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WARWICK, R.I. - The New England Patriots are celebrating the inaugural flight of their very own Boeing 767.
The team will be at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island on Wednesday before heading to Florida, where they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.
They'll take their customized aircraft, which is painted with the team's logo and red-white-and-blue colors, and includes the Pats' five Lombardi trophies painted on the tail.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine woman has finished the longest horse race in the world.
The Sun Journal reports that 26-year-old Amanda Herbert, of Poland, crossed the finish line of the Mongol Derby in Mongolia eight days after it began on Aug. 9.
A company filming the race described Herbert as having "kindness and grace under pressure.''

Mary Schwalm / Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watched the New England Patriots' exhibition opener, spending some time in owner Robert Kraft's suite.
It was his first game in New England since suspending quarterback Tom Brady in the scandal that came to be known as "Deflategate.''
Goodell was in Kraft's suite at the start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a photograph posted on Twitter by The Boston Globe. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed to The Associated Press that Goodell was at the game.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine high school graduate competing at the track world championships in London has come just short of the final 800-meter run.
Isaiah Harris, of Lewiston, finished fourth at the semifinal heat Sunday with a time of 1:46.66. The top finisher in the heat was Adam Kszczot of Poland, with a time of 1:46.24, with Botswana's Nijel Amos finishing a close behind at 1:46.29.
Only the top two finishers and the next two fastest times qualified for Tuesday's finals.

POLAND, Maine - A Maine woman is set to embark on a most unusual horse race.
Amanda Charlton Herbert is one of just eight Americans selected to compete in the toughest horse race in the world, the 620-mile Mongol Derby.
The Sun Journal reports that she will be riding 28 semi-wild horses during the ride across desolate Mongolia, a country sandwiched between China and Russia.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A small city in Maine with a special tie to the Pittsburgh Penguins is celebrating the team's Stanley Cup win again.
WCSH-TV reports that Penguins' defenseman Brian Dumoulin is from Biddeford. Dumoulin visited Biddeford with the Stanley Cup after winning the 2016 championship with Pittsburgh. Officials showed their appreciation by giving him a key to the city.

Maine Public

Since April, Maine Public has been following the journey of two Mainers thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail — Danny Moody of Winthrop, and Dan Giguere of Manchester, Maine.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Organizers of a Maine marathon are apologizing for a course error that caused many runners to go an extra half-mile, costing some a chance to run in next year's Boston Marathon.

Officials with the Maine Coast Marathon say some runners in Sunday's race were mistakenly directed down a dead end before looping back, bringing their total distance to about 26.7 miles. The error caused some Boston hopefuls to post times that are unlikely to qualify.

Courtesy Greg Emerson

More than 200 Mainers ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. Completing a marathon is a personal achievement by any standard, but 65-year-old Steve Cartwright of Tenants Harbor is one of the few runners who ran all 26.2 miles barefoot. And, when it comes to hot asphalt and loose gravel, that’s no easy feat.

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MILFORD, Mass. - Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. He was 27.
An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities tried to revive the former New England Patriots tight end, and he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster at 4:07 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine - New England Patriots fans in Maine will have the chance to celebrate the team's fifth Super Bowl championship this weekend.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be on display at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be accompanied by a cheerleader and mascot Pat Patriot.
Officials in Bangor and Brewer announced the event on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the center says fans can have one photograph taken with the trophy and should arrive early due to time limits. Guests must bring their own camera.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -Hig Roberts won the men's giant slalom in the U.S. Alpine Championships on Tuesday at foggy Sugarloaf Mountain for his first national title.
He edged seven-time national champion Tim Jitloff by .14 seconds.
Roberts was third after the first run behind Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Jitloff. Cochran-Siegle had nearly a half-second lead after a rainy, challenging first run but he was unable to complete his next run.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Megan McJames won the women's giant slalom on Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at stormy Sugarloaf Mountain.
It was her first national title after seven podium finishes.
The two-time Olympian finished with a combined time of 2:05.03, with Dartmouth's Foreste Peterson .33 seconds off the pace. Patricia Mangan, a U.S. ski team member with McJames, claimed the final podium spot for the top junior of the day.
McJames led after the first run by just .03 over Peterson.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Resi Stiegler and AJ Ginnis won slalom titles Sunday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Stiegler was timed at 1:39.68 for her second U.S. slalom title and third national championship overall. The two-time Olympian won the slalom and giant slalom in 2007 at Alyeska, Alaska. Ginnis won his first U.S. title, beating four-time champion and U.S. ski team captain David Chodounsky by 0.15 seconds, in 1:35.75.

Maine Athletes Win Gold, Bronze at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Mar 22, 2017
Courtesy Special Olympics

Halfway across the world, Lucas Houk of Portland became a world champion on Monday.

Houk earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

Houk won the Men’s 5K Cross Country Freestyle event, posting a time of 33 minutes, 2.20 seconds. His time was more than one minute faster than runner-up Wolfgang Leithner of Austria (34:15.20).