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Cornell softball coach Dick Blood congratulates Karlie Mellott (16) after her home run during a doubleheader against Dartmouth in Hanover on Saturday, April 4, 2015. 

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Softball coaching legend Dick Blood calls it a career

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dick Blood really didn’t want much to do with softball. Coach girls? No thanks. Now, nearly 40 years later and four games away from retirement, the soft-spoken coach can’t imagine his life without it. After 15 years at the Hopkinton High helm, stints at New Hampshire College (now SNHU) and Dartmouth, and the last 20 seasons at Cornell, Blood is …

Lough homers in 10th, Orioles top Red Sox, 5-4, to end 5-game skid

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BALTIMORE – David Lough hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, last night to end a five-game losing streak. Minutes earlier, with Baltimore closer Zach Britton trying to secure a victory for Wei-Yin Chen, …

High schools: Track teams jump right in at MV Invitational

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PENACOOK – Yesterday’s Merrimack Valley Invitational, a 32-team non-scoring meet, provided an opportunity for athletes to compete in all 18 track and field events. That chance to compete didn’t come a moment too soon. Just ask any high jumper. Or pole vaulter. Or for that matter, the entire Kearsarge track team. Kearsarge’s Zach …

Downing named UNH MVP; MacDonald picked as 2015-16 captain

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team acknowledged its best player from last year while getting itself ready for the next one. Grayson Downing was named team MVP at the Wildcats’ awards banquet yesterday, while rising senior Collin MacDonald was tabbed as the team’s captain for next …

First round of NBA playoffs seems way too easy for LeBron

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The first round of the NBA playoffs seems too easy for LeBron James. He’s never lost a first-round series. His teams are 39-7 in first-round games. And when Cleveland visits Boston in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference …

Bayless’s layup at buzzer gives Bucks 92-90 win over Bulls

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Jerryd Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass, lifting Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over Chicago yesterday, drawing the Bucks within 3-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series. With 1.3 seconds left, Jared Dudley …

Outdoor Adventures: Odds and ends over the frost heaves

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New …

Islanders beat Capitals, 3-1, to force Game 7

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals, 3-1, yesterday to force Game 7 in the first-round playoff series. Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and assist, …

Harvey lead Mets past Yankees and struggling Sabathia

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game, earning his first win against the team he rooted for growing up and leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory yesterday over the crosstown Yankees. Kevin …

Seven players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl

Saturday, April 25, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox each lost yesterday without playing a game. Four members of the Royals and three from the White Sox were punished for their roles in a series-opening …

Monarchs strike early, late to take 2-0 lead over Portland

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Manchester Monarchs extended their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series lead with a 6-2 victory over the Portland Pirates yesterday. Manchester now leads the best-of-five series 2-0. The Monarchs set the tone early, with Michael Mersch and Jordan Weal scoring within the first 30 seconds. Portland cut the gap …

Fisher Cats go batty in 10-5 victory over Binghamton

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run, K.C. Hobson went 5-for-5 and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rapped 20 hits in a 10-5 victory yesterday over the Binghamton Mets. The teams traded single runs in the first inning before the Fisher Cats broke it open with three in …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 25, 2015

JV result The Hillsboro-Deering JV baseball team defeated Kearsarge, 11-1. The Hillcats went to bat 32 times, scattering 15 hits. Jake Dyer was strong on the mound, giving up only three hits while striking out 11. Ryan Hayes was solid behind the plate, while Justin Learn, Garrett Miller, …