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Concord's Stephen Moran swims in the 200-yard individual medley during Friday's swim meet at the Concord YMCA, Dec. 19, 2014.
 
(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Fast times for Concord boys, Bow girls in the pool

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Concord High boys and Bow High girls made a splash last night in the first home swimming meet of the season, both going 7-0 at the Concord YMCA. Stephen Moran went home with first-place finishes in each of his four races to lead the Crimson Tide. Individually, Moran won the 200 IM (2:22.2) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.45) – …

UNH faces ‘complete team’ in FCS semifinals against Illinois State

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DURHAM – The Wildcats want to take the next step. Today they’ll get that chance. New Hampshire reached it’s first FCS semifinal last year, only to suffer a 52-14 loss to North Dakota State, a team that went on to win its third straight national title. No. 1 UNH (12-1) will get another …

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves last night. One day after trading their star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics had six players score in double …

Hutchinson makes 30 saves as Jets beat Bruins, 2-1

Saturday, December 20, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins last night. Evander Kane also scored …

Former Red Sox pitcher Bob Stanley named Fisher Cats pitching coach

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bob Stanley, who spent his entire 13-year pitching career with the Boston Red Sox, was named pitching coach of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. The Fisher Cats also announced that Bobby Meacham will return for his second season as manager, and Stubb Clapp – who played for …

Porcello’s memorable moment: getting tossed at Fenway Park

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOSTON – Rick Porcello didn’t hesitate when asked to recall memories of pitching in Fenway Park. In his rookie season, he hit Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in the back with the first pitch of the second inning. “There it …

Red Sox deal Middlebrooks to Padres

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The Red Sox traded third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres for catcher Ryan Hanigan yesterday. Hanigan was obtained by San Diego from Tampa Bay in an 11-player, three-team deal that became official …

O-line comes together for Patriots

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team’s 37-year-old prime asset. Quarterback Tom Brady contributed to the team’s highlight film with a 17-yard scramble that ended in a hard hit …

Presidential fumble: It’s Franco, not Flacco

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BALTIMORE – Call it a Presidential fumble: Barack Obama mistakenly used the last name of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco when referring to actor James Franco in a speech yesterday. Lashing out at Sony Pictures for its decision …

Monarchs score early, often in 4-1 win over Worcester

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Manchester Monarchs scored three goals on eight shots in the first period and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Worcester Sharks last night. Vincent LoVerde started the scoring with the first of his two goals in the period on a power play at 5:44 of …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ALPINE SKIING Nyman wins Val Gardena downhill for third time VAL GARDENA, Italy – American Steven Nyman won the World Cup downhill on the classic Saslong course for the third time yesterday. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won the opening two downhills this season, finished second, 0.31 seconds …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, December 20, 2014

JV results ∎ The Concord JV girls’ basketball team fell to Bishop Guertin, 50-31. Pam Usanase and Lyra Canabano recorded five and eight rebounds, respectively, while Emily Otto scored eight points. Freshmen Catherine Reynolds, Ashley Kelly and Jada Duvert played well. ∎ The Coe Brown JV boys’ basketball team defeated …

From humble beginnings, UNH’s Harris becomes all-time ’Cat great

Friday, December 19, 2014

DURHAM – The production, accolades and broken records have become normal expectations for R.J. Harris, and why not? The New Hampshire senior leads the FCS in yards receiving with 1,483. He’s been named to three All-America teams just …