Sports

Thetford Girls Return to D-III Final

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Barre, Vt. — Quicker, feistier and much more accurate than Enosburg, the top-ranked Thetford Academy girls basketball team rolled to a 53-34 win over the Hornets in Thursday night’s VPA Division III semifinal at Barre Auditorium. In a rematch of Thetford’s victory in last year’s semi, it sets up a Saturday night fight against Richford in the state championship game …

Ghosts Junior Scares Up a Grand

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Randolph — Levi West will never forget the shot. It was Feb. 13 at Oxbow Union High, four minutes into the second quarter. A jumper …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Skiers Win District Titles

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mendon, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High alpine ski team rode a series of top-10 individual finishes to sweep the Vermont Southern District meet on …

Whitcomb Boys Feel Successful Despite Defeat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

South Royalton — The last time Whitcomb and Arlington faced off in the VPA boys basketball playoffs, the Hornets enjoyed a runaway win in the 1997 Division III championship game. Second-year Whitcomb coach David Fisher doesn’t yet have …

Local Roundup: Newport Roars Past Franklin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Newport — The Newport girls basketball team gave their fans something they hadn’t seen in a while — a home playoff game. Playing at home in the postseason for the first time in eight years, the Tigers edged …

Lebanon Loses Hockey Game, Earns Moral Victory

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

West Lebanon — By the sounds of the whooping and hollering escaping the locker room door afterward, the Lebanon High girls hockey team accomplished much of what it sought out of Tuesday night’s rematch with neighboring Hanover. Hold down the state’s top forward? Check. Play disciplined defense and …

In Brief: ESPN Personality in Trouble

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bristol, Conn. — Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter. On Monday, a Penn State alum tweeted to Olbermann the phrase “We Are!” and a link to an article about students …

Cubs Hire Pair of Ex-Sox

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. — Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis have been hired by Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, their old boss on the Boston Red Sox. After serving as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa during the second half of last season, Ramirez was announced Tuesday as the Cubs’ hitting …

Larger Than Life, Big Papi Has Arrived

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. “My belly hasn’t grown like Panda,” David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, …

B’s Lack Goals in Loss

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Boston — Zack Kassian broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period and Eddie Lack preserved the lead with 13 of his 40 saves in the final period for the Vancouver Canucks in a …

Court-Storming Melee Puts Spotlight on Safety

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Manhattan, Kan. — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State’s stunning upset of rival Kansas, they …

Red Sox Take a Gamble: Pursuit of Moncada Underscores Commitment

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 …

KG Glad to Be Back in Minny

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Minneapolis — Nearly eight years after he left Minnesota, Kevin Garnett’s goal hasn’t changed. He still wants to bring a championship to the Timberwolves. That may not happen as a player for the 38-year-old. But maybe it will …