Saturday, March 8, 2014
Bourque, Dumoulin among participants in benefit hockey game Sunday in Portland
NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and several other current and former pros will play Sunday in a game at Portland Ice Arena to benefit the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation.
Bourque, the former Boston Bruins defenseman, will be joined by his sons, Chris and Ryan. Brian and Kevin Hart, brothers from Cumberland who now play at Harvard University and Providence College, will also be on Bourque's team.
Biddeford's Brian Dumoulin, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliate this past season, headlines a team that includes former Portland Pirates Derek Whitmore and Kent Hulst, as well as former University of Maine players Matt Mangene, Matt Duffy, Travis Ramsey and Trevor Roenick.
Michael "Mickey" Goulet grew up in Saco and was a student at St. Joseph's College when he died in 2010 from complications following a grand mal seizure. He was 21.
The game starts at 12:30 p.m.
TOUR DE FRANCE: Wily riders who used the wind and worked together to trap their rivals turned a trek across the flats of central France into a thrilling stage, as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome lost a chunk of his race lead.
The team of Alberto Contador helped the former two-time champion climb back into contention, putting him close enough to Froome to make the last week with several stages in the Alps interesting.
Mark Cavendish, meanwhile, got his 25th stage win, tying him for third place all-time in the sport's premier race.
Cavendish, Contador and Bauke Mollema were among a small group of riders who finished the 107-mile stage from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond with an advantage of 1 minute, 9 seconds over Froome and nearly 10 minutes over Alejandro Valverde, who started the day second in the overall standings.
Mollema moved up to second place overall, 2:28 behind. Contador is third, 2:45 back.
HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: Two-time defending champion John Isner won a battle of the tallest players on the ATP tour, defeating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) to advance to the semifinals at Newport, R.I.
SWEDISH OPEN: Thiemo De Bakker beat No. 1 seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-5, and second-seeded Nicolas Almagro lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals at Bastad, Sweden.
ITALIACOM OPEN: Top-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci cruised into the semifinals at Palmero, Sicily.
No. 1 seed Errani beat seventh-seeded Silvia Soler-Espinosa, 6-4, 6-0. No. 2 Vinci won 6-1, 6-4 over fifth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
MERCEDES CUP: Fabio Fognini beat top-seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals at Stuttgart, Germany.
INDYCAR: Dario Franchitti, fresh off his first podium finish of the year, carried that momentum into Toronto with a pole-winning run for the first of two races this weekend.
The four-time Series champion was flawless in three rounds of qualifying to coast to the top starting spot on a 1.75-mile street course where he has three career victories. Sebastien Bourdais qualified second and Will Power will start third in Saturday's 85-lap race. Another race is scheduled for Sunday.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP: Jorge Claros scored in the 92nd minute to give Honduras a 1-0 win over El Salvador at Miami Gardens, Fla.
Earlier, Jean Maurice scored twice to lead Haiti to a 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan bought Fulham, becoming the sixth American owner among the 20 teams in the Premier League.
Manchester United (Glazer family), Arsenal (Stan Kroenke), Liverpool (John Henry), Aston Villa (Randy Lerner) and Sunderland (Ellis Short) also are controlled by American owners.
WNBA: Rookie Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and five rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky (10-4) to an 83-70 win over the Connecticut Sun (3-9) at Uncasville, Conn.
n The visiting Washington Mystics (7-7) recovered after blowing a 14-point lead to earn an 83-73 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars (4-9).
--From staff and news services