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    Sports - Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Black Bears are asking: Will the ideal quarterback please stand up?

    It’s now a three-quarterback race to be the opening-day starter for the Maine football team. And “race” may not be the proper word for it. In Tuesday’s final scrimmage, all three would-be signal-callers did just enough right to be tantalizing options, but also just enough wrong to leave Coach Jack Cosgrove scratching his head. “I had higher expectations than what I saw,” a rather subdued Cosgrove told me, sitting in […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Will MLB ever do anything about smokeless tobacco?

    Curt Schilling disclosed in a radio interview during the Jimmy Fund telethon that his recent battle with cancer was because of his addiction to smokeless tobacco. This revelation comes after Baseball mourned the passing of Tony Gwynn, from cancer, brought on by smokeless tobacco. When will Major League Baseball realize there is a serious problem here? At the very least, public service announcements about tobacco’s dangers during televised games would […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 9:04 am

    Is Betts the future center fielder?

    The comparison came quick, The Angels’ Kole Calhoun doubled to center field on a ball that hit the lower part of the Fenway Park wall. A couple of tweets came in: Jackie Bradley would have caught it. The point is: Mookie Betts didn’t catch it. It is a comparison that Betts (and few others) will ever win. Bradley may already be the premier defensive center fielder in the game. He […]

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  • Sports - Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    Black Bear assistant baseball coach is old hand eager for new challenge

    John Schiffner’s baseball career includes coaching stops at the high school and small college level, scouting for major-league teams and managing the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League for 22 years. What was left? A job on a Division I college staff. Old friend Steve Trimper has given Schiffner that opportunity at Maine, where he will serve as a volunteer assistant. “I talked to him a number of years […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Watching future Red Sox; PawSox leaky pen; Sea Dogs close

    Wins and losses no longer really matter as we watch the Boston Red Sox finish this season. The fun is watching how the young players develop. Three names come to mind especially – Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr. All of them are having forgettable seasons at the plate. Bogaerts is also still adjusting to the field. He’s moved back to shortstop, where he is more comfortable but, […]

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  • In The Huddle - Saturday Aug 16, 2014 | 12:12 am

    Some quick thoughts after Patriots second preseason game

    Well, that was something, wasn’t it? No, I’m not talking about the play of the Patriots three quarterbacks in their 42-35 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Friday night – although Messieurs Brady, Garoppolo and Mallett were pretty impressive (21-of-33 combined, 245 yards, four touchdown passes) – I’m talking about the penalty flags. Too many. Twenty-one penalties for 169 yards were accepted in the game. (And it boggles my mind […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 4:44 am

    Webster’s “small gains.” Sea Dogs’ steps backward

    Allen Webster threw a strike to begin the second inning, and then pitched eight straight balls. Two walks and another Webster unraveling appeared to be taking place. But he re-grouped. Were it not for an error, he would have escaped the inning without a run. Webster (3-1, 4.79) ended up going six innings: 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. “W’e’re seeing some small gains here,” Boston […]

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  • Black Bear Essentials - Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Gendron putting a big stamp on his Maine hockey team

    The Maine men’s hockey team went 16-15-4 last winter in Red Gendron’s first season as head coach, seemingly wilting down the stretch in winning just one of its final seven games. But in many ways this season will truly be Gendron’s first at the Black Bears’ helm. It’s his first chance to shape the roster after inheriting a squad recruited by former Coach Tim Whitehead. And it’s clear Gendron is […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Can Red Sox catch Yankees? Plus, the pitching tryouts continue; Chavis adjusting

    After Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the New York Yankees Wednesday, the Yankees (61-58) are 8 games out of first place in the American League East. Wondering if New York can still win the division? Right now,  the Yankees are closer to the last-place Red Sox (54-65)  - 7 games ahead of Boston – than to the Orioles (69-50). Boston beat the Reds Wednesday, even though starter Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50 […]

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