Pro Sports

Showdown Looms for Hawks, Cavs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Atlanta — The Atlanta Hawks are blowing away everyone in the Eastern Conference. Yet, there’s always a sense that LeBron James will be standing in the way when they get to the playoffs. That scenario adds an extra bit of intrigue to tonight’s matchup in Atlanta between the Hawks and James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. The front-running Hawks insist they’re not treating this game any different. Of course, that’s what you would …

Pats, Wilfork Part Ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New England Patriots are letting prominent nose tackle Vince Wilfork walk away, immediately making the 11-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, who restructured his contract last season to remain with New England, announced the news on his Facebook page in a statement to his fans. He also stated that he’s still …

No Criminal Charges for Kurt Busch

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dover, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general’s office ends the criminal investigation of Busch, known in NASCAR circles as “The …

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 …