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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 then faded at the end,” said ninth-year Lebanon coach Chris Childs. “It was the first time I didn’t feel like we got …

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 …

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 …

Patriots Plan to Be Flexible at Fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob …

Judge Will Make Call in ‘Deflategate’

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs …

Rays Knock Out O’s

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baltimore — Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs in a 6-3 victory over the fading Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria connected off Wei-Yin Chen …

RG III Heads To Bench

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ashburn, Va. — The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III. “We feel like at this time, Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win,” coach Jay Gruden said, unseating Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie …

Just Like That, Serena Breezes Into 2nd Round

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York — Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top …

Back to the Chalkboard: Undaunted, Clary Hopes For a Windsor Field Hockey Rebuild

Monday, August 31, 2015

Windsor — When you are 66 years old, have been doing the same thing that you love for the last 42 years and it’s taken away from you, maybe there should be some anger, some resentment. Sandy Clary …

Serena Williams Wouldn’t Change a Thing About Her Career

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serena Williams burst onto the professional tennis tour in Quebec City on Oct. 28, 1995, a powerful and precocious 14-year-old with a head full of beaded braids and dreams as big as her groundstrokes. Her older sister, Venus, …

Local Roundup: Bronze for Cox At World Juniors

Monday, August 31, 2015

Singapore — Hannah Cox is coming home with a FINA World Junior Swimming Championships medal. The 17-year-old member of the Upper Valley Aquatic Club swim team closed junior worlds on Sunday by winning a bronze medal in her women’s 200-meter freestyle specialty. After two near-miss podium efforts earlier …

In Role as Cubs Coach, Manny Simply Himself

Monday, August 31, 2015

Manny Ramirez’s official job title with the Cubs is hitting consultant, which puts him behind hitting instructor John Mallee and his assistant, Eric Hinske, on the coaching food chain. But Ramirez’s actual duties are more difficult to define. …

Sox Can’t Complete Sweep

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York — With every swing, a healthy Michael Cuddyer is becoming a major player for the New York Mets. Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the NL East leaders stopped their five-game home …