Sports

Marauders March On: Hanover Wins 33rd Straight Match to Reach D-II Final

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hanover — They’re back. The Hanover High girls tennis team defeated upset-minded Bishop Brady, 7-2, at Storrs Pond on Friday to earn a return trip to the New Hampshire Division II state championship game Wednesday in Bedford, where the defending champion Marauders will play No. 1 Portsmouth. Second-seeded Hanover, undefeated this season and last, stopped a sixth-seeded Bishop Brady team …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Softball Earns Unusual Sweep

Friday, May 29, 2015

Woodstock — Two games, two opponents, 13 innings and a combined 56 runs later, the Woodstock Union High softball team swept a home doubleheader on …

Commentary: Montreal Deserves Another Turn at the Plate

Friday, May 29, 2015

For many baseball fans, the lasting image of the Montreal Expos is a cash-strapped team that played before mostly empty seats in a sterile stadium …

Raiders Romp on Falcons

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bow, n.h. — It was a victorious but tired group of Lebanon High girls lacrosse players who boarded the bus for a ride home late Tuesday afternoon. An hour’s drive to play at Bow, followed by a lengthy …

Imagine That: An American Who Loves Clay

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Don’t Get a Grip

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A couple of pitchers around baseball were recently suspended using illegal substances while pitching to doctor the ball, and it has brought a long-debated topic back into the forefront. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz were each suspended eight games in the past …

High-Scoring Contests Becoming the Norm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The pitchers’ duels that once dominated college softball are less common with teams across the country scoring runs and hitting homers at unprecedented levels. As the Women’s College World Series gets ready to start Thursday in Oklahoma City, …

All Eyes on Manziel at Workouts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Berea, Ohio — Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same. He scrambled from defenders and zipped passes. He talked to his coaches after plays, and joked around with Browns teammates during water breaks. Manziel is back on the …

Yanks Put KC on Skid

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New York — Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs, Adam Warren pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Tuesday night to send the AL champions …

Lebron, Cavs Earn Finals Spot

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleveland — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost …

Billy Beane Disputes Pitcher’s Claim

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — A’s general manager Billy Beane doesn’t seem to be buying into former pitcher Dallas Braden’s claim of widespread doctoring of baseballs during his time with Oakland. “I didn’t see the quote, but I have no idea what Dallas is talking about,” Beane said a day …

Time to Play on a Holiday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Despite the presence of light rain, Sean Plottner, of South Strafford, takes advantage of the Memorial Day holiday as he tees off on the par-3 first hole of Lake Morey Country Club in Fairlee on Monday afternoon.Valley News …

Newport Softball Gets Better of Mascoma

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Newport — During the fourth inning of Monday’s softball game between Newport and Mascoma, a coiled hose behind the visitors’ bench suddenly sprang a leak, spraying bystanders and prompting Tigers infielder Katrina Batista to jog over and turn …