Maine men announce November game with defending national champ UConn

Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward likes a challenge. That explains the Black Bears’ Nov. 17 date with the University of Connecticut, the defending national champion.

“We always take pride in challenging ourselves against some of the top programs in the country,” said Woodward. “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to play against the national champions.”

Maine last played UConn on Dec. 22, 2009, and held a slim lead in the second half before falling 71-54. Woodward was an assistant coach with Connecticut under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun.


COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Cole Green lasted just two-plus innings and Texas managed only four singles in a 3-0 elimination-game loss to North Carolina.

Freshman left-hander Kent Emanuel pitched the first complete-game shutout in five years, sending the Longhorns (49-19) out of the CWS in two games for only the second time in 25 appearances since 1966.

A court in the Bahamas dismissed a rape case against a Florida International baseball star and two friends who were accused of sexually assaulting two American teens after a night of drinking at an island resort. Judge Derrence Rolle-Davis dropped the charges against Garrett Wittels and two friends from New York at the request of prosecutors who said they had no case against the men. The judge ordered the $10,000 bond paid by each should be returned. “You are free to go,” he told them.

AMERICAN LEGION: Mike Scala hit an RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run for Andrews Post (2-1) in the bottom of the fourth inning on its way to a 10-6 win at home over Falmouth (1-2).

In the top of the fourth, Dylan Dresser gave Falmouth a 6-3 lead with a bases-loaded triple, but after his team had already scored two runs in the frame Evan Gallant tied the game with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning before Scala’s hit.

Nick Volger finished the game with two hits, including a double, to drive in three runs for Andrews Post.

NECBL: Bradley Shaban went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for New Bedford (3-3) in a 6-5 win at home over Old Orchard Beach (1-7).

New Bedford had a 6-2 lead heading into the seventh inning before the visitors scored three runs over the next two innings on three sacrifice plays. New Bedford was able to hold on for the win as Sam Dodge earned the save after fanning a batter and allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth.

Thomas Bourdon was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored for Old Orchard Beach.

Matt Foat hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning for Newport (4-2) in a 9-2 win at home over Sanford (5-3). Sanford, which committed three errors, allowed four unearned runs.