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Unprecedented $90M gift for UMaine athletics will revamp school’s struggling facilities

The University of Maine’s needy athletic facilities have received a major shot in the arm.

The Harold Alfond Foundation is providing the athletic department with an unprecedented gift of $90 million, the organization announced in a press release on Wednesday morning. It will be the largest single gift to athletics at a public university in New England and among the largest gifts ever, nationwide.

It was part of a $240 million grant to the University of Maine system.

It will be distributed over the next 10 years and is the lead gift in a planned $110 million investment in athletic facilities on the Orono campus. All the money is expected to be funded through private philanthropy.

The transformative gift will go toward capital projects in direct support of the master plan to upgrade the athletic facilities.

Details of the plan will be disclosed at a later date.

Last year, UMaine

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2020 MLB Playoffs: Astros vs. Athletics odds, picks, ALDS Game 1 predictions from proven model

The Houston Astros have reached the American League Championship Series each of the last three seasons, winning it twice. Despite having finished the shortened 2020 MLB season with just a 29-31 record, they took the first step toward a fourth consecutive berth by making easy work of the Central Division-champion Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card Series. The next stage of the process for the Astros begins Monday, when they face the AL West-rival Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

First pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is set for 4:07 p.m. ET. Oakland is the -135 favorite on the money line in the latest Astros vs. Athletics odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Athletics vs. Astros picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. 

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UMaine student remembered for work ethic, athletics, personal style

Regan McCleary, a University of Maine student from Buxton who died Saturday evening, was a quiet, driven athlete and student who excelled in math and opened up around his close circle of friends, his family said.

McCleary, a 19-year-old sophomore, drowned in the Stillwater River in Orono on Saturday evening. A rescue effort with boats and a helicopter retrieved him from the river around 7 p.m., and an investigation by the Orono Police Department is ongoing.

Regan McCleary Photo courtesy of the McCleary family

His family remembered him as a quiet, highly motivated student and athlete whose playful side came out around his close friends.

“He had a good balance,” Kendra, his mother, said in an interview. “He was conscientious, but he also spent a lot of time with friends. The boys.”

In his first year, McCleary earned several academic awards from the University of Maine, including the Alton S.

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