Sports

It’s Going Swimmingly: Pool Potential Grows for Hartland’s Cox

Monday, August 3, 2015

White River Junction — Here’s the thing about a stopwatch: Make it big enough, put it in the right place and people will notice the numbers on it, especially when they get low enough. The folks who follow Hartland’s Hannah Cox and her pool exploits have noticed her for some time. The 17-year-old Kimball Union Academy senior has talked to …

Red Sox Can’t Sweep Tampa

Monday, August 3, 2015

Boston — James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time. Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and …

Baseball Deadline Dealing Was Must-See TV

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reality TV isn’t really my thing. I haven’t watched any in years, at least since Chicago Cubs part-owner Todd Ricketts’ failed attempt at selling hot …

Season Done For Post 22

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Manchester — The bunt was hardly a surprise. With no score during the sixth inning of Saturday’s American Legion junior baseball game between Lebanon Post 22 and Plymouth Post 66, it was clear to all at Manchester’s Gill …

Sandwich Range Loaded With Goods

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley, N.H., that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak all in the …

‘I Love This River’

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rivers are more difficult to fish than lakes or ponds. Changing water depth and stiff currents can quickly scatter the fish to new locations. Last month’s hot spot suddenly becomes dead water. Winter ice flow also alters habitat by scouring the riverbed, moving cover or eliminating bottom features …

What’s New? Plenty

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New York — Bob Dylan sang about them. So did David Bowie. For 2015, the NFL is embracing the message from those musical giants. Yes, the most successful of American sports leagues is into changes. Extra-point attempts have …

Some NFL Players Who Need to Finally Show Their Worth

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Alshon Jeffery proved himself last year as a prime target in Chicago. Everson Griffen showed his stuff as a sackmaster in Minnesota. Both moved from the “show us what you’ve got” category to Pro Bowl consideration. Here’s a road map to players who need to make the same …

Players Call It Quits in Prime Of Their Careers

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Santa Clara, Calif. — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with …

‘I’m Just the Messenger’: Ex-Player Relays a Computer Ump’s Calls

Sunday, August 2, 2015

San Rafael, Calif. — “St-riike! ... And we’re talking outside of outside corners.” “Ball!” “St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.” Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the …

Marlins Endure a Lost Season

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Miami — Ace right-hander Jose Fernandez is unbeaten and perhaps stronger than ever after recovering from elbow surgery. Giancarlo Stanton remains one of baseball’s top power hitters. Dee Gordon is among the game’s leaders in batting average and …

Merritt’s 61 Gives Him Tie for Lead in Va.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Gainesville, Va. — Troy Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell after three rounds in the Quicken Loans National. Merritt moved to the top of the leaderboard even …

Gordon Would Like to Have a Win in Final Season

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Long Pond, Pa. — Jeff Gordon’s request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of wine, even a track named in his honor. In the final season of his trailblazing career, …