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    December 22, 2018

    On Football: Patriots still playoff-bound, but must improve to reach another Super Bowl

    New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) makes a long run that was called back on a penalty last Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) It’s been nine years since the New England Patriots lost at least five games in a season, 16 years since they lost back-to-back games in December. Last Sunday’s 17-10 […]

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    December 20, 2018

    UPDATED — UMaine football coach Joe Harasymiak leaving for assistant job at Minnesota

    Maine coach Joe Harasymiak coaches against Jacksonville State during the FCS playoffs earlier this month in Orono. (Portland Press Herald photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette) Joe Harasymiak took the University of Maine football team to new heights this fall. And now he’s moving on after three years as the Black Bears’ head coach. Harasymiak, 32, […]

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    December 19, 2018

    UMaine football adds four players on first day of early signing period

    Vinnie Pasquali of Portland High School tackles West running back Jack True of Yarmouth in the fourth quarter of the Maine Shriners Lobster Bowl Classic in July. (Portland Press Herald photo by Derek Davis) With the University of Maine playing deep into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time in school history, coach […]

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    December 16, 2018

    College football: Maine moving on after season-ending loss

    Eastern Washington Antoine Custer Jr. (28) runs the ball against Maine during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP) The University of Maine’s football season ended in bitter defeat Saturday afternoon, a 50-19 loss to Eastern Washington in […]

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    December 14, 2018

    "Bad man in the best way possible" — Joe Harasymiak leading UMaine to new heights

    ORONO — In the moments after the University of Maine football team defeated Weber State to advance to national semifinals for the first time in program history, the Black Bears’ head coach stood among his players in a crowded locker room. His voice cracking with emotion, he ended his postgame speech by saying, “I’ve got […]

  • Published
    December 13, 2018

    UMaine’s defensive backfield an overlooked part of stout defense

    Maine’s Manny Patterson is part of a defensive backfield that has 17 interceptions this season, including four last week in the FCS quarterfinals against Weber State at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. (Ogden Standard Examiner photo by Matt Herp) ORONO — The front seven of the University of Maine’s defense has earned its share of […]

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    December 10, 2018

    UMaine football facing another high-powered offense in FCS semifinals

    Eastern Washington running back Sam McPherson, center, runs with the ball against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., in September. (AP file Photo/Young Kwak) For the second time in three weeks in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the University of Maine is going to face one of the nation’s top offensive teams. The Black Bears […]

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    December 8, 2018

    Once overlooked in own conference, UMaine football one of four teams still standing in FCS playoffs

    Maine running back Ramon Jefferson (8) runs the ball in the first half of Friday’s FCS quarterfinal against Weber State University at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner) The University of Maine football team has gone from an afterthought in its own league to one of the final four teams standing in the NCAA […]

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    December 6, 2018

    ‘Top Flight’ UMaine receivers helping offense fly high

    Maine’s Earnest Edwards stretches for the goal line as he scores a touchdown against New Hampshire earlier this season. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald) ORONO — They call themselves “Top Flight.” And it’s a fitting name for the University of Maine’s wide receivers because they make the Black Bears’ offense fly. Maine’s identity has been […]