Sports

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 it got just that Wednesday night at Woodstock Union High School. The New England Colonials International Basketball Club, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization …

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 …

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 …

The View From Purgatory

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For the Boston Celtics to unstick themselves from the NBA’s version of purgatory, all they have to accomplish is something that’s never happened in their storied history. The only roster component the Celtics lack is a superstar. That’s …

England Women Thrilling Nation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Manchester, England — The movie Bend It Like Beckham first got Kiera Burke interested in soccer. During the 2012 Olympics, she went to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium to watch the women’s teams from United States and Canada play a thrilling semifinal. Now the 13-year-old is among millions …

FIFA’s Blatter A Noteworthy Absentee

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Associated Press Montreal — FIFA president Sepp Blatter will skip the Women’s World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when United States officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body. Blatter’s second-in-command, secretary general Jerome Valcke, will …

Local Roundup: Post 5 Conquers Hartford

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

White River Junction — Brattleboro Post 5 jumped to a 2-0 lead after one inning and milked the advantage the rest of the night for a 5-2 win over Hartford in a Vermont American Legion baseball contest on Tuesday at the Maxfield Complex. Hartford (0-3 league, 1-3 overall) …

Bruins Deal Five-Day Goalie to Sharks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

San Jose, Calif. — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender. As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles …

Man Pleads to Using Golfer’s Credit Cards

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Honolulu — A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby’s credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu. Allenby recounted a bizarre saga in January that involved having no memory of what happened for 2½ hours after he left a …

‘Stick’ Meets Destruction

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Crews continue work on the demolition of Candlestick Park on Tuesday in San Francisco. Very little remains of the ballpark which was home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. Developers …

O’s Rearrange Rangers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baltimore — Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the second straight game, and the Texas Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Tuesday night. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also …

All Sorts of Good Sports

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The first Valley News Athlete of the Year Awards are in the book. Last Wednesday night, 25 honorees joined family, friends and newspaper staff members for a celebratory banquet at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon. The turnout …

Serena Slow Start To a Slam Again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

London — As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start. In her first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams dropped three of the first four games. She slipped and nearly …