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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 Bears in their season-opening 45-0 win over SMU. “We had about seven guys returning that had played a bunch for us, and …

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 Thursday in New Jersey, the school said in a statement Friday. Kraft coached the Wildcats …

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 nine games for Florida last season before missing the final three with a sprained throwing …

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 …

Extra Time

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rio De Janeiro (ap) — Regulation time doesn’t seem to mean much at this stage, judging by the way Netherlands, Costa Rica and Brazil have advanced through the first of the World Cup knockout rounds. The Dutch needed a penalty deep in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 …

Past Winners, Aim to Solve Bumpy Track

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sparta, Ky. (ap) — NASCAR drivers won’t be shocked if Kentucky Speedway’s fourth Sprint Cup Series race yields a repeat winner or new face spraying champagne in victory lane. Either scenario could happen with past winners Kyle Bush …

Young Players Led Vandy to Title

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Omaha, Neb. — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year was his baseball program’s best chance to win its first national championship. It was the 2014 team that got the job done, starting four sophomores and two freshmen in the everyday lineup and relying on a young pitching …