Sports (51)

A Running Family's Memorial Day

Think back to that series of roots you had to remember, or get tripped up, on that one part of your old high school’s cross-country running trail. The silent whoosh of the trees and tall grass slipping by as you run. Wet socks, from the dew on the grass. Ducking a stray sapling branch as you speed by, or leaning into it to save a fraction of a second on the turn. It’s the best…

Two Low-Impact Nature Hikes

Among athletes, the casual hiker is less hardcore than, say, the running devotee or the victory-driven baseball player. For the hikers, their sport is less about strengthening the muscles or increasing the heart rate than it is about getting out into natural surroundings and enjoying the sounds, sights and smells that only come with being outside the city or suburbs. Birdsong, breeze through the treetops, the scent of earth and pine. A strengthening of the…

Now that You're Warmed Up ...

Many of our local runners have broken in this season’s shoes, worked out the kinks in their joints, and participated in their first timed race or two of the year. A few even took the winter to have nagging injuries repaired, and are now finding their strength again. But all, it seems, have been infected by the life, the green energy, that is once more coursing throughout the world outdoors. Earth is once again starting…

Three Early-Season Road Races

Fire up your FitBit; the foot racing season is in full swing. Stretch out, warm up, and check out these three upcoming area races:   A new event, the Presidential Seaside Duathlon, takes place in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport on Saturday, April 29 starting at 8:30 a.m. The full race consists of an 18-mile bike ride sandwiched between two 5K runs, a USAT sanctioned duathlon with a $1,000 purse. Alternatively, you can stick with just the…

Anglers, are you ready to attempt the next level of the sport?

Remember when an adult role model helped you put your first worm on a hook? Not long after that, you’d head down to the bog or the stream with a pal and drop lines in, catching trash fish and throwing them back, talking about sailfish and marlin. Still later, with an official rod and reel, there was that first strike from a fish you just knew would be good enough for fish and chips that…

Dirt on the Floor at Cross Arena

Did you ever get cut off in traffic and wish you were driving a five-ton monster truck, so you could simply drive over your road-rage opponent from back bumper to hood, with glass popping all the way as their car’s frame collapses? How about that co-worker who always parks halfway into your space? Maybe just park your monster with one of its five-and-a-half foot tires resting on his fender. Oh, the possibilities. These fantasies can…

Guidance through sports: After a Jewish Congregation turns to a squash facility, Portland's youth find community

When Greg Born’s son, David, was in high school, he was a dominant tennis player, mowing through many opponents and, as a sophomore, playing third singles on a team that made it to the state finals. But when he went off to Bates College, he switched sports to join the nationally ranked men’s squash team there. Though he'd begun playing the sport only two years prior, David was able to transfer some of his tennis…

And So It Begins...

Some of the runners in Southern Maine spent the winter conditioning on treadmills, either at home or at the gym. The motion of one’s body is the same on a machine as it is outdoors, sometimes even complete with varying speeds and grades of incline. With elliptical trainers, athletes may actually get a more complete workout than they would by running outdoors.   But there’s something a little deadening about running toward a TV screen,…

High & Inside: An Improbable Baseball Chat — Opening Day Edition

With major league baseball's opening day approaching this weekend and the Red Sox appearing once again like the team to beat (which surely they will be), we talked with Portland baseball guru and rogue hurler Brendan Evans about Sox nostalgia and the club's true chances. Nick Schroeder: So, Brendan, who are the first three Sox to get cut/flub out of their jobs? Brendan Evans: Carlos Quentin, Blake Swihart, David Price. Seems hard to believe a team wouldn't…

Devers and the Dogs – Portland Sea Dogs season opener April 6

If you’re a Portland Sea Dogs season ticket holder, or you’ve just been longing to hear the crack of the bat as it heralds in the real beginning of spring, have no fear: next Thursday, April 6, the ‘Dogs play their season opener against the Reading, Pennsylvania Fightin’ Phils at Hadlock Field (271 Park Ave), despite the recent late-season snow here. There was some question as to whether a postponement would be necessary. Heavy snow-removal…
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