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Sea Dogs hold off Mets in likely playoff preview

The Eastern Division-leading Portland Sea Dogs (66-38) took two of three games at home this week from the surging second-place Binghamton Mets (61-42) in a likely playoff preview. The top two clubs in each division compete in the Eastern League playoffs.

Entering Thursday's action, Portland was 4.5 games ahead of Binghamton. Third-place New Britain would have to make up a lot of ground to make the playoffs, as they trail Portland by 15 games and Binghamton by 10.5 games.

The first round of the playoffs (which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3) is a best-of-five series with the top two teams in each division playing each other. The second-place teams host games one and two, and the first-place teams host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary). The winners advance to another best-of-five series with the Eastern Division team hosting games three, four (if necessary), and five (if necessary). At things stand now, Portland would be at Binghamton in the first round for games one and two and host the remaining games of the series.

Sea Dogs upcoming schedule:
Friday July 25 at New Britain, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at New Britain, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 at New Britain, 1:35 p.m.
Monday, July 28 vs. Reading, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29 vs. Reading, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 vs. Reading, noon
Thursday, July 31 vs. Trenton, 7 p.m.

Sea Dogs games can be heard on WPEI 95.5/ 95.9 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM/105.5 FM Lewiston/Auburn, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris and WTME 780 AM Rumford. Coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the first pitch with the pre-game show.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:31

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New England Middleweight Champ Lamour faces new opponent

Portland Boxing Club's undefeated New England Middleweight Champion, Russell Lamour Jr. (8-0), originally scheduled to defend his newly won championship against John Hutchinson of South Boston on Saturday night in Boston now has a new opponent after Hutchinson pulled out of the bout due to an injury, the club reported.

Hutchinson was replaced by Saul Almeida of Framingham, Mass., who has a record of 16-5 and is ranked No. 1 Middleweight in New England by the MMA.

Portland Boxing Club pro welterweight, Jimmy Smith (1-1-1) will also box on the show against Joe Wilson (2-1) of Hartford, Conn.

The 11-bout pro card will be held at The Royale at 279 Tremont Street in Boston. Ticket information is available at www.russelllamourjr.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:52

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Sea Dogs' Gibson shines in All-Star Game

The league leading Portland Sea Dogs (63-34) sent several players to Wednesday's 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game in Altoona, Penn. Derrik Gibson led the way batting 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs in the Eastern Conference's 5-2 loss. Sean Coyle (recently honored as the Eastern League Player of the Month for June) went 1-for-3 while Catcher Blake Swihart was 0-for-2. Pitcher Robbie Scott hurled a solid inning in relief, striking out two batters while yielding only a single.

The Sea Dogs are on the road this weekend and will return home on Monday for three games against the surging second place Binghamton Mets (58-38).
Sea Dogs upcoming schedule:
Friday July 18 at New Hampshire 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 at New Hampshire 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at New Hampshire 1:35 p.m.
Monday, July 21 vs. Binghamton 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22 vs. Binghamton 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 vs. Binghamton 6 p.m.

Sea Dogs games can be heard on WPEI 95.5/ 95.9 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM/105.5 FM Lewiston/Auburn, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris and WTME 780 AM Rumford. Coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the first pitch with the pre-game show.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:32

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World Team Tennis Boston Lobsters home Saturday and Sunday

The World Team Tennis (WTT) Boston Lobsters play their final 6 matches of the season in the next six days beginning tonight in Philadelphia, against the Freedoms, their biggest rival. The Lobsters, 1-7, are currently 3 games behind second place Philadelphia (4-4) and an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Boston has a good chance to move up in the standings as they play Philadelphia 3 times in the next six days. That stretch drive includes their two last home matches of the year on Saturday against Washington and Sunday against Philadelphia.

John Isner, the top American tennis player and ranked No. 12 in the world, will play for Boston on Sunday against Philadelphia. Isner, a 6-foot, 10-inch power player, was upset 6-4, 7-6  in  a quarter final match in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships against the No. 7 seed (fellow American and recent Wimbledon men’s doubles champion) Jack Sock last week in Newport, Rhode Island.

World Team Tennis in its 38th year, was created by tennis legend Billie Jean King. New England's team, the Lobsters, play at the Manchester (Massachusetts) Athletic Club, north of Boston. The seats at the Joan Norton Tennis Center are so close to the action that one can hear the on court conversations. The Lobsters roster also includes doubles specialist Eric Butorac (No. 26 in the world at doubles), Rik De Voest, Megan Moulton-Levy, rising Canadian star Sharon Fichman, Caitlin Whoriskey and Coco Vandeweghe.

The seven team league has two conferences, and teams play 14 matches in a three-week span from July 6-23. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The conference playoff semifinals will take place on Thursday, July 24 with the league championship match at the home court of the Western Conference Champion on Sunday, July 27.

World Team Tennis has a unique format, which is exciting even to those watching tennis for the first time. Team matches consist of five sets, including one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed (coed) doubles. WTT innovations such as "no-ad" game scoring and "let serves are in play" keep things moving. The family friendly event encourages young fans like to stick around after the match to meet the players from both teams at the autograph table.

Remaining Boston Lobsters matches:
Friday July 18 at Philadelphia Freedoms
Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. HOME vs. Washington Kastles
Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m. HOME vs. Philadelphia Freedoms
Monday, July 21 at Washington Kastles
Tuesday, July 22 at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 23 at Springfield Lasers

 

Hewitt takes Newport tennis title

Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 3 seed, defeated the No. 2 seed, Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 to win the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship in Newport, R.I., last Sunday. It was Hewitt's first title at Newport after reaching the finals the two previous years. Besides winning his 30th career title, the former world No. 1 player also captured the doubles title. It was the first time in Hewitt's career that he captured both titles at the same event. The 33-year-old Australian became only the fourth active player with 30 or more singles titles, trailing Roger Federer (79), Rafael Nadal (64) and Novak Djokovic (45).

The No. 1 seed John Isner was defeated 6-4, 7-6 by fellow American No. 7 Jack Sock in the quarterfinal round. Hewitt defeated Sock 6-1 6-2 to reach the finals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:30

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