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Top-rated Raging Bulls hosting conference final on Saturday

The first-place and No. 1 seeded Southern Maine Raging Bulls (11-0) will host the No. 2 Boston Bandits (9-2) in a conference final on Saturday at 7 pm at Deering High School's Memorial Field in Portland. The winner of that contest advances to the league championship on the following weekend.

The Raging Bulls play in the four-team Northern Division of the New England Football League's top (AAA) Colonial Conference with the New Hampshire Wolfpack, Lowell Nor'Easter and Merrimack Valley Pride. The Bulls, in their 17th season, own the league's best offense and defense, having outscored their opponents 352-60.

A semi-pro football team made of former high school and college standouts, Bulls players include running back Phil Warren who played at Brunswick High and the University of Buffalo, and running back John Wiechman of Bonny Eagle High School and Southern Connecticut State.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 01:06

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Pirates look to extend home-ice win steak Friday night

The Portland Pirates (3-5) hope to extend their early season home unbeaten streak Friday night against the St. John’s IceCaps (3-3-3) at the Cross Insurance Arena (formerly Cumberland County Civic Center) at 7 p.m. The Pirates will be in Portland for only the third time this season, having beating the Providence Bruins 3-2 in their opener and the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 last Saturday.

For the season, the Pirates have scored 16 goals and allowed 23, while St John’s has scored 22 times and been scored upon 30 times. Individually center Alexandre Bolduc (No. 49) tops Portland with three goals. The 6-foot, 2-inch tall native of Montreal, also has four assists to lead the team with seven points. The left-side shooting Bolduc, the Pirates leading scorer in 2012-13, is back in Portland after spending last season with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Portland in its fourth season as an affiliate of the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Coyotes, and St. John's, affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, are both in the Atlantic Division of the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference, along with Providence (Boston Bruins), Worcester (San Jose Sharks) and Manchester (Los Angeles Kings). Teams receive two points for each victory and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The three division winners and the next best five teams from each conference will make the playoffs. Currently the Pirates and Manchester both have six points, while the other three teams each have nine points.

After their first two home games, the Pirates average attendance is 4,073, not far from the league average of 4,893. With seating for 6,733, the Cross Insurance Arena is 24th in the American Hockey League in capacity. Currently the Pirates rank 18 out of the 30 AHL teams in average attendance. Only the St. John's IceCaps (6,287), Syracuse Crunch (6,159), Rockford IceHogs (5,767), Adirondack Flames (4,806), Binghamton Senators (4,710) and Utica Comets (3,815) have less capacity.

Portland Pirates Recent/Upcoming Games


Sat., Oct. 25     Portland        2       Syracuse        1       Attendance 2,544
Sun., Oct. 26     Worcester       4       Portland                1       Attendance 2,599
Wed., Oct. 29     Portland                4       Worcester       3       Attendance 1,592
Fri., Oct. 31     St. John's      at      Portland        7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 2      Portland                at      Albany          3 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 7      Portland                at      Providence      7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 8      Lehigh Valley   at      Portland        7 p.m.

Fans can hear all the Pirates games on the WPEI Portland Pirates Radio Network with Jeff Mannix, starting with the Pregame Show 20 minutes before the face-off. Mannix, entering his fourth season as “The Voice of the Pirates,” began his sportscasting career as a freshman at the University of Maine in 2000 calling men’s and women’s ice hockey games for the Black Bears. He graduated from Bangor High School and then from Maine in 2004 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.

Pirates games can be heard on WPEI 95.9 & 95.5 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn and WTME 780 and 1450 AM Rumford and South Paris.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 01:11

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Portland Boxing Club readies for Nov. 15 event

Portland Boxing Club's undefeated New England Middleweight Champion, Russell Lamour Jr., looks to add another title belt to his trophy case when he faces Ahsandi Gibbs of Tampa, Fla., for the IBA North American Middleweight Championship on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Portland Expo, the boxing club reported.
The event will feature six pro bouts and two amateur bouts, and seven of those bouts will showcase PBC boxers including bantamweight Jorge Abiague, welterweight Jimmy Smith and the pro debut of Golden Gloves champions middleweight Jason Quirk and light middleweight Casey Kramlich, the club reported.
The show will open with two amateur bouts featuring PBC lightweight Chi Wong and PBC light welterweight Lindsay Kyajohnian. Also appearing on the show will be undefeated pro light welterweight Brandon Berry of West Forks.
Special guest at the event will be former Olympic Gold Medalist and World Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion, Michael Spinks who will meet and greet fans starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bouts start at 7:30 p.m., the club reported.
Tickets are on sale at www.portix.com or at Bruno's Restaurant, 33 Allen Ave., Portland. For more information go to www.portlandboxingclub.org or call 761-0975.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 01:11

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Giants seek eighth World Series win Tuesday night

The San Francisco Giants are hoping to clinch their third World Series championship in the last five years (2010, 2012) Tuesday night in Kansas City. The probable starting pitchers are the Giants' 33-year-old veteran Jake Peavey (acquired from the Red Sox in late July for two minor leaguers) and Kansas City's 23-year-old Yordano Ventura.

With a win either Tuesday night or Wednesday, San Francisco would tie Boston with eight overall World Series victories. Only the Yankees (27), St Louis (11) and Oakland (9) have more titles. Kansas City victories in both game 6 and 7 will bring the Royals their second championship and first since 1985.


WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Game 1: Giants 7, Royals 1
Game 2: Royals 7, Giants 2
Game 3: Royals 3, Giants 2
Game 4: Giants 11, Royals 4
Game 5: Giants 5, Royals 0, Giants lead series, 3-2
Game 6: Tuesday at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
Game 7*: Wednesday at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
* If necessary

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 23:14

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