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MILLINOCKET, Maine -  When Scott Jurek made it to the top of Mt. Katahdin, breaking the record for the fastest traverse of the entire Appalachian Trail, the ultra-marathoner and his corporate sponsors wanted to celebrate. But what transpired atop Maine's highest peak on Sunday didn't sit well with the people who oversee Baxter State Park.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs' lack of success on the field isn't preventing the minor league baseball team from filling the stands.

The Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, which will host the Eastern League All-Star game on Wednesday, is third in the league for attendance despite falling into last place in the standings.

The Portland Press Herald reports that advance tickets sales for the remainder of the season are up 15 percent for the remainder of the season despite a record of 32-59, with only 13 home victories.

Nora Flaherty

PORTLAND, Maine - Scott Jurek has been busy over the last few weeks. Really busy. As of Sunday, Jurek set a new record for the fastest Appalachian Trail hike. Jurek did the hike - which takes the average person five to seven months - in 46 days, eight hours, and eight minutes. He beat the previous record by three hours.

Mal Leary

AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 100 supporters and Special Olympic athletes gathered outside the State House Tuesday to help kick off the multiple torch runs that will culminate in the summer Special Olympic games in Los Angles this summer.

"Pretty exciting that that torch is starting here in our capital city of Augusta, Maine," said Phil Geelhoed, the president of Special Olympics in Maine, "and going all the way out to LA to be part of that event."

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LEWISTON, Maine - Fifty years ago on Monday, the city of Lewiston was in the international sporting spotlight when world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali came to Maine to defend his crown, for the first time, against Sonny Liston.