The players who will make up the 2014-15 Portland Pirates are scheduled to gather in Maine for the first time Monday.

Medical exams, a team meeting and a team dinner are all planned for Monday at the MHG Ice Centre in Saco, with on-ice practice to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday this week.

The Pirates return to the former Cumberland County Civic Center – now the Cross Insurance Arena – Saturday for the first time since 2013 for an exhibition game with American Hockey League rival Manchester at 7 p.m.

Portland and Manchester will scrimmage again Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Ice Arena on the campus of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

All practices are free and open to the public. Tickets for the exhibition game Saturday will be general admission and available that day at the arena.

Following another week of practice in Saco, the Pirates will open the regular season against the Providence Bruins on Oct. 11 at the CIA.

Road Racing

BERLIN MARATHON: Dennis Kimetto set a world record by winning the 41st Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds Sunday.

The 30-year-old Kenyan knocked 26 seconds off the record of 2:03:23 set by compatriot Wilson Kipsang in Berlin last year to become the first man to complete a marathon in under two hours, three minutes.

Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18, with fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese second in 2.20.27. American Shalane Flanagan was third in 2:21:14, missing out on her bid to beat the U.S. record of 2:19:36.


Women’s World Championships: Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the U.S. women’s team beat pesky Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D.

The U.S. (2-0) trailed by four points after the first quarter and was up 49-42 at the half. Serbia only trailed 77-70 with 6 minutes left before the Americans scored 15 of the next 19 points to put the game away.

– From staff and news services