Sports (57)

Do You Have the Will to Face the Chill?

  Do you remember the name Edmund Muskie? He was a U.S. Senator from Maine, and in addition to being someone we all thought made a lot of sense, he was a major player in the writing and passing of the 1970 Clean Air Act Extension, so much that a lot of people referred to it as the “Muskie Act.” Next Saturday, December 31, is the 46th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing that act…

How About A Little Roundball?

“Swish! Nothing but net.” It’s a feeling everybody’s had, whether playing on an organized team or shooting hoops in the back yard. Few experiences carry the simple satisfaction of a perfect basketball shot. Then there are those of us that fall in love with the game, join the school team, rack up some favorable statistics, and take a shot at playing for a living. Not everybody can do it. The rest of us have to…

Maine's ski areas are waiting for you

There’s a lot in store for Maine's skiers and slope riders this season. You just have to know where to look to find the new stuff and lift ticket prices that don’t make you feel like you’ve had your pocket picked.    From the It Must Be News to Someone Department, Sunday River’s new triple Spruce Peak lift is on hold until the 2017-18 season.    But there's good news for foodies. Portland restauranteur Harding…

Who's Afraid of the Cold?

Now, you know that when we say, “Mark your calendars,” we mean consult your device and tell it to remind you, right? Well, that’s what you need to do right now. As an athlete, you lived up to your promises to yourself and took the pile of coats off the treadmill last week. You put in a few miles. But you missed the fresh air, the crazy Portland sights, you wanted to be outside again.…

Staying Fit, Santa Style

If you’re a runner, you may have thought that the 5K season in Maine had already ended. You might have already found a place for all the coats that have been burying your treadmill all year and started indoor conditioning. But wait, there’s one more race, one that combines athleticism and competition with the holiday spirit. What is it? Well, can you imagine thousands of Santas sprinting through the streets of South Portland, running by…

Gearing Up for Winter Sports

The tree is up in Monument Square, the lights have been placed along Congress Street, and MECA is decked out too. Winter is upon us. What does that mean? Winter sports, of course. It’s the time of year when Portlanders are likely to be planning their first weekend skiing or boarding getaway, or maybe getting the lumber together to build a frame and flood the backyard into a rink. We’re stuck with the cold, snow…

Heavyweight champ Larry Holmes hits town, talks Trump

Larry Holmes, the former heavyweight champion of the world from 1978 to 1983, was ringside for boxing at the Portland Expo last weekend — and he didn't pull any punches in a pre-event interview where he said President-elect Donald Trump struck him as a man "guided by the damn devil." Holmes grew up in Easton, Penn., which gave birth to his boxing nickname, “The Easton Assassin.” He waged 20 successful title defenses, making him third…

The Claws, and then CLAW

As Portland becomes more populated, more gentrified and expanded, there are benefits even for residents who are not in the upper financial echelons. In addition to big-name entertainment acts and cuisine that makes top-ten lists but doesn’t break the bank, Portlanders who know, or want to experience the thrill of live sporting events have more opportunities today than they did a decade or two ago. Here are two events this weekend that will get your…

Time To Come Out Swinging

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Everyone has heard those words, out of the mouth of the immortal Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali. No matter what you think of the physicality of boxing, only a fool would disagree that the man was the consummate athlete and a gentleman. He rose to the rank of the best in the world in a sport that, despite its recent decline in exposure, lives on in vigor and…

Ales & Angling

You’ve seen anglers doing it in movies and TV shows, maybe in your history, and its beauty and grace always makes you catch your breath: flyfishing. The zip and swoosh of that long line, the fly skimming above the surface of the water, just the way a fat horsefly would fly around, and then boom, a trout strikes! Dinner is served.   If you’ve always been curious about the sport of flyfishing, and want to…
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