Sports

Marauders March On: Hanover Wins 33rd Straight Match to Reach D-II Final

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hanover — They’re back. The Hanover High girls tennis team defeated upset-minded Bishop Brady, 7-2, at Storrs Pond on Friday to earn a return trip to the New Hampshire Division II state championship game Wednesday in Bedford, where the defending champion Marauders will play No. 1 Portsmouth. Second-seeded Hanover, undefeated this season and last, stopped a sixth-seeded Bishop Brady team …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Softball Earns Unusual Sweep

Friday, May 29, 2015

Woodstock — Two games, two opponents, 13 innings and a combined 56 runs later, the Woodstock Union High softball team swept a home doubleheader on …

Commentary: Montreal Deserves Another Turn at the Plate

Friday, May 29, 2015

For many baseball fans, the lasting image of the Montreal Expos is a cash-strapped team that played before mostly empty seats in a sterile stadium …

U.S.-Swiss Raids on FIFA Timed for Effect

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bern, Switzerland — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport’s governing body, …

FIFA Facing the Nuclear Option: A Boycott of the World Cup

Friday, May 29, 2015

The fallout from the FIFA arrests has only just begun, with renewed calls from politicians and soccer officials for president Sepp Blatter to step down. That’s unlikely: Blatter is expected to win re-election to a fifth term in …

Vindication? Not Exactly

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Wearing a black NBA Finals cap and white team T-shirt, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob waved to a cheering crowd at Oracle Arena as confetti fell all around. Lacob, booed off the same floor …

And Now, We Wait

Friday, May 29, 2015

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors’ clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. “You know what we do …

Bylsma Buffalo- Bound

Friday, May 29, 2015

Buffalo, n.y. — A week after losing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres went with another experienced Stanley Cup winner by hiring Dan Bylsma to become their next coach. The hiring was announced Thursday, after the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach spent a second consecutive day meeting with …

Luminaries Facing New Challenges

Friday, May 29, 2015

Paris — For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set. For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later …

Citing Lack of Trust, Bulls Cut Ties With Thibodeau

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chicago — In five seasons under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls soared to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were collecting championships. They never got to the top with him, and now he is out. The Bulls fired Thibodeau on Thursday, parting ways …

Baseball Expanded Standings

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away New York 25 22 .532 — — 4-6 W-3 12-10 13-12 Tampa Bay 24 24 .500 1½ 4 4-6 L-5 14-16 10-8 Baltimore 22 24 .478 2½ 5 5-5 W-1 14-10 8-14 Boston 22 26 .458 3½ 6 4-6 W-1 10-12 12-14 Toronto 22 27 .449 4 6½ 5-5 L-1 14-12 8-15 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Kansas City 28 18 .609 — — 5-5 L-4 17-7 11-11 Minnesota 28 18 .609 — — 8-2 W-5 17-6 11-12 Detroit 28 20 .583 1 — 5-5 W-2 14-12 14-8 Chicago 21 25 .457 7 6 3-7 L-1 12-10 9-15 Cleveland 21 25 .457 7 6 7-3 W-1 10-14 11-11 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Houston 30 18 .625 — — 5-5 L-1 15-10 15-8 Seattle 23 23 .500 6 4 7-3 W-3 11-10 12-13 Los Angeles 23 24 .489 6½ 4½ 4-6 L-2 11-11 12-13 Texas 23 25 .479 7 5 7-3 L-2 6-14 17-11 Oakland 17 32 .347 13½ 11½ 4-6 L-2 6-16 11-16 Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 12, Texas 3Chicago White Sox 5, Toronto 3, 10 innings N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City …

Rookie Guards Learning Pats’ Ropes Together

Friday, May 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy: No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath …

Lefty Wins Boston Debut

Friday, May 29, 2015

Arlington, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 7 2⁄ 3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil …