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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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    Friday Oct 24, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Al-Mateen prepares to say goodbye to Maine football family

      Khari Al-Mateen is watching his Maine football career wind down. There are four games left for the senior safety, starting with Saturday’s noon contest at Rhode Island. There will be no conference championship and no playoff berth this year for the Black Bears, who sit at a disappointing 2-5. They have two very winnable road games against the bottom two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (URI is 0-7, […]

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    Saturday Oct 18, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Maine hockey team falls short again, but at least shows some spark

    OK, so the Maine men’s hockey team made a couple of critical mistakes Friday against a team that punishes you for doing so. It resulted in a 3-0 loss to defending national champion Union in the Black Bears’ home opener. Maine is 0-3 and has scored only three goals on the season. Coach Red Gendron could be heard leaving the postgame news conference reassuring someone that “the sun’s going to […]

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    Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    In low-scoring game, Maine’s Collins may be the difference

    Saturday’s Maine-Stony Brook football game shapes up to be another low-scoring affair. The strength of both teams are the defenses. Both have spent the first half of the season with uncertainty at quarterback. Black Bears Coach Jack Cosgrove reiterated to me this week that he has every intention of continuing to start sophomore Dan Collins while bringing in freshman Drew Belcher for an occasional series under center. Collins has been […]

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  • Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Maine’s Beckford finds paydirt after getting a veteran’s tutelage

    Maine running back Nigel Beckford was named rookie of the week in the Colonial Athletic Association after scoring his first two career touchdowns in Saturday’s stirring win at Towson. But Coach Jack Cosgrove said Monday that it was the return of veteran tailback Nigel Jones that allowed Beckford to succeed. Jones missed the Sept. 20 loss at Boston College with a concussion. In the junior’s absence, Beckford faltered, gaining only […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Top 10 in the nation, ninth in the league? Polls show divergent feelings about Maine hockey

    If you ever wondered about the lunacy of preseason polls in any sport at any level, Maine hockey gave you plenty of ammunition this week. The Black Bears were a top-10 pick nationally in at least one poll that came out shortly after last season’s Frozen Four. They were picked sixth in the 12-team Hockey East by members of the media over the weekend. On Monday, at the league’s annual media […]

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