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Tris Wykes as a ball boy for Dartmouth College's football team in an undated photograph. (Courtesy photograph)

First Person: On Opening Day, Recalling Clobbering Coach With a Football

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hanover — It was a fine fall afternoon in the mid-1980s. The setting was the front edge of the home sideline at Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field and I, a teenage ball boy, was frozen in fear. The intervening years have clouded my recollection as to which Big Green ball carrier was scrambling toward the south end zone, but I’m going to guess it was quarterback David Gabianelli. As he hustled for yardage, a Yale linebacker targeted him for destruction. The two appeared headed for a violent collision at the exact spot I was standing, but fortunately for me — and unfortunately for Dartmouth coach Joe …

Dartmouth Hits the Heat, Wins Debut

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hanover — Temperatures dipped into the low 40s Friday night during the Dartmouth College men’s soccer team’s home opener against Massachusetts-Lowell. Fortunately for the hosts, they expanded a one-goal lead at halftime into a 4-0 final, getting tallies to reflect a dominating performance against a foe in just its second NCAA Division I season. The Big Green (2-2) won its second consecutive contest …

Crimson Cruises To Victory

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — Andrew Casten ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns to help Harvard beat Holy Cross 41-18 on Friday night in the Crimson’s opener. Harvard scored twice in a 24-second span in the third quarter to take a 27-18 lead. The Crimson pulled ahead 20-18 on Conner Hempel’s 5-yard pass to Anthony Firkser with 4:43 to go. On the first play …

Champs Sink Big Green

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Notre Dame, Ind. — The Dartmouth College men’s soccer team succumbed to the defending NCAA College Cup Champion Notre Dame, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish, ranked second in the nation, scored a pair of goals in each half with freshman Giorgio Gorini scoring …

Windsor Grad Leads Castleton in OT

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Castleton, Vt. — The Castleton offense sputtered for the majority of the second half, but came alive late behind the running of Hartland’s Matt Rafus, including a touchdown in overtime as the Spartans held off a tough Plymouth State team 20-13 at Spartan Stadium on a soggy Saturday …

Trojans Stop Stanford

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stanford, Calif. — Andre Heidari kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 2:30 left, J.R. Tavai forced a fumble to end Stanford’s comeback bid and No. 14 Southern California held off the No. 13 Cardinal 13-10 on Saturday. …

Pittsburgh Rides Running Game to Win Over BC

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Boston (ap) — James Conner ran for 213 yards and a touchdown to lead Pittsburgh to a 30-20 victory over Boston College on Friday night in the first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the former Big East foes. Chad Voytik completed 10 of 21 passes for 111 yards, …

Baylor’s Dominant Defense Dominates Talk After Opener

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Waco, Texas — Offensive-minded Baylor coach Art Briles spent a lot of time during the offseason trying to convince everyone how good he expected the Bears to be on defense. There are plenty of reasons to start believing him after a strong defensive performance by the No. 10 …

Jack Kraft, Villanova Basketball Coach, Was 93

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Villanova, Pa. — Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. He was 93. He died …

Eagles, New QB Pull Away From Minutemen

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tyler Murphy ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, carrying Boston College to a 30-7 victory over in-state rival Massachusetts on Saturday in the season opener for both schools. Murphy, a graduate transfer who played …

College Football: Crimson Tide Good Enough to Win

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Atlanta — Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia 33-23 …

Dartmouth Notebook: Big Green WR Makes Quick Adjustment

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hanover — When Joseph Cook joined the Dartmouth College football team from a big-time California high school program last year, he brought a not-uncommon assumption that he’d immediately be an impact player. The farther one strays from the …

UMass, BC Renew an Old Rivalry

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The statue of Doug Flutie outside Boston College’s Alumni Stadium was playfully defaced this week when someone — presumably by a UMass supporter — draped a Minuteman jersey over it. Flutie retweeted a photo with …