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UMaine Football Team Adds Another Red Shirt To Their Program. Three, If You Count Victims

Zedric Joseph UMaine football playerA University of Maine student is being held on a murder charge in connection with a double stabbing in Florida that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man. Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach was being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga., according to a jail official. Joseph, who played football for the University of Maine, was brought to the jail shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on warrants out of West Palm Beach for one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, the jail officer said. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday afternoon that they had issued the warrant for Joseph. The Richmond County Jail officer said that Joseph was being held until West Palm Beach police arrive to pick him up and return him to Florida. The Florida sheriff’s office confirmed that deputies received a report of a stabbing Friday in the 1600 block of Quail Lake Drive in West Palm Beach. When deputies arrived, they found two victims. A woman had been stabbed in the hand and a man had suffered multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The man, Ricardy Chery, 23, died from his injuries. The woman, Vashti Laurore, 23, was treated for her injuries and then released from the hospital. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Local High School Point Guard Briefly Considered Passing The Ball To A Teammate

Maine High School varsity basketballFresh off an opening-round victory, the Wolverines are Augusta bound. Now that the where is known, that only leaves the who and when. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity basketball team will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Augusta Civic Center against the Western Class C conference champion Dirigo Cougars. The boys team is coming off a tightly-contested dual against the Old Orchard Beach Seagulls. The two teams battled, scraped, built-up leads and knocked them back down in what would be a 66-59 Wiscasset victory after all the dust had settled. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

Elderly Hayseed Mugged During Daytrip To New Jersey

Elderly hayseed mugged in New JerseyEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Seattle Seahawks now own their first Lombardi Trophy. They earned it convincingly, demolishing the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. The Seahawks broke the game open with a 69-yard interception return late in the second quarter and drove a stake through any thoughts of a comeback on the first play of the second half. Denver’s record-setting offense was diffused [sic] by four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumbles — that led to 21 points. Seattle’s vaunted secondary smothered Peyton Manning’s receivers and the Seahawks completely erased the running game of the Broncos (27 yards on 14 carries). “I think we played a great football team,” Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said. “We weren’t sharp offensively from the very get-go. Give Seattle a lot of credit. They are an excellent football team, and they caused a lot of our mistakes.”

(read more at the Bangor Daily News)

You Hate Your Favorite Player

Jacoby EllsburyA center fielder helps the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, then joins the team’s archrival, the New York Yankees, as a free agent. That scenario played out when Johnny Damon switched sides in the rivalry more than a year after Boston’s 2004 championship. It might be repeated on an accelerated schedule, as Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to seven-year deal with the Yankees, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night. According to CBSSports.com, the contract will be worth $153 million. The deal is not finalized pending a physical. Ellsbury, 30, was a key cog in Boston’s title run this year. He led the American League with 52 stolen bases in the regular season, then batted .344 in the postseason. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Patriots No Longer Interested In Tebow’s “Sack, Loss, ‘n Dashes” Approach To Quarterbacking

Tim TebowFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A  person familiar with the situation says Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots. After being let go by his third team in 18 months – and with the regular season just five days away – the quarterback’s chances of immediately catching on with another team seem slim. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Patriots had not announced the move. It was first reported by ESPN. Tebow’s stay with the Patriots lasted just under 12 weeks and could be the end of his NFL career. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback played in just three of New England’s four preseason games and was sacked four times in the finale, a 28-20 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night. The Patriots have carried just two quarterbacks in three of the past four seasons, and with Ryan Mallett entrenched as the backup to Tom Brady, Tebow’s challenge was a difficult one, even before the preseason started. Then, he went out and posted a quarterback rating of just 47.2 and threw two touchdown passes to go along with two interceptions and seven sacks. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Fans Of Jefferson Village School Sports Hope Brain Damage From Numerous Concussions Will Eventually Help Athletes Forget About All The Broken Glass On The Fields

Broken glass on playing fieldsIt was as early as December 2012 when he learned there were shards of glass in the new softball field at Jefferson Village School, but AOS 93 Superintendent Steve Bailey said it was not until last week that he found out the baseball field was contaminated, too.  The new building has had a variety of issues both before and after it opened in the fall of 2011, including septic issues, a burst fire sprinkler pipe, and an issue with a backup generator that delayed the building’s first day of school. At the Aug. 5 meeting of the Jefferson School Committee, Larry Stelzer, the president of the Jefferson Sports Association, said the fields are littered with glass shards – “some as big as your finger,” pieces of pottery, Bic lighters, nails, and large rocks. The fields at the school pose both a safety and liability risk and are unfit for sports or activities of any kind, Stelzer said. The Jefferson Sports Association is losing both kids and parents because the group’s teams have to travel for all their games instead of playing locally, and are losing thousands in concessions, Stelzer said. This fall would have been the first time the new fields could have been used anyway, Bailey said, because the grass needed a year to grow and a second year to firm up before it was used. (read more at Lincoln County News)

New England Sports Fans Worry That The Spelling In Aaron Hernandez’ Tattoos Might Worsen If He Has To Go To Prison

Aaron HernandezPolice questioned New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Monday in connection with a homicide case in Massachusetts, SI.com reported Tuesday. Investigators were interested in searching Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, about a mile from where a body was found Monday and about 40 miles south of Boston. A vehicle registed in Hernandez’s name was considered a piece of evidence, according to the report. But Hernandez is not believed to be a suspect. ABC News reported that Hernandez was uncooperative with police and that the dead man could be an associate of Hernandez. SI.com reported that Hernandez had sought advice from an attorney. A 27-year-old Boston man would found Monday by a jogger in an industrial park clearing in an area not far from Hernandez’s residence. Television trucks were parked outside his home on Tuesday. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Ryan Mallett Says Patriots Now Have Three Great Quarterbacks. Which Is True, If You’re Drunk And Staring At Tom Brady

Ryan MalletBackup quarterbacks rarely get attention, and when they do, it’s usually because something bad happened to the starter. Even rarer – unprecedented, even – is a backup being upstaged by a third-stringer. But that’s what happened to Ryan Mallett this week when the Patriots signed free agent Tim Tebow. Media attention was at a fevered pitch Tuesday when Tebow arrived for his first practice and gave a brief statement to reporters afterward. Mallett had his moment on Wednesday, though, and the unusually large crowd of cameras, microphones, and reporters converging on him seemed to take him by surprise.What was no surprise, to anyone, was the direction in which the media’s questions went. They wanted Mallett’s thoughts… on Tebow. “There’s always competition at every position. It’s part of the job,” the 25-year-old said matter-of-factly. So, when he heard the news of Tebow’s signing, he thought… ? “Great… he’s a great player, you know. We’re going to go out every day and get better and do what we can to be a good team.”The Patriots now have two larger-than-life personalities among their three quarterbacks: one of the best QBs of all time as the starter, in Tom Brady, and the cultural phenomenon of Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and three-time finalist for college football’s most prestigious award. In the middle, there’s Mallett. “It’s kind of unique, how it’s set up [at the QB position],” Mallett conceded, “but we have three great players in that room who have the ability to help our team win.” (read more at Patriots.com)

Ultimate Frisbee Allows Sallow Participants A Chance To Finally Wear A Numbered Shirt While Clutching An Inhaler In Their Off Hand

Cape Elizabeth Ultimate Frisbee TeamFirst it took Maine colleges and universities by storm, then it quickly spread to the high school level. Now the flying-disc game originally called ultimate Frisbee is taking off at middle schools across the state. The popularity of the freewheeling sport was obvious Sunday in Cumberland, where a dozen high school teams from Maine and New Hampshire and a half-dozen Maine middle school teams took over the Cumberland Fairgrounds for the Cumberland Ultimate Invitational tournament. An enthusiastic crowd of parents cheered on the sidelines as teams rushed up and down the fields in the rain. “It is the best thing that has ever happened since sliced bread,” said Peggy Pisini, whose daughter, Kat, is captain of the Cumberland Ultimate high school team. Invented in 1968, ultimate combines the skills of soccer and football with some lacrosse thrown in. The teams are coed, play seven on each side and score points when the plastic disc is caught in the end zone, a 20-by-40-foot rectangle at each end of the field. (read more at Portland Press Herald)

Lady Wolverines Remain Winless, Graceless

Lady WolverinesThe Lady Wolverines softball team is still looking for its first win of the season after losing to Lisbon and Telstar this week. On Friday, April 19, it looked as if Wiscasset was going to win. The Wolverines jumped out to an early 6-1 lead over Lisbon. But giving some pitching experience to new pitchers proved unsuccessful and the Greyhounds beat Wiscasset, 19-9. With the lead, Coach Claire Daniels gave Abby Dunn the ball in the third and Dunn gave up five runs. Megan Corson retook the mound sent the Greyhounds down in order in the fourth inning. Daniels made her fourth pitching change in the game and put Heidi Pinkham on the mound in the fifth inning and then gave Corson the ball again in the same inning. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

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