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  • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Black Bear Hayes already making a black-and-blue mark on rivalry

    Malcolm Hayes committed to play hockey at Maine and then turned to the modern-day research tool for all college athletes — YouTube. He wanted to get a videotaped taste of what it was like when the Black Bears played their biggest rivals, New Hampshire. On Friday, Hayes, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman forward, stepped into that rivalry and immediately cast a large shadow, scoring the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory […]

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  • Friday Dec 12, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Given a chance to fold, Black Bears basketball team ups ante instead

    It was the moment that inevitably seems to arise in a basketball pitting a major-conference school against its much smaller visitors. Boston College’s 6-foot-11 Will Magarity stepped out to the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer over Maine’s Christian Ejiga as the shot clock hit “1” and the Eagles grabbed a 36-23 lead with 4:36 left in the first half Thursday. That’s just not fair, you were thinking. […]

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    Wednesday Dec 03, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Walsh gets first win as a Black Bear, but it was a team effort

    The Maine men’s basketball team didn’t carry Coach Bob Walsh off the court on their shoulders, or toss him into the shower afterward. As milestone moments go, this one was pretty subdued, at least for the new Black Bear coach. The inbounds play he drew up worked to perfection and Zarko Valjarevic drilled a baseline jumper with 1.7 seconds left in overtime Tuesday to secure an 82-81 victory over Wagner. […]

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  • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Suddenly cohesive Black Bear defense knocks Brown off stride

    The takeaway from today’s Maine women’s basketball victory wasn’t just that Liz Wood is very good when she’s determined to carry her team offensively. We kind of knew that. It was that the Black Bears are looking more comfortable in their 2-3 matchup zone. Maine held Brown to 34.5 percent shooting and allowed only four offensive rebounds while winning 58-53. The Black Bear defense was active and usually moving as […]

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    Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    If Black Bears can’t rebound, they’re bound to get bounced

    Maine women’s basketball Coach Richard Barron had a big doghouse Sunday, and many of his players were in it. He changed up his starting lineup after a lackluster 65-52 loss at Bryant on Friday, replacing Chantel Charles, Mikaela Gustafsson and Lauren Bodine with Bella Swan, Sheraton Jones and Christiana Gerostergiou. Bodine and Anna Heise played just 4 minutes, and Courtney Anderson, the lone senior, only 5. The message he was […]

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    Friday Nov 14, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    Valjarevic is a straight shooter, and he thinks Black Bears can win now

    It’s Zarko Valjarevic’s last go-round as a Maine basketball player. And he’s gotten a new charge from his new coach, Bob Walsh. “He wants me to try my best to make other players around me better. That’s the real definition of leadership that I have to go on that level this year,” Valjarevic, the Black Bears’ lone scholarship senior, told me after a recent practice, a walking boot protecting his […]

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  • Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    After a long flight, Maine football team hoping to put up good fight

      The Maine football team enters uncharted territory this week, with a first-ever visit to Elon on Saturday. The private university in central North Carolina is the newest member of the Colonial Athletic Association. It will be the farthest Maine has ever had to travel to play a conference game. “There’s a little bit of mystery to this whole thing. We don’t really know as many of their players through […]

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  • Monday Nov 10, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Black Bear football team shines in all phases to earn tremendous win

    Before we turn our attention to Maine’s final two football games of the season, let’s pause and appreciate what the Black Bears accomplished Saturday. Coach Jack Cosgrove pointed to the impact of the bye week and the Orono weather as factors in his team’s 33-20 upset of No. 8 Richmond. But it was really more about multiple players being ready to shine when the opportunity was there. It was good, […]

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    Monday Nov 03, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    Wood prepared to lead the way for deep Maine women’s hoops team

        Liz Wood played the most minutes when the Maine women’s basketball team was officially unveiled Saturday in an 81-41 exhibition victory over McGill. She took the most shots, grabbed the most rebounds, and finished with an efficient 15-point, 11-board double-double in 26 minutes. That’s nothing Black Bear fans haven’t seen before out of the junior forward, of course. There will be many more of those games ahead for Wood. […]

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