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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo, Kentucky NCAA college football quarterback Patrick Towles waits to be interviewed during media day at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that Towles will be the Wildcats' starting quarterback this season. Stoops tweeted out his decision before Monday's Aug. 18, 2014, practice, saying, "this competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks and I'm confident in Patrick moving our team forward."  (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

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 optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a bucket of ice water on your head. Schools such as Georgia State, …

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 vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting …

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. Or, in the expanded game, toss in Boise State, Cincinnati, Central Florida and maybe Brigham …

Furyk Ties Record, Shares Montreal Lead

Monday, July 28, 2014

Montreal — Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, …

Penn State Hires Ex-Cal AD

Sunday, July 27, 2014

State College, Pa. — Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley. The 54-year-old Barbour replaces David Joyner, who announced he was resigning last month. Joyner took over at Penn State in the wake of …

Local Roundup: D’Agostino Honored For Classroom Work

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hanover — She’s apparently a pretty quick study, too. Recent Dartmouth College graduate Abbey D’Agostino was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s women’s national scholar-athlete of the year for the indoor season on Tuesday night. D’Agostino won similar USTFCCCA honors six times over …

Local Roundup: Russell Trails at N.E. Am

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winchester, Mass. — Evan Russell’s defense of his New England Amateur championship got off to a rough start, but not so much that the Grantham resident can’t still compete for a repeat. Russell shot a 3-over-par 74 to open the three-day, 72-hole tournament at Winchester Country Club on …

Ex-UNH Coach Faces Assault Charge

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Associated Press Durham, n.h. — Former University of New Hampshire women’s hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been charged with assault in an encounter during a game last year. The Strafford County Superior Court Clerk’s office says McCloskey, a former Dartmouth College men’s hockey player and assistant coach …

Local Roundup: Area Golfers Advance at N.H. Am

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — Six golfers with Upper Valley connections who put themselves in position to advance to match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship will be joined by a seventh who had a big second round on Tuesday. Matches start this morning at Stonebridge Country …

Dartmouth Coach Leaves for Stanford

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rachel Hanson, who coached Dartmouth College’s softball team to its first Ivy League title and NCAA tournament appearance this season, has been hired for the same post at Stanford University. Big Green Athletic Director Harry Sheehy confirmed the …

FSU Had a Tech-Driven Title Run

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State was a juggernaut last season, manhandling outmatched foes week in, week out en route to one of the most dominant seasons in the history of college football. The Seminoles went undefeated and won …

Local Roundup: Colby-Sawyer Athletes Named Finalists for League Awards

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New London — Two Colby-Sawyer College athletes, one of them an Upper Valley native, have been named finalists for the North Atlantic Conference’s Man and Woman of the Year awards, a program modeled after a similar women’s award bestowed at the national level by the NCAA. Colby-Sawyer baseball …

This ‘View’ Has Seen It All: Woodstock Sports Journalist Compiles Essays in Book

Monday, June 30, 2014

“The View From The Finish Line” by Bill McCollom; Enfield Publishing and Distribution; paperback; 222 pages; $20 The height of summer may seem like an inappropriate time to read a book filled with columns compiled from Ski Racing …