The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » Sports Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Everyone’s geared up for the 100th Indy 500 Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Kanaan spent the final practice before the Indianapolis 500 talking to the racetrack.

He wanted to be kind to the old lady, to land in her good graces before the historic 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.”

“I think this track will pick the winner. Whatever she picks, it’s going to be a very lucky guy,” Kanaan said Friday after landing atop the leaderboard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I’m trying to massage the track a little bit, talk to her nicely and then see if she will pick me on Sunday.”

Kanaan has led a total of 715 miles around the sprawling speedway, but it took him 12 tries to win the checkered flag. That 2013 victory was the most important of his career, and the Brazilian is eager to try for another in front of the first capacity crowd in the history of a race that was first run in 1911. There could be more than 350,000 people on hand on what is expected to be a warm, sunny day that will be marked by celebration.

“I’m so humbled to be part of this, I’ve always wanted to be in this race since I was a little kid,” he said. “I never really came to this place until I raced in 2002, so I haven’t experienced what it’s like when this place is sold out. I’ve been here for 15 years and I’ve never, never seen anything like this. I hope it’s the big jump we need to bring the 500 back to where it belongs.”

This centennial running has turned a special event into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At least 100,000 fans poured into the speedway Friday for Carb Day, the traditional final day of practice. Everyone wants to be part of the show, and every driver wants to win this race.

Marco Andretti has been preparing for Sunday for an entire year.

His family suffers from the notorious “Andretti curse” that has produced just one victory – Mario Andretti in 1969 – despite numerous chances to win.

Michael Andretti returned from retirement in 2006 to race against his son, an Indy 500 rookie, and the curse struck again. Michael Andretti held a late lead, only to be passed by his son, and then Sam Hornish Jr. went roaring by and passed Marco at the finish line.

Another Andretti defeat.

“I think about it still every day,” Marco said. “See, this place was really, really tough to us. We’ve been healthy as a family with all the tries, over 70-something tries, we’re blessed to be healthy. But man, we’ve had a lot of plane rides home talking about how we didn’t win it, and that’s getting old.”

This is the one he really wants for his family.

“Just to put your mark on the 100th would be huge. I keep saying, ‘It’s only right an Andretti wins the 100th,’ ” he said.

Andretti is like the 32 other drivers in the field in their desire to become the 100th face on the famed Borg-Warner trophy.

Among those eyeing the winner’s bottle of milk Sunday is Graham Rahal, who is trying to win his first Indy 500 on the 30th anniversary of the race won by his father, Bobby.

More than anything, Rahal is striving to help IndyCar and its cornerstone event use the 100th running to strengthen the series and ensure that the Indy 500 remains a fixture in American sports.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and help this sport grow. If we could win it, obviously it would be a great platform to do even more of that,” Rahal said. “Whoever wins this thing needs to be on top of their game and promote like crazy and work hard. I really hope it’s an American, honestly. This is going to be a big one. They’ve captured that audience again that maybe we had lost there for a little bit. Now we’ve got to keep their attention and keep it going.”

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Sharks veterans finally in Stanley Cup final Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been linked ever since they went one-two in the 1997 NHL draft to Boston and San Jose.

They became teammates with the Sharks more than a decade ago, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics and each had their captaincies stripped as they became the faces of so many postseason failures in San Jose.

Now at age 36 and after more than 3,000 combined games, 949 goals and 2,610 career points in the regular and postseason, Thornton and Marleau have the opportunity to add the only thing missing on their impressive career resumes if they can win the Stanley Cup.

“It’s just the next step for us,” Thornton said Friday. “We’ve been doing a really good job of staying day to day, shift to shift. This is just another challenge we’re hoping to come out on top on.”

The two will take the ice in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their careers Monday in Pittsburgh, ending a long journey that included many disappointments and criticism that was often undeserved.

“It’s two legends,” teammate Brent Burns said. “I’ve said it before. Those two are some of the best players to ever play the game. It’s huge to get them here. They’ve done pretty much everything else. They sometimes take a bad rap in the media, which is unnecessary. Anybody that’s played with them sees the way that they work and what kind of teammates they are, what kind of people they are.”

They just haven’t always been considered that way because of the lack of playoff success that was at times as much a reflection on the lack of help they got as it was on any deficiencies in their games.

But both also failed to raise their game at the biggest points of the season. Thornton went pointless during a seven-game loss to Montreal in his final playoffs in Boston in 2004 and also posted a -11 rating in the 2010 playoffs in San Jose when the Sharks got swept by Chicago in the Western final.

Marleau struggled in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 playoffs when San Jose got knocked out twice in the second round and then lost as the top seed in the first round to Anaheim in 2009.

Marleau played 165 playoff games before reaching his first final, the most of any player. Thornton was next on that list with 150 games before making it to the finals in his 15th postseason.

That they will be there as Sharks only makes it more special. There was talk they could be traded a couple years ago..

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Major league roundup: A-Rod, Tanaka lead Yankees over Rays Sat, 28 May 2016 03:50:43 +0000 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list, Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Friday night.

Rodriguez returned Thursday after missing three weeks with a strained right hamstring. His sixth homer of the season and 693rd overall off Chris Archer came during a three-run sixth.

Tanaka (3-0) scattered two hits and struck out four to run his career-best unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive starts, dating to last season.

Andrew Miller gave up a single and hit a batter during a scoreless eighth. Kirby Yates allowed Steve Pearce’s two-out solo homer in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman got the final out.

Carlos Beltran homered in the eighth for the Yankees.

Archer (3-6) allowed four runs – one earned – and four hits in eight innings for the Rays, who have lost six of seven.

ORIOLES 6, INDIANS 4: Chris Davis’ RBI double broke a seventh-inning tie, Manny Machado went 4 for 5 and Baltimore ended a four-game losing streak with a victory at Cleveland.

Mark Trumbo followed Davis’ clutch hit with a two-run homer, his AL-leading 15th of the season, and a lineup tweak by Manager Buck Showalter woke up a slumbering offense that scored nine runs in its losing streak.

ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 5: Eric Hosmer had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs as the Kansas City Royals rallied to win at home.


CUBS 6, PHILLIES 2: Jorge Soler, David Ross and Kris Bryant hit long home runs to back Jon Lester and lead host Chicago over Philadelphia.

Lester (5-3) rebounded from his shortest start of the season by giving up two runs and six hits while pitching into the seventh.

CARDINALS 6, NATIONALS 2: Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted Washington’s lineup as St. Louis won on the road.

METS 6, DODGERS 5: Curtis Granderson homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give New York a victory at home over Los Angeles.

The win moved New York back into the NL East lead, by percentage points over Washington, giving Manager Terry Collins a happy 67th birthday

BRAVES 4, MARLINS 2: Nick Markakis hit a tie-breaking, two-run single off third baseman Nick Prado’s glove with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning and Atlanta won for just the third time in 23 games at home.

BREWERS 9, REDS 5: Aaron Hill hit two solo homers, Jonathan Lucroy added a solo shot and drove in three runs, and host Milwaukee handed Cincinnati its 11th straight loss.


PIRATES 9, RANGERS 1: Jonathon Niese outpitched Cole Hamels with six strong innings, ending the Texas lefty’s career-best winning streak at 12 games as Pittsburgh won on the road.

Andrew McCutchen had one of four home runs for the Pirates.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: Runner from Brunswick stays on track for repeat title Sat, 28 May 2016 03:17:19 +0000 WAVERLY, Iowa — Defending champion Mitchell Black of Brunswick, a senior at Tufts, kept his quest alive for another national title by posting the second-fastest preliminary-round time Friday in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division III track and field championships.

Black was clocked in 1 minute, 50.42 seconds. He’ll race in the final Saturday afternoon as he tries to sweep the indoor and outdoor titles for the second straight year.

Allison Hill of Bates and Emily Doyle of Colby also qualified for Saturday’s finals.

Hill, a Brunswick High graduate, had the sixth-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles prelims – 14.33 seconds. Peyton Dostie of the University of Southern Maine missed out on the final, placing 14th in 14.56.

Doyle advanced to the 400 final with a time of 55.30 seconds – also sixth fastest.

In other women’s events Friday, Colby’s Jenna Athanasopoulos finished 15th in the heptathlon with 4,284 points, Nicole Kirk of USM was 18th (12.19) and Alexis Dickinson of Bates was 22nd (12.45) in the 100 prelim; and Kim Donaldson of Colby was 18th in the shot put (41-73/4).

Nick Margitza of Bates was 16th in the men’s shot put (51-1), and Colby’s Brian Sommers was 16th in the 400 (48.39).

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Tiffany Cheng and Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin advanced to the doubles semifinals with a victory in the NCAA Division III championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Cheng and Likhanskaia defeated Kait Brogan and Shelby Harris of Mary Washington, 6-3, 6-1, and will play in the semifinals Saturday.

Likhanskaia also competed in singles but lost in the quarterfinals to Eudice Chong of Wesleyan, 6-1, 6-0.

MEN’S TENNIS: Luke Tercek and Luke Trinka of Bowdoin lost their doubles quarterfinal at the NCAA Division III championships.

The pair were beaten by CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke of Case Western Reserve, 6-3, 6-4.

Ben Rosen of Bates was eliminated in the singles quarterfinal, losing to Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-3, 6-2.

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Cavaliers oust Raptors, return to NBA Finals Sat, 28 May 2016 03:14:16 +0000 TORONTO — LeBron James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to their second straight NBA Finals by beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night.

It’s the third finals appearance in team history for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lost to Golden State in six games last year and got swept by San Antonio in 2007.

For James, it’s his sixth straight trip to the finals, including four with Miami. He broke the 30-point barrier for the first time this postseason and finished with 11 rebounds and six assists.

“I had to bring my game,” he said. “I had to be in attack mode from the beginning.”

Kyrie Irving had 30 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Cavaliers, who will face the winner of the Golden State-Oklahoma City series on Thursday.

Cleveland would open at home against the Thunder but would be on the road against the 73-win Warriors, who trail 3-2 against Oklahoma City heading into Saturday’s Game 6.

The Cavs will be seeking to end Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought, the longest by any city with at least three professional teams. No Cleveland team has won it all since the Browns blanked Baltimore 27-0 to win the NFL championship in 1964.

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan had 20 as the deepest playoff run in Raptors team history ended, much to the disappointment of a sellout crowd of 20,605 dressed in red and white T-shirts that formed a maple leaf pattern on either side of the court. Fans stood and cheered “Let’s go, Raptors! Let’s go, Raptors!” throughout most of the final three minutes.

Toronto prolonged the series with back-to-back home wins in Games 3 and 4 but never mounted much of a challenge to the conference champions in Game 6, falling behind by 21 in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers came in 0-4 at Air Canada Centre counting the regular season and playoffs, but looked much more like the team that handed the Raptors a trio of lopsided losses in Cleveland this series.

The Raptors trailed 88-78 on a jumper by DeRozan with 10:23 remaining but James scored six points in a 14-3 run that gave the Cavs a 102-81 lead with about 6 minutes left.

James scored 14 in the first and five of Cleveland’s nine field goals were from long range as the Cavaliers led 31-25 after one.

After video review, the officials waved off a basket by Biyombo with 3:18 left in the period and gave him a flagrant foul for knocking down Love.

Tempers flared again early in the second when Richard Jefferson reacted angrily to catching an elbow from Jonas Valanciunas as the two battled for a rebound. Patrick Patterson came over and shoved Jefferson out of the way. Both Patterson and Jefferson were given technical fouls.

Cleveland made five more 3-pointers in the second and outscored Toronto 9-3 over the final 71 seconds to lead 55-41 at halftime. The Cavaliers made 10 of 15 3-point attempts in the first half, while Toronto was 2 of 12.

The Cavs led 78-57 after a 3 by Love at 3:53 of the third but Lowry scored 15 points as Toronto closed the quarter with a 17-8 run, cutting it to 86-74.

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: NYA wins in overtime in lacrosse Sat, 28 May 2016 03:05:02 +0000 YARMOUTH — Trevor Lachance scored with a minute left in overtime Friday to give North Yarmouth Academy a 7-6 victory against Greely in a schoolboy lacrosse game.

Lachance had three goals and two assists, Sam Johnson added a pair of goals and an assist, and Jeremy Thelven and Ryan Baker also scored for NYA (3-8).

Ben Kennedy had two goals for Greely (5-6). Alex Wetmore and Tim Coyle each had a goal and an assist.

CHEVERUS 9, PORTLAND 5: Marco Giancotti and Finn Cawley had three goals each as the Stags (7-4) downed the visiting Bulldogs (4-7) at Portland.

Mackenzie Hoglund had a pair of goals for Cheverus, Alex Nason added a goal and Max Coffin finished with two assists.

Drake McGhie and Robert Nolan each had a pair of goals, and Sam Shaw also scored for Portland.

Sean Walsh stopped 11 shots for the Stags.

SOUTH PORTLAND 19, MASSABESIC 1: Jake Angell scored five goals for the Red Riots (6-5), who received goals from 10 players and handled the Mustangs (4-7) at Waterboro.

David Fiorini and Cooper Melhorn each had three goals and three assists for South Portland. Finn Zechman added a pair of goals.

Kevin Nguyen scored for Massabesic.

Quinn Watson had 10 saves for the Red Riots. Blake Foglio stopped 13 shots for the Mustangs.

MARSHWOOD 12, NOBLE 11: Henry Honkonen had five goals to lead the Hawks (1-10) over the Knights (1-10) at South Berwick.

Phil Butler added three goals and Nevan Collins scored twice for Marshwood. Logan Pomerleau scored five goals to lead Noble, Wyatt St. Pierre added three and Jordan Armenta saved 22 shots.

WESTBROOK 11, THORNTON ACADEMY 8: Curtis Knapton scored four goals to lead the Blue Blazes (8-3) over the Golden Trojans (8-3) at Saco.

Grayson Post of Westbrook recorded two goals and three assists. John Tibbetts added two goals and one assist. Alex LeBlanc had 15 saves.

Noah Edborg scored three goals for Thornton.

CAPE ELIZABETH 14, YARMOUTH 6: R.J. Sarka and Owen Thoreck each finished with four goals and one assist as the Capers (11-0) downed the Clippers (7-4) at Cape Elizabeth.

Riley Pillsbury added three goals and two assists for the Capers, Jay Bottomley had one goal and two assists.

Walter Conrad scored twice for Yarmouth.


TRAIP ACADEMY 3, WELLS 2: Alex Foye threw out the potential tying run at the plate to end the game as the Raiders (11-4) edged the Warriors (7-7) at Kittery.

Coleman Pelkey had a pair of hits, including a solo homer in the bottom of the second to start the scoring for Traip, and Henry Driscoll had a pair of singles and scored twice.

Driscoll scored to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning from third on a suicide squeeze from Foye.

Charlie Bell had two singles, scored a run and reached four times for Wells. Scott Ramsey added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Trevor Salema picked up the win with four innings of relief, allowing one unearned run and striking out two.

YARMOUTH 8, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Conor O’Donnell hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning and the Clippers (9-5-1) broke the game open with a three-run fifth to beat the Patriots (3-12) at Yarmouth.

O’Donnell also doubled, and Joe DeFusco added two hits and an RBI. Tyler Waaler also tripled for the Clippers.

Andrew Kinsman allowed no earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two.

KENNEBUNK 4, YORK 3: The Rams (6-9) overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to rally past the Wildcats (11-5) at Kennebunk.

York scored three in the first inning off an infield error, and RBI singles by Forrest Kelley and Andrew Rodrigues.

Justin Wiggins of Kennebunk scored twice and bunted the winning run into scoring position in the sixth. It later scored on an error.

Eric Aiken picked up the win, pitching six innings, allowing six hits and striking out six.

OCEANSIDE 6, BELFAST 1: Nick Mazurek struck out 13 and the Mariners (12-3) scored five runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Lions (8-7) at Belfast.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Mazurek. The Lions tied it in the fourth when Lucien Smith doubled and later scored on an error.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, three Mariners scored after being hit by pitches, another on a walk and another on a squeeze.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 3, MORSE 0: Nate Howard and Zack Glidden combined on a two-hit shutout as the Eagles (12-3) beat Morse (4-11) at Bath.

Howard went five innings and gave up the two hits, striking out 10. Caleb Barden hit a two-run double for the Eagles.

LAKE REGION 2, SACOPEE VALLEY 1: Ryan Hodgdon singled in Mark Mayo in the eighth inning as the Lakers (2-13) defeated the Hawks (12-3) at South Hiram.

Tristen Chaine’s sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Chase Weese to put the Lakers up 1-0. Jared Jordan of Sacopee led off the seventh with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice to force extra innings.

Roderick Maynard of Sacopee allowed four hits and struck out 12 over seven innings. Nate Smith of Lake Region allowed five hits and struck out five over seven innings.

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Friday’s girls’ roundup: Yarmouth wins in softball Sat, 28 May 2016 02:57:34 +0000 YARMOUTH — Eleanor O’Gorman hit a two-run double as part of a four-run fifth inning Friday as Yarmouth downed Gray-New Gloucester 7-2 in a Western Maine Conference softball game.

Mari Cooper added an RBI single in the inning, and also allowed one earned run on five hits, striking out three.

Hannah Merrill doubled twice for the Clippers (12-3), and Sydney St. Pierre and Colleen Sullivan added two hits apiece.

Skye Conley had two hits and an RBI for Gray-New Gloucester (10-5). Alison Martell allowed two earned runs and struck out three.

DEERING 5, MCAULEY 1: Sydney Giroux had three hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Rams (4-12) over the visiting Lions (3-13) at Portland.

Kaytlin DiBiase gave up one unearned in a four-hitter for the Rams, striking out five and walking three.

DiBiase and Abby Elowitch each hit two singles for the Rams. Cassidy Coyne and Maddy Broda drove in one run apiece.

Kim Fisher hit a pair of singles for McAuley.

TRAIP ACADEMY 9, POLAND 0: Reilly Eddy struck out eight and walked one in a five-hitter, and also drove in pair of runs for the Rangers (9-6) against the Knights (3-13) at Kittery.

Sierra O’Brien and Kiara Perez each hit a double and a single for the Rangers. O’Brien finished with two RBI and Perez had one.

Jess Segura also drove in two runs for the Rangers, who scored six runs in the second inning and three in the fourth.

NOBLE 9, WINDHAM 6: Kassidy Lessard drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning as the Knights (10-6) rallied past the Eagles (11-5) at North Berwick.

Kendra Silvers also hit a two-run double in the sixth, and Mackenzie Aleva and Kasey Poligni added RBI singles.

Shaughnessey Gower finished with three hits for the Knights.

Taylor Tibbetts had four hits for Windham, including a double.

OCEANSIDE 6, BELFAST 0: Kristina Ferguson threw a four-hitter, striking out six and walking none as the Mariners (15-0) shut out the Lions (4-11) at Belfast.

Freshman Hannah Moholland of Oceanside had three doubles and scored twice, and Ari Curtis added a double and a single.

Kelli Faulkingham had a pair of singles for Belfast.

SACOPEE VALLEY 13, LAKE REGION 1: The Hawks (7-9) scored four runs in the first inning on two-run singles by McKenzie Fox and Haiden Sawyer, and beat the Lakers (2-13) in five innings at South Hiram.

Maddie Day was 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run for Sacopee Valley. Grace Sanborn added a pair of singles.

Jacqueline Morse had a double and a single, and Haley Fernald homered in the fourth for the Lakers.

GREELY 4, CAPE ELIZABETH 2: Charlotte Benoit had two hits and two RBI to lead the Rangers (12-3) over the Capers (10-5) at Cumberland.

Greely scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

Anna Torre, Megan Nicholson and Kelly O’Sullivan each had two hits for Cape Elizabeth.

MARSHWOOD 11, MASSABESIC 2: Emily Robida pitched a one-hitter and had four RBI to lead the Hawks (8-8) over the Mustangs (9-7) at South Berwick.

Robida hit an RBI triple in the first inning, a two-run single in the third and an RBI single in the sixth.

Lacey Bean homered for the Mustangs in the sixth.

YORK 15, KENNEBUNK 1: Stephanie Rundlett hit a three-run homer in the first inning and struck out nine in a no-hitter as the Wildcats (15-1) downed the Rams (4-11) in five innings at Kennebunk.

Sophia Stephens added a two-run triple during a five-run second as the Wildcats extended their lead to 8-0.

Rundlett and Maeve Campbell finished with three hits apiece. Stephens, Wendy Donnell and Olivia Coughlin each had two for York.

Kennebunk scored in the third when Elizabeth Elkington walked and later came in on a groundout by Malori Cole.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 6, MORSE 3: Erskine (8-7) scored five runs in the seventh inning to rally past the Shipbuilders (7-8) at Bath.

Mackenzie Gayer went 2 for 3 with two walks, two RBI and a run for Erskine.


GREELY 14, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 7: Kelsey Otley scored five goals and Maegan Dougherty added four to lead the Rangers (5-6) over the Panthers (3-8) at Cumberland.

Isabelle Coleman and Emily Taylor scored two goals apiece for NYA. MacKenzie Sangster added one goal and one assist.

MT. ARARAT 10, BRUNSWICK 7: Erin Tome scored four goals to lead the Eagles (4-6) over the Dragons (2-9) at Topsham.

Emily Welch added three goals, and Ana Knight, Ronni Pelletier and Isabella Blessington each had one for Mt. Ararat. Casi Perow recorded seven saves.

Jenna Brooks scored four goals, Amelia Hawley had two and Dina Murphy one for Brunswick. Mikaela Asachbrenner had 13 saves.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 10, LINCOLN ACADEMY 3: Christina Hodgkins scored three goals and Katlyn Hustus added two for the Eagles at South China.

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Donaldson homers twice as Jays stop Red Sox, 7-5 Sat, 28 May 2016 02:33:49 +0000 TORONTO — Despite hitting two home runs and driving in five runs, the scariest thing about Josh Donaldson might just be that the best is yet to come.

After going 4 for 5 to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox that snapped a five-game home losing streak, the All-Star third baseman insists he’s finally rounding into form.

“Honestly, I haven’t felt right all year,” he said. “I’ve been kind of grinding, trying to get there. Maybe at some points trying to do too much at times. A couple days ago, I was starting to feel it and I was kind of getting excited about it.”

The pair of homers, his 12th and 13th, represent the same number that he had on May 27 last year, his AL MVP-winning season, though he is six RBI shy of his 2015 pace.

As far as Manager John Gibbons is concerned, the 30-year-old Donaldson can do no wrong, particularly when he is almost single-handedly dragging his team across the victory line.

“He’s a special player,” Gibbons said. “He can beat you so many ways – with the bat, with the glove, things like that.”

With slugger Jose Bautista out of the lineup, serving his one-game suspension following his role in the benches-clearing brawl in Texas earlier this month after his appeal was overturned, it was left to others to do the heavy lifting.

Donaldson got the Blue Jays on the board with a solo shot off Boston starter Joe Kelly over the electronic scoreboard in right-center field in the first inning, and finished up with a two-run line drive that crept inside the right-field foul pole in the eighth.

Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the fifth inning, and Ezequiel Carrera, playing in place of Bautista, scored twice in the victory.

Boston Manager John Farrell, the former Blue Jays skipper, said the only way to stop Donaldson might be to walk him.

“If the first base is open, yeah, four wide ones the way he swung tonight,” Farrell said. “But he’s such a good player, and does it in critical moments as we saw.”

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs and five hits and struck out six in 62/3 innings. Joe Biagini (2-1) got four outs for the win, and Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Kelly lasted just 42/3 innings, giving up five runs, nine hits and three walks, striking out eight. Koji Uehara (2-2) worked the eighth inning, allowing Carrera to reach on a bunt before surrendering the winning home run to Donaldson, two pitches after he had just missed in crushing a ball foul into the fifth deck of Rogers Centre.

“He obviously had a good day against Joe Kelly and then obviously Koji comes in with I think probably a 10 mph difference and he hit it out,” said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who extended his hitting streak to 20. “He’s a good player and he put a good swing on that one.”

NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who has more home runs (39), doubles (33), RBI (104) and extra-base hits (72) than any visiting player in Rogers Centre history, was given the night off, with Hanley Ramirez taking his place in the lineup. Ramirez is 10 for 21 with seven RBI as a DH in 2016.

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Wrist injury shelves Nadal Sat, 28 May 2016 02:16:44 +0000 PARIS — For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.

On Friday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.

“To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him, “and the doctor says that’s 100 percent impossible.”

His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career,” overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.

No. 15 John Isner, the last U.S. man in the field, found out about Nadal’s abrupt departure about 15 minutes after winning a five-setter to set up a showdown with Murray for a berth in the quarterfinals.

“It was a shock,” Isner said. “I had no idea.”

It robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled because of lingering back problems.

It cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semifinals.

And it raised more questions about how long Nadal, who turns 30 in a week, can continue to ply his intensely physical brand of tennis and remain among the sport’s best. In the past, he has dealt with problems to both knees and to his right wrist; this is the first time his left wrist has been an issue.

“I mean, it’s a bummer for the tournament,” Isner said. “I think a lot of people had him playing Novak in the semis on that side of the draw. It’s a shame.”

He knows he’ll have his own work cut out for him against Murray, a two-time major champion who has won all five of their previous matchups. Other fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.

Kuznetsova won the tournament in 2009; Halep and Stosur have both been runner-up.

Nadal won the French Open four times in a row from 2005-08, then another five straight from 2010-14. His only losses came against Robin Soderling in 2009, and against Djokovic last year, ending a 39-match run.

Nadal, owner of 14 Grand Slam titles overall, said the wrist pain first developed during a match on clay in Madrid this month, then subsided, before growing worse this week.

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Golf roundup: Molder leads in rain-delayed tournament Sat, 28 May 2016 02:15:16 +0000 FORT WORTH, Texas — Bryce Molder had a one-stroke lead with three holes to play Friday in the second round at Colonial when play was suspended because of darkness.

At 9 under, Molder was a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and two in front of Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2-ranked player. Simpson and Spieth completed their second rounds at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

Simpson was 8-under 132 after a 67. Spieth shot a 66 with four birdies in five holes after turning to the front nine.

The start of the round was delayed 51/2 hours after thunderstorms overnight that lingered into the morning. When the first groups teed off early in the afternoon, the sky was clearing and became bright and sunny.

CHAMPIONS: Rocco Mediate stretched his Senior PGA Championship lead to four strokes at Benton Harbor, Michigan, birdieing the final two holes for a 5-under 66.

Mediate, 53, opened with a 62 on Thursday to tie the tournament and course records set by Kenny Perry in the 2012 final round. On Friday, Mediate started play on the 10th tee and birdied the par-4 16th and 18th. He added birdies on the par-5 fifth, par-4 eighth and par-5 ninth.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn remained in position for her third straight Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead in the Volvik Championship at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

EUROPEAN: Danny Willett made six birdies in a tournament-record 29 on the front nine at the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England, setting up a 4-under 68 that gave the Masters champion a three-way share of the second-round lead.

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Baseball: Strong finish for Greely Sat, 28 May 2016 01:33:00 +0000 CUMBERLAND — Two-time defending Class B baseball state champion Greely completed its regular season on an upswing Friday.

The Rangers pounded 13 hits to cruise to an 8-4 win against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference game.

“We got three good wins this week to hopefully build a little momentum heading into the playoffs,” Greely Coach Derek Soule said.

Earlier in the week, the Rangers (11-4-1) eked out a 2-1 win over Wells and then beat Lake Region 7-1.

Greely bested Marshall Peterson, who held the Rangers to one hit just two weeks ago in a 1-0 Cape Elizabeth win.

“(Peterson) shut us out this year and he shut us out the last game of the regular season last year,” Soule said. “It was a nice confidence boost.”

Left-hander Caleb Normandeau scattered seven hits in five innings to earn the win. Ryan Twitchell retired the last six batters in order to earn his second save of the season.

“The last time we played them, it was the same pitching matchup,” Soule said, “but when you’re at Cape Elizabeth and the wind’s blowing in, it’s a tough day to hit for both sides.”

Friday, the wind was blowing out.

“The ball was carrying today,” Soule said. “Total opposite of the environment the first time we met (this season).”

“They had already seen (Peterson) once, so they know how he pitches,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Andrew Wood said. “He was kind of up in the zone, and they were kind of fastball swingers, and he kind of had an off day.”

Eight of Greely’s nine batters hit safely.

“Our preparation was good,” Soule said. “We had a better idea of the approach to take. Our guys just need to be a little more aggressive when they have pitches (they can handle).”

The Rangers scored four unearned runs in the first inning. They loaded the bases on an error and singles by Normandeau and Matt Pisini. Brad Spoerri drove a two-out, bases-clearing double deep into the gap in left, then moved up on an overthrow to the plate and scored on Austin Nowinski’s infield hit.

The Capers (11-4) scored their first two runs in the second on a walk, a single by Jack O’Rourke and the only two errors committed by the Rangers.

Luke Miller led off the bottom of the second with a double, moved to third on the first of Justin Leeman’s three singles and scored on Cal Soule’s sacrifice fly.

The Rangers added two more runs in the third. Nowinski singled, Miller walked, and Leeman, Normandeau and Soule hit consecutive two-out singles to make it 7-2.

The Capers closed to within 7-4 in the fifth on singles by Nate Ingalls and Brendan Tinsman and a double by Dylan Roberts. But Normandeau avoided any more trouble by retiring the next three batters.

“Normandeau didn’t have his best stuff, but he gave us five gutsy innings,” Coach Soule said. “He did what he needed to do.”

Greely completed the scoring in the sixth on a single by Leeman and a double by Soule.

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Sea Dogs fall to Yard Goats Sat, 28 May 2016 00:55:05 +0000 Pitching prospects were paired against each other Friday night at Hadlock Field. Both German Marquez of Hartford and Portland’s Teddy Stankiewicz allowed two earned runs.

The difference turned out to be an unearned run – a dropped fly ball in left field in the third inning – as the Yard Goats beat Portland, 3-2.

Andrew Benintendi and Tzu Wei both had RBI groundouts for the Sea Dogs, but Portland could never catch up.

Stankiewicz (1-4) allowed eight hits but escaped most trouble, helped by three runners caught stealing by catcher Jake Romanski.

Stankiewicz, ranked the Red Sox’s 20th-best prospect by Baseball America, has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his nine starts. He experienced one clunker (eight earned runs on May 3), which has his ERA at 3.25.

“Even though he worked behind the count most of the night, he made pitches,” Manager Carlos Febles said.

“He competed on the mound and gave us a chance to win the ballgame.”

Hartford led 1-0 on Dillon Thomas’ RBI double in the second. In the third, with Raimel Tapia on first base and two outs, left fielder Aneury Tavarez camped under a fly ball but dropped it, allowing Tapia to score.

“It did make a difference but at the same time, we need to get going offensively,” Febles said.

Portland got a run back in the sixth. Sean Coyle doubled down the left-field line, reached third on a wild pitch and came home on Benintendi’s grounder to first.

But Stankiewicz began the seventh with his third walk and then a single. Reliever Williams Jerez gave up a sacrifice, then threw a wild pitch, bringing in Hartford’s third run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Romanski led off with a double off the left-field wall. He reached third and Lin’s RBI scored him, closing to 3-2.

Marquez (4-2) was a top Tampa Bay Rays prospects (ranked 14th by Baseball America) before he was included in a trade with the Colorado Rockies. Only 21, he has been strong in Double-A. Three weeks ago, he carried a no-hitter into eighth inning at New Hampshire.

Marquez gave up a season-high eight hits but also escaped some jams.

“We’re not going to win a lot of games scoring two runs,” Febles said. “That’s been the case most of the season … I think we’re definitely going to hit. But when? That’s the question.”

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 6,485. … Ramos (2 for 4) is batting .380 in his last 13 games. … Reliever Luis Ysla switched to a new jersey number (34). The Sea Dogs don’t use any numbers that have been retired by the Red Sox. Ysla’s old number (26) also was worn in Boston by Wade Boggs.

Ryan Lavarnway, a former Sea Dogs catcher (2010-11), could be returning to Hadlock. Lavarnway, 28, who has major league time with the Red Sox, Orioles and Braves, was recently signed by the Blue Jays and assigned to Double-A New Hampshire. The Fisher Cats next come to Hadlock on July 14-17.

Hartford is still having problems with construction of its new stadium. The Yard Goats already played four of their home games at Hadlock Field in April. Because of a conflict between the city and the developer, construction on the stadium may be halted, leaving the Yard Goats on the road for the rest of the season. … When the Sea Dogs play Hartford on June 3-6, it will be at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. But Dodd will be unavailable after June 20. Portland is scheduled to play a three-game series in Hartford from July 8-10.

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Auto racing notebook: Larson ready for NASCAR breakthrough Sat, 28 May 2016 00:19:25 +0000 CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson believes he’s on the verge of kicking in the door and getting his first Sprint Cup win.

The 23-year-old seems to be getting close.

Larson finished second two weeks ago at Dover, then had a chance to win the All-Star exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend before losing control of his car and hitting the wall following a challenge from Joey Logano.

He wound up finishing 16th, missing out on a chance for a breakthrough win and the $1 million first-place prize.

“It would mean a lot to get it anywhere, but especially here at Charlotte, close to home,” Larson said of his first Sprint Cup win. ” … We have been rolling good the last few weeks. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going. Our car has been getting a lot faster.”

Whether it will be fast enough Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 – NASCAR’s longest race of the year – remains to be seen.

INDY 500: Tony Kanaan was so frustrated during qualifying that he was simply relieved once it was over.

Now, his attitude has turned to full-blown optimism.

Kanaan was the fastest in the final round of practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500, posting a lap of 226.280 mph to highlight a frantic Carb Day that saw Pippa Mann slam the wall midway through the session.

Carlos Munoz spent most of the hour-long practice atop the speed charts.

But the popular Kanaan bumped Munoz, a Honda driver, late in practice to give Chevrolet the top spot in what is shaping up to be an intriguing battle between the two engine manufacturers.

Munoz had a lap of 224.772, followed by Scott Dixon, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“I’m happy with my car. Obviously I have to pass 17 people before I get really happy with my car,” said Kanaan, who will start 18th for Chip Ganassi Racing on Sunday.

Kanaan started 12th when he won the Indy 500 in 2013.

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Softball: Scarborough extends streak with comeback win Fri, 27 May 2016 22:53:03 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — When you think about it, it’s actually pretty simple: if you want to beat Scarborough High’s powerhouse softball team, all you have to do is play a perfect game.

Biddeford, as it has so often, came close Friday afternoon. But the Tigers blinked in the bottom of the seventh inning and Scarborough scored two runs with two outs to grab a stunning 4-3 victory. The Red Storm strung together four consecutive hits, with Chloe Griffin knocking in the tying run and Kaleigh Scoville the winner with a single to center.

It was Scarborough’s only lead of the game and capped a third straight 16-0 regular season for the Red Storm, who will go into the regional playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Class A South. Third-ranked Biddeford is 12-4.

“We come here, we play seven solid innings and … they find a way, they find a way,” said Biddeford Coach Ray Magnant. “I think this team can play with anybody in the league and we showed it today. Now we’ve just got to put together seven mistake-free innings, because that’s what it takes to beat this team.”

It was Scarborough’s 57th consecutive regular-season victory. Given that 11 of Scarborough’s wins this year have been by at least 10 runs, it was also a very satisfying win.

“You can’t get any better softball than that,” said Scoville. “Throughout the season, some of the games haven’t been that close. It’s just nice to be in that environment and see that we can still produce.”

Biddeford scored all its runs in the first inning on a towering three-run homer by sophomore catcher Brook Davis, perhaps the most dangerous hitter in the conference. But the Tigers were held in check the rest of the way, first by starter Abbie Murrell and then by Griffin, who came in to pitch in the fifth.

Biddeford starter Kirsten Lebreux was very effective as well. She gave up a run in the first, then had the Red Storm off balance. At one point, she produced eight outs on 12 pitches.

Then in the sixth, two infield errors led to a Scarborough run that cut it to 3-2. But freshman shortstop Grace Martin threw out the potential tying run at the plate.

In the seventh, Biddeford center fielder Jocelyn Moody made a spectacular backhanded diving catch in the left-center field gap for the first out. A grounder to third baseman Erin Martin produced the second out.

But Scarborough pinch-hitter Hunter Greenleaf reached on an infield single. Then Maggie Murphy lined a pitch off Lebreux’s leg, the ball ricocheting away, with Greenleaf going to third.

Up came Griffin. On a 1-1 pitch, she grounded a single up the middle to score Greenleaf with the tying run.

“Those are the moments we practice for, that we love,” said Griffin. “We live for those moments with the runner on third, bottom of the seventh.”

Three pitches later, Scoville lined a single to center and the speedy Murphy scored the winning run. “I just wanted to get a single,” said Scoville. “I have confidence in Maggie. She’s so fast, I knew if I hit anything in the outfield she was scoring.”

“They’re just confident hitters,” said Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin. “We got together and some of the kids said, ‘This was fun.’ This is what we’ve been waiting for. And they were nice and relaxed.”

And so Scarborough again is undefeated going into the playoffs.

“Obviously it’s special, but it’s not really what we’re going for,” said Scoville. “We’re not finished yet.”

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Red Sox demote Clay Buchholz to bullpen Fri, 27 May 2016 21:56:19 +0000 The Boston Red Sox finally ran out of patience with starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. He is being sent to the bullpen, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking his spot in the rotation, Manager John Farrell told media in Toronto, where the Red Sox lost Friday night.

Buchholz, 31, has always been considered one of Boston’s most talented pitchers, but the results are not consistent. He began this season with a 2-5 record and 6.35 ERA. Buchholz made his 10th start Thursday at Fenway Park, allowing six earned runs over five innings in a loss to Colorado.

Rodriguez, 22, made a splash in his first major league season last year, going 10-5 with a 3.85 ERA. He began this season on the disabled list after suffering a dislocated kneecap in spring training. He had been making rehab appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell said Rodriguez will start Tuesday’s game in Baltimore.

Buchholz has made two career relief appearances, one in his rookie season in 2007 and another in 2008.

Farrell said Buchholz will make multi-inning appearances in order to remain stretched out and could return to the rotation later in the season.

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Cheverus hires Mike Vance as football coach Fri, 27 May 2016 18:36:22 +0000 Mike Vance gets it. People are probably going to ask: Do you really want to be the guy who replaces legendary high school football coach John Wolfgram?

“He is a tough act to follow but I’m pretty good at being Mike Vance. I know how to do that and I think the kids feel good about that, too,” Vance said.

Vance, 46, was announced as Cheverus High’s new football coach Friday. Vance has been Cheverus’ junior varsity football coach and the varsity team’s defensive coordinator the past 10 seasons, coming to the school with Wolfgram in 2006.

Wolfgram, 67, who is staying at Cheverus as an English teacher, retired as football coach in April. In 40 seasons as a head coach at four schools, Wolfgram’s teams went 309-92-1 and won 10 state championships – the last two at Cheverus in 2010 and 2011.

“He has a knowledge of the system that has been effective here the past 10 years,” Athletic Director Gary Hoyt said.

“He has the enthusiasm of doing well in his first head coaching assignment. He brings a huge desire to learn and grow.”

A 1988 graduate of South Portland High and resident of Scarborough, Vance played high school football for Wolfgram. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Vance’s first assistant coaching job was on Wolfgram’s staff at South Portland in the early 1990s.

He then was an assistant coach at Gorham under his father Jay Vance and at Scarborough as part of Jack Flynn’s staff.

Vance’s father and Wolfgram started side-by-side on the offensive line for three seasons at University of Maine, Wolfgram at center and Jay Vance at left guard.

Vance said he won’t hesitate to seek out Wolfgram for advice.

“Wouldn’t you?” Vance said. “He’s offered to help me in any way that I’d like and I told him I’ll probably be calling him twice a day for awhile. We have a very good relationship. He’s been a coach, a mentor and a family friend.”

Cheverus finished 6-4 last season, losing to Windham in the regional semifinal.

Cheverus will likely continue to employ the Wing-T offense and stress doing a few things very well. Most of the Stags’ previous coaching staff will remain, Vance said.

“I am who I am and I’m deeply rooted in the Wing-T principles, and I believe those principles allow you to compete with a variety of athletes,” Vance said.

Cheverus senior Dan Baker, a former two-way starter, said Vance has the support of the athletes.

“There was no one else we were rooting for to get the job,” Baker said.

Justin Johnson, a senior captain of the 2015 team, was another player who sought out Vance to extend congratulations after Friday’s announcement.

Vance quickly turned the conversation toward Johnson, asking detailed questions about Johnson’s future college football plans at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

“He’s very involved with each player specifically,” Johnson said.

“He knows everyone’s name and he makes it a point to get to know you on a personal level as much as you can get.”

This is the first time Vance has applied for a head coaching job.

“I didn’t want to leave what we had here and also, my family wasn’t ready,” Vance said. “Our kids are young and my wife travels a lot for business.”

Mike Vance is the stay-at-home father of daughters, Abigail, 7, and Grace, 5. His wife Mercedes Vance is a national executive search consultant who helps colleges and universities fill administrative positions.

For Vance, becoming the Cheverus football coach was the right fit at the right time.

“You try to think to yourself, ‘why do I want this,’ ” he said. “The answer for me was clear. The culture here is one of respect and support, and it may sound cliche but it’s like family here. It doesn’t take long before you feel like you belong.”

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from French Open Fri, 27 May 2016 15:20:05 +0000 PARIS — For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.

On Friday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.

“To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him, “and the doctor says that’s 100 percent impossible.”

His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career,” overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.

No. 15 John Isner, the last U.S. man in the field, found out about Nadal’s abrupt departure about 15 minutes after winning a five-setter to set up a showdown with Murray for a berth in the quarterfinals.

“It was a shock,” Isner said. “I had no idea.”

It robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled because of lingering back problems.

It cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris — and could have faced Nadal in the semifinals.

And it raised more questions about how long Nadal, who turns 30 in a week, can continue to ply his intensely physical brand of tennis and remain among the sport’s best. In the past, he has dealt with problems to both knees and to his right wrist; this is the first time his left wrist has been an issue.

“I mean, it’s a bummer for the tournament,” Isner said. “I think a lot of people had him playing Novak in the semis on that side of the draw. It’s a shame.”

He knows he’ll have his own work cut out for him against Murray, a two-time major champion who has won all five of their previous matchups. Other fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.

Kuznetsova won the tournament in 2009; Halep and Stosur have both been runner-up.

Nadal won the French Open four times in a row from 2005-08, then another five straight from 2010-14. His only losses came against Robin Soderling in 2009, snapping a 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros, and against Djokovic last year, ending a 39-match run.

Nadal, owner of 14 Grand Slam titles overall, said the wrist pain first developed during a match on clay in Madrid this month, then subsided, before growing worse this week. Nadal got a painkilling injection before his second-round victory Thursday, but by the time he awoke Friday, he couldn’t move his wrist and went for an MRI exam.

“He did not practice this morning, so I figured there was a problem,” tournament director Guy Forget said.

When Forget got a phone call from a member of Nadal’s entourage, he knew for certain something was wrong. Nadal’s exit means the man who was supposed to be his next opponent, Marcel Granollers of Spain, gets a walkover into the fourth round; win that, and Granollers will reach his first quarterfinal in 35 appearances at majors.

“Unfortunately, it is happening right now and it is impacting the tournament. It’s impacting you and me,” Forget said. “I think we’re all conscious that he is one of our best ambassadors. Unfortunately, what counts now is health.”

Nadal said the injury involves an inflamed tendon and might not require surgery if he rests the wrist. But he can’t practice for the time being and is not sure what his status will be for Wimbledon, where play begins in one month.

“Now is a tough moment,” Nadal said, “but (it) is not the end.”

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Almost two dozen athletes from London Olympics test positive for doping in reanalysis Fri, 27 May 2016 12:39:37 +0000 LONDON — Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.

The International Olympic Committee said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques on 265 samples from the London Games.

The IOC did not identify the athletes, their sports or their nationalities.

“The reanalysis program is ongoing, with the possibility of more results in the coming weeks,” the IOC said .

The 23 London athletes are in addition to the 31 who tested positive in retesting from the Beijing Olympics. The IOC said Friday that another sample from Beijing has since shown “abnormal parameters,” and the case was being followed up.

Overall, up to 55 athletes from the past two Summer Olympics could be retroactively disqualified and have their results, and any medals, stripped.

The IOC stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years so they can be reanalyzed when new testing methods become available.

The current retesting program targeted athletes who could be eligible to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now.”

Bach said he has appointed a disciplinary commission which “has the full power” to sanction athletes.

The IOC still has to retest the athletes’ “B” samples. Formal positive cases are not declared until the “B” samples confirm the original findings.

The IOC said the athletes, their national Olympic committees and their international sports federations were being informed ahead of formal disciplinary proceedings.

“All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games” in Rio, it said.

The IOC said the retests were carried out using “the very latest scientific analysis methods.”

The IOC retested 454 samples from Beijing. Of those original 31 positives, the Russian Olympic Committee confirmed that 14 involved Russian athletes.

Russian state TV said they included 10 medalists, among them high jumper Anna Chicherova. She won the bronze medal in Beijing and went on to take gold in London.

Match TV said 11 of the 14 athletes from Beijing were from track and field, including 4×100-meter relay gold medalist Yulia Chermoshanskaya.

Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia has been identified in Spain as being one of the athletes whose samples from Beijing was positive.

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Budding rivalry to be renewed at Beech Ridge opener Fri, 27 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Young drivers Reid Lanpher and Garrett Hall will renew their rivalry Saturday night when Beech Ridge Motor Speedway hosts its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener.

Lanpher, 18, of Manchester, captured the 2015 Beech Ridge Pro Series title, winning four races. Hall, 21, of Scarborough, took the point battle to the last weekend.

Both drivers are expanding their racing horizons with out-of-state touring series competition but will call Beech Ridge their home base this summer.

“Our main objective is the Beech Ridge championship,” Hall said.

Lanpher is getting part-time driving assignments this year on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and also hitting Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) races. But with the exception of one date in July, Lanpher expects to be in the Beech Ridge pit every Saturday night.

“(Beech Ridge) is the toughest competition around and it’s a lot cheaper to race than tour racing,” Lanpher said. “We’d love to run the full PASS race schedule but we’re not quite in a position to do that. Weekly racing is something we can do while still having stellar competition.”

Lanpher said he expects his next K&N race, driving the No. 31 car for Marsh Racing, will be June 17 at Stafford, Connecticut.

“We’re hoping to add as many races as we can with New Hampshire being the next one we want to do,” Lanpher said. “We’ll probably end up running five (K&N) races but at this time we’re not sure where those will be.”

Hall won Beech Ridge’s Pro Series Rookie of the Year in 2015 after winning the Sport Series title in 2014.

This spring he has reached another plateau. He competed in six races at New Smyrna, Florida, then won his first Pro Series/Super Late Model style race in the PASS opener April 10 at the five-eighths mile Thompson Motor Speedway.

“Last year at the long-distance races I thought I needed to save my tires more,” Hall said. “This year I kind of learned to push the car more and to get to the front.”

Hall backed up his Thompson win with a third in the PASS race at Beech Ridge and another win at Speedway 95. He’s third in PASS points and with success has come a re-evaluation of his plans.

“When I first started out racing, my goal was to run a Pro Series and to qualify for the Oxford 250,” Hall said. “But the thing is, I did both of those last year. This year I’ve won two races. Obviously you want to look for more goals.”

Lanpher and Hall both said they consider the other to be a competitor worthy of attention.

“I wouldn’t consider ourselves buddies,” Lanpher said. “I have a lot of respect for him on and off the track.”

Of Lanpher, Hall said. “Obviously he’s smooth as a driver. He has a good car and he has a good crew, and I guess it’s all about trying to learn the track and obviously he learned that last year and got four wins.”

BEECH RIDGE is known for depth in its three Saturday night racing divisions: the Pro Series, Sport Series and Wildcat.

Track owner Andy Cusack said the Pro Series field added two well-known drivers.

“Just this week we heard from a few different drivers who intend to run our series,” Cusack said. “One of them is Joey Doiron (of Berwick). They have contacted us and said they want to focus on Beech Ridge and run the series. T.J. Brackett, he’s also interested in runing here full time.”

Doiron, the PASS North runner-up in 2015, is eighth in PASS points. He was caught up in a heat wreck last Saturday at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire. Doiron has confirmed he will compete for the championship at Beech Ridge.

He will also compete in selected PASS races.

Brackett won the 2013 Pro Late Model championship at Oxford Plains Speedway. His father, Tim Brackett, is a multi-time Oxford champion and leads in points this season.

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Thursday’s college roundup: Maine ousted in conference baseball tournament Fri, 27 May 2016 04:13:39 +0000 LOWELL, Mass. — The Maine baseball team lost 9-8 to Albany on Thursday night in an elimination game of the America East tournament.

Maine, which ends its season at 20-35, had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth inning but was unable to push across the tying run. Danny Casals, Lou Della Fera and Tyler Schwanz each had two hits for Maine.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng of Bowdoin advanced to the quarterfinals with a straight-set victory at the NCAA Division III women’s tennis doubles championships at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Likhanskaia and Cheng beat Marie Lutz and Liza Southwick of Trinty (Texas), 6-3, 6-1, and will play Kait Brogan and Shelby Harris of Mary Washington.

Likhanskaia also made it to the singles quarterfinals. She will face Eudice Chong of Wesleyan Friday.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bates sophomore Ben Rosen won two matches to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III men’s single championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Rosen earned All-America status with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Arthur Fagundes of the University of Texas-Tyler, then knocked off the No. 8 seed, C.J. Kimball of Case Western Reserve, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Rosen faces fourth-seeded Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Friday.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: USM hurdler Jeremy Collins and Colby steeplechaser Alanna McDonough advanced to the finals by recording the third-fastest prelim times at the NCAA Division III championships in Waverly, Iowa.

Collins finished second in his 400-meter hurdles heat with a school-record time of 52.22 seconds. He’ll compete in the finals Saturday afternoon.

McDonough also placed second in her heat, posting a time of 10:56.87. She goes into Saturday’s final as the No. 2 seed.

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Warriors stop Thunder to stay alive Fri, 27 May 2016 03:47:32 +0000 OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd, and the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The MVP made a snazzy layup late and dished out six assists, and Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. Golden State trails 3-2 and is trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

“We’re not going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.

Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and chasing just the second championship after the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics won it all.

The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.

Durant’s 3-pointer with 4:34 left got the Thunder within 103-98, then Curry answered with a three-point play.

Curry scored seven points in a 58-second stretch of the second quarter, but the Thunder didn’t go away easily.

Trailing 58-50 at halftime, Oklahoma City came out of the break with a 9-2 run. Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the third put Oklahoma City ahead 68-67 for its first lead of the night. But Golden State led 81-77 going into the fourth and began the final period by scoring five unanswered points.

Curry shot 9 for 20 and also had five steals, and Thompson had his 11th 20-point game for the second straight postseason despite shooting 2 for 9 from 3-point range. Draymond Green had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Steve Kerr thought his Warriors might have an edge against the percentages of teams having trailed 3-1 because they’re the defending champs and were playing at home, where they have been nearly unbeatable.

Kerr called for center Andrew Bogut to do more and the 7-footer delivered with a playoff career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double this postseason and seventh of his career.

Marreese Speights had a pair of three-point plays on follow shots and a 3 in the second quarter to give Golden State a nice lift off the bench. He had nine points in four minutes during that stretch and 14 points overall for his fifth double-digit scoring game this postseason.

With his 1,248th career postseason point in the third, Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain (1,246) for second place on the franchise’s playoff scoring list.

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Major league roundup: Harper breaks slump as Nationals beat Cards Fri, 27 May 2016 03:44:03 +0000 WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper hit a slump-busting home run, Danny Espinosa also went deep and the Washington Nationals got seven strong innings from right-hander Joe Ross in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Washington trailed 1-0 in the sixth inning before Harper ended a 4-for-33 skid with a no-doubt-about-it shot into the upper deck, far beyond the wall in right field. It was his 12th homer of the season, the first since May 13.

The light-hitting Espinosa snapped the tie in the seventh with a drive to right. Batting eighth, Espinosa came in with a .199 batting average and three home runs.

Both homers came off Mike Leake (3-4), who won his previous three starts while allowing only two runs over 21 innings.

PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning to help Pittsburgh win at home.

The pinch hit gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead and the runs gave reliever A.J. Schugel (1-1) his first major league win after he had surrendered the lead inherited from starter Gerrit Cole in the top half of the inning. Schugel gave up a two-run single to Paul Goldschmidt in his only inning of work.


BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 1: J.A. Happ (6-2) pitched seven strong innings, Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis had two-out RBI, and Toronto won at New York to take the three-game series. CC Sabathia (3-3) was the tough-luck loser for New York, allowing just two unearned runs.

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since going on the disabled list May 4 with a strained hamstring.

ASTROS 4, ORIOLES 2: George Springer homered twice and Houston set a major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series, finishing a sweep of visiting Baltimore.

Houston starter Lance McCullers (1-1) allowed just one hit – a home run to Mark Trumbo – and had 10 strikeouts in five innings, helping the Astros break the major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series with 52. The previous mark was 47 by Washington earlier this season.


MARLINS 9, RAYS 1: Jose Fernandez struck out 12 in seven innings and won his sixth straight start for visiting Miami.

Fernandez (7-2) struck out eight of the last 10 batters he faced and struck out every hitter in the Rays lineup at least once.

The 23-year-old right-hander from Tampa gave up six hits in beating his hometown Rays for the first time in three tries.

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Penguins top Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 to advance to Stanley Cup Final Fri, 27 May 2016 03:14:15 +0000 PITTSBURGH — Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.

Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn’t enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year. Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.

The Penguins avoided elimination with a borderline dominant 5-2 victory in Game 6 that provided a snapshot of the formula that fueled their rise through the Eastern Conference standings shortly after Coach Mike Sullivan’s arrival in mid-December. Sullivan calls it “playing the right way,” a way abetted by the influx of speed brought in by General Manager Jim Rutherford. That group includes Rust, who forced his way onto the roster thanks to feverish skating and a relentlessness that belies his nondescript 5-foot-11 frame.

That effort – or “desperation level” as captain Sidney Crosby calls it – provided the Penguins with the boost they needed to overcome a bit of unfortunate history and the return of Stamkos. Pittsburgh had dropped five straight Game 7s at home, including a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay in 2011 in a series in which both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin missed due to injury. That loss had become symbolic of the franchise’s postseason shortcomings following that gritty run to the Cup in 2009 that culminated with a Game 7 win in Detroit that was supposed to be the launching pad of a dynasty.

Seven long years later, with an entirely new cast around mainstays Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz and Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins are finally heading back.

It hardly came easy. Vasilevskiy, a revelation while filling in for injured Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop, spent most of the night facing barrage after barrage as Pittsburgh controlled the puck and the pace of play for long stretches. Not even the return of Stamkos, who missed eight weeks while recovering from surgery to fix a blood clot near his right collarbone, could give Tampa Bay a boost as it sought a second straight appearance in the final round.

The 26-year-old practically chased Vasilevskiy onto the ice and played 11:55, his best chance coming on a breakaway in the second period in which his slap shot from the right circle hit Murray and trickled wide.

Yet he was outshone – as was everyone else inside an electric Consol Energy Center – by a 24-year-old who managed all of five goals in 55 regular-season games, a total he’s matched in just 17 games during the postseason. And perhaps even more surprising than the amount of success Rust has enjoyed during the playoffs is when he’s done the most damage. He collected two goals and an assist in a series closeout win over the New York Rangers in the opening round.

Just over a month later, Rust was at it again.

He gave the Penguins the lead 1:55 into the second when he raced down the slot, took a feed from Kunitz and beat Vasilevskiy over his glove. Drouin’s fourth goal of the series tied it at 9:36 of the second, a wicked wrist shot from the circle that zipped by Murray and seemed to blunt Pittsburgh’s momentum.

Only it didn’t.

All of 30 seconds later, the Penguins were back in front. Ben Lovejoy’s slap shot from the point caromed off the end boards to the right of the net. Rust jabbed at it, squeezing it between Vasilevskiy’s left arm and his body.

The Penguins kept coming. Only the spectacular play of the 21-year-old Vasilevskiy kept the Lightning in it. Pittsburgh outshot Tampa Bay 21-5 in the second period alone, yet couldn’t extend its advantage.

Their season on the brink, the Lightning recovered but Murray never wavered. His teammates in front of him kept Tampa Bay from getting in his way and when the final horn blared, Pittsburgh’s metamorphosis from the blahs of December to the madness of May was complete.

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Major League notebook: Dodgers to debut heralded pitcher Fri, 27 May 2016 03:06:33 +0000 LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are ready to unveil highly touted pitcher Julio Urias, calling him up to make his major league debut on Friday night in New York against the Mets.

The 19-year-old left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he has a 27-inning scoreless streak and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Urias will replace lefty Alex Wood, who was scratched with triceps soreness. Wood is expected to make his next start on Monday in Chicago against the first-place Cubs.

YANKEES: New York hopes Mark Texeira will miss only a few games.

Teixeira missed his second straight game Thursday with a neck problem, with Manager Joe Girardi expecting the first baseman to sit out at least two more but hoping he won’t need a DL stint.

Teixeira received cortisone shots in multiple places in his neck Thursday, a day after an MRI showed inflammation but no serious damage. He also got cortisone shots – but in fewer spots – two weeks earlier after he missed a pair of games because of the same issue.

The 36-year-old switch-hitter said he’s dealt with neck and upper back tightness throughout his career

ROYALS: Third baseman Mike Moustakas was put on the 15-day disabled list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Such injuries usually sideline a player for a long period. Moustakas said he will seek a second opinion on the injury.

TWINS: Minnesota suspended pitching coach Neil Allen indefinitely with pay, following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

BRAVES: Outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended through Aug. 1 for his arrest on domestic violence charges.

The suspension, announced by commissioner Rob Manfred, is without pay and covers 82 games, retroactive to April 30.

Olivera was arrested April 13 at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., charged with assault and battery of a woman and he was immediately placed on leave.

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Thursday’s girls roundup: Marshwood triumphs in lacrosse Fri, 27 May 2016 03:00:14 +0000 SACO — Hannah Costin scored three goals Thursday night to lead Marshwood to a 4-2 victory against Thornton Academy in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Marin Smith added a goal and two assists, and Skyler Amsden stopped 12 shots for Marshwood (11-1), which led 3-1 at halftime.

Faith Sinclair and Paige LeBlanc each scored goals to lead the Trojans (8-3). Meaghan Stephenson had nine saves.

MASSABESIC 17, SOUTH PORTLAND 6: Maquila Dimastrantonio had six goals to lead the Mustangs (10-1) over the Red Riots (6-6) at South Portland.

Delia Sylvain added four goals, and Marissa Thyng, Madison Drain and Allison Irish each added a pair of goals. Keilly Lynch had one goal.

Jena Leckie and Mary Cronin each had two goals to lead South Portland. Maddie Hasson had a goal and two assists and Molly Walker added a goal and an assist.

WINDHAM 7, MCAULEY 1: Katie Skvorak had six goals to lead all scorers as the Eagles (9-2) led 2-1 at halftime and pulled away from the Lions (2-9) at Portland.

Mya Mannette added a goal for Windham. Zoe Mazur scored for McAuley.

Grace Sawyer made nine saves for the Eagles. Jordyn Carr stopped seven shots for the Lions.

YARMOUTH 14, CAPE ELIZABETH 4: Eliza Lunt had five goals for the Clippers (9-2) as they easily got past the Capers (3-8) at Yarmouth.

Molly Wilson, Lilly Watson and Cory Langenbach each contributed two goals and an assist for Yarmouth.

Chloe Chapin and Mariah Deschino each had a pair of goals for Cape Elizabeth.

Mary Kate Gunneville stopped seven shots for the Clippers.

MORSE 9, GARDINER 3: Amanda Gagne scored a hat trick to lead the way on Senior Night as the Shipbuilders (10-1) cruised past the Tigers (7-4) at Bath.

Isabella Paulus had two goals for Morse, and Madison Savary and Noa Sreden each added a goal and two assists.

Madelin Walker, Bryce Smith and Evelyn Hinkley scored for Gardiner.

Zenaide McCarthy had five saves for the Shipbuilders, and Kaylin Mansir stopped nine shots for the Tigers.

BIDDEFORD 16, NOBLE 5: Paige Laverriere scored seven goals to pace the offense as the Tigers (7-4) handled the Knights (2-9) at Biddeford.

Camryn Mckeown had four goals and two assists, Taylor Turgeon had two goals and dished out four assists and Hailey Allen added two goals and an assist.

Megan Bataran had three goals and an assist to lead Noble.

Rebekah Guay and Eliza Gilliam combined for eight saves for the Tigers.


SCARBOROUGH 2, WINDHAM 0: Katie Verreault broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run and the Red Storm (14-0) held on to beat the Eagles (11-4) at Windham.

Lilly Volk pitched a four-hitter for Scarborough, allowing one walk and striking out 12. The Red Storm added another run in the sixth: Maggie Murphy tripled and later scored on a single from Kaleigh Scoville.

Windham had its best opportunity to score with runners on first and third with one out in the fourth, but Volk struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Danielle Tardiff of the Eagles allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 6, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1: Nicole Bennett went the distance, allowing one unearned run on two hits, striking out seven as the Raiders (10-5) cruised past the Seagulls (0-16) at Fryeburg.

Old Orchard scored in the top of the second on a throwing error. Fryeburg answered in the bottom of the third with three runs, highlighted by a Bennett two-run double.

The Raiders added three runs in the fourth when Mackenzie Buzzell lined a two-run double and she was driven home on an RBI single from Lexi L’Heureux-Carland.

CARRABEC 8, MT. ABRAM 3: Mickayla Willette had two singles and three RBI to pace the Cobras (10-5) over Mt. Abram (3-11) at Salem.

Baylee Atwood, Liberty Chestnut, Mel Clark and Sam LeBeau each chipped in two singles for Carrabec.

Kiley Holt had a double and a single for Mt. Abram and Meg Marble added a double.


PORTLAND 3, WINDHAM 2: Jessica Brown tripled with one out in the top of the eighth and Isabelle Dimillo drove her in with a double for the go-ahead run as the Bulldogs (8-7) outlasted the Eagles (11-3) at Windham.

Lauren Talbot lined a triple to score Katie Hunter to score the tying run with one out for Windham in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Sports Digest: Molder birdies his way to one-stroke lead at Texas Fri, 27 May 2016 03:00:13 +0000 GOLF

Molder birdies his way to one-stroke lead at Texas

Bryce Molder birdied six of his last nine holes for a 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Molder was in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, and was on the 16th green when play was stopped for 1:15 because of rain and lightning. He completed his seventh of nine consecutive pars when play resumed, then had all of those birdies on the front nine.

Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri and Webb Simpson shot 65.

Colonial member Ryan Palmer was among four players tied for fifth at 66. Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2 ranked player, had a 67 even after missing the first six fairways.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Masters champion Danny Willett, the only member of the world’s top 20 competing in the tournament, got off to another fast start on the European Tour, shooting a 6-under 66 to land a stroke behind a trio of leaders after the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England.

CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR: Rocco Mediate played the first 13 holes in 9 under and closed with five pars for a 62 to match the Senior PGA Championship and Harbor Shore records at Benton Harbor, Michigan.

LPGA: Christina Kim took advantage of favorable conditions at Ann Arbor, Michigan, shooting an 8-under 64 to top the leaderboard in the inaugural Volvik Championship.

Second-ranked Inbee Park’s lingering thumb injury led her to withdraw from the tournament.

U.S. AMATEURS: Hailee Cooper, 16, and Kaitlyn Papp, 17, won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Streamsong Resort, outlasting 13-year-olds Angelina Kim and Brianna Navarrosa with a par on the first extra hole at Bowling Green, Florida.


NFL: The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined Coach John Harbaugh $137,000, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines.

When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.

Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league’s commitment to concussion research in a letter to the 32 team owners.

In the wake of a congressional study that concluded that NFL officials tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking away a project from a researcher the NFL feared was biased, Goodell called for “continued and robust support of independent medical research.”


U.S. WOMEN: A federal judge heard arguments on whether the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year’s Summer Olympics in Brazil, with her pending decision potentially carrying far-reaching consequences for American soccer.

ENGLAND: Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager.

British broadcaster Sky Sports said that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal.

Louis van Gaal was fired as United manager on Monday.


OLYMPICS: Russia has included Maria Sharapova on its preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Matteo Trentin used a late counterattack and some crafty teamwork to win the longest stage at Pinerola, Italy, while Steven Kruijswijk held on to a comfortable overall lead with only two challenging legs to go.

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Thursday’s boys’ roundup: Deering rallies in baseball Fri, 27 May 2016 02:50:32 +0000 Deering scored three runs in the sixth inning Thursday night, rallying to a 4-3 victory against Bonny Eagle in an SMAA baseball game at Hadlock Field.

The highlights of the sixth for the Rams (10-6) were a triple by James Sinclair, and run-scoring singles by Ben Jones and Orey Dutton.

Dutton finished with three hits to lead Deering, and Sinclair and Nate Loranger each added a pair of hits.

Sinclair, the winning pitcher, went the distance, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking one against the Scots (8-8).

THORNTON ACADEMY 9, SANFORD 4: Brandon Hall went 4 for 4 with an RBI and scored a run as the Golden Trojans (11-3) defeated the Spartans (2-12) at Saco.

Trailing 1-0, Thornton Academy scored five runs in the third inning, including run-scoring singles by Brady Lambert, Adam Gibbons and Hall.

Brad Bouchard and Keith Kerrigan each had a pair of singles for Sanford.

PORTLAND 8, MASSABESIC 1: Jake Knop capped a five-run third inning with an RBI triple and the Bulldogs (11-3) beat the Mustangs (5-8) at Portland.

Thomas Joyce and Zack Fortin each had RBI singles during the outburst. Portland scored three runs in the first inning. Knop led off with a triple and later scored on a single from Dominic Tocci. Nick Archambault hit another triple scoring two and giving Portland a 3-0 lead.

Massabesic responded with a run in the top of the third. Josh Daigle led off with a single and later scored on an error.

Daniel Marzilli pitched a strong game for Portland, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Knop tripled twice, Archambault had two hits and John Williams and Joe Fusco each added a pair of hits.

NOBLE 8, WESTBROOK 4: The Knights (2-12) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good as they got past the Blue Blazes (2-11) at North Berwick.

Noble took advantange of a pair of Westbrook errors to load the bases, and got sacrifice flies from Tyler Merrill and Kasey Rogers.

Derek Corbett and Dylan Francoeur each had a pair of hits for the Blue Blazes.

CHEVERUS 12, BIDDEFORD 5: Alex Jacobs went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and also pitched a complete game to lead the Stags (8-6) over the Tigers (3-11) at Portland.

Jacobs gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out three and Jared Brooks went 2 for 5 with three RBI, including a run-scoring double during a four-run fourth to help break the game open for Cheverus.

Joey Curit went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs, and also hit a two-run single as part of a four-run fifth inning for Biddeford. Jason Vadnais added two hits.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 4, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 3: Tucker Buzzell had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to help the Raiders (4-11) beat the Seagulls (8-7) at Fryeburg.

The Raiders trailed 3-2 going into the seventh but three straight walks loaded the bases, and Hunter Day scored on a fielder’s choice from Jones to tie the game 3-3. Day also hit a two-run triple in the fifth to give Fryeburg a 2-1 lead.

Old Orchard responded with two runs in the sixth. Evan O’Donnell doubled in Thomas Fregeau, who led off the inning with a single. O’Donnell later scored on a single from Brown.

Keegan Jones picked up the win for Fryeburg, allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out four in a complete-game effort. Dylan Creswell went 3 for 4 with a run scored for Old Orchard.

SCARBOROUGH 3, WINDHAM 1: Mitch Wedge went the distance, allowing one run on eight hits, fanning six and walking one as the Red Storm (11-3) downed the Eagles (4-10) at Windham.

Scarborough scored a run in the third on a wild pitch, added a run in the fourth as Bayley Welsh scored on a Connor Kelly single, and Cam Seymour drove in Tim Carion with a single in the fifth to round out the scoring.

Windham scored its lone run in the sixth inning as Tyler Johnson scored on a Kobe Lauzier single. Josh Reed had a pair of hits, including a triple, for the Red Storm.

MARSHWOOD 3, GORHAM 2: Aidan Place drove in the go-ahead run with a single as part of a three-run fifth inning and the Hawks (9-5) held on to beat the Rams (9-7) at Gorham.

Nick Landis hit a sacrifice fly to score Clint Knowles, and Cole McDaniel, who scored on Place’s single, drove in the second run to make it 2-2. Gorham scored its runs in the first on fielder’s choices from Cameron Smith and Gerek Brown.

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Bradley’s hitting streak, Sox winning streak end Fri, 27 May 2016 02:18:55 +0000 BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have been an offensive wonder over the past month, leaving a wake of hits, runs and wins that have become the marvel of baseball to this point.

But on a night that saw Jackie Bradley Jr.’s major league-best hitting streak halted at 29 games, the attention shifts to a struggling member of their pitching staff who could be on his way out of the rotation.

Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and the Colorado Rockies pulled away for an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley’s streak ended with a whimper when he went 0 for 4 and was flummoxed by young Rockies starter Jon Gray after he moved up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

Thursday was just the fifth time in Boston’s last 15 home games that it has failed to score eight or more runs.

“I’m very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it’s a blessing,” Bradley said of the streak. “I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed. Obviously you want to get a hit, but the pitchers are really good in this league. It’s tough getting a hit day in and day out. And it was a pretty special run for me.”

Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez’s homer with the other two coming the following inning.

The 12 home runs he’s given up this season are six more than he gave up in all of his 18 starts last season.

“I’m basically the one that’s struggling – the only one that’s struggling,” Buchholz said. “I guess it’s better off that way than to have three out of five guys struggling. Other guys are doing a really good job of picking up the slack that I’m leaving behind. You figure it has to change sooner or later.”

He may not get that chance. Eduardo Rodriguez is getting close to getting off the disabled list, and his return could signal a demotion for Buchholz.

“We always have conversations about every guy. This will be no different,” Manager John Farrell said. “We know that Eddie is soon to, or ready probably to come back to us. But there’s been no decision made as of right now.”

Thursday marked the first time this season any Red Sox player besides Mookie Betts had led off a game. He had the night off, before pinch hitting in the ninth with Bradley on deck. But Betts grounded out to end the game.

Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.

Gray was unfazed by the shuffle. He was steady throughout the night, mixing his pitches and scattering five hits while striking out six.

While Bradley’s streak ended, teammate Xander Bogaerts managed to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, which takes over as the longest in the majors.

Bradley just missed a home run to right field in his first at-bat, and grounded out on his second plate appearance of the night. He flied out to center in the fifth.

The Fenway Park crowd roared when he came to the plate to lead off the eighth, but he swung at Carlos Estevez’s first pitch and grounded out.

Buchholz isn’t obsessing about his roster status.

“That’s out of my pay grade. I can’t worry about that. I’m here to pitch. If I don’t have a spot, that’s part of it,” he said. “So like they say, `If you don’t like it, pitch better.’ So I guess that’s what it comes down to.”


Farrell said C Ryan Hanigan, who left Wednesday night’s game due to illness and neck stiffness and was given the day off Thursday, should be ready to return Friday. … Farrell said Rodriguez (right patella subluxation), who began a second rehab assignment Tuesday in Triple-A Pawtucket, did some fielding practice Wednesday, but a decision is yet to be made about where his next start will be.

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Auto Racing notebook: Penske hooked on racing since his first time at Indy Fri, 27 May 2016 01:40:46 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — It was 1951 when Jay Penske scored a pair of tickets to the Indianapolis 500. He was an executive for a metal fabrication company in Cleveland that was sponsoring a few laps in the race, so he brought his 14-year-old son to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Roger Penske, already a car lover, was instantly hooked. He had listened to previous Indy 500s on the radio, but was now seeing it in person for the first time.

“We drove here from Cleveland and got here late and were supposed to go to someone’s home for lunch,” Penske recalled. “Everybody was gone but there was a car there. I got my picture taken with a Cromwell helmet on.”

That day, Penske said, he wanted to drive. And he would come to the track every year after for the next four decades.

“I think the speed here, the sensation of the track, and if you love cars like I did in those days, it was a place you wanted to be part of,” Penske said.

From that first trip to the speedway to present day, Penske has missed just six Indianapolis 500s. There was 1995, a year after Al Unser Jr. won the race for Team Penske, when his cars failed to qualify. Then he took a five-year hiatus when IndyCar split from CART and Penske remained with the series that was not welcome at the Indianapolis 500.

There have been precious few low points for the billionaire team owner whose influence stretches across both IndyCar and NASCAR. As Penske celebrates his 50th year in racing, during the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the mark he’s left on the motor sports community is unrivaled. In an Associated Press survey of the 27 living winners of the Indy 500, Penske fell just four votes shy of longtime track owner Tony Hulman as the most important non-driver at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“He’s been there such a long time, he prepares things to such a significantly high level of professionalism,” said 1996 winner Buddy Lazier.

He wanted to be a race car driver. His father wanted him to be an entrepreneur, and his son spent time in military school learning the discipline and standard of excellence that he maintains today at age 79.

Penske indeed briefly dabbled in auto racing and was quite good. But he had a job at Alcoa and couldn’t get the time off needed to properly race. So he retired from racing in 1965. He was trying to buy a Chevrolet dealership in Philadelphia, but General Motors didn’t want to give a franchise to a race car driver. Using a loan from his father to buy his first dealership, Penske had to step away from racing to focus on earning back the funds needed to repay dad.

“I had to make a pretty good business decision at that point: Do I continue racing or do I go into business?” Penske said. “I think I made the right decision, because I was able to have the experience as a driver, understood what it meant to have reliable and great cars, and was able to bring that into our team a few years later. From that point, we never looked back.”

NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, NASCAR’s longest race of the year. Truex turned a lap of 192.328 to take the top spot from Joey Logano.

Logano, who had the top qualifying time in the first two rounds and won the All-Star race last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will start alongside Truex on the front row. It is the fifth time this year Logano has started on the front row.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth.

FORMULA ONE: Champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Thursday in an eventful first practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race he has not won since 2008. Hamilton is chasing a third straight title and fourth overall but trails Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 43 points.

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Bulletin board Fri, 27 May 2016 01:38:39 +0000 American Legion Post 188 (Staples Crossing) will hold baseball tryouts on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at Marshwood High School in South Berwick.

Students attending Marshwood High, Berwick Academy and Traip Academy are eligible to play for Post 188. This also covers all players living in the towns that are eligible to attend these public schools but may attend a private school.

For more information, contact General Manager Shawn Gillis (, 475-6007) or Manager Bob Quintal (, 351-5528).

The Westbrook High softball team, in coordination with the Maine Cancer Foundation, will be passing a hat to collect money at its final regular-season game Friday in hopes of making a significant contribution to the foundation.

Westbrook plays Thornton Academy at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Westbrook Little League Complex on Bridge Street

To support the fundraising efforts, visit the Westbrook softball Facebook page or call at 464-0002.

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Williams sisters focus on the now at French Open Fri, 27 May 2016 01:00:51 +0000 PARIS — First it was Serena Williams’ turn to overpower an opponent 6-2, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Shortly after that was over Thursday, her older sister Venus entered the very same French Open arena and won by the very same score.

A bit like old times?

“It’s a little surreal sometimes, because it has been so long. They’ve both been out here almost 20 years,” said their sister, Isha Price, who was in the stands for both matches.

“It was nice to have them play back-to-back and not have to move,” Price added with a laugh. “It’s so interesting that their scoreline was the same. It was really nice to be there for that.”

Back in 2002, when neither was yet 22, the American siblings contested the final at Roland Garros, one of their eight all-in-the-family Grand Slam title matches – and they haven’t played each other at any stage in Paris since.

That’s due in part to Venus’ troubles at the clay-court tournament, where, now nearly 36, she moved into the third round for the first time since 2010 by relinquishing only three games in 54 minutes against American qualifier Louisa Chirico. Defending champion Serena’s similarly simple victory against 81st-ranked Teliana Pereira of Brazil lasted 12 minutes longer.

“We’re unfortunately really focused on our match. And I say ‘unfortunately,’ because in a few years, we’ll be like, ‘Wow, that’s a great moment,'” the 34-year-old Serena said. “But right now, we have to be focused on what we want to do in going out there and winning the match.”

Venus agreed. “We focus more on the match at hand, and we both have a job to do, and that’s to try to get to the next round,” she said. “We focus less on the significance of us playing and more of like, ‘Can you win this match?'”

It would take three more victories apiece, but – on the half of the draw already missing No. 3 Angelique Kerber and No. 5 Victoria Azarenka – there is the potential for a Williams vs. Williams semifinal next week. They have not met that deep into a major tournament in seven years, although Serena did defeat Venus in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in September.

When it comes to milestones, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both achieved notable ones Thursday.

No. 1 Djokovic became the seventh man with 50 match wins in the French Open, moving to the third round by overcoming 42 unforced errors to beat qualifier Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Waynflete beats York Fri, 27 May 2016 00:44:16 +0000 At halftime of their Senior Day game against visiting York, the graduating players on the Waynflete girls’ lacrosse team dug deep to find some added motivation for the second half.

It paid off for the Flyers, who came together on the offensive end after the break to beat the Wildcats 5-3 on Thursday.

“Us seniors, we were kind of like, ‘This can’t be our last home game,’ ” said Nina Moore. “We want home-field advantage in the playoffs. We just kind of built off each other’s energy.”

Fellow seniors Anne Veroneau, Charlotte Majercik, Christian Rowe and Meredith Smith helped spark the comeback win, and were honored for their contributions to the program before the game.

“This has been a transition year for us because we have a lot of young players,” said Waynflete Coach Cathie Connors. “The seniors are just wonderful role models and wonderful leaders. They just play and set the tone.”

Moore scored a pair of goals in the second half for the Flyers (8-3) to help catapult her team to a win that can only solidify their postseason standing.

“She’s a senior. She’s fully in control,” said Connors. “She loves the games and loves to play hard. When the stakes get higher, she gets better.”

Moore was able to cash in twice because of Waynflete’s improved offense after the break, which was kick-started right from the opening play of the second half when Veroneau, who also had two assists, won the faceoff.

“Getting the first draw of the half was really important for us,” Moore said. “Just getting the possession and we went from there. We needed something to trigger us, to strike that match. That first possession kind of set us on fire.”

Sophomore Laura Baginski took a pass from Veroneau just under four minutes into the second half and buried a game-tying score.

Just over a minute later, Moore put Waynflete on top for the first time, and it held a lead the rest of the way.

The Flyers tacked on a fourth goal on an Izzy Burdick finish 59 seconds after Moore’s first goal. Moore rounded out the scoring with 11:36 with Veroneau getting her second assist of the day.

On the other end of the field, a solid defensive effort was anchored by Majercik – who made an impressive 12 saves at goalkeeper in the win.

“She did a great job,” said York Coach Jodie Lawlor. “She really did a nice job in goal. We had our opportunities. We just couldn’t convert today. This league has a lot of good goalies and if you don’t move them, they don’t have to do much, but she saved a ton of low shots. We thought it was a very bouncy field around the goal but just did a great job today. We certainly tested her.”

Added Moore: “Char is phenomenal. Every game she gets better. We’re doing a really good job communicating. What really helped today was that communication and trusting each other, because we couldn’t have done it if we didn’t know another person was going to pick up a cutting player or something like that.”

The Wildcats (7-3) got two goals from Allie Lawlor and one from Emma Ford. Martha McCaddin chipped in a pair of assists while Mackenzie Mallett added one.

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Baylor demotes president, fires football coach in sexual assault case Thu, 26 May 2016 22:41:45 +0000 AUSTIN, Texas — Ken Starr, who zealously pursued charges against a sitting U.S. president in a White House sex scandal, was stripped of his job as president of Baylor University on Thursday after a scathing review showed that under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving members of its vaunted football program.

The board of regents at the nation’s largest Baptist university said Starr will vacate the presidency May 31 and stay on as chancellor and law school professor, jobs that will not include any “operational” duties for the school.

Baylor also fired Coach Art Briles and put Athletic Director Ian McCaw – who was the sports information director at the Universty of Maine from 1986-92 – on probation after an external investigation found the actions of the football staff and athletics leadership “in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university.”

The report didn’t identify specific cases, but two football players have been convicted of sexual assault since 2014. In the past year, there have been multiple reports of assaults and women who said the school did nothing to help.

“We’re deeply sorrowful (for) these events,” said Baylor regents Chairman Richard Willis. “We’re honestly just horrified.”

Starr gets to keep a title and a job, but his demotion at the school in Waco, Texas, is a stunning fall for the prosecutor whose dogged investigation of President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton’s 1998 impeachment.

The review by Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton found that under Starr, school administrators discouraged students from reporting or participating in student conduct reviews of sexual assault complaints and even contributed to or accommodated a “hostile” environment against the alleged victims.

In one case, the actions of administrators “constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault,” the report said.

University leadership was also slow to enact federally-required student conduct processes, and administrators failed to identify and eliminate the hostile environment toward victims, the report found.

In a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Starr apologized to “those victims who were not treated with the care, concern, and support they deserve.”

He insisted he didn’t learn about the problems until fall 2015 and launched investigations as soon as he did.

“Despite these dark days, I remain resolved to join hands with the Baylor family to continue to build the University as we carry out its distinct mission in Christian higher education. May God grant us grace, mercy, and peace,” Starr said.

Once a losing program, Baylor football enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. Starr, who arrived at the school in 2010, went along for the ride and often ran onto the field with students during pregame ceremonies.

Football victories brought a financial windfall. In 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium and Starr became one of the leading voices among the presidents in the Big 12.

The 13-page “findings of fact” released by Baylor didn’t name Starr, Briles or McCaw individually, but the investigation covered from 2011-2015. Briles has been Baylor’s football coach since 2008 and McCaw became athletic director in 2003.

None of those three immediately responded to requests for comment.

Jasmin Hernandez, a former Baylor student who testified in football player Tevin Elliott’s 2014 rape trial, has filed a federal lawsuit against the school. She said Thursday the Pepper Hamilton report appears “honest and forthright” and shows the systemic way students who complained of sexual assault were denied their rights.

While The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify sexual assault victims, Hernandez has spoken publicly to draw attention to the case.

Hernandez agreed with Starr’s demotion but said “what concerns me more was the propagation of rape culture within Baylor University.”

University officials time and again had knowledge of assaults committed by football players and others but took no action, Hernandez said, adding she won’t drop her lawsuit.

It was Starr who initiated the Pepper Hamilton review that would lead to his downfall, ordering it last year after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Pepper Hamilton lawyer Gina Smith said the firm reviewed more than a million pages of documents, reports and interviews before presenting its findings to Baylor’s regents earlier this month.

While critical of top administrators for ignoring problems or being slow to act, the most critical elements were aimed at Briles’ football program.

The report found that football coaches and athletics administrators had run their own improper investigations into rape claims, and that in some cases, they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics.

By running their own “untrained” investigations and meeting directly with a complainant, football staff “improperly discredited” complainants’ claims and “denied them a right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation.”

The football program acted in ways that “reinforced an overall perception that football was above the rules,” the report said.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Kennebunk needs overtime to edge Falmouth, 7-6 Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:30 +0000 FALMOUTH — With regulation time running down, Kennebunk High girls’ lacrosse scoring standout Kyra Schwartzman cut toward goal, raised her stick, saw a pass come her way – and missed the ball.

“When I came off the field I was pretty mad at myself but it doesn’t matter because we still had the chance to go to overtime,” Schwartzman said.

Schwartzman got another chance 32 seconds into the second three-minute overtime period. This time she caught Olivia Sandford’s pass cleanly and rattled a shot off both sides of the cage before it bounced behind Falmouth goalie Mary Budri for the 7-6 Kennebunk victory.

“Kyra made an awesome cut inside and I had the lane to feed her,” Sandford said.

Both teams entered the game with 10-0 records. Both rallied from multi-goal deficits.

Kennebunk in all likelihood has clinched the top seed in Class B South with one regular-season game against North Yarmouth Academy remaining. Falmouth (10-1) probably will be the No. 2 seed.

That means a rematch of last year’s regional championship won by Kennebunk could be in the offing.

“Honestly I’m so pumped that we don’t have that weight of having a perfect season, that undefeated season, on our shoulders going into playoffs,” Falmouth Coach Kait Johnson said. “I definitely see us contending for the (regional) and states this year so we’ll get them on the flip side.”

Falmouth, which starts four freshmen, was the first team to lead senior-dominated Kennebunk. It led 3-1 when Sydney Bell converted on a fast-break chance with 4:08 left in the first half. Bell earlier assisted on goals by Devon Sarazin and Olivia Stucker.

“We learned a lot about ourselves today,” Kennebunk Coach Annie Barker said. “We had not been down before and we now know we can come back.”

Kennebunk tied the game by halftime on goals from Schwartzman and Jenny Bush, then opened up a 6-3 lead in the second half on one goal by Schwartzman and two from Carly Sandler

Then the Rams learned that other top teams – like Falmouth – can also rally.

Sarazin threaded an assist to London Bernier, who converted on a quick shot with 5:19 to play.

Then Sarazin dodged by defenders in a rush through the midfield that eventually drew a shooting space violation on the recovering Kennebunk defense. Sarazin converted with 4:01 left.

Olivia Stucker tied the game 15 seconds later after Bell negated Bush’s draw control and Falmouth came up with a scrambling 50-50 ball.

“When the pressure got tough, we kind of, some of us, started to unravel,” Barker said. “So we’ll work on a lot of composure things because we’ve never been tested that way mentally.”

Barker dismissed the notion that being undefeated adds pressure to her team. What could be a real factor in a potential rematch is Falmouth’s team speed, which played a role in slowing Kennebunk’s lethal transition game.

“Our ride is pretty tough and we’re a very fast team so we mark up well and we stop ball,” Johnson said. “We turn people with our feet and we body up with our forearm, not our stick.”

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Sea Dogs lose again on three straight walks in ninth Thu, 26 May 2016 18:50:02 +0000 HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the second straight game, the Portland Sea Dogs lost to the Harrisburg Senators with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning.

On Thursday, Portland’s Simon Mercedes allowed three straight walks in the bottom of the ninth to give Harrisburg a 5-4 win at FNB Field. On Wednesday night, Luis Ysla gave up three straight walks in the ninth inning to give Harrisburg a 2-1 win.

The Senators improved to 24-21 and the Sea Dogs fell to 16-30.

Portland pitchers allowed six hits on Thursday, but also gave up nine walks, including five by starter Ty Buttrey, who allowed four runs in 42/3 innings. Adrian Sanchez had a double for Harrisburg’s only extra-base hit.

Ryan Court had two triples, a home run and three RBI for Portland.

The Sea Dogs open a seven-game homestand at 6 p.m. Friday against the Hartford Yard Goats.

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On baseball: Boggs’ number is up, and it’s about time Thu, 26 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 BOSTON — They were remembered more as the team that lost the World Series than the team that got there.

“People say we underachieved,” said Wade Boggs, the third baseman for that 1986 Boston Red Sox team.

“Underachieved? When you go out and are picked to finish fifth and win the American League championship, and go to the World Series and push it to Game 7 – and the ’86 World Series is voted one of the greatest World Series of all time – I don’t think we were underachievers at all.”

The ’86 Red Sox were recognized before Wednesday night’s game at Fenway Park, with almost 30 former players in attendance.

And as if to complete this reconciliation tour, Boggs will have his No. 26 retired Thursday night at Fenway.

“Words can’t express how I feel right now,” Boggs said. “It’s over.”


“I don’t have to think about it anymore,” Boggs said.

Boggs has thought about it a lot, ever since he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 – wearing a Red Sox cap. But he waited for years to hear about his number being retired.

The Red Sox never called.

True, Boggs didn’t finish his career with Boston. But neither did Carlton Fisk (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, with his number retired the same year).

Boggs watched Jim Rice (2009) and Pedro Martinez (2015) have their numbers retired the same year as their Hall of Fame inductions.

In interviews in previous years, Boggs had admitted bitterness to the slight. But on Wednesday, his tone was softer.

“I hoped this day would come,” he said. “It’s not a given.”

Boggs even mentioned that Ted Williams – Boggs’ idol – stopped playing in 1960 but didn’t have his number retired until 1984.

“It took Ted 24 years,” Boggs said. “When I left Boston in ’92, how many years is that (until now)? Ted and I are bonded. It took 24 years for both of us.”

That’s a nice narrative, although the fact is Boston did not begin formally retiring numbers until 1984.

Williams’ No. 9 and Joe Cronin’s No. 4 were the first, in a ceremony held May 29 of that year.

The exclusion of Boggs had been mystifying. The belief most commonly held was Boggs entered Boston’s doghouse when he left the Red Sox for the rival Yankees after the 1992 season.

Worse for Boston fans was watching Boggs celebrate New York’s 1996 World Series title, holding up an index finger while riding on a police horse.

Was Boggs being excluded by Boston for playing and (worse) winning with the Yankees? That conspiracy theory is somewhat supported by the coincidence of Boggs’ number being retired soon after Larry Lucchino – a vocal critic of the Yankees – stepped down as Red Sox president.

Regardless, the Red Sox are finally making good on recognizing one of the greatest hitters to play the game.

Boggs’ .328 career batting average not only ranks 33rd all time, his .415 on-base percentage ranks 24th.

But back in the 1980s and 90s, on-base percentage (OBP) simply wasn’t celebrated like it is today.

“I was Billy Ball before Billy Ball,” Boggs said, referring to Oakland General Manager Billy Beane’s famed fascination with OBP that spread throughout the game.

Boggs’ numbers can’t be denied. Neither can the accomplishments of some of the teams he played for, including those ’86 Red Sox, even though they lost the World Series to the New York Mets and continued Boston’s championship drought that began after the 1918 World Series victory.

“It was a heartbreak,” Boggs said. “Everyone kept saying 1918, 1918, 1918. We were tired of hearing that. We were on the brink.”

But the Mets prevailed. Boston fans never seemed to recover until the Red Sox finally captured a championship in 2004.

“Thank God for 2004,” Boggs said. “That got the big giant gorilla off our backs.”

That year was certainly big, as was the next for Boggs, with his induction to Cooperstown.

Now, after a mystifying long wait, he is getting his final due at Fenway.

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Major league roundup: Cubs’ Arrieta improves to 9-0 Thu, 26 May 2016 03:52:24 +0000 ST. LOUIS — Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart money says more state regulations coming

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

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

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

About 35 states have introduced legislation addressing daily fantasy sports.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“He’s the man out there,” said Lyons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brittney Gregoire had both hits for the Rams.

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

Treadwell also walked two and allowed two hits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lillie Donovan homered for the Lions in the fifth.

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

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

Anya Chase went 3 for 4 for Wells.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace Tutt and Morgan Houk had the hits for Massabesic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian Westphal had two hits for the Rams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waaler allowed one earned run and walked none.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tyler Woolston scored three goals for Windham.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Unless I get benched,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just ask Federer. Or No. 1 Djokovic.

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

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

His start this year in Paris has been rockier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NFL declined a request for comment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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