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MELBOURNE, Australia Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match-fixing, as the start of the year's first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.

Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea on Monday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match-fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.

No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.

The governing bodies for the sport, and the Tennis Integrity Unit, issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode at a hastily-convened news conference at Melbourne Park.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:21

Two more for baseball's Hall of Fame

Written by Allen Adams

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza make up Class of 2016

It would seem that the voters for baseball's Hall of Fame have finally eased up the tight-fisted take on enshrinement that had hobbled the process for so long.

Two more inductees made the grade this year. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will see their plaques go on the wall in Cooperstown this summer. That makes nine that have been elected in the past three years.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:00

Kibbles and Picks 2015/2016 Divisional Round

Written by Allen Adams

You know, I really thought that once we made into the playoffs, the fact that I had at least some knowledge about the participating teams would make a difference. And yet, here we are.

Stella came out on top this Wild Card weekend, going 3-1. Her sole blemish was admittedly a big one she was on the wrong end of the Chiefs blowout win over the Texans. However, she correctly predicted the continuation of the Bengals postseason woes against the Steelers. And as for the Seattle/Minnesota tilt, well I felt pretty good until Blair Walsh. Laces out, Jeff!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 23:18

Red Sox Report Card - 2015 Postmortem

Written by Allen Adams

With the regular season over for more than a week and the playoffs in full swing, we have achieved a little distance from the disappointing 2015 Boston Red Sox.

While this team closed out with a surprisingly strong September, they still failed to finish the season above .500 thanks to losing all four games in October. And a strong finish did little to erase the team's fairly awful performance for the lion's share of the season.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 22:56

Nature vs. nurture The Sports Gene'

Written by Allen Adams

Book takes on age-old questions about athleticism

For as long as competitive athletics have existed, we have sought understanding of what allows a good athlete to become great or a great athlete to become truly elite. Is greatness destined, present since birth on a genetic level? Or is it possible for an athlete to become great through hard work and a beneficial environment? The argument has gone on for years, with plenty of good reasons to come down on either side.

So nature or nurture? Which is it?

That's the question that David Epstein attempts to address with his new book 'The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance' (Current, $26.95). Epstein enthusiastically tackles the subject, with intensive research and a multitude of in-depth interviews. He talks to top-of-the-field scientists and elite athletes alike, looking for any and all information that might provide some insight toward answering that age-old question. Genetics? Or environment?

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 22:48

Bangor Y's Martial Arts Camp

Written by Katy England

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MartialYou teams up with area martial artists to create an affordable experience for kids

BANGOR The Bangor Y is working in collaboration with MartialYou, Youngs MMA and Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to offer youth ages 7 to 18 a chance to experience a wide array of martial arts, including Taekwondo fundamentals, boxing basics, jiu jitsu for beginners, introduction to yoga and a leadership workshop. The class is being offered Aug. 19 through 23. The five-day camp is only $50 for members of the Y and $80 for non-members for the entire week. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the day is broken up into different classes, ranging between 30 to 45 minutes with plenty of breaks in between.

Shawn Hill founder of MartialYou said the collaboration was a natural fit. Hill had worked with Young's MMA and Gracie Barra (Chris Young and Eduardo Benjamin) and was impressed with not only their level of skill, but their positive attitude that made it an easy decision to work with them.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:24

Small state, big dreams

Written by Rich Kimball

Maine is a small state. For most of us, most of the time, that's a good thing. We've chosen to live a bit off the beaten path because we prefer the somewhat slower pace, the open spaces and (bath salts addicts notwithstanding) the fact that things are relatively safe around here. Small is good when it means few traffic jams, a lack of smog, and the front page of the paper is devoted to hermits and not serial killers. One downside is the occasional lack of perspective and the need to have a taste of the big time life, which leads me to the subject of University of Maine hockey.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:20

Hope springs eternal

Written by Rich Kimball

For anyone who has been a Boston baseball since before the days of 'Red Sox Nation,' there are a couple of basic requirements tied to the calendar. One is to anticipate the September swoon and the disappointment that follows (except for those glorious '04 and '07 seasons); the other is to greet each new campaign with optimism and unrealistic expectations. Since we're less than two weeks from Opening Day, it seems like as good a time as any to engage in some wishful thinking and envision a scenario where the Red Sox rise from worst to first.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:42

Past imperfect

Written by Rich Kimball

Sports fans have always been among the best at building up memories at the expense of the present. Perhaps because most of us became fans at a young age, we look back with an affection that can sometimes blind us to the good that exists in the here and now.

The most recent epidemic of backwards-gazing has come with the arrival of the final high school basketball tournament at the Bangor Auditorium. Seemingly every human being within a hundred miles of Buck Street has been asked about their favorite memory of the place, and the tributes to a facility that was outdated by the Carter administration are pouring in from all quarters. Unfortunately, there are also those who romanticize the past so much they can't see the present or future with any clarity. Like so many others, I recall many great times spent at the Auditorium, but personally, I can't wait to see the wrecking ball turn that mid-20th century paradise into a 21st-century parking lot. The new Cross Insurance Center is shaping up to be the kind of facility that this area has needed for decades and will signify a glorious new day for any fan with a sense of civic pride that outweighs their misty, watercolor memories.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:28

Thanks for the presents

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It's the week before Christmas and writers everywhere are busily putting together the most hackneyed of columns. You know it, right? The one where they list what their favorite teams, players and coaches might want for Christmas? Not that I'm above clichd writing, but I thought I would at least attempt to go a different route.

Instead, I'd like to celebrate the gifts we Maine sports fans have already been given. We're pretty lucky to live in an area that has a passion for sports, both local and regional, and our interest has been rewarded with an abundance of great teams, memorable players and talented coaches. This week we say thanks for just a few:

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