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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — While skier Lindsey Vonn is making headlines for earning 63 World Cup victories, a woman from Maine is gearing up for her first World Cup race — not in downhill skiing, but in the biathlon.

OXFORD, Maine — A popular drag racing facility in Oxford, Maine, will reopen this coming spring after suspending operations for the 2014 season.

The Sun Journal reports Oxford Dragway owner Jeff Shock and operations manager Crystal Lancaster say there will be a season this year and they will host a drivers meeting on Feb. 1. The eighth-mile straightaway did not have sufficient help to host its weekly races last year.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the New England Patriots are a "less than ethical'' franchise and cemented that reputation with this week's controversy about the use of deflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.

The Republican governor made the statement in Portland while addressing a group of reporters, one of whom asked his opinion about the unfolding investigation about the deflated footballs.

The University of Maine has fallen short in its quest to break the world record for having the most people in one place wearing flannel apparel.

The university had called on football fans to don plaid or tartan-patterned clothing for Saturday's game against the University of New Hampshire. It even gave out 1,500 plaid bandanas to attendees.

The school needed more than 1,090 people wearing two plaid-patterned items to attend the game to break the Guinness world record. Instead, only about 1,000 turned out.

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Sporting history was made earlier this year at the Sochi games in Russia, when team USA took to the ice to beat Russia in a hard-fought, bruising game of hockey, winning their second consecutive gold. But this wasn't hockey as most people know it. This was "sled hockey" - a variation on the sport designed for disabled athletes. The U.S. sled hockey team and its journey to paralympic glory, is the subject of a documentary called "Ice Warriors" airing on MPBN Television Monday evening.