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Armed and Ready: Newport Arm Wrestler Takes Game Internationally

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Newport — Don’t think taking a risk brings reward? Cathy Merrill begs to differ. The longtime Newport-area resident plans to be in Malaysia in late September for the World Armwrestling Federation championships. She wouldn’t be going if she hadn’t won four different divisions at last month’s U.S. Armwrestling Federation nationals in Las Vegas. Of course, she wouldn’t have made it …

From ‘99ers’ to ‘15ers’: U.S. Women Look to Carve Own Identity

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia — There’s a shadow hanging over the U.S. team as it prepares for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final with Japan. It’s big …

Astros Sink Red Sox in Extras

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston — First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker’s hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking …

No Translation Necessary on the Court; International Players Impress Vt. High School Basketball Stars

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Woodstock — Basketball in summer? Why not? Especially when it’s this good. The Vermont Twin States team welcomes as much tough competition as it can get as it prepares for the upcoming all-star game against New Hampshire, and …

This Defense Never Rests: Once an Offensive Juggernaut, U.S. Stopping Its Way to the Top

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montreal — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, …

Time for NASCAR To Silence Racist Past

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Banning the Confederate flag from NASCAR tracks needs to start now. As in right now. As in this weekend in Daytona at the Coke Zero 400. What better place than the birthplace of NASCAR to sound the death knell of a racist symbol that has littered NASCAR tracks …

Simple Is Best When Considering Short Game Plan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How do you go about selecting what type of short game shot to select? Is it a pitch shot, a chip shot, a bump-and-run or something more? It’s like creating an appetizer menu of food for an Independence …

TSAC’s Thompson Wins

Thursday, July 2, 2015

South Burlington, Vt. — Everything Thor’s Stone Athletic Club competitor Valerie Thompson touched turned to gold — medals, that is — during last weekend’s Vermont Senior Games track and field meet at South Burlington High School. Thompson, 57, won four events, setting a personal best in one of …

Porcello, Red Sox Shellacked in Toronto

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Toronto — Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue …

Industry Gives Trump a DQ

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because “they know I’m right.” Four leading golf organizations said he’s wrong. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump’s views on Mexican immigrants and …

V. Williams on Fire at Toasty Tournament

Thursday, July 2, 2015

London — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. At age 35, 21 years removed from her first …

Blatter: My Conscience Is Clear

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Berlin — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said in a magazine interview that he is not corrupt and that he has a “clear conscience” despite corruption investigations into world soccer’s governing body. “Whoever accuses me of being corrupt has to prove it to me first. But nobody can …

Japan Advances on Injury-Time Own Goal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …