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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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).

A Quebec musher won his eighth victory in Maine’s biggest sled dog race, the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown.

Martin Massicotte finished late Sunday, completing the race in 20 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. He was followed by two other Quebec mushers, Andre Longchamps and Denis Tremblay.

Race spokesman Beurmond Banville says those three finished within 47 minutes of each other.

“The winner, Massicotte, beat out Longchamps by 17 minutes, and then Denis Tremblay came in 3rd, and the three of them were within 47 minutes of each other after 221 miles,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine - Trustees of a southern Maine arena won't name the four groups hoping to bring pro hockey back to Portland.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Cross Insurance Arena trustees will meet in a Monday executive session to discuss four proposals.

The committee plans to make a recommendation Wednesday on the proposals.

Paul Cyr / Courtesy Can Am Crown International Sled Dog Race

When the 2017 Can Am Crown Sled Dog Race gets underway Saturday in Fort Kent, Amy Dionne of Madawaska will be out there with her dogs. "This year we're kind of taking a step back from being competitive and just kind of doing the races to have fun," she says - assuming that riding a dog sled over 250 miles of frigid, northern Maine wilderness is your idea of fun.

Tom Brady: The Movie? Fans Divided and Foes Say They'll Pass

Feb 24, 2017
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BOSTON - A new book and a movie are in the works about Tom Brady and the "Deflategate'' suspension he overcame to earn an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.

But Patriots Nation seems ambivalent, and the superstar quarterback's foes say they'll take a pass.

Author Casey Sherman and Boston writer Dave Wedge are collaborating on the book under the working title "Let's Go!'' - Brady's rallying cry.

The pair co-authored "Boston Strong,'' which inspired this year's "Patriots Day'' film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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."

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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.