Sports

Rasing Canes: A Bumper Crop of Young Talent Has Hartford in Title Contention

Thursday, May 21, 2015

White River Junction — The temperature was pushing 80 degrees Tuesday afternoon as the members of the Hartford High baseball team sat in a cluster on the left field grass and listened to coach Jarrod Grassi. The longtime bench boss, 42, bears the slightly stooped posture and rounded shoulders of a man who’s raked the infield thousands of times. He …

Local Roundup: Super Sub Leads South Royalton

Thursday, May 21, 2015

South Royalton — Not bad for a sophomore’s first time in the circle. Filling in for absent teammate Emily Ballou, Erin Kondi had her first …

Windsor Wins in Battle of Rebuilding Teams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Windsor — It has not been a season full of victories for Windsor or Woodstock, but there was a bit of satisfaction for both teams …

Astros Remain Hot

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Houston — Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel earn his eighth straight win, and the Houston Astros kept rolling with a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. The Astros improved to an …

.500 Mark Remains Elusive for Red Sox

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boston — Phil Klein allowed one run in his first major league start, Robinson Chirinos hit a solo homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead …

Smith, James Power Cavs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Atlanta — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Intent …

‘A Good Run’: Longtime Hartford Coach Calls It a Career

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

White River Junction — After earning career win No. 300 last fall, 28-year Hartford High field hockey coach Heather Scudder was soon asked about her plans for retirement. She had none, but that changed at some point this …

On a Winning Cycle: Norwich Resident Adds College Title to Resume

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

West Lebanon — The road to cycling success may seem an uphill climb, but Brendan Rhim has been riding lately as if cruising a downhill slope. Two weekends ago, the 19-year-old Hanover High School graduate helped his Furman …

Local Roundup: Hanover Baseball Wins in Extra Innings

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hanover — Down by a run heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hanover High baseball team rallied to win 8-7 in walk-off fashion over Manchester West on Tuesday afternoon. Trailing 7-6 after allowing a run …

Commentary: Kraft Makes Right Call

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Robert Kraft isn’t Al Davis. Far, far from it. So it shouldn’t particularly surprise anyone that Kraft, one of the NFL’s most powerful owners, but also one of those firmly convinced that the league’s prosperity has resulted from …

NFL Changes PAT Kicks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

San Francisco — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more …

At Long Last, Wolves Win Draft Lottery

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose …

Nats Top Yanks in 10

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Washington — Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run shot with two outs in the 10th inning off Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who hadn’t allowed a run this season, lifted the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 comeback victory over AL East-leading New …