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The boys wave leaves the starting line in yesterday's cross country meet at Pembroke Academy.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Late goal propels MV boys’ soccer team past John Stark, 2-1

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Take two teams with similar records and at similar stages of development and what do you get? A one-goal game decided in the final 15 minutes of play. John Stark (2-4) pulled even with Merrimack Valley (2-3) in the 65th minute of yesterday’s Division II boys’ soccer match, and two minutes later, the Valley answered back to come away with … 0

Championship chases continue to take shape in NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Urgency at Loudon in September isn’t anything new. But there’s a new wrinkle for the fans showing up from all around New England and beyond to take in the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the Championship race on Sunday. The prospect of cutdowns to the Chase field looms. There are two races left, at … 0

Castillo steady but Red Sox fall to Pirates, 9-1

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Rusney Castillo drilled a sharp grounder to second base and took off. Three seconds later the future of the Boston Red Sox was standing on first base. If the Cuban-born prospect was overwhelmed by the stage, he hardly looked it. Nine months after defecting and barely three weeks removed from signing … 0

Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman … 0

Tim Dahlberg column: Time for Goodell to really say something

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has spent some time in jail for abusing women himself, was speaking some truth when he briefly rose to Ray Rice’s defense last week while trying to sell some pay-per-views for his latest fight. … 0

Cardinals’ Dwyer arrested on assault charges

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested yesterday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of … 0

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK – The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact – this weekend – the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players’ union … 0

Baseball: Dodgers blasted, see lead fall to two

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBI – five in an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias – and the Colorado Rockies routed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-2, yesterday. The loss left the NL West-leading Dodgers two games ahead of San Francisco. Morneau had … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FSU benches Winston for first half vs. Clemson TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women, and Florida State … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, September 18, 2014

JV results The Concord High JV field hockey team tied Merrimack, 2-2. Ella Fabozzi scored both goals and Angelica Carr led the defense. ∎ The Hopkinton JV field hockey team tied Stevens, 0-0. Claire Reidy and Jen Lewis played strong for the Hawks. ∎ The H-D JV boys’ soccer team … 0

High schools: Cheney’s hat trick lifts Bow girls’ soccer team over Belmont

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELMONT – Most players wouldn’t have even attempted the shot, never mind connected on it. But Bow’s Maddie Cheney isn’t most players. With only five minutes left on the clock, Cheney unleashed a strike from 25 yards out … 0

High schools: Brady boys’ soccer team shakes off frustration, ends losing streak

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s been a frustrating start for the Bishop Brady boys’ soccer team. The Green Giants (2-4) have played well, yet they entered yesterday’s game against Mascoma at home with a 1-4 record and a four-game losing streak that included losses to Hopkinton (5-0) and Raymond (3-1). But Brady’s … 0

Merrimack Valley’s Niyomugabo accepts UNH’s scholarship offer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Merrimack Valley senior quarterback Ivan Niyomugabo made an early-decision commitment to accept a scholarship to play football at the University of New Hampshire. “It was an easy decision,” Niyomugabo said last night. “I’m excited.” The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Niyomugabo also had offers from Central Connecticut State University and Saint … 0