Maine hockey team sets one game for Portland

The University of Maine men’s hockey team will play Boston University at Cross Insurance Arena on Nov. 18.

It’s the only game in Portland on the team’s 2017-18 schedule announced Tuesday.

The Black Bears will open the regular season Oct. 6-7 against UConn at Alfond Arena in Orono. The first six games will be at home.

Maine also will take part in a hockey festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Nov. 24-25, with RPI, Clarkson and Providence.


NHL: The Arizona Coyotes named Rick Tocchet as coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season.

Tocchet spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach, a stint that included consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

The Penguins hired newly elected Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Recchi to take over Tocchet’s position just moments after the Coyotes made Tocchet’s hiring official.

 The New York Islanders hired Kelly Buchberger to be an assistant under Coach Doug Weight.


SITE CHOICES: The International Olympic Committee decided it can pick both Los Angeles and Paris as host cities in September when the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games rights should be awarded at the same time.

Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as favorite for 2024.

PARALYMPICS: The International Paralympic Committee said an athlete – 36-year-old Abdullah Hayayei, a thrower from the United Arab Emirates – died after being injured during a practice session in London, where the World Para Athletics Championships start this week.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Marcel Kittel of Germany won the 10th stage in a sprint finish at Bergerac, France, and Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader’s yellow jersey.

A sprint specialist, Kittel perfectly timed his effort in the final straight to post his fourth stage win since the start of the race, crossing the line ahead of a fellow German, John Degenkolb.


GERMAN LEAGUE: Hertha Berlin signed Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Juergen Klinsmann, after he impressed during his trial with the club.

Klinsmann, 20, a goalkeeper with the United States under-20s team, achieved his goal of earning a contract, Hertha said. The club didn’t disclose the length of the deal.

INJURED PLAYER: Doctors at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, will start waking up an Ajax midfielder who has been kept in an induced coma since collapsing during a friendly game Saturday in the Austrian Alps.


NFL: The Detroit Lions’ status as a Super Bowl nobody, coupled with an aging body, apparently played a role in Calvin Johnson’s retirement.

Johnson, speaking during a news conference in Italy for the Italian Bowl in Vicenza, included the team’s on-field performance as a reason for his departure from the NFL. It’s the first time Johnson has spoken publicly about the team’s lack of success playing a role in his retirement.

– Staff and news service report

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