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After 48 Years Of Umpiring, Pittsfield Man Recalls This One Time This One Kid Did That Thing. You Shoulda Seen It

Pittsflied basball umpireRalph Damren doesn’t remember the score of the most exciting baseball games he has umpired — or the names of most of the teams and players. Since first donning his uniform in 1966, he has called thousands of balls and strikes and has worked from the Little League ranks up through semipro ball. Etched in Damren’s mind instead are the memories of the great times he has enjoyed on the field with the many friends he has made along the way. “You do it, at least from my perspective, because it makes you feel young again,” said Damren, who is 68. “You’re working around kids, you’re working a game that you love, and it’s good exercise.” On Thursday, Damren ran onto the field for the first time in 2014 as the base umpire for a Junior American Legion contest at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. It marks the 48th year as an umpire for the Pittsfield native, who sat out the high school season after having hip replacement surgery in February. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Women’s Basketball Coach Has Sassy Haircut

cindy blodgettBOSTON — Cindy Blodgett is returning to the school where her coaching career started. The former All-America guard at the University of Maine has joined first-year head coach Kady Steding’s staff at Boston University, Steding announced Wednesday. Steding and Blodgett are former teammates, having spent the 2000 season together with the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. Blodgett, 38, had spent the last three seasons on the bench as an assistant under Cathy Inglese at the University of Rhode Island. Her tenure ended when URI announced in March that Inglese’s contract was not renewed after five seasons and a dismal 30-115 (.207) combined record. Blodgett had been relieved of her head coaching duties at UMaine in the spring of 2011. Her teams compiled a 24-94 record in four seasons. (read more at Bangor Daily New)

Boston On Short Bus For 2024 Summer Olympics

Marathon. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorBoston on short list for 2024 Summer Olympics. Hosting the Games could cost as much as $9 billion. City officials say they’re glad to be in the race, but are still studying the feasibility of a bid.An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running. A process that began 16 months ago when the USOC sent letters to leaders in 35 cities is now at four finalists after Dallas and San Diego were scratched from the list. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said Friday, when the decision was made public. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Rockwell Painting Of A Rookie For The Boston Red Sox Sold For The Equivalent Of A Minor League Utility Infielder’s Contract

The Rookie Norman RockwellNEW YORK — A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million. “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” led the bidding Thursday at Christie’s auction of American art in New York. “The Rookie” shows Hall of Famer Ted Williams and other seasoned veterans as an awkward newcomer arrives for spring training. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

High School Varsity Baseball Player Pretty Sure He Can Bunt His Way To The Major Leagues

High school baseball bunterDespite clawing back time and again, the Wolverines couldn’t cling to a win May 12 against Lisbon. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity baseball team was unable to finish a late rally and fell, 9-7, to the visiting Greyhounds. Wiscasset was trailing, 3-1, in the early going until a third-inning rally tied the game. Lisbon would eke out a 7-6 advantage, but the Wolverines, like a movie monster, kept coming back. In the end the Greyhounds were able to close however, and leave Wiscasset with the win. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

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, 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)

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