Pro Sports

Middlebrooks Seeking A Revival With Padres

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Peoria, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two years in which he clashed with the Red Sox before being traded. “It was tough,” Middlebrooks said Tuesday. “It was a process …

Surprise in Cub Colors: Dartmouth’s Hendricks In Chicago’s Plans

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. — Studying has never been a problem for Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College. The right-hander enjoys baseball’s scouting reports and video work almost as much as being on the mound. So sure, Hendricks noticed when manager Joe Maddon said he was likely …

A Kick in the Future?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington — Major League Soccer careened toward the first work stoppage in its 20-season history Tuesday as the sides in labor negotiations appeared to make little progress toward brokering a new collective bargaining agreement. Three days before the season is scheduled to begin, the league and players union remained locked in discussions with …

In Brief: Harrington Wins Classic in Playoff

Monday, March 2, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Padraig Harrington captured his first PGA Tour title in more than six years Monday when he won the Honda Classic by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation and beating 21-year-old rookie Daniel Berger on the second playoff hole. …

Ex-Dartmouth Standout Dealt at NHL Trade Deadline

Monday, March 2, 2015

General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup. In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As …

Patriots Tag Longtime Kicker

Monday, March 2, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski on Monday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal is reached by July 15, the …

On the Clock: Speed-Up Rules Debut Today

Monday, March 2, 2015

Goodyear, Ariz. — During his playing career, Mike Hargrove’s unique routine at the plate went something like this: step into the batter’s box, adjust gloves, brush lip, tap cleats with bat to remove dirt, check helmet, tug at …

Top Rocket Suspended

Monday, March 2, 2015

New York — The NBA suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston’s 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then …

On Football: To Tag or Not to Tag:

Monday, March 2, 2015

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don’t bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it’s tag. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise …

The Play’s the Thing — As Is the Replay — for Woodsville’s Fagnant

Monday, March 2, 2015

Not much into sports while growing up, Rob Fagnant instead regularly took to the stage as the lead role in student play productions. Today, the Woodsville High graduate plays a huge role behind the scenes for the New …

Minoso, MLB’s 1st Black Latino Star, Dies

Monday, March 2, 2015

Chicago — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, …

Golden State Evades Celtics

Monday, March 2, 2015

Boston — Stephen Curry scored 37 points, making four straight free throws to clinch it in the final seconds and the Golden State Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 on Sunday night. Golden …

Rain Halts Finish for PGA Field

Monday, March 2, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Ian Poulter didn’t realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament. One shank changed everything Sunday. “That just came out of …