Argh! Pirates fans left in limbo


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland Pirates fans continue to be in limbo about whether the American Hockey League franchise will be leaving Maine’s largest city.

CEO/Managing Owner Brian Petrovek denied reports that the franchise is destined for Albany, N.Y. His announcement Tuesday came after Bob Berber, general manager of the Times Union Center in Albany, told a newspaper that he expects to have a signed deal with Petrovek in seven to 10 days.

Petrovek insists to the Portland Press Herald that he remains in negotiations with county officials for a lease extension at the Cumberland County Civic Center.