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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says there's no chance he'll reach out to the New England Patriots about visiting Maine following the club's Super Bowl victory.

The Republican governor made the comment during an interview on WGAN-AM on Thursday morning. An interviewer asked if there was any way LePage would reach out to the Patriots, and he replied, there was "not a chance."

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

BOSTON -  World War II-era amphibious vehicles known as duck boats are carrying MVP quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team through downtown Boston.
Tens of thousands of jubilant fans have braved snow squalls and chilly winds to celebrate the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl title. Many are shouting: "Brady! Brady!'' and ``TB12!''

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots fans filled the parking lots outside the team's stadium on Monday and lined up for hours outside the souvenir shop in near-freezing temperatures hoping to buy Super Bowl championship gear.
The newly crowned NFL champions landed in Boston at around 5 p.m. and received a police escort for the 30-mile drive to their home stadium.
The pro shop at Gillette Stadium opened at 6 a.m., but fans began lining up outside in the middle of the night, just hours after the team's 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press

HOUSTON - Tom Brady thinks his Super Bowl jersey has been picked off.
The Patriots quarterback, selected the MVP of New England's 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, couldn't find his game-worn No. 12 jersey in the locker room after the big win. He told a Patriots equipment manager that he remembered placing it in his locker, adding that "someone stole it.''
After looking through his bags to no avail, Brady told owner Robert Kraft that "someone stole my game jersey." Kraft told Brady: "You better look online.''

Brady Hopes Ill Mother Can Attend Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2017
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

HOUSTON - Tom Brady hopes his mother will be in the stands on Super Bowl Sunday despite dealing with an undisclosed health issue.

Political Football: For Some, Super Bowl Reflects US Divide

Jan 27, 2017
Charles Krupa / Associated Press/file

BOSTON -  Not even the Super Bowl is immune to America's deep political divisions.
Patriots fans have spent nearly two full seasons being reminded of the close friendship between President Donald Trump and their team's three top figures - owner Robert Kraft, star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. That's put some usually united fans at odds over celebrating the chase for a fifth Super Bowl win under Brady and Belichick.
New England plays the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5.

Matt Slocum / Associated Press

A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
While most of the attention between now and the NFL championship game on Feb. 5 in Houston will be focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta's score-at-will offense, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defense of New England, which allowed the fewest.

BOSTON - College football is returning to one of professional baseball's most iconic venues.

Fenway Park is scheduled to host three games next fall featuring teams from New England.

The first game is scheduled for Nov. 10 when Brown plays Dartmouth. It will actually be the third time the Ivy League teams play at Fenway.

The next day, UMass will be the home team against Maine, a first for both schools.

On Nov. 18, UConn will be the home team against Boston College. It will be the 77th time the Eagles have played at Fenway, but the first for the Huskies.

PORTLAND, Maine — Time is running out to bring a minor league hockey team to Portland, Maine, next year.

The Portland Pirates announced in May the club had been sold and was moving to Springfield, Massachusetts for 2016-17.

Godfrey Wood and Brad Church seven months ago said they’d try to bring a minor league hockey franchise to the Cross Insurance Arena. Wood helped bring the Pirates to Portland in 1993.

Cyclist to Ride Maine-Designed Bike on 700-Mile Solo Expedition in Antarctica

Dec 16, 2016
Courtesy of Denise Van Weelden

A fat-tire bike designed in Maine was the talk of Union Glacier Camp this week in Antarctica, where the bike’s rider — Hank Van Weelden of Alberta, Canada — waited out bad weather before heading to the South Pole. From there, Van Weelden plans to pedal this custom-built bike more than 700 miles to the Hercules Inlet.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

On Saturday morning, runners will line up for the inaugural Millinocket Marathon. Not only is it likely to be one of the coldest races of the fall marathon season, but organizers say it’s also the only Boston Marathon qualifying race — that they know of — that isn’t charging any fee, something that can cost a runner anywhere from $50 to $500.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's largest city probably will not meet the deadline to apply for a minor league hockey franchise in time for the 2017-18 season.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Godfrey Wood says an unnamed investor identified earlier as a potential financier has pulled out of the deal.

Wood was leading the charge to bring a team to Portland after the Portland Pirates move out of state. He says it's still possible to buy an existing franchise and relocate it to Portland by fall 2017.

It’s been a big week for the Katahdin Region, with news that the area would be home to one of the nation’s newest national monuments. It’s also home to one of the nation’s newest marathons.

John Hough, is race director for the Bay of Fundy International Marathon, is in town with other race organizers to plot the course for the newly minted Millinocket Marathon.

The two-time defending Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women’s eight rowing crew, featuring Boothbay Harbor’s Elle Logan, won its first race at the 33rd Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday morning.

The heavily favored U.S. squad won its heat in dominating fashion, finishing the 2,000-meter course several boat lengths and more than 8 seconds ahead of the second-place Netherlands.

Team USA was timed in 6 minutes, 6.34 seconds compared to 6:14.36 for the Dutch. Romania was third in 6:16.24 with Australia fourth in 6:22.68.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Ali's Funeral Set For Friday

Muhammad Ali, the man considered the greatest boxer of all time, died late Friday at a hospital in Phoenix at age 74. He was battling respiratory problems.

He died of septic shock related to natural causes, with his family at his bedside, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali inspired millions by standing up for his principles during the volatile 1960s and by always entertaining — in the boxing ring and in front of a microphone.