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Gretta Stack, of Sharon Academy, wipes away sweat during half time of the Phoenix game with Randolph in Sharon, Vt. Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Head Coach Blake Fabrikant read a weather report that marked the temerature at 86 degrees at game time and declared that the game would be played in 20 minute quarters with water breaks in between. (
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A Hot Topic: VPA’s Heat Policy Takes Toll on Fall Sports

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hartford High School Athletic Director Joe James noticed the late summer sun shining down on his school’s soccer field Wednesday afternoon, not long before a scheduled Hartford-Woodstock girls match . By all accounts, it was perfect weather for soccer and even better weather to just be outside — the epitome of summer joy before the dull of winter. Then James …

Local Roundup: Mid Vermont Soccer Soars to First Win

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Quechee — If the Mid Vermont Christian boys soccer team had any trepidation about first-ever varsity contest, Eagles freshman John Sike certainly wasn’t showing it. …

So What’s Next in ‘Deflategate’ Mess?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and …

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEWPORT Coach: Larry McElreavy (2). Last Year: 9-2, lost to Campbell in Division III championship game, 20-6. League: New Hampshire Division III North. Returnees: Senior — Steve Nix (WR/DB), C.J. Lawrence (FB/LB), Noah Wade (RB/DB), Christian Lawrence (OL/DL), Branten McFadden (OL/DL), Tyler Maheu (LS/DB), Cody Gibbs (WR/OLB), Hunter …

‘Lady in Black’ Race Returns to Labor Day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Darlington, s.c. — Kyle Petty was never among the biggest fans of Darlington Raceway, once saying the big oval should be filled with water and turned into a stadium-sized bathtub. Still, the longtime NASCAR racer and NBC TV broadcaster never understood the Southern 500 leaving its historic spot …

Commentary: Goodell, Owners in an Echo Chamber

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After eight months of what might be the silliest sports controversy ever taken seriously, an absurd amount of energy and brain power and billable hours devoted to an unnecessary and misrepresented investigation that never proved a thing, finally, …

Nationals Rout Braves

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Washington — Ryan Zimmerman continued his torrid stretch with three hits and four RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched six solid innings and the Washington Nationals opened a seven-game homestand with a 15-1 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday …

Giants Top Pats in Field Goal-Filled Finale

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and the New York Giants finished off the preseason with a 12-9 victory Thursday over the New England Patriots, who had already won a much larger victory earlier in …

Murray Makes Big Rally at U.S. Open

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New York — Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open’s second round. Murray, after all, is seeded No. 3, owns two major …

No. 16 Georgia Tech Has Easy Time in Opener

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Atlanta — Freshman Marcus Marshall ran for 184 yards and two long touchdowns in his college debut, Patrick Skov scored three TDs in his first game at Georgia Tech, and the No. 16 Yellow Jackets romped to a 69-6 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night. Georgia Tech …

Bounce-Back Time: Lebanon Football Looks to Regain Lost Momentum

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lebanon — Early excitement and late disappointment marked the Lebanon High football team’s 2014 season. The resurgent Raiders and their fans hope that this year’s jubilation will extend into November. “We peaked about week three last year and …

Local Roundup: Sharon Girls Win Season Opener

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sharon — The Sharon Academy girls soccer team won its season opener in commanding fashion with a 6-0 win over Randolph on Wednesday afternoon. Due to new Vermont Principals Association regulations, the teams were forced to play four …

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did …