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  • Sports - Monday Aug 24, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    It’s proving day for UMaine quarterbacks, but Tuesday scrimmage holds other intrigue

    The Maine football team holds its second and final summer scrimmage at 2 p.m. Tuesday, and if that’s not exactly D-Day for the two quarterbacks vying to be The Man, it’s certainly getting close. Coach Jack Cosgrove admitted as much when we talked after the first scrimmage last Monday, although he stopped short of saying that Tuesday’s live-action rehearsal for the season will be followed by him anointing either Dan […]

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  • Black Bear Essentials - Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    ‘Ooch’ and backups must help UMaine D-line be a strength

    I wrote a little about defensive tackle Uchenna Egwuonwu (“Ooch”) out of Monday’s opening day of practice for the Maine football team. Here are some more thoughts about the redshirt freshman, and what looks to be a terrific and deep defensive line corps for the Black Bears heading into the 2015 season: The starters figure to be Trevor Bates and Michael Kozlakowski at end, a pair of terrific athletes who […]

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  • In The Huddle - Thursday Jul 30, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    Early returns on Patriots: there’s a long way to go

    If the New England Patriots made anything clear before and after their first practice of the season Thursday, it’s that there’s a long way to go. Bill Belichick was asked if the return to the field was a pleasant relief from the Deflategate saga, which doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. His reply: “Today we’re doing what we always do. We’ll prepare for practice and we’ll go out […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Jul 30, 2015 | 6:57 am

    No Hamels for Red Sox, but a high 2016 draft pick; Sea Dogs back in town

    A few days ago, it appeared Boston might still have a chance at Cole Hamels, but the Dodgers and Rangers were emerging as frontrunners. The Rangers got him. So where the Red Sox going to get an ace? At one time, Boston thought Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) might slide into the role, or at least be among the best in the rotation. But Porcello lasted only two innings Wednesday in […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Jul 21, 2015 | 7:39 am

    The new “standings” to watch for Red Sox fans; call up JBJ

    Wasn’t it just a few days ago Red Sox fans were celebrating a four-game winning streak? Boston closed to 5.5 games out of first place, with a three-game series – at home – coming up against the division-leading Yankees. It was a time for giddy thoughts. Sweep the Yanks, and Boston would be 2.5 out headed into the All-Star break. Time to consider what moves the Red Sox should make […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 7:10 am

    A shootout, in baseball? Marco’s moment; Swihart to rehab with Sea Dogs

    The official boxscore looked normal, although the final score did not: West 4, East 4. Then there is a note written beneath: “East All-Stars won tiebreaker” Tiebreaker? In a baseball game? Sure, at least for an all-star game, when you cannot over-tax pitchers. And most of the fans seemed to love the idea Wednesday night at the Eastern League All-Star Game at Hadlock Field. When, after nine innings were played, […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Jul 03, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Forget the bullpen, Sea Dogs get a lefty from the outfield

    Using position players to pitch in extreme extra-inning games is commonplace in the minor leagues. Preserving developing arms is more important than winning games. But the Portland Sea Dogs had a secret weapon Thursday night. Outfielder Cole Sturgeon was not just some guy who has pitched a little. Until the Red Sox drafted him in 2014 (10th round), he had always been a position player AND pitcher, his latest stint […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Jul 01, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Red Sox in sync; Victorino in Portland; Owens in control

    After Boston’s 4-3 win over Toronto, the Red Sox are still in last place in the AL East, but have won three straight and are climbing. The standings: Orioles 41-36, Rays 42-37, Yankees 41-37 (0.5 behind), Blue Jays 41-38 (1), Red Sox 36-43 (6). Alejandro De Aza went 1-for-3 for Boston and is batting .333 (1.053 OPS) in his last 15 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, but he is still […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Jun 26, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Sorting out the Sox pitching (in the future)

    Even though Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough fourth inning in Thursday’s 8-6 loss, he still is one of the few Red Sox pitchers with a winning record (3-2) and no one doubts he has a bright future. With that in mind, Friday’s column looks at who is likely to get the next call from Triple-A: Brian Johnson. Meanwhile, another lefty, Henry Owens, had his longest outing of the year in […]

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