UMaine football to play two FBS schools in 2015

The University of Maine football team will play two Football Bowl Subdivision teams this season.

The Black Bears will play at Boston College on Sept. 5 and at Tulane on Sept. 19, the school announced when its released its 2015 schedule on Tuesday.

Maine opens play in the Colonial Athletic Conference on Sept. 26 against Rhode Island, which is also the Black Bears’ home opener.

The Black Bears also have a non-conference home game against Yale on Oct. 17.

MEMPHIS-BYU BRAWL: Memphis will punish 12 Tigers for their role in the brawl after their double overtime win at the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl following an internal review by the university.

Officials announced Tuesday that they had identified 12 players who took part in the brawl that followed Memphis’ 55-48 double overtime win over BYU on Dec. 22.

BYU had no immediate comment on how many Cougars might face punishment.

Punishment includes being suspended from practices and scrimmages and up to two games, though which players will be suspended from games will not be announced until the start of the 2015 season.

Other penalties include mandatory anger-management counseling, community service and unspecified punishment from Coach Justin Fuente.


ARRESTED: A woman in Little Rock, Arkansas, said boxer Jermain Taylor pointed a gun at her children and threatened to kill them.

Taylor, who was arrested, was released from jail after posting bond.

Toya Smith said Taylor became enraged when he thought her 5-year-old son dropped the championship belt that the boxer had taken to the Martin Luther King Day parade.

Little Rock police said a gun was recovered.

Taylor is also facing charges in a separate shooting incident back in August.

TITLE DEFENSE: Wladimir Klitschko of Russia agreed to defend his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles against Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden.

It will be the champion’s first fight in the United States in seven years.

Jennings is undefeated in 19 fights, with 10 knockouts.

Klitschko has a 63-3 record, with 54 KOs.


BOSTON MARATHON: Five former winners have committed to run this year’s Boston Marathon on April 20.

Principal sponsor John Hancock Financial announced that 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2012 winner Wesley Korir of Kenya will join a field that includes defending champion Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win since 1983.

On the women’s side, 2012 winner Sharon Cherop and 2011 winner Caroline Kilel, both of Kenya, lead the elite field.

The men’s field also includes last year’s second- and third-place finishers, Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.


IDITAROD: A lack of snow has organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race pondering whether to move the start of the grueling 1,000-mile competition from Willow to Fairbanks.

The event has a ceremonial start March 7 in Anchorage.

Race organizers in 2003 moved the start of the race to Fairbanks on the north side of the Alaska Range because of low snow and poor trail conditions.

— From staff and news services