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This undated photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose with hair loss on its back. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, and officials in all three states say they had to reduce permits because of the impact of ticks.  (AP Photo/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)

Moose Hunters Should Anticipate a Thinner Herd

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, …

Johnson Not Happy Being Just Another Driver on the Track

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Loudon, n.h. — It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Chase to the Champoinship set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s not the best mood,” Johnson said about …

Home Dominance Remains Patriots’ Trump Card

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium since 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that 26-4 when they open their home season against the Raiders …

Custer, 16, Wins NASCAR Trucks Race at NHMS

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Loudon, n.h. — Cole Custer’s first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book. Custer became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in his seventh career Truck Series start. Custer dominated …

Jones Hammers Red Sox

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Associated Press Baltimore — Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Baltimore Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. The AL East champion Orioles moved within two games of the …

Tigers Boost Central Edge

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central …

Hamstring Injury May End Ellsbury’s Year

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team’s most consistent player this year may be done for the season. “I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon …

Pats Big Favorites Despite Slow Start

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they’re two-touchdown favorites on Sunday. No surprise, considering they’re facing the Oakland Raiders. The visitors for the Patriots’ home opener have lost 14 straight games in the Eastern time zone. They …

Those 0-2 teams better get started now

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Minnesota (1-1) at New Orleans (0-2) With Adrian Peterson inactive and the Vikings ranking last in passing offense, the Saints can have some confidence they will get off the schneid. But they need to show their defense can make plays down the stretch; it also ranks last against …

Giants’ LB Aches Create Openings

Saturday, September 20, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — The potential absence of veteran Jon Beason and rookie Devon Kennard from the New York Giants’ linebacking corps Sunday represents not just an opportunity for Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich, but also uncertain prospects against a run-heavy Houston Texans squad. Beason, a dominant force …

NFL’s Female Fans Staying Faithful, if Reluctantly

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chicago — Mary Jo Kane, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and college professor, settles in to watch a football game and finds herself taking a tally of the players — one she’d rather not do, but can’t help. …

Goodell: Errors Made, No Resignation Coming

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New York — More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL’s handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive …

Watch, Rinse, Repeat

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Loudon, n.h. — NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers yesterday could have voted on who should be considered the favorite for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The result would have been unanimous. “Somehow, my car has disappeared,” …