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    Thursday Sep 03, 2015 | 8:33 pm

    Brady won (for now), but sad Deflategate saga made us all losers

    It only seems right with the recent release of “Straight Outta Compton” to borrow this line from Ice Cube: “Today was a good day.” No, not because Brady’s suspension was overturned or Roger Goodell and the NFL seemingly got their butts handed to them in court. It is because the most inane, moronic and flat-out stupidest seven-plus-month period in American sports history is one step closer to being over. The […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 05, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Just start running

    The horror stories were plentiful and poignant. “Oh my God, the Beach to Beacon? It’s a disaster,” one friend told me a few weeks before the famed 10-kilometer race. “I hate that race but try and enjoy it,” another one told me. “If you like being in big crowds then you’ll be OK. Logistically, though, it’s just an awful race. Oh, and the hills suck after Mile 5.” Terrific! It’s […]

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    Tuesday May 19, 2015 | 5:40 pm

    Kraft pulls a stunner with Deflategate about-face. Is he sincere?

    Six days before the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks would play one of the most entertaining — if not the greatest — Super Bowls in history, Robert Kraft stepped to a podium for an impromptu news conference and addressed the Deflategate scandal. The embattled Patriots owner defiantly defended his organization, saying, “If the (Ted) Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air […]

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    Monday May 11, 2015 | 8:59 pm

    Did the DeflateGate punishment fit the crime?

    The National Football League dropped the proverbial hammer on star quarterback Tom Brady and New England Patriots on Monday evening, levying unprecedented discipline for their supposed roles in Deflategate. The NFL announced Monday it suspended Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, four games and fined the team $1 million dollars and stripped it of two draft picks, a first rounder in 2016 and a fourth rounder in 2017. NFL commissioner […]

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    Wednesday May 06, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Goodell’s a genius

    Roger Goodell is a genius. Let that marinate for a second. Roger Goodell is a genius. Call it the Howard Stern theory. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Private Parts” there is a part in the film where people — both who hate and love Stern — are asked why they listen to his show. The answer? “I want to see what he’ll say next.” Goodell — either directly or […]

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  • Friday Apr 24, 2015 | 6:50 pm

    Field time not easy to come by for Gardiner girls lacrosse

    Gardiner girls lacrosse coach Chad Kirk had few expectations for the season opener Friday afternoon in Cumberland against Greely. “I had no idea what to expect,” he said. “It’s not like we’ve been on a lot of fields.” Friday marked just the fourth time this spring the Tigers played or practiced outside a gymnasium or off a parking lot. “We played at Morse, (North Yarmouth Academy) and up at Thomas […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 08, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    Auriemma secures spot in history

    A few quick tidbits as we start pushing through our spring sports preview special section … The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team rolled past Notre Dame 63-53 on Tuesday night to win its third consecutive national championship. Coach Geno Auriemma tied a college basketball record with his 10th national title — the late John Wooden also won 10 titles with the UCLA men in the 1960s and 70s. It’s […]

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  • Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    On busted brackets and a much-anticipated Final Four

    It has been quite a wild NCAA Tournament, and if your brackets are anything like our sports staff’s there are plenty of red X’s on them. Here’s a look at how the staff’s predictions played out and what they’re looking for heading into this weekend’s Final Four: RANDY WHITEHOUSE I’m not here to talk about the past. Tonight I say we must move forward, not backward, upward, not forward, and […]

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    Thursday Mar 19, 2015 | 4:25 pm

    The sports desk’s NCAA tourney predictions

    Nearly three hours into the first full day of the NCAA tournament and we’re certain more than a few brackets out there took a hit when No. 14 University of Alabama-Birmingham toppled No. 3 Iowa State in a South Regional second round game Thursday afternoon. We’re also (fairly) certain other upsets will follow. It is, after all, the nature of the Big Dance. It’s also part of the allure. Who […]

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