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CORRECTS TO TARP COVERED, NOT SNOW COVERED - Newly acquired Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, converses with a person dressed as a panda bear wearing a Red Sox jersey, overlooking a tarp covered Fenway Park field Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Red Sox introduce newcomers Sandoval, Ramirez

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON – Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar. “It’s exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz,” Sandoval said yesterday at Fenway Park …

Franklin’s Kaplan makes all-conference team for UNH football team; McDonnell top coach

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Matt Kaplan noticed a buzz in the training room at the University of New Hampshire, and why not? The Wildcats clinched the CAA title on Saturday and were awarded the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs on Sunday. But this felt like a little extra. “The guys seemed to have a lot …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game …

Source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting …

Red Sox delete tweet; second gaffe by Boston pro team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON – Red Sox fans cried foul over an innocuous tweet the team acknowledges was ill-timed – the second social media gaffe by a Boston pro sports team in as many weeks. The Red Sox tweeted: “So how was everyone’s Monday?” The tweet went out a minute after …

Early lead fades as UNH hockey loses to Rensselaer, 2-1

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The University of New Hampshire hockey team saw an early lead slip away last night in a 2-1 loss to Rensselaer at the Whittemore Center last night. All of the scoring came in the opening period – and the Wildcats (4-7-0, 1-4-0) were the ones that struck first. …

Dion sparks New Hampshire past Boston University, 75-68

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DURHAM – Daniel Dion put together a late 12-point surge, finishing with 23 points off the bench and carrying the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team past Boston University, 75-68, last night. The Wildcats (2-2) were nursing a late two-point lead when Dion took over, hitting a …

Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Mississippi State keep playoff rankings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings are unchanged – Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State – heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. TCU was fifth, …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NFL Ex-Redskin Smoot charged with domestic assault ASHBURN, Va. – Ex-NFL defensive back Fred Smoot was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault after a woman called the police to say he grabbed her during a fight at a Virginia …

College basketball: Kentucky cruises again

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Devin Booker scored 19 points for his second career best in as many games, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Kentucky had no trouble with Texas-Arlington in last night’s 92-44 blowout. The Wildcats (6-0) concluded a busy season-opening stretch of six games in 11 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Local standouts Hillsboro’s Tiffany Lewis scored 11 points in the Plymouth State University women’s basketball team’s 67-52 loss to Castleton State. Lewis connected on 7 of her 8 free-throw attempts. ∎ Bishop Brady graduate Riselly Deoleo shot 5-for-11 from the field for 10 points as the Wentworth women’s basketball …

Big-spending Bosox add Sandoval, Ramirez to lineup

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON – The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back …

High school Player of the Season for football

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brendan Johnson SCHOOL: Bishop Brady HONORS/STATS: The senior quarterback set a state record for touchdown passes in a season with 31. THREE FAVORITE THINGS: 1) Friends and family; 2) Sports; 3) Twitter; feel free to follow me @BrendanJ11 …