers in a win at Tennessee (1-2).

DOLPHINS 30, BROWNS 24: Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and Miami (1-2) escaped with a win over visiting Cleveland (0-3).

Tannehill threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

Cody Parkey missed three field goals for Cleveland, including a 46-yarder as time expired in regulation.

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/golf-legend-arnold-palmer-dies-at-87/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/golf-legend-arnold-palmer-dies-at-87/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:01:47 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1076409 Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper’s son who became one of golf’s most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular “everyman” image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his longtime assistant Doc Griffin. Palmer was hospitalized in preparation for heart surgery, but Griffin said he did not know the exact cause of death. He was 87.

Mr. Palmer rose from a blue-collar background to become part of the sport’s royalty — he was colloquially known on the PGA tour as “The King” — and frequent playing partner of U.S. presidents. He left an indelible mark on the world of golf in the form of nearly 300 signature-designed courses, and Arnold Palmer Enterprises, which handled his endorsements and other ventures, helped make Mr. Palmer the first golfer to make his name a worldwide franchise.

Many credit Mr. Palmer with inventing golf as a televised sport, becoming the game’s first well-known star by helping to put a name and face to the game. Mr. Palmer’s vitality and boyishly handsome looks helped attract many new fans to the sport who watched on television. “I’ve got sex written all over my face,” Mr. Palmer once said.

Emerging as a superstar athlete in the 1950s, Mr. Palmer did not play golf courses; he attacked them. Armed with a brutish swing that more resembled a hockey slap shot than a daisy cutter, Mr. Palmer brought energy and zest to the staid game that men before him such as Bobby Jones and Sam Snead played wearing tweed coats and knickers.

Standing 6-feet-2, with broad shoulders, beefy arms and massive hands, Mr. Palmer was known for bombing drives off the tee and then stalking his ball down the fairway, striding long bounds while dangling a thin cigarette between his fingers.

Frequently, though, Mr. Palmer’s heavy swing would lead him to find his ball beached in sand traps and buried in thick rough. When his options were either to play it safe by taking a stroke and punching out for a cleaner shot, or zinging it between trees and through bushes for the narrow chance to save for par, Mr. Palmer knew what to do.

“There always were conservative players, fairways-and-greens types,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “The spectators get a kick out of seeing a player take a shot, take a risk.”

Surrounded by the gallery, Mr. Palmer would flick his cigarette, hitch up his pants, and then blast his ball for often mesmerizing results.

Between 1958 and 1964, he won seven major titles, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open once, and the British Open twice, two years in a row. Throughout a career spanning five decades, Mr. Palmer won 62 tournaments on the U.S. tour, and accrued nearly $7 million in prize money. He was the first golfer earn $1 million in purses.

Perhaps Mr. Palmer’s most memorable tournament, and one of the greatest golf showdowns of all time, occurred at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver.

On the final day of the event, Mr. Palmer was seven shots behind the leader — an otherwise insurmountable lead.

“What’ll happen if I shoot 65?” Mr. Palmer asked a friend before he teed off for the final round.

“Nothing,” said Pittsburgh sportswriter Bob Drum, “You blew your chance.”

“Like hell I did,” Mr. Palmer replied. “A 65 gives me 280 and 280 wins the Open.”

That day, Mr. Palmer drove the green on the 346-yard first hole. He birdied six of the seven opening holes. He shot a 65 — edging out an amateur prodigy by two shots named Jack Nicklaus — to win his only Open title.

 

Mr. Palmer was already an established champion on the tour when Nicklaus rose from obscurity to become golf’s golden boy. In nearly every tournament they entered, Mr. Palmer and Nicklaus battled in what is known as one of golf’s fiercest rivalries.

At the 1962 U.S. Open, Nicklaus won his first major championship by beating Mr. Palmer in a playoff. In 1964, Mr. Palmer finished first at the Masters, while Nicklaus was second. The next year, the order was reversed. In 1967, Nicklaus won the U.S. Open again, this time with a score of 5 under par. The only other player in the top 10 who played below par was Mr. Palmer, who finished second, four shots behind Nicklaus.

Their rivalry extended off the course to the business world. Mr. Palmer was known to call Nicklaus’s marketing symbol — a golden bear — a “golden pig,” reflecting Nicklaus’s pudgy physique.

In their later years, however, Mr. Palmer and Nicklaus became great friends. In 2010, Mr. Palmer and Nicklaus were the ceremonial starters of the Masters golf tournament and both hit an honorary first drive.

“In terms of fan recognition, he lifted the game to another level,” Nicklaus told USA Today in 2004. “He grabbed the imagination of the public. From 1958 to 1964 it would be hard to find a golfer who played better.”

Of Mr. Palmer’s mass appeal, golf writer Dan Jenkins once noted, “Arnold Palmer did not play golf, we thought. He nailed up beams, reupholstered sofas, repaired air conditioning units. He was the most immeasurable of all golf champions.”

His fans made themselves known one year at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., parading behind him and holding up signs that read “Arnie’s Army.” Many of them were soldiers from nearby Fort Gordon who had come to the tournament just to watch Mr. Palmer.

In all of his tournament appearances, Mr. Palmer was followed by throngs of fans who would stack themselves 15 rows deep. They’d climb trees, stand on shoulders, and even employ cardboard periscopes – anything to catch a glimpse of “The King.”

BUSINESS SUCCESS

Mr. Palmer capitalized on his popularity to wide success as a businessman, notably in 1961 when he started Arnold Palmer Enterprises with the marketing symbol of a colored golf umbrella.

Much of his success behind the scenes was credited to his business partner, Mark McCormack, whom Mr. Palmer had played against in college. McCormack, who died in 2004, founded IMG, an athlete management business, in 1960 and signed Mr. Palmer as his first client. Their deal, which was sealed with a handshake, immediately proved fruitful. In the first two years, Mr. Palmer’s endorsements soared from $6,000 a year to more than $500,000.

Throughout his career, Mr. Palmer maintained contracts with a wide variety of companies, including Rayovac batteries, Rolex watches, Starkey hearing aids, Pennzoil engine fluids, Ketel One vodka, Cadillac luxury cars, Callaway golfing products and E-Z-Go golf carts.

Mr. Palmer is also credited with creating a blended drink, an iced tea splashed with lemonade.

“A guy came up to the bar and he ordered an Arnold Palmer, and the barman knew what that drink was,” said Irishman Padraig Harrington, a three-time majors champion. “That’s in a league of your own.”

Always the businessman, in 2002 Mr. Palmer had his company license “Arnold Palmer Tee,” a bottled version of the drink, to the AriZona Beverage Co.

Mr. Palmer was also one of the first professionals to design golf courses and make millions of dollars doing it. Nearly 300 golf courses around the globe bear his name, including two that Mr. Palmer owned: the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, home to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a PGA tour event, and the Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania, the course where his father maintained the greens.

In 1994, Forbes estimated Mr. Palmer’s personal fortune to be worth more than $175 million. In Asia alone, the Arnold Palmer brand sells more than $100 million in products that range from car air fresheners to bed linens.

Mr. Palmer owned an exclusive magazine that catered to clubs where he had designed a golf course. He named the signature publication, which is distributed worldwide, “Kingdom.”

‘HIT IT HARD, BOY’

Arnold Daniel Palmer was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Youngstown, Pa., and raised in nearby Latrobe. He learned the game of golf from his father, Milfred Jerome “Deke” Palmer, a strict taskmaster who worked every day on the grounds of the Latrobe Country Club.

Mr. Palmer recalled in his book, “A Golfer’s Life” (1999), that he was 3 years old when his father placed a cut-down women’s golf club in his hands and instructed him simply to “hit it hard, boy.”

The rest Mr. Palmer did himself. He grew up to become a prodigious player and in high school lost only four matches.

During a junior tournament one summer, he met Marvin “Bud” Worsham, a golfer from the Washington area who would change Mr. Palmer’s life.

Worsham, who was also known as Bubby, was the youngest brother to the 1947 U.S. Open champion Lew Worsham. Bud Worsham became Mr. Palmer’s best friend, and the two became roommates at what is now Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where they both played golf on scholarship.

One night in Mr. Palmer’s senior year, Worsham was in a car that caromed off a road and slammed into a tree. Mr. Palmer, who was supposed to have been in the vehicle that night with Worsham, drove to the coroner the following morning to identify his best friend’s body.

The most prestigious junior tournament played in Washington, the Bubby Worsham Memorial, was renamed in his honor.

Shortly after the accident, Mr. Palmer left school and served three years in the Coast Guard. In 1954, seven months out of Coast Guard service and long out of the elite level of golf, Mr. Palmer as entered the U.S. Amateur tournament, then one of the premier events for golf talent.

Mr. Palmer, who was a long shot to begin with, won the tournament by a shot over Robert Sweeny. He often said he considered the win one of his greatest victories and the turning point in his career. Days later Mr. Palmer became a professional golfer by signing a sponsorship deal with Wilson Sporting Goods.

In his later years, Mr. Palmer took on the role of golf’s godfather, dispensing advice to fellow players on anything from business, their swing, to their private lives. In 2010, Mr. Palmer was outspoken during the aftermath of the news that Tiger Woods had been an unfaithful husband, and said Woods could have handled the controversy better by being more open with the public.

Among his many charitable donations, Mr. Palmer endowed a scholarship at Wake Forest in honor of Bud Worsham. In 2006, the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies opened in Orlando, largely funded by Mr. Palmer, which he named in memory of his wife of 45 years, the former Winnie Walzer, who died in 1999.

Survivors include his second wife, the former Kathleen Gawthrop, whom he married in 2005.

In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded Mr. Palmer the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Over the years, Mr. Palmer played golf with a number of presidents, and was frequent a partner of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Mr. Palmer often told a story about the first Masters he played in as a professional in 1955.

He and his wife, Winnie, drove up Magnolia Lane, the storied entrance to the grand white clubhouse of Augusta National, in a coral pink Ford towing a cramped 19-foot trailer they would live out of for the week of the event.

He came in 10th that year and won the considerable sum of $695.83, “and we never pulled the trailer again.”

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine shuts out Vermont in women’s soccer http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/sundays-maine-college-roundup-umaine-shuts-out-vermont-in-womens-soccer/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/sundays-maine-college-roundup-umaine-shuts-out-vermont-in-womens-soccer/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:50:40 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/sundays-maine-college-roundup-umaine-shuts-out-vermont-in-womens-soccer/ ORONO — Genaya Loftis scored 7:50 into the game and Maine held on for a 1-0 win over Vermont in an America East women’s soccer opener Sunday.

Samantha Cobotic made 10 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears (5-3), who were outshot 19-12 by the Catamounts (5-4-1).

Loftis knocked in a loose ball after the Vermont keeper misplayed a shot by Vivien Beil.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Alison Lu and Kristi Kirshe each collected a goal and an assist to lead the Ephs (6-0-1, 4-0-1 NESCAC) – the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III – to a win over the Bobcats (2-5-1, 0-4-1) in Lewiston.

Williams took the lead on Lu’s goal in the 34th minute. Kirshe scored in the second half with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Sarah McCarthy finished with six saves for the Bobcats, who were outshot 17-7.

MEN’S SOCCER

BOWDOIN 6, HUSSON 1: Moctar Niang scored twice during a six-goal first half for the Polar Bears (4-2-1) against the Eagles (2-4-2) in Brunswick.

Jai Kawale, Ethan Ellsworth, Jason Oliver and Ely Spencer added a goal apiece. Bowdoin outshot the Eagles 27-4.

Husson’s goal was scored by Jimmy Fitzpatrick 12 minutes into the second half.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Malcolm Moutenot and Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored as the Ephs (6-1-1, 3-1 NESCAC) downed the Bobcats (3-3-2, 2-2) in Lewiston.

Robbie Montanaro made eight saves for the Bobcats.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 3, COLBY 1: Christian Murphy scored just 35 seconds into the game and Pat Devlin added a goal in each half to lead the Camels (5-2, 2-2 NESCAC) to a win over the Mules (2-4-1, 1-2-1) in New London, Connecticut.

Colby’s goal was scored by David Howarth on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.

FIELD HOCKEY

HARVARD 3, MAINE 1: Marissa Balleza scored the eventual winning goal three minutes into the second half and also had an assist to lead the Crimson (4-4) past the 19th-ranked Black Bears (7-3) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Danielle Aviani scored for Maine off an assist from Sydney Veljacic with two minutes remaining.

Emma Cochran made five saves for the Black Bears.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 1: Rachel Brissette tipped in a shot by Alex Bennett off a penalty corner six minutes into overtime as the Ephs (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC) edged the Bobcats (4-3, 2-3) in Lewiston.

After falling behind in the 11th minute, the Bobcats tied the game in the 53rd minute when Alexandra Leahy scored off an assist from Shelbie McCormack following a penalty corner.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 2, COLBY 1: Jamie Navoni scored her second goal of the game with two minutes left in overtime to lift the Camels (1-5, 1-2 NESCAC) over the Mules (2-5, 1-4) in New London, Connecticut.

The game was scoreless until the 55th minute, when Navoni gave the Camels a 1-0 lead.

Colby tied the game when Kallie Hutchinson scored off an assist from McKayla Blanch with 10:32 left in regulation.

Emily Buckman finished with nine saves for the Mules, including three in overtime.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

MAINE 2, RENSSELAER 0: Kara Washer and Tereza Vanisova scored as the Black Bears (1-1) earned a split of their season-opening series against the Engineers (1-1) in Orono.

Washer, a freshman from Ontario, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 22 seconds into the second period, assisted by Vanisova and Vendula Pribylova, both freshmen from the Czech Republic.

Pribylova also assisted on Vanisova’s goal 9:41 into the third period.

Mariah Fujimagari made 20 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears, who outshot the Engineers 31-20.

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Golf roundup: McIlroy wins Tour Championship and FedEx Cup http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/golf-roundup-mcilroy-wins-tour-championship-and-fedex-cup/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/golf-roundup-mcilroy-wins-tour-championship-and-fedex-cup/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:59:19 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/golf-roundup-mcilroy-wins-tour-championship-and-fedex-cup/ ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win the tournament and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

“I took advantage of my opportunities today and yeah, here we are,” McIlroy said, his voice hoarse from screaming over so many quality shots and big moments.

In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this.

McIlroy fittingly won on the 16th hole, where his remarkable rally began in regulation when he holed out from 137 yards for eagle.

He made birdie on the 18th hole for a 6-under 64 to join a three-man playoff with Ryan Moore (64) and Kevin Chappell (66).

Moore had an 8-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win, but it caught the lip and spun out. Chappell had a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole but left it short.

They finished at 12-under 268.

Dustin Johnson surprisingly was never a factor, as he hit too many errant shots on the front nine and never recovered, closing with a 73. Johnson, however, still would have won the FedEx Cup if either Moore or Chappell had won the tournament.

McIlroy looked ready to put the perfect finish on his big day when he hit over the water to 6 feet for an eagle putt on the par-5 18th – the first playoff hole. Moore, however, holed a 10-footer for birdie, and then McIlroy’s eagle putt slid by the hole, and he removed his cap in disbelief.

Returning to the 18th, McIlroy missed an 18-foot birdie putt for the win. On the third extra hole, the par-3 15th over the water from 201 yards, McIlroy had to make a 7-foot par putt just to stay in the game.

Nothing was bigger than that birdie at the end. McIlroy stiffened his back, clutched both arms and shouted above the raucous cheers at East Lake. He earned a total of $11.53 million on Sunday, including $1.53 million for the Tour Championship.

Moore, meanwhile, got a consolation prize, as U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III rounded out his team by making Moore his fourth captain’s pick. Moore joins Brooks Koepka as the only rookies on the U.S. team.

EUROPEAN TOUR: France’s Alexander Levy wasted a four-shot lead but beat Ross Fisher of England in a playoff to win the fog-shortened European Open in Bad Griesbach, Germany.

Levy had bogeys on the 16th and 18th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 17th to finish with a 2-under 69 and a 19-under total.

Fisher shot a 64 but also missed a birdie putt on the 17th. Levy then made a birdie on the second playoff.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes because of fog delays over the first three days.

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College football notebook: LSU fires Miles as coach after 2-2 start http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/college-football-notebook-lsu-fires-miles-as-coach-after-2-2-start/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/college-football-notebook-lsu-fires-miles-as-coach-after-2-2-start/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:42:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/college-football-notebook-lsu-fires-miles-as-coach-after-2-2-start/ LSU fired Coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Sunday, and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach.

The moves came less than 24 hours after Miles briefly watched his players celebrate what they thought was a last-second winning touchdown pass at Auburn, only to walk off the field with a loss after officials determined on video replay that time had expired before the ball was snapped.

It was the latest of several frantic finishes in which the clock management of a Miles-coached offense had come under intense scrutiny. It will go down as the last.

“Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a written statement. “However, it’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made.

“We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week. We have great confidence that Coach Orgeron will do just that.”

Miles’ firing, reported first by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, came hours after LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which was ranked 18th last week, dropped out of the Top 25 in the latest AP Poll released Sunday afternoon.

Miles, who was in his 12th season, went 114-34 at LSU, the second-most victories in school history behind Charles McClendon’s 137 victories from 1962 to 1979.

Cameron, an old friend of Miles from when they were both assistants at Michigan in the 1980s, joined LSU in 2013. His offense was largely effective when his quarterback was Zach Mettenberger, a tall, strong-armed pro-style pocket passer. Production was far less consistent – and the passing game was often anemic – during the past two seasons.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke dropped the Fighting Irish – who started the season ranked No. 10 – to 1-3.

Greg Hudson, a former Irish linebacker under Lou Holtz who was hired as a defensive analyst over the summer, was named VanGorder’s replacement.

TOP 25: Wisconsin moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll and LSU became the second preseason top-10 team to drop out of the rankings in the first month of the season.

There were few changes in the Top 25 as the only four ranked teams that lost did so to other ranked teams.

The top teams held their spots, led by No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide received 50 first-place votes. No. 2 Ohio State was followed by Louisville, Michigan, Clemson, Houston and Stanford.

Wisconsin moved up three spot after dominating Michigan State 30-6. Texas A&M moved up a spot to No. 9.

LSU (2-2), which started the season No. 5, joined Notre Dame as preseason top-10 teams to fall out of the poll.

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Harvick earns Sprint Cup win in New Hampshire http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/harvick-earns-sprint-cup-win-in-new-hampshire/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/harvick-earns-sprint-cup-win-in-new-hampshire/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:27:14 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/harvick-earns-sprint-cup-win-in-new-hampshire/ LOUDON, N.H. — Kevin Harvick has thrived as NASCAR’s version of a Game 7 master, steeling his nerves and flourishing in those win-or-else races that keep a championship push alive.

His Chase off to a rocky start, Harvick again injected Sprint Cup’s playoffs with a rousing finish that allowed him to avoid a must-win situation next week as he earned a spot in the next playoff round.

Harvick won Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, pulling away on a late restart.

“It’s kind of like an addiction,” Harvick said. “You just love the rush of being able to be behind and be able to perform and make that happen.”

Harvick finished 20th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener, which put him 15th in the playoff standings. With another weak finish at New Hampshire, Harvick may have gone into next week’s race at Dover needing a win to advance, just as he did last year.

His lap times in the No. 4 Chevrolet only got faster deeper into the race, and he was soon nipping at Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth at the front of the field.

Kenseth dominated the second half of the race and seemed poised to win at New Hampshire for the third straight time.

Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion, had enough juice in his Chevy to zip past Kenseth with five laps left and join Truex as the drivers locked into the next round. Truex won the Chase opener at Chicagoland, and he led a race-high 141 laps at New Hampshire.

Harvick ran out of fuel late last year at New Hampshire and faced a win-or-be-eliminated race the next week at Dover. Harvick, who won for the third time this season, rallied last year for one of the biggest wins of his career to survive another round.

He won in a similar situation in 2014 at Phoenix when he needed a victory to advance to the championship race. Harvick went on to win the finale and the championship at Homestead.

“The last two years we’ve kind of just worn ourselves out and really stressed out over trying to perform at this level,” he said.

At Dover, it’s up to 14 other drivers to worry about a win.

Chase drivers took the top eight spots Sunday. The 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field will be cut to 12 after Dover.

Kenseth led 105 of 300 laps and would have clinched with the win, just as he did last season at New Hampshire when he was in perfect position to take advantage of Harvick’s fuel foul-up. Kenseth appeared to slow down just a bit on the last restart with five laps left, allowing Harvick to race side-by-side before taking off for his 11th win in 100 career starts at Stewart-Haas Racing.

“It was just a smooth restart. I just didn’t want to spin the tires,” Harvick said. “I don’t know what happened to him, or if I just timed it right.”

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Red Sox push their streak to 11 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/red-sox-push-their-streak-to-11/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/red-sox-push-their-streak-to-11/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:53:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/red-sox-push-their-streak-to-11/ ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia turned what looked like a sure out into the go-ahead run.

Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz’s double in the 10th inning, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Boston’s magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the 10th. The relay throw on Ortiz’s hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate, but he avoided catcher Luke Maile’s first tag.

Pedroia’s momentum carried him past the plate and he went back to touch it. Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

“That was crazy,” Ortiz said. “Seemed like he was dancing at the plate.”

“They made a great relay,” Pedroia added. “I really didn’t have anywhere to go. Just tried to get around him and touch the plate. It worked out for us.”
Maile called it a strange play.

“I don’t really know the timing of when the ball left the mitt,” Maile said. “It’s a play you’ve got to make.”

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night.

“Petey is right in the middle of it again,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.

Joe Kelly (4-0) pitched 22/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 51/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego in 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz’s request after Fernandez’s death. He had three hits and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBI at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player.

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On Baseball: Here’s one spin on Boston’s postseason rotation http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/on-baseball-heres-one-spin-on-bostons-postseason-rotation/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/on-baseball-heres-one-spin-on-bostons-postseason-rotation/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:29:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/on-baseball-heres-one-spin-on-bostons-postseason-rotation/ Drew Pomeranz sure looked sharp Friday night, pitching five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing one run, four hits and zero walks.

Pomeranz should get one more start this week. Then do the Red Sox show Pomeranz the door – the one leading to the bullpen?

With Boston headed toward the postseason, who do the Red Sox go with in the rotation after Rick Porcello and David Price (listed in order of my preference)?

These are the enjoyable questions New Englanders love to wrestle with. Better than the “What in blazes happened to this team?” (See postseason debates, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.)

The playoffs, with the scheduled days off, require that teams carry only a four-man rotation.

Porcello. Check.

Price. Check.

Eduardo Rodriguez … likely.

Clay Buchholz … probably.

Pomeranz … questionable.

Steven Wright … doubtful (very).

In the case of Wright, that three-hit shutout he pitched Aug. 5 seems like last season. Since then he’s been on the disabled list with a sore shoulder (injured while pinch running … we will pause here while you rant about that decision), and then rushed back to make two unsuccessful starts (nine earned runs in 10 innings).

Wright was initially expected to throw a bullpen for the Red Sox before Sunday’s game but now the team is saying he’s not ready.

It appears too little, too late to return him to the rotation. Even the bullpen seems like a remote idea.

Pomeranz has appeared tired recently, which is why Boston limited him to 78 pitches Friday night. He has pitched 1691/3 innings this season, or more than 70 innings beyond his previous high (96 2/3) in 2012, when started 22 games in Colorado, along with pitching another 50 innings in the minors.

Before Friday, Pomeranz’s last two starts featured outings of two innings (five runs) and 32/3 innings (four runs).

He has not pitched into the seventh inning since August.

So if Pomeranz is taken out of the rotation for the playoffs, does he become Felix Doubront or Jeff Suppan?

Doubront, Sea Dogs fans will remember, was the talented left-hander in the Red Sox organization who could just never put it all together (he is currently with Oakland, recovering from Tommy John surgery). In 2013, despite his displeasure, he was jettisoned to the bullpen for the postseason.

Doubront responded with a 1.29 ERA in four playoff games, including a clutch 22/3 innings of one-run ball in Game 4 of the World Series. Doubront followed Buchholz (who was hurting and limited to four innings) and was the winning pitcher.

Jeff Suppan, like Pomeranz, was a pitcher acquired by Boston before the 2003 trading deadline to solidify the playoff run. Suppan was 10-7 with a 3.57 ERA with Pittsburgh, and Boston dealt infielder Freddy Sanchez for him (Sanchez would win the 2006 National League batting title).

With Boston, Suppan was 3-4 with a 5.57 ERA. Boston left him off the postseason roster and he was granted free agency in the offseason. Pomeranz, by the way, is not eligible for free agency until 2019.

Pomeranz would figure to have value in the bullpen. He’s still a good pitcher, can provide long relief and he’s done this before, with 58 career relief appearances.

Buchholz could go to the bullpen. He adapted to the role for part of this season (16 appearances, 3.57 ERA).

Buchholz is similar to Rodriguez in a Jekyll-and-Hyde sort of aggravating way.

After sizzling in San Diego in early September, Buchholz took on the Blue Jays and lasted only three innings (six runs). Since then, Buchholz has pitched two solid starts (13 total innings, three runs).

Rodriguez came close to pitching a no-hitter in Oakland on Sept. 4. Two starts later he couldn’t get out of the third inning (four earned runs). Then he dazzled in his last start.

Unlike Pomeranz and Buchholz, Rodriguez has never relieved before.

So who are your Game 3 and 4 starters in a playoff series? Go with Rodriguez and Buchholz.

They both have shown they can dominate when they are on, and go deep enough into games.

Yes, there is the inconsistency that worries everyone. But in a playoff game, Manager John Farrell would be quick with a hook. If Rodriguez or Buchholz were faltering, Farrell could call on someone to give quality innings: Pomeranz.

 

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, dies in boat crash http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/marlins-say-pitcher-jose-fernandez-has-been-killed/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/marlins-say-pitcher-jose-fernandez-has-been-killed/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:32:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/marlins-say-pitcher-jose-fernandez-has-been-killed/ MIAMI – Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball’s brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

He and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández,” the Marlins said in a statement.

Reaction quickly poured in from around the game. Major League Baseball released a statement saying it was “stunned and devastated.”

“He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”

The Marlins’ game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled. The Braves, along with several other teams, quickly shared their condolences with the Marlins.

“Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion,” Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a “severe impact” with a jetty, said FWC’s Lorenzo Veloz. The overturned boat remained in the water Sunday morning, its engine partially submerged as its nose pointed skyward, as debris from the crash was scattered over some of the large jagged rocks.

Fernandez’s death immediately brought memories of past baseball tragedies, such as the deaths of Thurman Munson and Roberto Clemente – stars who died in plane crashes in the 1970s.

Cleveland teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident in Florida in 1993, and the game also reeled from the sudden deaths of major leaguers Darryl Kile, Lyman Bostock and Cory Lidle in recent years.

“Jose was a remarkable young man and a tremendously gifted athlete, who, at just 24, established himself as one of the game’s biggest and brightest stars,” said Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose’s family, friends, teammates, Miami Marlins organization and legions of fans in the United States and Latin America.”

The Miami Dolphins said they would have a moment of silence before their game in nearby Miami Gardens on Sunday afternoon to remember Fernandez.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. Officials later said they were taken to the medical examiner’s office. Two bodies were found under the vessel and a third was found on the jetty, said Capt. Leonel Reyes of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Marine Services Bureau.

The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” said Veloz, the FWC spokesman. “It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened.”

Veloz said there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were a cause in the crash. He also said none of the three victims wore a life jacket, and that the boat was owned by a friend of Fernandez’s.

“It does pertain to a friend of Jose who is very well connected with several Marlins players and I have stopped that boat before for safety inspections with other Marlins players on board,” Veloz said. “We know that this boat knows the area. We just can’t answer why this happened.”

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times – landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries – before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

“I’m still in shock,” former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. “The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family.”

Video boards at Marlins Park on Sunday morning showed a large “16” – Fernandez’s jersey number – over his name. A few fans milled about, even though the game was canceled.

Fernandez posted a photo of his girlfriend sporting a “baby bump” on his Instagram page last week, announcing that the couple were expecting their first child.

“I’m so glad you came into my life,” Fernandez wrote in that post. “I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together.”

 

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What’s Up in October: Jupiter and Mercury return, and the Orionid meteor shower peaks http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/whats-up-in-october-jupiter-and-mercury-return-and-the-orionid-meteor-shower-peaks/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/whats-up-in-october-jupiter-and-mercury-return-and-the-orionid-meteor-shower-peaks/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1073976 This is the first full month of autumn, and it will bring with it a radical transformation of our lush green summer landscape into the dramatic and memorable flaming foliage of fall for which New England is so famous. This is also a great time to get outside under the night sky to experience more of its ongoing and completely natural wonders.

We tend to have more clear nights this month than during other months, and they tend to be cool and crisp as our summer humidity disappears and the Earth tilts farther away from the sun, making our days shorter and shorter and our nights longer and longer.

There will be several highlights this month that will be well worth watching, including the return of Jupiter and Mercury to our morning sky; Venus catching up with and crossing under Saturn in Scorpius; Uranus at opposition in Pisces along with the dwarf planet Ceres; the moon occulting Aldebaran in Taurus; comet 43P/Wolf-Harrington in Hydra; asteroid Parthenope in Cetus the Whale; and the Orionid meteor shower caused by Halley’s Comet.

Jupiter returns to our morning sky after disappearing near the sun for a month. Look for the king of the planets just 1.6 degrees below Mercury on the morning of Oct. 10. The next morning they will be even closer together, and then Jupiter climbs higher even as Mercury sinks lower again.

Venus continues to climb a little higher and move 1 degree east per day. Watch as a slender waxing crescent moon passes just above Venus on the evening of Oct. 3, half an hour after sunset. Then, keep watching as Venus will shoot the gap between Saturn and Antares in Scorpius, just like Mars did on Aug. 23. Venus will pass just 3 degrees below Saturn in this lineup on Oct. 29 and 30. You can think of this like a giant slingshot in space. They only appear that way from our perspective on Earth, but it is a good chance to think more carefully about the motions of these three objects and what they are really like up close.

Venus is sometimes called our sister planet because it is nearly the same size and mass as Earth, but that is where the similarities end. Venus exhibits the classic runaway greenhouse effect, with a surface temperature of 900 degrees, hot enough to melt some metals, and a surface pressure nearly 100 times greater than we experience on Earth. The pressure on the surface of Venus is equivalent to being 3,000 feet below the surface of our ocean. Venus orbits at 22 miles per second and takes 225 days to get around the sun. It spins so slowly that its day is longer than its year, at 243 Earth days. It also spins in the opposite direction of Earth, since its axis is flipped over. The sun would rise in the west on this incredibly dangerous planet.

There are several new missions now being proposed that will revisit this planet and see it in much better detail to uncover a few more of its important mysteries that will also help us understand Earth better. NASA is in the process of deciding between Veritas, which would remain in orbit around Venus like the Magellan spacecraft that arrived in 1990, and Davinci, which would drop a probe onto its surface.

If you have a good pair of binoculars, you can find the planet Uranus in Pisces. It is at opposition on Oct. 15. That means it rises at sunset and stays in our sky all night long and is at its closest and brightest for the year. Once you spot its eerie blue-green glow in your binoculars, you should be able to see it without them, since it will glow at 5.7 magnitude. The faintest objects the unaided human eye can see in a dark sky are at sixth magnitude, which is a little fainter than 5.7 magnitude.

Ceres, the largest of our millions of asteroids, is also at opposition now in Pisces. This 600-mile-wide dwarf planet will shine at 6.7 magnitude, so you would need binoculars or a telescope to see it. We recently found mysterious white spots in one of its craters.

The waning gibbous moon will occult Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, on the night of Oct. 18 into Oct. 19. Check the website on lunar occultations for more details. I have seen similar events several times, and it is a great way to get a sense of the moon’s second-by-second eastward motion around the earth as it moves right in front of a bright star, causing it to disappear instantaneously not to reappear until one hour later.

Comet 43P/Wolf-Harrington will be visible in a telescope in Hydra this month. It should reach around 11th magnitude in our morning sky. It is part of Jupiter’s family of periodic comets. We haven’t had many bright comets lately, but that should end soon with brighter comets scheduled to visit us in December and January.

The asteroid named Parthenope, after a siren of the sea in Greek mythology, will be at its best in Cetus the Whale near Uranus and Ceres this month. This 100-mile-wide main-belt asteroid orbits between Mars and Jupiter at about 6 miles per second relative to Earth, which is about the speed that Saturn orbits the sun. It will only reach ninth magnitude, so you would need a telescope to see and appreciate this large chunk of metallic nickel-iron with magnesium and iron silicates. While looking at this asteroid in a telescope you could also see some of the geosynchronous satellites that always orbit the earth at 22,300 miles high. Some of them will reach fourth magnitude in October. Once you find one, turn off the drive on the telescope and you can keep watching it, since geosynchronous satellites always stay over the same spot above the Earth as we spin on our axis at about 700 miles per hour at this latitude.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks on the night of Friday, Oct. 21, into Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the last quarter moon will rise around midnight to spoil some of the show. Try to catch some meteors before that happens, or face west in the sky to get away from the rising moon. You can expect about 15 meteors per hour, tiny sand grain-sized particles of Halley’s Comet. These meteors are all caused by the Earth moving through the debris trail of Halley’s Comet. This famous comet also causes the Eta Aquarid meteor shower every May 4. You could also look for a lesser shower, the Southern Taurids, caused by Comet Encke on Oct. 10.

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Oct. 1: In 1897, the Yerkes 40-inch refractor was dedicated. Designed by George Ellery Hale, it was the largest telescope in the world at the time. Hale also designed the next three large telescopes, each of them the largest in the world at the time. His last one was the 200-inch reflector at Palomar Mountain in California in 1948.

Oct. 3: The moon passes near Venus.

Oct. 4: In 1957, Sputnik 1 was launched, marking the start of the space age.

Oct. 6: The moon passes 4 degrees north of Saturn.

Oct. 7: In 1885, Niels Bohr was born. He was one of the pioneers in the quantum mechanics revolution, which made a lot of our modern technology possible.

Oct. 8: The moon passes near Mars.

Oct. 9: First quarter moon is at 12:33 a.m. Kepler’s supernova was seen on this day in 1604.

Oct. 15: The planet Uranus is at opposition in Pisces, reaching 5.7 magnitude.

Oct. 16: Full moon is at 12:23 a.m. This is also called the Hunter’s Moon.

Oct. 21: Dwarf planet Ceres is at opposition in Pisces. The Orionid meteor shower peaks.

Oct. 22: Last quarter moon is at 3:14 p.m.

Oct. 25: Venus passes 3 degrees north of Antares in Scorpius.

Oct. 28: The moon passes near Jupiter this morning.

Oct. 30: New moon is at 1:38 p.m.

Oct. 31: In 2005, the Hubble Space Telescope discovered two new moons of Pluto.

Bernie Reim of Wells is co-director of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England.

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Hunting: The odors that never grow old http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/hunting-the-odors-that-never-grow-old/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/hunting-the-odors-that-never-grow-old/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1074468 While sights and sounds sometimes trigger fond recollections, it seems the effect of odor is much stronger, and certain aromas can stir vivid memories of days afield. There is a clinical explanation.

Incoming odors are first detected by an organ known as the olfactory bulb. It starts inside the nose and connects to two areas along the bottom of the brain that handle our emotion and memory. Information for sight, sound and touch do not pass through these areas, which probably explains why scent has a much stronger effect on our emotions.

The smell of burned gunpowder, on the shooting range or in the field, elicits myriad memories for me but none stand out as much as the frosty mornings of my early teen years and my first pheasant hunts. I can still hear the roar of wings as a bird erupts from cover nearly underfoot, and the raucous cackling of its escape flight, followed by two quick pops. And if I close my eyes, I can picture the gray smoke swirling out of the twin side-by-side barrels of my Lefever Nitro Special as I extract two empty hulls.

Driving by Scarborough Marsh at low tide with the windows open, I catch a sulfurous whiff of decomposing organic matter and my mind instantly goes back to a frigid December morning hunting red-legged black ducks on the coastal marshes. Those were simpler times. No camo jacket, just a weather-beaten tan Mackinaw, the pockets stuffed with No. 4 lead loads. When I stepped in the gray mud my nostrils would fill with a pungent rotten-egg smell so strong it almost burned.

The doughnuts I sometimes eat with my morning coffee conjure up memories of filling great barrels with expired pastry, then shoveling the amalgamated mass into smaller pails and lugging it into mosquito-infested woods on hot, humid late-summer afternoons. To outwit the bear’s keen sense of smell, you always sit on the downwind side of baits and so are treated to the aroma of doughnuts for hours while you wait.

Scuff away the duff as you walk through the forest and you may not smell it. But if you scrape away the leaves and other detritus from the forest floor, then sit on the bare earth you’ll sense the almost metallic, earthy smell. In the fall it takes me back to countless days on a deer stand waiting for deer that more often than not never came.

Then one November day he did come, and walking up on the fallen buck my nostrils were filled with a strong, musky odor that seemed to settle more in the back of my throat than my nose. And to this day, each time I smell the penetrating odor of a rutting buck it brings me back to that first one.

Sometimes on a spring morning, just after a rain when the humidity still holds aromas close to the ground, I’ll get a whiff of honeysuckle; or walking through a wet hardwood bottom my boot will crush a spathe of skunk cabbage. When the odor hits my nose it stirs countless mornings in the turkey woods, and sometimes I’ll swear I just heard a turkey gobble in the distance.

There are so many aromas that stir unique emotions and memories of days spent outdoors. But there is one that trumps all others because it is nearly pervasive. The smell of wood smoke is synonymous with hunting camp, serving as the matrix for a mottling of bacon and eggs, wet wool and wet dogs. It is the smell of hours of swapping stories and telling lies by an open fire. And before our civilized lives it literally meant survival, which might also explain why we find it so pleasant. In the end all that really matters is that we do.

Bob Humphrey is a freelance writer and registered Maine guide who lives in Pownal. He can be reached at:

bhunt@maine.rr.com

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Jake Christie: Mount Megunticook and Maiden Cliff haven’t lost their appeal http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/jake-christie-mount-megunticook-and-maiden-cliff-havent-lost-their-appeal/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/jake-christie-mount-megunticook-and-maiden-cliff-havent-lost-their-appeal/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1073808 One of the great pleasures of writing the “Worth the Trip” column is exploring Maine to find new places to visit. I love the long, early-morning weekend drives on back roads, the exhilaration of looking out over the state from a new summit, and the joy of meeting new people and hearing stories about their favorite local and not-so-local places.

But there’s also something special about re-experiencing places I’ve been before.

As I looked back over the past few years of this column, I was surprised to see only passing mentions of one of my all-time favorite hikes – Mount Megunticook and Maiden Cliff in Camden. I have faint memories of climbing Maiden Cliff when I was barely old enough to walk; in fact, I think it was the first hike I ever took. I’ve returned time and again, in every season and every type of weather, to what I consider one of the best hikes in the state.

Maiden Cliff and Mount Megunticook are part of Camden Hills State Park, and there are multiple approaches to both from a number of trailheads. My favorite loop starts at the Maiden Cliff trailhead, about 3 miles north of Camden Village on Route 52. This approach can be used for a shorter, kid-friendly 2-mile out-and-back hike to Maiden Cliff, or as a starting and ending point for this 7-mile loop.

Leaving the lot, the Maiden Cliff trail starts at a moderate grade, climbing fairly quickly from Megunticook Lake on an old logging road next to a scenic brook, through groves of beech and birch. Soon, you cross the brook on a log bridge and begin traveling up another seasonal brook, which can be somewhat difficult and wet during the spring melt.

About half a mile from the road, there’s a well-marked junction that’s a bit more open, looking north at millerite ledges over boulders and through hemlock trees. Stay to the right to head toward the ridge trail and Mount Megunticook’s summit.

Turning at a beautiful cascade, the trail climbs quickly to gain the ridge, with the first views over Megunticook Lake. After a quick scramble over some steep rocks, you’ll find yourself on wide open ledges with panoramic views over the lake to Bald Mountain, Ragged Mountain and beyond. At the big cairns atop the ledges, turn right onto the Ridge Trail, the main trail connecting Maiden Cliff over Mount Megunticook to Ocean Lookout.

After a slight dip and a couple brook crossings, the trail rises gradually, with several outlooks offering fine views – perfect places to stop for a snack. One of these spots sits at the top of Barrett’s Cove Cliff, a popular rock climbing spot that plunges more than 250 feet down toward Route 52.

Continue gaining elevation over rooty and rocky footing, passing junctions with Jack Williams Trail and Zeke’s Trail. Once you pass the junction with Zeke’s, the trail ascends over a small knob, then dips into an attractive, mostly level grove of trees – airy and open in the winter, and bursting with green in the spring and summer, or red and orange in the fall.

After half a mile of minor ups and downs, the trail ascends quickly over rocky footing to reach the 1,385-foot summit of Mount Megunticook. Trees circle the giant cairn that marks the high point, so even on top of the rocks, there’s not much to see from here. Go straight past the Slope Trail and continue on the Ridge Trail for just half a mile, descending from the summit before leveling off at the magnificent Ocean Lookout.

My father, who grew up in Camden and worked in the booth at Camden Hills State Park, once called Ocean Lookout the best view in Maine, and it’s easy to understand why. Standing on the wide granite ledges, you look over a wide swath of coastal Maine. Just below is the auto road, winding up Mount Battie to the stone tower built on its summit, erected in 1921. Past Battie are Camden Harbor and Camden village, with Rockport and Rockland beyond; turn your eyes inland, to the west, and you’ll see the Camden Snow Bowl on Ragged Mountain, and Spruce and Pleasant Mountains just behind. To the east, looking over the sea, the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven are off shore. Farther out are Deer Isle and Isle au Haut.

Ocean Lookout can be quite crowded, but be sure to linger here, whether you’re alone or among others enjoying the view. It’s a perfect spot to stop for a meal, peep at leaves, marvel at a snow-covered wonderland or just while away an hour soaking in the view.

When you’re ready to continue, follow along the ledge, bearing right at the Megunticook Trail. The trail drops quickly down the edge of the lookout’s cliffs to join the Tablelands Trail in less than a quarter of a mile. One more right will put you on the Jack Williams Trail, which runs parallel to the Ridge Trail – at the bottom of the ridge.

Despite being down in the woods, the views here are quite striking; giant stretches of ancient granite tower above, up to Ocean Lookout, and the trail winds through a beautiful mixed hardwood forest on a mostly flat grade. After a little less than two miles, the trail swings up steeply to reconnect with the Ridge Trail.

Follow the Ridge Trail back to the ledges where you first joined it, then bear right to continue easily over open ledges before descending to Maiden Cliff. Megunticook Lake sprawls out below, and Bald and Ragged Mountains rise up just on the other side.

To return to the trailhead, follow the Maiden Cliff trail south, descending the millerite ledges by switchbacks. From the trail junction at their base, retrace your steps over the easy half-mile to the lot on Route 52.

If you’re not up for the 7-mile trek, there are other ways to reach these spots, thanks to the extensive trail network that runs through Camden Hills State Park. But if you have the chance, load up your day pack and spend a day exploring the scenery and history of this special place.

Jake Christie is a freelance writer living in Portland. Along with his brother, Josh, he writes about great Maine destinations for outdoors enthusiasts. Jake can be reached at:

jakechristie@gmail.com

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Horns Pond wilderness camp is a big step up http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/the-horns-pond-wilderness-camp-is-a-big-step-up/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/the-horns-pond-wilderness-camp-is-a-big-step-up/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1073829 The Horns Pond wilderness camp site on Bigelow Mountain range is the heaviest used site for overnight campers along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, drawing about 3,000 to 4,000 each year.

It lies in the high elevation zone of the Bigelow range that includes 4,088-foot Myron Avery Peak and 4,150-foot West Peak.

Hikers camp at Horns Pond on the way to South Horns Peak, which is about a half-hour hike away.

The campsite is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the volunteer group that has managed the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1935.

The Bigelow range is similar to the ridge line of Mount Katahdin, offering treacherous, extremely difficult walking above the tree line to a string of rugged peaks.

The trail to Horns Pond leaves from the narrow, dirt Stratton Brook Pond Road off Route 27 in Wyman Township and intersects with the Appalachian Trail at the pond. The 3-acre pond is stocked by the state with brook trout in the spring and open to fishing.

– Staff report

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Outdoors Calendar http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/outdoor-calendar-87/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/outdoor-calendar-87/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1073874 MONDAY

Hawk Workshop, 9 a.m. in Cape Neddick

York County Audubon is collaborating with the Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Region to present a workshop in the Learning Lodge at the Mt. Agamenticus summit, a great vantage point to see raptor migration. The workshop will run for two hours, then the group will look for hawks from the summit. Bring a bag lunch and binoculars. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost is $10. To register, go to yorkcountyaudubon.org.

UPCOMING

Woodland Race, 9 a.m., Oct. 2, Jefferson

Join Hidden Valley Nature Center for its Race Through the Woods, featuring a half-marathon and a 5-kilometer race. Racers will cover portions of the center’s 1,000 acres, and run over granite ridges and alongside ponds. A kids’ obstacle course run will be held at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will include local food and donated goods, and gift certificates to running stores. The cost is $35 for the half-marathon and $25 for the 5K. To register go to hvnc.org.

SATURDAY

Discovery Walk, 1:30-3 p.m. in Scarborough

Join Scarborough Land Trust at its Fuller Farm property on Broadturn Road for a nature walk and scavenger hunt. Learn about plants and animals in fall. Led by wildlife biologist Andrew Johnson. Free and open to all. Download a free trail map at scarboroughlandtrust.org. To learn more, call 289-1199.

Send event listings to dfleming@pressherald.com.

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Auto racing roundup: Edwards hopes to capture Kenseth’s magic http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/auto-racing-roundup-edwards-hopes-to-capture-kenseths-magic/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/auto-racing-roundup-edwards-hopes-to-capture-kenseths-magic/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:13:25 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/25/auto-racing-roundup-edwards-hopes-to-capture-kenseths-magic/ LOUDON, N.H. — Carl Edwards joked before Friday’s qualifying session that he’d like to steal some tips from Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff, and try to earn his own win at the track.

Edwards then turned the fastest lap and won the pole; Kenseth, with three wins at New Hampshire since ’13 including the last two races here, starts eighth. Edwards won the pole for the third time in the last four New Hampshire races, his sixth pole of the season, but has failed to end the race the same way he started – in first.

Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR champion, had a season more solid than spectacular with two wins but just four top-five finishes. He had 12 top-fives and five wins last season.

Martin Truex Jr. earned a spot in the next round of the Chase with a win in the playoff opener last week at Chicagoland Speedway.

The 16-driver Chase field will be cut to 12 after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway. Kenseth is seventh in the standings after one race and has the kind of resume that would suggest he can survive to the next round even without a victory over the next two races.

But last season’s stunning knockout of Jimmie Johnson at Dover is a reminder that win-and-in beats hoping for the best. Johnson entered Dover fifth in the standings and, with 10 career wins at Dover, seemed a lock to advance. His No. 48 Chevrolet was forced off the track for 36 laps with a torn rear axle seal and he was eliminated from contention.

Kenseth, with 38 career wins, knows time is of the essence for another title shot. Kenseth said he had no immediate plans to follow fellow 40-something NASCAR champions Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart into retirement.

“I haven’t put a ton of thought into it,” Kenseth said. “I realize there are more years of racing behind me then there are in front of me. But I feel great, I feel like we’re running good. I’m having a lot of fun. I don’t have any plans to quit in the near future.”

XFINITY SERIES: Elliott Sadler took the lead with four laps left and held off Daniel Suarez by 0.246 seconds to win the first race in the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway.

Sadler pushed his No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevy Camaro from 15th with 50 laps remaining for his third victory this season, clinching a spot in the eight-driver second round that begins at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 15.

Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Matt Tifft.

Erik Jones was denied a series win at Kentucky for the second time this season despite leading the 300-mile event five times for 100 laps. His chance for victory was derailed with 13 laps remaining when his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota tangled with Ty Dillon’s No. 3 Chevy at the exit of Turn 4.

TRUCK SERIES: William Byron won the first Chase race in the Truck Series with a dominant performance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Byron, 18, won for the sixth time this season and advanced to the second round of the Chase.

Christopher Bell was second, followed by Matt Crafton, non-Chase driver Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.

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Sports Digest: Hokom shoots 7 under to take lead at disc golf nationals http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/sports-digest-hokom-shoots-7-under-to-take-lead-at-disc-golf-nationals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/sports-digest-hokom-shoots-7-under-to-take-lead-at-disc-golf-nationals/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:19:08 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/sports-digest-hokom-shoots-7-under-to-take-lead-at-disc-golf-nationals/ Disc golf

Hokom shoots 7 under to take lead at nationals

Sarah Hokom is 7-under par after three rounds and leads the open division at the Professional Disc Golf Association women’s national championship at Sabattus Disc Golf Complex in Sabattus.

Hokom, of Freedom, California, scored 59 and 55 in the second and third rounds on Saturday, after a 61 in the first round on Friday.

Madison Walker and Paige Pierce are both 3-under par, while Holly Finley and Catrina Allen are tied for fourth at even par. Defending champion Hannah Leatherman of Bowdoin is in sixth place at 3-over par. She shot 68 in the first round, then rebounded Saturday with a 60 and a 57.

The final round will take place on Sunday.

TENNIS

MOSELLE OPEN: Top-seeded Dominic Thiem rallied past local favorite Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach final in Metz, France, where he will meet Lucas Pouille, who beat defeated 2014 champion David Goffin 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the other semifinal.

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: Stan Wawrinka will try to follow up his U.S. Open championship with another title in St. Petersburg after beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (8), 6-2 in their semifinal.

Wawrinka will face fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who beat Tomas Berdych in the first semifinal.

GUANGZHOU OPEN: Defending champion Jelena Jankovic’s serving let her down as she lost the final in Guanghzou, China, to unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

KOREA OPEN: Fifth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated Zhang Shuai of China 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the final in Seoul, South Korea.

She will face Lara Arruabarrena of Spain, who defeated Patricia Maria Tig 6-1, 6-2, which ended hopes of an all-Romanian final.

Hockey

WORLD CUP: Brad Marchand scored twice from Sidney Crosby, including a go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Canada beat Russia 5-2 in the semifinals at Toronto.

The Canadians will face the winner of the Sweden-Team Europe game Sunday in the best-of-three finals.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out 3 to 6 weeks with a broken hand.

SOCCER

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Dropping Wayne Rooney had the desired effect for Manchester United.

With its out-of-form captain sitting on the bench, United scored four goals in a sparkling first-half display and overwhelmed defending champion Leicester City 4-1 in Manchester, England.

SPANISH LEAGUE: Barcelona didn’t show any signs of missing Lionel Messi, cruising past Sporting Gijon 5-0 in Madrid in its first Spanish league game without the injured playmaker.

Neymar and Luis Suarez took over in Messi’s absence, and by the end of the day Barcelona was only one point behind Real Madrid, which drew at Las Palmas 2-2.

PREPS

FIELD HOCKEY: Sydney Hopkins scored twice off penalty corners and Andrea Cardonna added a goal on a penalty stroke to lead Berwick Academy to a 3-1 win over Concord Academy at South Berwick.

– Staff and news service report

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Saturday’s high school roundup: Falmouth gets field hockey victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-high-school-roundup-portland-rallies-to-tie-westbrook/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-high-school-roundup-portland-rallies-to-tie-westbrook/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:53:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-high-school-roundup-portland-rallies-to-tie-westbrook/ YARMOUTH — Isabelle Libby scored as time expired in double overtime Saturday to lift Falmouth to a 3-2 win over Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.

Falmouth (9-1) took a 1-0 lead early in the game on an unassisted goal from Kate Kelley. Sophie McGrath of Yarmouth (4-4) tied it later in the first half off a rebound.

Falmouth regained the lead in the second half on a goal by Devin Sarazin, but Ally MacLeod answered with 15 minutes left in regulation.

WINDHAM 2, PORTLAND 1: Julia Libby and Paige LeFerriere scored less than two minutes apart late in the first half, and the Eagles (3-4-1) held on to edge the Bulldogs (2-7) at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Portland cut its deficit in half when Sophia Nolan scored with 15:20 remaining.

KENNEBUNK 3, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Christine Jarowicz scored all three Kennebunk goals in the first half as the Rams (7-2) cruised to a win over the Raiders (3-5-1) in Kennebunk.

Lindsey Gregoire and Katherine Koch each recorded an assist for Kennebunk.

Taylor Kruger put the Raiders on the board with an unassisted goal in the second half.

ST. DOMINIC 9, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0: Hannah Trottier-Braun scored five goals as the Saints (6-2-1) routed the Seagulls (1-7-1) in Old Orchard Beach.

Callie Samson and Caroline Johnson each added two goals.

BOYS’ SOCCER

WESTBROOK 3, PORTLAND 3: Manny Ugu and Alex Frank scored in the final seven minutes of regulation as Portland (5-1-1) rallied for a tie against the Blue Blazes (4-3-1) in Portland.

Frank’s tying goal was a penalty kick with 25 seconds remaining in regulation.

Westbrook jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals by Shammah Gahomera.

Portland cut the deficit to 2-1 prior to halftime on a goal by Quinn Clarke. Westbrook’s Jean Marc Lohomboli made it 3-1 in the second half.

CHEVERUS 3, BIDDEFORD 0: James Shimansky scored off a pass from Niklas Hase early in the first half and the Stags (4-4) went on to beat the Tigers (0-7) in Portland.

Cheverus extended its lead on a header from Owen Burke off a Luc Dionne corner kick early in the second half. Michael Nason added an unassisted goal with seven minutes left.

FALMOUTH 5, YARMOUTH 3: Michael Sanzari scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first half and the Yachtsmen (5-1-1) held off the Clippers (4-2) in Yarmouth.

Nate Arrants also scored twice, once in each half, and Hayden Farr added an unassisted goal in the second half.

Matt Dostie, Eric LaBrie and Gibson Harnett scored for Yarmouth.

CAPE ELIZABETH 2, GREELY 1: David Hare headed in a free kick from Owen Thoreck for the go-ahead goal with 10:19 remaining as the Capers (5-2-1) edged the Rangers (3-4) in Cape Elizabeth.

Greely jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Will Pidgeon with 2:29 left in the first half.

The Capers got the equalizer on a penalty kick by Quinn Hewitt with 25 minutes left.

YORK 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Matt Graziano and Alex Nickerson each scored an unassisted goal, and the Wildcats (4-3) held off the host Patriots (5-1-1) in Gray.

Graziano broke a scoreless deadlock with three minutes left in the first half, and Nickerson made it 2-0 about five minutes into the second half.

Oliver Grant scored for Gray-New Gloucester midway through the second half, assisted by Josiah Carter.

A.R. GOULD 3, HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN 1: Abdi Ibrahim scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Bears (4-3) past the Knights (0-4) at South Portland.

Isaak Aliyow also scored for A.R. Gould, and Justin Belanger had an assist.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

PORTLAND 3, WESTBROOK 0: Annika Moore collected a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs (4-1-2) downed the Blue Blazes (0-6-1) at Portland.

Kate Johnson and Gracie LaGrange added a goal apiece, and Morgan Kierstead was credited with an assist.

GORHAM 3, DEERING 0: Hallie Shiers and Tiril Wiig each had a goal and an assist to lead Gorham (6-0-1) over visiting Deering (3-4).

Gorham, which also got a goal from Emma Forgues, led 1-0 at halftime.

MARSHWOOD 4, MASSABESIC 1: Casey Perry scored a pair of goals to lead the Hawks (5-1-1) past the Mustangs (1-6) in Waterboro.

Molly Ferguson and Taylor Tarr each added a goal for Marshwood.

YORK 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Maddie Amidon scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats (4-1-2) in a win over the Patriots (4-3) at Gray.

SACOPEE VALLEY 2, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Lexie Lajoie and Abby Mosson teamed up for both goals as the Hawks (3-6) beat the Panthers (5-2-2) in South Hiram.

Lajoie scored on a feed from Mosson at the 25-minute mark. Lajoie then set up Mosson 10 minutes into the second half.

GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 0, RANGELEY 0: Clairette Kirezi made three saves for Greater Portland Christian (1-5-1) and Amber Morrill recorded four saves for Rangeley (3-3-2) in a scoreless tie in Rangeley.

VOLLEYBALL

FALMOUTH 3, MT. DESERT ISLAND 1: Madison Tait had 11 aces, 10 kills and five digs as the Yachtsmen (6-2) beat the Trojans (6-2) in Falmouth.

Alston Armstrong contributed two aces and six kills, and Alaina Birkel had 26 assists for Falmouth, which won 25-15, 20-25, 25-12, 25-9.

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Red Sox top Rays for 10th straight win, clinch playoff spot http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/red-sox-win-magic-number-at-3-for-al-east/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/red-sox-win-magic-number-at-3-for-al-east/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:42:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/red-sox-win-magic-number-at-3-for-al-east/ ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth Saturday night by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5½-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL’s second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season’s final week, meaning only one of them can win match Boston’s 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 61/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe’s solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBI.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook’s grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez’s grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

NOTES: Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright (right shoulder) isn’t ready to throw off a mound, but did throw at 120 feet on level ground for the second straight day. … Tampa Bay designated hitter Nick Franklin (left hamstring) was in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 15. He did pinch-hit twice in between. … Farrell said left-hander David Price will start Tuesday and Sunday, which lines him up for Game 2 of the AL division series. … The Rays will honor Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz in a pregame ceremony Sunday before his final game at Tropicana Field. He will be just the fourth visiting player to be honored, joining Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cal Ripken Jr. “Whenever somebody takes their time to honor my career I always appreciate it,” Ortiz said.

MANAGER JOHN John Farrell has not ruled out injured third baseman Pablo Sandoval returning this year should an injury replacement be required.

Sandoval was not expected back until 2017 following a left shoulder injury that sent him to the disabled list after just three games in April.

“We’re staying open-minded,” Farrell said. “If something was to happen, does he make himself an option? That door has not been closed.”

Sandoval has been the designated hitter with the Red Sox’s instructional league team in Fort Myers, Florida, and is expected soon to play in the field.

Sandoval worked out with the AL East leaders Saturday, taking batting practice and doing defensive drills.

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NFL Week 3 at a Glance: Broncos vs. Bengals is the Game of the Week http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/nfl-week-3-at-a-glance-broncos-vs-bengals-is-the-game-of-the-week/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/nfl-week-3-at-a-glance-broncos-vs-bengals-is-the-game-of-the-week/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1073778 BRONCOS (2-0) at BENGALS (1-1), 1 p.m.

Outlook: There were a handful of other solid Game of the Week candidates but I’ll take this AFC duel pitting Cincy’s high-motor offense vs. Denver’s super-stout defense. The Broncos lead the series 20-9. Andy Dalton has 16 TD passes and a 106.8 passer rating in his past nine home games. Upset watch, but the Broncos will miss injured LB DeMarcus Ware.

Television: CBS

Prediction: Bengals, 23-20

CARDINALS (1-1) at BILLS (0-2), 1 p.m.

Outlook: This admittedly is a big dice roll, because a blowout win by the Cards would probably be less surprising than a victory by the desperate Bills. But sometimes you have to go with the gut, right? Tyrod Taylor has a 110.3 rating in his past five home games, and I think Rex Ryan’s defense will rise up and limit Carson Palmer’s potent attack.

Prediction: Bills, 27-23

BROWNS (0-2) at DOLPHINS (0-2), 1 p.m.

Outlook: Make this game the Dog of the Week in dishonor of the Browns being so awful that even a winless Miami is a near double-digit favorite. Shouldn’t the Browns have been relegated to the Canadian league by now? This is the opener for Miami’s newly refurbished and renamed stadium. The Browns will help the Dolphins christen it right.

Prediction: Dolphins, 27-10

RAIDERS (1-1) at TITANS (1-1), 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Titans are a sorrowful 2-15 in their past 17 home games in seeking their first back-to-back wins since 2013. Their offense hasn’t been very good but could find its remedy in a Raiders defense that has allowed more than 1,000 opponent yards in its first two games. In this case, though, I’ll saddle up the better team. Upset.

Prediction: Raiders, 27-20

RAVENS (2-0) at JAGUARS (0-2), 1 p.m.

Outlook: Blake Bortles’ 43 completions of 25-plus yards since the start of last season lead the league. The Jaguars are on the rise but have a ways to go, as seen vs. San Diego last week. The Jags are a tempting home underdog but the Ravens know how to win.

Prediction: Ravens, 23-21

LIONS (1-1) at PACKERS (1-1), 1 p.m.

Outlook: This is no longer the lopsided matchup that once saw the Lions lose 24 straight in Green Bay. Nor is this the Aaron Rodgers we’re used to. His 2015 lull has carried over; he has 14 consecutive games without a 100 passer rating. I predict that streak ends, but I like the Lions to keep it close.

Prediction: Packers, 28-24

VIKINGS (2-0) at PANTHERS (1-1), 1 p.m.

Outlook: Carolina, even missing Jonathan Stewart, seems to have its offense on track and has won 14 consecutive home games. The Vikings have lost Teddy Bridgewater and now Adrian Peterson (again) but still bring enough defense to keep this one close.

Prediction: Panthers, 23-20

WASHINGTON (0-2) at GIANTS (2-0), 1 p.m.

Outlook: Worth the price of admission: Washington cornerback Josh Norman vs. Giants receiver Odell Beckham. Be ready, Josh. Odell has 363 catch-yards and five TDs in three career games vs. injury-wracked Washington.

Television: FOX

Prediction: Giants, 30-27

RAMS (1-1) at BUCCANEERS (1-1), 4:05 p.m.

Outlook: I thought the Rams were awful. Then they beat Seattle last week. I thought the Bucs were not bad. Then they lost 40-7 to Arizona. Welcome to the UnpredictaBowl. Which L.A. defense will appear? Did the Rams remember to pack an offense for the trip? Which Jameis Winston shows up? Venue pick.

Prediction: Buccaneers, 19-17

49ERS (1-1) at SEAHAWKS (1-1), 4:05 p.m.

Outlook: Tough week for the Seahawks. Their offensive woes continued in a 9-3 loss, and the club was fined $400,000 by the NFL and made to forfeit a fifth-round draft pick over excessive offseason practices. Feel-good remedy: A visit from the Niners. The Seahawks need to solve their offensive line struggles but I see a breakout game by Russell Wilson.

Prediction: Seahawks, 24-9

JETS (1-1) at CHIEFS (1-1), 4:25 p.m.

Outlook: Kansas City has won seven straight games at Arrowhead but all streaks must end. The Chiefs’ rotation of young cornerbacks has really struggled and I see that translating to a big game by Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Upset.

Television: CBS

Prediction: Jets, 23-20

CHARGERS (1-1) at COLTS (0-2), 4:25 p.m.

Outlook: Philip Rivers is hot, 5-1 against the Colts and facing a defense that has allowed 73 points in two losses. The Chargers could see the debut of Joey Bosa. Oh, and Andrew Luck has a sore throwing shoulder, though he says he’ll play. Yes, there are reasons to like San Diego but I resist.

Prediction: Colts, 37-31

STEELERS (2-0) at EAGLES (2-0), 4:25 p.m.

Outlook: This Keystone State duel had Game of Week cred as the only Sunday matchup of 2-0 teams. I also like Big Ben Roethlisberger matching arms with early rookie of the year frontrunner Carson Wentz. The Steelers’ defense poses the first real test for Wentz. Pitt defense wins.

Prediction: Steelers, 26-17

BEARS (0-2) at COWBOYS (1-1), 8:30 p.m.

Outlook: Chicago bombed in prime time last week but now gets another shot. This time it’s with Brian Hoyer in for the injured Jay Cutler, but I’m not sure that’s a huge dropoff. And isn’t Dak Prescott due a mistake or two? Upset, anyone? No.

Television: NBC

Prediction: Cowboys, 24-20

MONDAY’S GAME

FALCONS (1-1) at SAINTS (0-2), 8:30 p.m.

Outlook: The game marks the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Saints’ stadium after Hurricane Katrina, promising an emotional night. And an aerial show. Drew Brees has four straight 300s vs. Atlanta, while Matt Ryan has topped a 100 passer rating in four straight vs. New Orleans.

Television: ESPN

Prediction: Saints, 31-27

— Greg Cote, Miami Herald (Last week 12-4, season 22-10)

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Southern Maine field hockey rallies in second half http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-southern-maine-field-hockey-rallies-in-second-half/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-southern-maine-field-hockey-rallies-in-second-half/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:48:29 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-southern-maine-field-hockey-rallies-in-second-half/ DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Tayla Smedberg scored two goals in the second half as the University of Southern Maine rallied to a 2-1 win over UMass-Dartmouth in a college field hockey game on Saturday.

Mary Brown scored unassisted in the first half to give UMass-Dartmouth (2-7, 1-4 Little East Conference) a 1-0 lead. Smedberg scored unassisted to tie it at 52:17 from Michaela Demers at 63:10 of the second half. Amanda Kasbohm had 11 saves for USM (4-5, 3-2).

MAINE 4, NORTHEASTERN 3: Sydney Veljacic scored the game-winning goal 42 seconds into overtime as the 19th-ranked Black Bears (7-2) beat the Huskies (4-4) in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Northeastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game with a goal from Jamie Bartucca.

Samantha Wagg scored three minutes later to tie it for Maine, but Northeastern took the lead back a minute later on a penalty stroke.

Lydia Gavner scored to tie it again.

Jamie Bartucca gave Northeastern a 3-2 lead 14 minutes into the second half, but Madison Cummings scored five minutes later to force overtime.

MIDDLEBURY 3, BOWDOIN 2: Annie Leonard scored two goals to lead the Panthers (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (5-1, 4-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Susanna Baker also scored for Middlebury, which took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Kimmy Ganong scored in both halves for Bowdoin.

Clara Belitz had three saves for the Polar Bears.

BATES 3, WESLEYAN 0: Jessie Moriarty scored a pair of first-half goals as the Bobcats (4-2, 2-2 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (1-5, 0-2) at Campus Avenue Field in Lewiston.

Alexa Jurgeleit added a goal, while Taylor Lough and Shelbie McCormack each had an assist for the Bobcats. Alyssa Souza made three saves.

UNE 3, SALVE REGINA 0: Kersey Boulay, Nicole Matarozzo and Marge Gardiner each scored as the Nor’easters (7-1) beat the Hawks (5-3) in Middletown, Rhode Island.

TRINITY 5, COLBY 1: Kelcie Finn had two goals and an assist to lead the Bantams (5-1, 2-1) past the Mules (2-4, 1-3) in a NESCAC game at Hartford, Connecticut.

Kallie Hutchinson scored the lone goal for Colby off an assist from Hannah Hearn to cut the deficit to 3-1 with 9:25 left in the first half.

Chandler Solimine, Alison Slowe and Nicole Quinlan also scored for Trinity.

KEAN 4, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Four different players scored as the Cougars (8-0) shut out the Monks (3-4, 2-1 GNAC) in Portland.

Megan Baker made six saves for the Monks.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UNE 3, EASTERN NAZARENE 0: Katie Beaudoin came off the bench to score three goals in the second half as the Nor’easters (6-1, 3-0 CCC) beat the Lions (2-6, 0-3) in Biddeford.

Edie Pallozzi, Taylor Littlefield and Anna Michaud each had an assist for UNE.

KEENE ST. 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Tori Laires and Patricia Norton each scored two goals as the Owls (6-2, 2-0 LEC) cruised to a win over the Huskies (3-5, 0-2) at Hannaford Field in Gorham.

Taylor Farland, Katie Silegy and Morgan Kathan also scored for the Owls.

Olivia Mull scored for Southern Maine.

Taylor Canastra made 15 saves for the Huskies.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, SIMMONS 0: Haley DaGraca scored an unassisted goal in the 16th minute and the Monks (5-4-1, 1-2-0 GNAC) went on to beat the Sharks (2-5-1, 1-2-0) in Standish. Lauren Stiles also scored for St. Joseph’s.

TRINITY 3, COLBY 1: Taylor Kirchgessner had a goal and an assist as the Bantams (3-1-2) beat the Mules (2-3) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Laura Nee and Sarah Connors also scored for Trinity. Emily Martin had a goal for Colby.

WESLEYAN 2, BATES 2: Olivia Amdur and Hannah Behringer scored in the second half as the Bobcats (2-4-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC) rallied to earn a tie with the Cardinals (2-2-2, 0-1-2) in Lewiston.

Nicole Brodkowitz and Sarah Sylla scored to give Wesleyan a 2-0 lead.

BOWDOIN 1, MIDDLEBURY 0: Anna Mellman scored in the 44th minute off a pass from Claire Dardinski as the Polar Bears (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC) beat the Panthers (4-2, 1-2) in Middlebury, Vermont.

UNITY 2, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 1: Devon Funt converted a penalty kick in the second half to lift the Rams (3-1-1) to a win over the Seawolves (3-4) in Unity.

Hannah Fields scored in the first half for the Seawolves. Zoe Picanso tied it.

MEN’S SOCCER

BATES 2, WESLEYAN 0: Luke McNabb and Matt DiVite each scored in the first half as the Bobcats (3-2-2, 1-2-1 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (3-2-1, 0-2-0) in Lewiston.

Drew Parsons and Justin Yacovino each had an assist.

KEENE ST. 8, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Promise Kpee scored three first half goals as the Owls (5-2, 1-1 LEC) routed the Huskies (0-5-3, 0-2) in Keene, New Hampshire.

MIDDLEBURY 2, BOWDOIN 1: Kirk Horton scored in overtime to lead the Panthers (4-0-1, 2-0-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (3-2-1, 1-2-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Adam Glaser gave Middlebury a 1-0 lead. Jason Oliver tied the game for Bowdoin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, EMMANUEL 0: Cody Elliott and Trevor Lopes each scored in the first half as the Monks (6-1-2, 2-0-0 GNAC) beat the Saints (3-4-1, 0-1-1) in Standish.

EASTERN NAZARENE 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1: Elly Buford scored twice in the second half as the Lions (5-3-1, 1-1 CCC beat the Nor’easters (1-4-4, 0-2-1) in Biddeford. Ryan Stephens scored for UNE.

COLBY 2, TRINITY 1: Grady Jendzejec scored with 37 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Mules (2-3-1, 1-1-1) to a NESCAC win over the Bantams (2-4, 0-4) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Aidan Black also scored for Colby.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

RENSSELAER 3 MAINE 1: Makenna Thomas scored midway through the second period to give the Engineers the lead in a victory over the Black Bears in the season opener for both teams in Orono.

Kara Washer scored for Maine. Laura Horwood and Hannah Behounek added goals for RPI.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 34, DARTMOUTH (B SQUAD) 31: Kassidy Towne scored on a try on the last play of the game to lift the Nor’easters (2-1) to a win over the Big Green at Hanover, New Hampshire.

BOWDOIN 57, MOLLOY 17: Paige Pfannensteil scored five tries for the Polar Bears (1-0) as they cruised to a win over the Lions (2-2) at Rockville Center, New York.

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Top 25 roundup: Wisconsin handles Michigan State http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/top-25-roundup-wisconsin-handles-michigan-state/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/top-25-roundup-wisconsin-handles-michigan-state/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:46:42 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/top-25-roundup-wisconsin-handles-michigan-state/ EAST LANSING, Mich. — Leo Musso returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter Saturday and No. 11 Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans, 30-6.

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Wisconsin, outplaying fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor, his Michigan State counterpart. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) were the better team in the first half, then outscored the Spartans 17-0 in the third quarter.

Michigan State (2-1, 0-1) was down 13-6 early in the third and had the ball in Wisconsin territory when L.J. Scott’s fumble bounced to Musso in the secondary. O’Connor was the only player with a decent shot at him on the return, and Musso spun past the quarterback and went all the way to the end zone.

O’Connor finished 18 of 38 for 224 yards with three interceptions.

Corey Clement ran for two touchdowns for Wisconsin.

(1) ALABAMA 48, KENT STATE 0: Jalen Hurts ran and passed for a touchdown, and tailback sub Joshua Jacobs scored his first two career touchdowns as Alabama (4-0) defeated Kent State (1-3) at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide dominated Coach Nick Saban’s alma mater from the start while scoring on a kickoff return and even a short touchdown throw to freshman linebacker Mack Wilson. The bad news for Alabama was starting tailback Damien Harris went down on the opening drive with an apparent right ankle injury and didn’t return.

Harris was hardly needed in this game, when No. 2 quarterback Blake Barnett played much of the way and the emerging freshman Jacobs ran for 97 yards. It amounted to a respite for the Tide after a bruising 48-43 comeback win over Mississippi.

Hurts was 16-of-24 passing for 164 yards and ran for 54 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to cap the opening drive. He found Wilson for a 1-yard third-quarter score.

(4) MICHIGAN 49, PENN STATE 10: De’Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Karan Higdon ran for two scores as Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) routed Penn State (2-2, 0-1) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

(23) MISSISSIPPI 45, (12) GEORGIA 14: Chad Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Mississippi (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern) over Georgia (3-1, 1-1) at Oxford, Mississippi.

The Rebels dominated every phase of the game, building a lead of 31-0 by halftime and 45-0 by midway through the third quarter.

Ole Miss broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996.

(13) FLORIDA STATE 55, SOUTH FLORIDA 35: Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State (3-1) rebounded from the most lopsided loss in school history by beating South Florida (3-1) at Tampa, Florida.

Cook scored on a 75-yard run on the Seminoles’ first play from scrimmage, an immediate response to South Florida starting the game with Quinton Flowers and Rodney Adams teaming on an 84-yard catch-and-run for a quick 7-0 lead. Cook’s rushing total on 28 carries topped his previous best of 266 yards against South Florida last year.

Florida State bounced back from being trounced 63-20 by Louisville, a road shellacking that dropped the Seminoles 11 spots in the AP Top 25 from No. 2.

(14) TENNESSEE 38, (19) FLORIDA 28: Joshua Dobbs accounted for five second-half touchdowns and Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern) erased a 21-point deficit to beat Florida (3-1, 1-1) at Knoxville, Tennessee, and end their 11-game losing streak in the annual series.

This marks the first time Tennessee has beaten Florida since a 30-28 victory in 2004. The Volunteers had lost to Florida by a single point each of the last two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games.

This time Tennessee delivered the comeback by scoring 38 consecutive points.

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College football: Duke adds to Notre Dame’s disappointing season http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/college-football-duke-adds-to-notre-dames-disappointing-season/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/college-football-duke-adds-to-notre-dames-disappointing-season/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:39:50 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/college-football-duke-adds-to-notre-dames-disappointing-season/ SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A.J. Reed kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:24 left Saturday as Duke rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat Notre Dame, 38-35.

Reed had missed all three of his field-goal attempts this season before kicking the winner for the Blue Devils (2-2) against the Fighting Irish (1-3).

SYRACUSE 31, CONNECTICUT 24: Amba Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse (2-2) beat UConn (2-2) at East Hartford, Connecticut.

CORNELL 27, YALE 13: Dalton Banks passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cornell (2-0) over Yale (0-2) at Ithaca, New York.

HARVARD 32, BROWN 22: Joseph Viviano III and Semar Smith ran for two touchdowns apiece as Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy)beat Brown (1-1, 0-1) at Providence, Rhode Island.

BOSTON COLLEGE 42, WAGNER 10: Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two on the ground as Boston College (2-2) defeated visiting Wagner (2-1).

DARTMOUTH 35, HOLY CROSS 10: Jack Heneghan passed for 240 yards and one touchdown for Dartmouth (2-0) against Holy Cross (1-3) at Worcester, Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 39, RHODE ISLAND 17: Trevor Knight threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) beat Rhode Island (0-4, 0-2) at Kingston, Rhode Island.

LEHIGH 42, PRINCETON 28: Nick Shafnisky was 29 of 36 for 461 yards and four touchdowns as Lehigh (2-2) beat Princeton (1-1) at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 47, MASSACHUSETTS 35: Aeris Williams ran for a 16-yard touchdown and Jamoral Graham returned an interception 38 yards for a score on the next play to help Mississippi State (2-2) rally past Massachusetts (1-3) at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Saturday’s football roundup: Kennebunk remains undefeated http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-football-roundup-kennebunk-remains-undefeated/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-football-roundup-kennebunk-remains-undefeated/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:33:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/saturdays-football-roundup-kennebunk-remains-undefeated/ KENNEBUNK — Patrick Saunders and Nolan Ragnarsson each rushed for two touchdowns and unbeaten Kennebunk scored 35 straight points on its way to a 35-6 win over York in a Class B South football game Saturday afternoon.

Jacob Littlefield gave Kennebunk (4-0) a 7-0 with a 1-yard run in the second quarter. The Rams broke the game open in the third quarter with three touchdowns, two from Saunders, and a 10-yard scamper from Ragnarsson.

Ragnarsson completed Kennebunk’s scoring with a 12-yard run early in the fourth.

Jacob Nelson put York (2-2) on the board with a 34-yard catch from Trevor LaBonte.

PORTLAND 36, OXFORD HILLS/BUCKFIELD 7: Isaiah Bachelder threw a pair of touchdown passes and Quinn Clarke kicked two field goals as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat the visiting Vikings (1-3).

Bachelder’s first touchdown pass, a 12-yarder to Ethan Hoyt, gave Portland a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. The Bulldogs added a safety, an 11-yard TD run by Knop and a 27-yard field goal by Clarke to make it 19-7 at halftime.

The Vikings scored on Ryland VanDecker’s 90-yard kickoff return, following Jake Knop’s touchdown.

Clarke made a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter. Dylan Bolduc later added a 15-yard TD run, and Griffin Foley caught a 12-yard scoring pass.

MORSE 26, NOBLE 21: Raz Balthazar rushed for two touchdowns in the first half and returned the second-half kickoff 73 yards for another score as the Shipbuilders (2-2) beat the Knights (0-4) in Bath.

Morse also got a 34-yard touchdown pass from Connor Upham to Graydon Peterson in the second quarter and forced three turnovers while building a 20-0 halftime lead.

Noble scored all its touchdowns in the final six minutes.

TRAIP ACADEMY 41, MARANACOOK 16: Angelo Succi completed all eight of his pass attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown, and the Rangers (1-2) used a strong second half to pull away from the Black Bears (0-4) at Kittery.

Evan Porter added 71 yards on eight carries, including a 49-yard run in the third quarter that put Traip ahead 29-8.

Trailing 14-8 late in the first half, Maranacook drove deep into Traip territory, but the Rangers stopped Drew Davis at the 1 on the final play of the half.

Max Perrault’s 46-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter put Traip ahead for good.

Dalen Hubbard and Kevin McKinney also caught touchdown passes, and Evan Pledger rushed for a TD.

OAK HILL 21, MEDOMAK VALLEY 0: Matt Strout threw for 270 yards and rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Raiders (3-0) past the Panthers (1-2) in Wales.

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Major league roundup: Blue Jays shut out Yankees again http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-shut-out-yankees-again/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-shut-out-yankees-again/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:18:59 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-shut-out-yankees-again/ TORONTO — The New York Yankees’ offense has disappeared, and their playoffs chances also have pretty much vanished.

Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 3-0.

New York has been shut out in three straight games for the first time since July 27-28, 1975. The Yankees, who have lost 10 of 13 following a seven-game winning streak, dropped 41/2 games back for the AL’s second wild card with eight games left and likely will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years.

The Yankees, shut out for an AL-high 13th time, haven’t scored since Donovan Solano’s two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s win at Tampa Bay. New York has gone 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position in its last three games and has stranded 20 runners.

RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 0: The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won another AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit a pair of two-run homers at Oakland, California.

Yu Darvish (6-5) had all the run support he needed on a couple big swings from Andrus, who had his first career multi-homer game. Andrus, who volunteered to play and will get a break Sunday, also established career highs for homers with eight and RBI with 68.

ROYALS 7, TIGERS 4: Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Francisco Rodriguez, capping a ninth-inning comeback that led Kansas City at Detroit.

Given a 4-2 lead, Rodriguez (3-4) allowed singles to Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier before Orlando’s double. Cheslor Cuthbert walked and Hosmer hit his 24th homer.

TWINS 3, MARINERS 2: Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning and Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings for his best start in more than a month as Minnesota won at Minneapolis.

Sano’s 24th homer followed Nelson Cruz’s tying two-run shot for Seattle in the top of the fourth.

ANGELS 10, ASTROS 4: Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBI, and Los Angeles scored nine runs in the final two innings at Houston.

WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1: Cleveland blew some early chances at home against Jose Quintana and lost. Its magic number to clinch the AL Central is two.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CARDINALS 10, CUBS 4: Yadier Molina drove in four runs, Stephen Piscotty homered and St. Louis won at Chicago.

REDS 6, BREWERS 1: Dan Straily pitched into the seventh inning and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to lift Cincinnati at Milwaukee.

PHILLIES 10, METS 8: New York fell behind by 10 runs early at home and finished just short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history.

NATIONALS 6, PIRATES 1: Washington clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the National League East title, winning at Pittsburgh behind 51/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.

MARLINS 6, BRAVES 4: Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to help Miami win at home and end Atlanta’s winning streak at seven games.

INTERLEAGUE

ORIOLES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Trey Mancini hit his third homer in nine major league at-bats, Mark Trumbo connected for his league-leading 45th homer and Baltimore won at home.

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Maine college foootball roundup: Colby wins on late field goal http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/maine-college-foootball-roundup-colby-wins-on-late-field-goal/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/maine-college-foootball-roundup-colby-wins-on-late-field-goal/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:16:35 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/maine-college-foootball-roundup-colby-wins-on-late-field-goal/ WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — John Baron kicked a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Colby a 9-7 win over Williams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference football season opener Saturday.

Colby opened the scoring in the first quarter after recovering a fumbled punt. Seven plays later, Jabari Hurdle-Price plunged in from the 3, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed.

The Mules maintained their lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Williams drove 51 yards in 10 plays, capped by Jansen Durham’s 7-yard pass to John Dillon with 1:46 remaining.

The Mules returned the kickoff to their 44, and Jack O’Brien had five completions on the final drive. Hurdle-Price set up the field goal with a 7-yard gain to the 2.

Hurdle-Price finished with 87 yards on 23 carries. O’Brien was 9 of 19 for 102 yards.

MIDDLEBURY 40, BOWDOIN 3: Andrew Sisti kicked a 33-yard field goal to cap Bowdoin’s opening drive, but the Polar Bears (0-1) were held scoreless the rest of the way in a NESCAC loss to the Panthers (1-0) at Middlebury, Vermont.

Middlebury scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions as it built a 34-3 halftime lead.

Panthers quarterback Jared Lebowitz was 27 of 43 for 386 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to James Burke.

Bowdoin’s Nate Richam gained 63 yards on 14 carries, while Tim Drakely was 15 of 30 passing for 126 yards.

TRINITY 38, BATES 7: Sonny Puzzo connected with Darrien Myers for three touchdowns and Trinity (1-0) easily erased an early deficit against the Bobcats (0-1) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sandy Plashkes ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give Bates a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Plashkes gained 54 yards on 15 carries, and Peter Boyer rushed for 60 yards.

HUSSON 35, ALFRED STATE 0: John Smith rushed for 153 yards and Obie Christmas had a pair of touchdown runs to lead the Eagles (2-1) past the Pioneers (0-4) in Bangor.

Husson limited Alfred State to four first downs and 43 yards.

Cory Brandon completed 17 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for one score. Robenson Saintard and Deon Wiggins each caught a touchdown pass.

MIT 30, MAINE MARITIME 13: Eddy Garcia-Montes had eight receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown and Tucker Cheyne kicked three field goals for the Engineers (1-3) in a win over the Mariners (1-2) at Castine.

Maine Maritime jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 16-yard pass from Corey Creeger to Jordan Susi less than six minutes into the game, but MIT tied it 45 seconds later on a 47-yard touchdown run by John Robertson.

The Mariners regained the lead on a 79-yard run by Jacob Doolan early the second quarter. The extra point failed, however, and MIT took the lead for good when Garcia-Montes caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with 6:24 left in the first half.

Doolan finished with 107 yards rushing on 11 carries.

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Golf roundup: Tour Championship still up for grabs http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/tour-championship-still-up-for-grabs/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/tour-championship-still-up-for-grabs/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:19:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/tour-championship-still-up-for-grabs/ ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson had a reasonable lie in the rough and only a few pine tree branches blocking his path to the 17th green. Neither seemed like a problem until he played the wrong shot, clipped the tree and wound up with a double bogey Saturday in the Tour Championship.

It was an example of how one hole can change everything at East Lake. And it’s why the final round of the PGA Tour season suddenly has more scenarios than Johnson cares to consider.

Johnson recovered with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 18th for a 1-under 69, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell (68) going into the last round that will determine who wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

For the first time since 2009, there’s a chance it might not be the same player.

“There’s a lot of scenarios that could happen,” Johnson said. “But yeah, I’m still going to go out and try to shoot as low a score as possible.”

Johnson only has to win or finish second alone to claim the $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion.

Rory McIlroy, who has gone 28 holes without a bogey at East Lake, had three birdies over his last six holes for a 66 and was two shots behind. If he were to win the Tour Championship and Johnson finished in a two-way tie for second or worse, McIlroy would claim the FedEx Cup.

“It would just be great to try to win the Tour Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it,” McIlroy said.

The winner of the Tour Championship has won the FedEx Cup every year since 2009, when Phil Mickelson won the tournament and Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 12th and shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

Doug Garwood was second after a 66. Colin Montgomerie was 11 under.

EUROPEAN TOUR: France’s Alexander Levy completed an 8-under 63 and the delayed second round to take a four-stroke lead in the rain-shortened European Open at Bad Griesbach, Germany.

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Football: Thornton survives challenge from Windham http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/football-thornton-survives-challenge-from-windham/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/football-thornton-survives-challenge-from-windham/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:09:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/football-thornton-survives-challenge-from-windham/ SACO — Just a few plays into Saturday’s game against Windham, Thornton Academy got an indication that this one would be a bit different from its first three games.

Not that it really needed a reminder.

The two-time defending Class A state champions fell behind for the first time this season when Windham’s Tanner Bernier returned an interception for a touchdown, and though the Golden Trojans answered quickly, they never did pull away. They did enough, though, to improve to 4-0 with a 17-13 victory.

“To our kids’ credit, they overcame a lot (today),” said Thornton Coach Kevin Kezal. “They overcame not playing their best football. They overcame some turnovers. We gave up a score defensively and had some weird bounces. To our credit, we were resilient enough to come out with a win. I am really proud of that.”

Senior quarterback Michael Laverriere rushed for 174 yards on 26 carries, including touchdown runs of 1 and 14 yards.

“Whenever we play Windham we expect a good game,” Laverriere said. “These guys are tough. They beat us last year and we beat them in the (state final) two years ago. It’s kinda like the new rivalry for us.”

Neither team scored in the second half. However, Windham (2-2) had a chance to pull off the upset when it took possession at its own 26 with 8:22 remaining.

The Eagles put together their best drive of the second half, but a holding penalty on first-and-10 at midfield forced them to throw. After a pass from Desmond Leslie to Bernier put the ball at the Thornton 46, Cameron Houde broke up a pass on third down and was one of a group of Trojans to pressure Leslie on a fourth-down incompletion.

Thornton then ran out the final 3:52 with three first downs, none bigger than sophomore Anthony Bracamonte’s 8-yard sweep on third-and-7 with a little less than two minutes left.

“We had a chance to win at the end. That’s what you want,” said Windham Coach Matt Perkins. “We’ll learn from it and take the next step.”

Bernier opened the scoring with a 28-yard interception return on the third play from scrimmage. The extra-point attempt hit an upright.

Thornton was undeterred, marching 65 yards on eight plays. Laverriere began the drive with a 33-yard keeper and finished it with a 1-yard sneak.

Thornton stalled on its next two drives, missing a field goal and fumbling. But with 5:50 remaining in the first half, Laverriere again found the end zone for a 14-6 lead.

“Michael does a lot for us. We asked him to do a lot today,” Kezal said. “He had a great game.”

Windham trimmed the deficit to 14-13 when Blake Houser took a screen pass 21 yards for a touchdown.

Thornton’s Cameron Cadorette kicked a 25-yard field goal 13 seconds before intermission.

Kezal said a tight game should bode well for the Trojans later in the season.

“We (often) talk about adversity and success,” he said. “At some point during the season you are going to face adversity and you’re going to have to overcome it. Today, I am real proud of our kids; we learned a lot today. We have some things we have to improve upon, but we got a win today. That’s the bottom line.”

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UMaine notebook: Receiver’s return proves bittersweet http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/umaine-notebook-receiverss-return-proves-bittersweet/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/umaine-notebook-receiverss-return-proves-bittersweet/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:42:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/umaine-notebook-receiverss-return-proves-bittersweet/ ORONO — Micah Wright returned to the University of Maine’s offensive lineup Saturday and made an immediate impact.

The sophomore wide receiver caught three passes for 84 yards, displaying the playmaking ability that made him a second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year.

But Wright was not in the mood to celebrate afterward. Maine lost another fourth-quarter lead to fall to James Madison 31-20 at Alfond Stadium.

“It felt great,” said Wright of his return to the field. “But this feeling surpasses the feeling of being out there by a lot. We didn’t get the win. We didn’t execute in the second half.”

Wright missed the first two games of the season, serving a suspension for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct for an incident last May.

His return was timely because Maine was missing leading wide receiver Jaleel Reed, who was suspended for one game for a violation of team rules. Reed had nine catches in the first two games. He will return this week against Bryant.

Wright was held without a catch for much of the first half, then snagged a 40-yarder from Dan Collins late in the quarter to set up a Maine touchdown.

He later caught a 32-yard pass to set up Maine’s last touchdown, a 3-yard run by Darian Davis-Ray.

MAINE HAD no turnovers in its first two games and none in a first half Saturday that ended with the Black Bears ahead of James Madison, 13-10. But Collins threw three interceptions in the second half, two leading to touchdowns.

“Three turnovers, you can’t beat a team like that,” said Coach Joe Harasymiak. “You can’t beat anyone really like that, with three turnovers.”

MAINE’S DEFENSE did something no one else – including FBS school North Carolina – had done this year: prevent James Madison from finishing a first-quarter drive with points.

The Duke’s first series Saturday was an impressive drive that was capped by a 3-yard run by Khalid Abdullah.

Then Maine held on the second drive keyed by a strong play by defensive tackle Darius Greene on third-and-12 – stopping wide receiver John Miller for no gain on a bubble screen to the right.

THE ANNOUNCED attendance was 8,786 on a beautiful fall afternoon on Maine’s campus.

It was the largest crowd since Sept. 11, 2004, when 10,048 fans watched Maine beat Northern Colorado, 38-0.

“The atmosphere around here was tremendous,” said Harasymiak. “I haven’t seen a game around here like that in a while.”

He hopes the fans will return.

“They saw what type of team we have,” he said.

JAMES MADISON’S defense didn’t have a sack in its first three games. It had four against Maine, including three straight sacks for minus-21 yards on Maine’s final offensive series with James Madison protecting a 30-21 lead.

“The main focus was to just get them off the field,” said James Madison defensive tackle Simeyon Robinson. “The game was getting down to the wire. The defense came together and was determined to get them off the field. I did everything in my power to do that. And that’s what happened.”

Robinson had one of those three sacks, a big one for a loss of 16 yards that forced Maine to go for it on fourth-and-36.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

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Analysis: There’s Belichick and then there’s … well, nobody http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/analysis-theres-belichick-and-then-theres-well-nobody/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/analysis-theres-belichick-and-then-theres-well-nobody/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:34:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/analysis-theres-belichick-and-then-theres-well-nobody/ If you are an NFL coach and your name is not Bill Belichick, there is an unfortunate but inescapable truth for you: Belichick is better than you.

His four Super Bowl triumphs as head coach of the New England Patriots are testaments to that. But the proof keeps coming. It was on vivid display yet again Thursday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as the Patriots thoroughly outclassed the Houston Texans in a 27-0 victory orchestrated by rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett in his first NFL start.

Brissett was good. But this was about coaching.

Brissett, a third-round draft choice out of N.C. State, should be the Patriots’ third-stringer right now. But Tom Brady is serving his four-game Deflategate suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo hurt his right shoulder in Week 2. Garoppolo was on the inactive list Thursday, meaning the Patriots had only one quarterback eligible to play. And Belichick and his offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, had a short week to get Brissett ready for his first start.

“Even with the way they coach,” said Charley Casserly, the former general manager in Houston and Washington, on Wednesday, “this will be hard. Houston will be better than them. But they’re brilliant game-planning. If they beat Houston, the rest of the league can just go home for the season.”

Commence the going home.

Looking ahead to the Week 4 matchup against Buffalo, the Patriots are looking at four options at quarterback. A daunting task for most but just another week in Foxborough, where it could be:

Brissett, if his injured thumb allows him to play.

Garoppolo, if his injured shoulder allows him to play.

Julian Edelman, the receiver and former college QB, but even his father wonders: “Can Jules do it? Yeah, he could definitely do it. But could he do it well? I’m just not sure,” Frank Edelman told ESPN on Thursday. “I don’t know how many picks he would throw. I’ll say this: He does know the offense like the back of his hand. That wouldn’t be a problem.”

Some off-the-street, free-agent option. Folks like T.J Yates, Matt Flynn, Ryan Lindley and others have been rumored.

Sure, there is a question mark … and another full week for Belichick and staff to prepare to open the season 4-0.

So much for the rest of the AFC getting a head start on the Patriots while Brady was suspended.

Garoppolo looked terrific in his two starts before getting hurt. The Patriots simply moved on and came out Thursday with an entirely new look and feel to their offense, even with only a few days to prepare, to put Brissett in position to succeed. Brissett didn’t have a turnover. He threw the ball efficiently, although he had only 103 passing yards. He ran for a 27-yard touchdown. He was sacked only once. Running back LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for two touchdowns, and the New England defense took it from there, with plenty of help from the Texans.

Houston’s performance was about as inept as it gets. The Texans twice lost fumbles on kickoff returns. Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw an amateur-hour first-half interception. (The second-smartest person in the league after Belichick, it seemed Thursday night, was Broncos executive John Elway, who allowed Osweiler to leave Denver via free agency in the offseason.) The Texans mixed in silly penalties and missed tackles. They didn’t take an offensive snap in Patriots territory until the second half.

J.J. Watt, the reigning two-time NFL defensive player of the year, was practically invisible. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had some catches but little to no impact on the game. But that is what a Belichick-coached team does to an opponent: It takes away the best players and makes someone else win the game.

McDaniels deserves much of the credit for Thursday’s superb game plan; he needs to be given another NFL head coaching opportunity in the not-too-distant future. But look at what Belichick’s top assistant-coaching lieutenants in New England have done on their own as head coaches elsewhere. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, McDaniels and Eric Mangini did not prove to be coaching geniuses of their own accord. That suggests the real brilliance comes from Belichick, not those around him.

The act can wear thin. The press conference non-answers can become tiresome, given that it’s all an act and Belichick can be engaging and insightful whenever he chooses. The sideline hoodies and sweatshirts are less than dashing. Think what you want about Spygate and Deflategate and what the scandals mean to the legacies of Belichick and Brady. Call the Patriots cheaters if you like. That debate never will be resolved, with the team’s backers yelling that everything ending in “-gate” is about the petty jealousies of those unable to beat the Patriots on the field.

But whatever you do, don’t sell Belichick short.

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Football: Biddeford beats Westbrook to remain unbeaten http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/biddeford-beats-westbrook-20-7-to-remain-unbeaten/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/biddeford-beats-westbrook-20-7-to-remain-unbeaten/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:22:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/biddeford-beats-westbrook-20-7-to-remain-unbeaten/ WESTBROOK — Brian Curit was “mortally embarrassed” by his Biddeford High football team’s uninspired first-half effort Saturday.

The unbeaten Tigers responded in the second half, even if it wasn’t an error-free half, as both Biddeford and Westbrook were prone to mistakes and missed chances throughout the game. But Biddeford rose to hard-hitting Westbrook’s challenge and scored all its points in the second half for a 20-7 win.

“We knew what we were going to get from Westbrook. We knew it was going to be a street fight,” Curit said. “I have great respect for their coaching staff and their kids. Their kids are a lot like ours.

“I thought we were sleep-walking. We weren’t physical. We were missing tackles. That’s not us. Second half, you know what? They played a little more like Biddeford High School.”

Biddeford (4-0) put an exclamation point on the victory when, with 5.2 seconds to play, punter Tommy Bertrand was asked to keep the ball and run around long enough to kill the clock with the Tigers protecting a 14-7 lead. Bertrand ran all the way to the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown.

“Coach was like, ‘you’re athletic enough, just run around for five seconds,'” Bertrand said. “Then I saw two blockers and one of their guys and somebody hit him, and then I just took off as fast as I could.”

The Blue Blazes (2-2) had a chance to tie the game or take the lead moments earlier but failed to cash in after getting a first down at the Biddeford 14 with 1:45 to play. Westbrook foiled itself with consecutive false-start penalties (its fourth and fifth of the half) and two dropped passes, the latter on fourth down.

“They made some great adjustments in the second half and their kids eliminated their mistakes, and we weren’t as sound as we were hoping,” Westbrook Coach Jeff Guerette said.

Biddeford’s Brady Crepeau rushed for 105 of his 140 yards in the second half, with touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards. He set up each of his scores with long runs.

Crepeau popped a dive play for 47 yards on Biddeford’s first play of the second half, finally getting stopped at the Westbrook 8. He scored four plays later.

“We weren’t down on each other or down on ourselves at halftime, but we were just overall (mad) about how we were playing in the first half,” Crepeau said.

Biddeford kicker Mitchell Farley missed the extra point, leaving Westbrook ahead 7-6. The Tigers’ next two possessions ended with a missed 37-yard field goal by Caleb Ball and quarterback Joey Curit’s fumbled snap being recovered at the Westbrook 8 by Blazes lineman Jameson Marean.

Crepeau put the Tigers in front with 7:30 remaining, driving in from the 4 one play after he rumbled 40 yards with an option pitch. Joey Curit ran in for the 2-point conversion.

Westbrook had a 148-77 edge in first-half yardage and engineered a 95-yard drive that included a 21-yard run by Miece Loureiro on third-and-16.

Loureiro had 23 carries for 109 yards and a 2-yard touchdown and five catches for 80 yards.

“At first we showed we could come out and do what we do,” Loureiro said. “In the second half, that’s when we started to doubt ourselves and get a little (overconfident) at the same time.”

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James Madison rallies past Maine in fourth quarter, 31-20 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/james-madison-rallies-past-maine-in-fourth-quarter-31-20/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/james-madison-rallies-past-maine-in-fourth-quarter-31-20/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:14:09 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/james-madison-rallies-past-maine-in-fourth-quarter-31-20/ ORONO — Close, yet again.

The University of Maine football team again displayed spunk, spirit and flashes of brilliance. The Black Bears also lost. Again.

Nationally-ranked James Madison used a powerful running game and three second-half interceptions Saturday to rally past Maine 31-20 at Alfond Stadium. Two of the interceptions led to long touchdown runs by the Dukes, who ran for 221 of their 293 yards in the second half.

“We’re a team that’s struggling to make plays in the second half,” said Joe Harasymiak, Maine’s first-year coach. “It is what it is. We’ve got to continue to put ourselves there. I don’t know if there’s a special formula for that. We’ve just got to keep grinding away.

“I know the guys will. We’ve just got to continue to try to execute in critical situations.”

The loss dropped Maine to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and was its seventh straight loss. Maine also held a fourth-quarter lead in a season-opening 24-21 loss at Connecticut.

James Madison, ranked in the top 11 in all three national polls, improved to 3-1, 1-0.

Mike Houston, the Dukes’ first-year coach, said the interceptions “were probably the difference in the game.” The Black Bears had been slowing James Madison’s offense and moving the ball consistently themselves.

“Everyone knows in this conference there are no easy wins, especially on the road,” said Houston. “So to come in here and get the win is a significant achievement for our team. I expected the game to be the way it was. We talked about it, the type of team Maine has.

“I think they played really hard and had a great scheme defensively against us today. We really had a lot of adversity there all the way through the first half and maybe started to get the momentum to swing our way in the second half with the pick and the touchdown.”

Maine led 13-10 at the half, its defense stifling the Dukes’ high-powered offense throughout, and appeared ready to increase the lead after DeAndre Scott returned the second-half kick-off 61 yards to the James Madison 38.

But on first down, Dan Collins threw an interception to Jordan Brown at the 8. Three plays later, Khalid Abdullah – who rushed for a career-high 172 yards – broke loose and was untouched on an 85-yard touchdown run.

The Black Bears, as they did in the first half after James Madison scored on its opening drive, regrouped and took a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter after Darian Davis-Ray scored on a 3-yard run. Then the Dukes took control.

On the fourth play of the fourth quarter, James Madison took advantage of miscommunication in the Maine secondary to go ahead 24-20 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Schor to John Miller, who ran a slant pattern from the right and was uncovered.

With 9:53 left, Raven Greene made James Madison’s third interception of the half, a leaping one-handed snag of a long pass to Jared Osumah down the right sideline.

On the next play, Cardon Johnson ran 52 yards untouched up the middle for a touchdown that made it 31-20 with 9:44 left. Johnson ran for 110 yards.

“I think every time we get on the field we want to try to outdo ourselves and outdo what we did the week before,” said Abdullah. “There’s always a competition between us and that’s what pushes us to excel and be great at what we do, which is running the ball.”

Maine had one last chance, driving to the James Madison 34. But an illegal motion penalty, a 2-yard loss on a run and three consecutive sacks for a total of 21 yards ended it.

Collins completed 8 of 11 passes in the first half but only 5 of 11 for 61 yards in the second.

“We’ve got to have a short memory,” he said. “I’m tired of losing. We’ve got to go out and get a win.”

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A former Mainer completes her winding run to the Smithsonian http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/a-former-mainer-completes-her-winding-run-to-the-smithsonian/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/a-former-mainer-completes-her-winding-run-to-the-smithsonian/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1074498 Seba Johnson fell in love with skiing when she was an elementary school student in Kittery and her mother would regularly let her and her sister cut school on Fridays to hit the slopes.

“My friends were all like, ‘Seba’s sick again? Suuure,’ ” Johnson said with a laugh, remembering getting up on skis when she was just a little girl. “There I was with my big huge afro and I said, ‘Mom, I want to ski.’ ”

That passion took her all the way to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where the 14-year-old was the youngest skier and the first black female alpine skier to compete in the Olympics.

Now the two-time Olympian has her skis on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Saturday. She and her mother, artist Suzy Johnson of Kittery, got an early tour of the museum on Sept. 17.

“It was so surreal,” Johnson said. “I entered the sports gallery and I was really nervous. And I saw the case with all the Olympic things and there were my skis … with the Olympic symbol and all the other amazing athletes (items) to the left and the right.”

She hadn’t seen the skis, with her girlish 14-year-old signature sprawled across them, in decades. They had been in storage at her mother’s house.

“It brought back so many memories,” said Johnson, who was born in St. Croix and represented the Virgin Islands in the Olympics. In 1988, Johnson finished 28th of 64 in the giant slalom. She placed 37th in the same event at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.

The $540 million museum – half of it funded by Congress – is on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. The opening, which will be live-streamed online Saturday, will include President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. Members of the Supreme Court and Congress are scheduled to attend, as is Oprah Winfrey, who donated $21 million to the museum.

ARTIFACTS FROM MAINE

The museum has more than 36,000 artifacts from every era – whips from the slave trade to glossy magazine covers adorned with Obama’s smile. Other Maine-related items include furniture and items from Rock Rest, a Kittery Point guest house that catered to vacationing African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.

The home was owned by Hazel and Clayton Sinclair, a former maid and chauffeur in New York who came to Maine during summer visits with their employers, said Valerie Cunningham, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who has studied the history of African-Americans in New Hampshire and southern Maine and founded the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

The Sinclairs worked for different families, met in York, Cunningham said, fell in love and married, then decided to stay in Maine.

They found a house on Kittery Point and bought it in 1938.

Hazel Sinclair described it as “a broken-down shack,” Cunningham said, and told her husband she wouldn’t move in until he fixed it up.

Clayton Sinclair figured that even if the house was in bad shape, it was a nice piece of land, and “he never stopped fixing it up,” Cunningham said.

They opened it as an inn in 1948, a time when African-Americans couldn’t stay in most hotels, even in Maine.

Clayton Sinclair worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery and the couple ran the inn, which eventually could house up to 16 guests, catering to upscale African-Americans mostly from New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia during the summer, said Cunningham, who worked at Rock Rest for a couple of summers.

She said the inn continued to thrive even after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which barred discrimination in lodging, because it had developed a clientele of families that regularly returned year after year,

The couple were active members of both the Kittery Point community and the African-American community in Portsmouth, Cunningham said, and she’s glad that their story will be told in the museum.

“The Sinclairs, they’re the kind of people that deserve to be recognized,” she said.

Cunningham said a curator for the National African American Museum chose about 50 items from the guest house, including wicker furniture from the porch and badminton rackets, for inclusion in the museum.

Cunningham said the Sinclairs stopped operating the inn in the late 1970s, after Clayton died, but almost everything that they had was kept in the house. A tenant who rented the house from the family respected the history, Cunningham said, and made sure most of the furniture, sports equipment for lawn games the guests played and even linens were retained and well-maintained.

Cunningham said she will spend Saturday at the Portsmouth Library, which has a special exhibit about Rock Rest and will live-stream the opening dedication ceremony. She hopes to organize a group trip to the museum in the spring, she said.

AN AMAZING HONOR

Johnson said it has been an emotional week, particularly with police violence against black men dominating the recent headlines.

“It’s hard. This is supposed to be a very, very happy time,” she said. But that anguish was countered by the joy of meeting people at the museum, many who wanted to take pictures with her in front of the exhibit.

“All the love I felt from all these people, all that positivity, just warms my heart,” she said. “It was one of the highlights of my life and such an honor to be amongst such amazing individuals who have shaped our country.”

On the flight from her home in Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., Johnson found herself weeping as she watched “Race,” a biopic released this year about another black Olympian, Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, in notable defiance of Adolf Hitler’s theory of Aryan superiority.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be in the exact sports gallery as him.’ It takes a lot to do something you love yet persevere through such ugliness,” said Johnson, who said she has received racist hate mail and faced challenges because of her veganism and animal rights activism.

Johnson qualified for her third Olympics, the 1994 games in Lillehammer, but boycotted it because Norway had just lifted its moratorium on minke whale hunting. On another occasion, she was disqualified from a World Cup race because she refused to wear a ski suit that had a patch of leather sewn on it.

Her mother said it was a “great feeling” to see her daughter honored.

“I was speechless,” said Suzy Johnson, who donated over 100 items to the Smithsonian. “I was proud, to say the least.”

Johnson’s parents met in Africa when her mother, who traces her Maine roots to the 1600s, met her Burundian father while doing missionary work.

After her daughter got involved in skiing, Suzy Johnson wanted to move to a place with mountains, and picked Lake Tahoe based on a picture she saw.

She described moving the family on a shoestring budget and working at a casino to make ends meet while her daughter trained at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. It all paid off once she got to the Olympics.

“It was the same year as the Jamaican bobsled team. We saw each other and couldn’t believe it,” Suzy Johnson said.

Over the years, Seba Johnson studied in Nevada and Germany. When she returned from overseas she had enough credits to graduate, and though she didn’t attend classes there, she graduated from Traip Academy in Kittery. She spent a year at the University of Maine in Farmington before transferring and graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Today, Johnson lives her activism in daily life, working with children with special needs and giving regular talks about her beliefs as a vegan and animal rights activist. In Washington this week, she arranged to visit a school in the district where 30 percent of the students are homeless.

FOUR LEVEL OF EXHIBITS

The new museum has four levels, with chronological progression starting with slavery galleries in the basement and ending at the present day on the top floor.

Among the artifacts are Harriet Tubman’s shawl and hymn book; shackles used on an enslaved child; and a “pocket copy” of the Emancipation Proclamation. Interactive exhibits show the regional movement and settlement of African-Americans through the past few centuries and African-American culture and heritage in 10 major U.S. cities.

The sports section containing Johnson’s skis also shows equipment used by gymnast Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Olympics and gold medals from Carl Lewis’ illustrious track and field career. The sports gallery stresses the importance of athletics in the progression of civil rights, as the sports realm was one of the first to accept African-Americans as equals.

The top floor exhibits on current culture includes items such as singer Marian Anderson’s outfit from her historic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial to Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac.

Staff writer Edward D. Murphy contributed to this report. It also contains information from the Associated Press.

This story was updated Saturday morning to correct the spelling of Harriet Tubman’s first name and the hometown of Suzy Johnson.

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Maine vs. James Madison football preview http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/maine-vs-james-madison-football-preview/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/24/maine-vs-james-madison-football-preview/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1074153 WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

KICKOFF: Noon Saturday

ALL-TIME SERIES: James Madison leads, 11-5

LAST MEETING: Nov. 3, 2012, won by James Madison, 31-7

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: Wide receiver Micah Wright returns from his two-game suspension to give the passing game a jolt. But the Black Bears will look to control the clock with their running game and then take some shots down field. Quarterback Dan Collins needs to be on target.

WHEN JAMES MADISON HAS THE BALL: The Dukes will run the ball until they’re stopped. They average 339.7 rushing yards, second in the nation, led by Cardon Johnson (297 yards total) and Khalid Abdullah (272). Each has scored four touchdowns. Quarterback Bryan Schor doesn’t make many mistakes in the passing game.

KEY STAT: 69. That’s the yardage James Madison is averaging on its three punt returns this year. All have been returned for touchdowns.

OUTLOOK: Maine had a week off to prepare for the Dukes and is as healthy as it’s been in a while. The Black Bears need to continue a mistake-free offense (no turnovers yet) and be effective on third-down plays, both offensively and defensively. The Dukes average 54.7 points. The best way to beat that offense is to keep it off the field.

OF NOTE: This is Maine’s home opener and Colonial Athletic Association opener. Maine has won such games each of the last three years.

THEY SAID IT: “A win would be nice, for sure. In camp, our offense played well in the second scrimmage. Our defense has been known to play well. It’s now, when are we going to put an effort together where we can come out on the winning side? So we can experience that, too.” – Joe Harasymiak, Maine coach, on his team’s six-game losing skid.

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Major League roundup: Blue Jays rout Yankees http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/23/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rout-yankees/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/23/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rout-yankees/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:49:45 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/23/major-league-roundup-blue-jays-rout-yankees/ TORONTO — Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Troy Tulowitzki had four RBI and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the New York Yankees 9-0 on Friday to maintain a one-game lead in the AL wild card standings.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Edwin Encarnacion got his 124th RBI, tied with Boston’s David Ortiz for the AL lead, as the Blue Jays won their sixth straight home game over New York.

New York, which began the night three games back for the second AL wild card, was shut out for the second straight night and lost for the ninth time in 12 games, following a seven-game winning streak.

TIGERS 8, ROYALS 3: Michael Fulmer (11-7) pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and Detroit homered three times in a win at home.

Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep for the Tigers, who won their fifth game in a row while chasing a postseason spot in the AL.

INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 4: Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs as Cleveland moved a step closer to the AL Central title with a win at home.

The Indians dropped their magic number to three games for their first division title since 2007.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CUBS 5, CARDINALS 0: Jake Arrieta struck out 10 in seven innings as host Chicago beat sloppy St. Louis for its 98th victory, the most since the team last played in the World Series in 1945.

Arrieta (18-7) allowed five hits and walked one, Anthony Rizzo had three hits and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs as the Cubs tied a team record with their 56th home win. They moved within one victory or one Washington loss of clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

METS 10, PHILLIES 5: Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run rally in the fifth inning, Hansel Robles gave a big boost from the bullpen and New York won at home to stay atop the NL wild-card race.

A day after using 10 pitchers in a stirring 9-8, 11-inning win over the Phillies, the Mets sent out six more. With his team competing for a playoff spot, Manager Terry Collins yanked starter Gabriel Ynoa after just two shaky innings.

BRAVES 3, MARLINS 2: Adonis Garcia hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning as visiting Atlanta won its seventh straight while Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games.

BREWERS 5, REDS 4: Chris Carter homered, Ryan Braun delivered a late clutch hit and Milwaukee turned its second triple play of the season in a win at home.

INTERLEAGUE

ORIOLES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Mark Trumbo led off the 12th inning with his major league-leading 44th home run as Baltimore rallied from a late two-run deficit to win at home.

After getting swept in a four-game series by Boston, the Orioles remained a half-game behind Detroit for the AL’s second wild card.

Baltimore trailed 2-0 before Pedro Alvarez homered in the eighth off Enrique Burgos and Matt Wieters homered against Daniel Hudson leading off the ninth.

Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for his first big league win.

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