Maine Sabers semipro franchise reforming, rejoining 15-club Eastern Football League

The Maine Sabers Football Club, once a playoff contender in the Eastern Football League nearly 16 years ago, is being reformed, organizers said Friday. An informational meeting will be held today at noon in the Gold Room Grill at the Portland Sports Complex.

Steve Goodrich, part of the Maine Red Claws ownership group, is one of the principals behind the return of the Sabers, along with Jason McLeod, an assistant football coach at Windham High. Both men were involved in the original Sabers team in the early 1990s.

The Maine Sabers were admitted to the 15-team Eastern Football League last week. For further information, contact Goodrich or McLeod at [email protected]


RACE POSTPONED: The Mid-Winter Classic 10-mile road race, scheduled to be held Sunday in Cape Elizabeth, has been postponed until Sunday, Feb. 27, because of an impending storm and safety concerns.

Registration was capped at 800 runners, and no new entries will be accepted, nor will there be any refunds. Runners who can’t attend on the new date can transfer their entry to another runner, however. Visit for more information.


PGA: Tommy Gainey took the Phoenix Open lead after the frost-delayed first round in Scottsdale, Ariz., shooting an 8-under 63 in the event that will finish Monday.

Dustin Johnson, 4 under through five holes when play was suspended because of darkness Thursday, opened with a 64.

WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Yani Tseng shot a 6-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead in a rain-interrupted second round in Melbourne, Australia.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Lee Westwood shot a 3-over 75 to miss the cut at the Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar, opening the door for Martin Kaymer to replace him at the top of the rankings. Markus Brier had a 66 to take a one-shot lead over Darren Fichardt (68) after the second round.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Marlies Schild won a slalom race in Zwiesel, Germany, for her fifth win of the season, while Lindsey Vonn missed the race with a concussion.

Schild moved from third to first with a fast second run for a combined time of 1 minute, 55.19 seconds. Veronika Zuzulova was second in 1:55.87, and Tanja Poutiainen was third. Vonn crashed in training on Wednesday.


MOVIESTAR OPEN: Fabio Fognini beat Thomaz Bellucci 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0) to reach the semifinals in Santiago, Chile.

Santiago Giraldo beat Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-4, 6-3.

SA OPEN: Kevin Anderson will face sixth-seeded Adrian Mannarino in the semifinals in Johannesburg. Anderson defeated Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, while Mannarino cruised past Frank Dancevic, 6-3, 6-2.

ZAGREB INDOORS: Marin Cilic lost to fifth-seeded Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 in a quarterfinal in Zagreb, Croatia.