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Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 19, 2009.

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By Don’s Early Light: Soccer Kicking Away Collegiate Mission

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When it comes to collegiate soccer, Dartmouth College’s Drew Galbraith is a know-it-all. What would you expect from the chair of the NCAA Division I men’s soccer committee? He sees all and knows all. That’s why he might appear a bit conflicted these days. You see, the collegiate soccer landscape may be changing forever — a change that may not be for the better. “About a year ago the talk started from the coaches about a year-round soccer model,” Galbraith, a senior associate athletics director, said. “The entire governance structure of collegiate athletics is open now, as we have seen — starting with paying athletes. “The (soccer) advocates see this as the perfect model for …

Playoff Era Kicks Off, at Last

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, as was the case with the old system, will probably cause plenty of complaining since …

Local Roundup: Hanover Golfers Sweep Opener

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hanover — The Hanover High golf team opened its season with a sweep of Windham, Hollis-Brookline and Trinity at Hanover Golf Club’s par-34 front nine. The Marauders’ Pat Dyroff shot a 35 to earn the medal. He was followed by teammates Phin Choukas (36), Josh Goodrich (37), Andrew Keddy (40) and David Lehmann (40). Hanover (3-0) greets Lebanon and Pembroke on Tuesday. College …

USC’s Shaw Admits to Lying About Injuries, Rescue

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Angeles — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school …

Big Green Football Not Big-Headed

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hanover — Five years ago, the Dartmouth College football team was coming off a winless season and its coaches, players and fans could only dream about finishing third in the Ivy League. Now, being picked by league media …

Union Talk Fades at Northwestern

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald flies around the practice field some days like he was still playing. Other days, he gets his kicks by running training camp more like a summer camp. Sing-alongs before practice, a watermelon-eating contest afterwards. …

USC’s Shaw Leaps From Balcony, Saves Life

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Los Angeles (ap) — Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at …

Linebacker Goes From Broken Home to Success

Sunday, August 24, 2014

As John Margist takes his seat at Heinz Field, he enjoys the sensations associated with a college football Saturday. The smell of the grass, the taste of tailgate food, the sound of the marching band playing Pitt’s fight song. Margist settles in and pulls out his portable radio …

More Schools Mixing Beer, Football at Stadiums

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening …

Time to Celebrate College Football’s Dead-Enders

Friday, August 22, 2014

Atlanta — This isn’t another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention. With the start of college football right around the corner, we’d like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where …

New Helmet Tries for a Head Start

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks’ new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A …

Enough Carnage: With Realignment Done, Maybe College Football Can Finally Be About the Football

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Los Angeles — In the children’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is the kid who can’t find a seat when the music stops. In college football’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is probably Connecticut. …

Green Gets Lax Coach

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hanover — After a lengthy search, Dartmouth College announced the addition of Brendan Callahan as the school’s new men’s lacrosse coach on Monday. Callahan comes to the Big Green after assisting at Lehigh for the past seven years. It will be his first head coaching job at the …