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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Pats edge Jets, 17-16, clinch first-round playoff bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and …

Bruins rally for 4-3 overtime win against Sabres

Monday, December 22, 2014

BOSTON – Dougie Hamilton got the Boston Bruins to overtime, and then Loui Eriksson stepped up again. Eriksson scored 2:14 into the extra session, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, last night. Hamilton scored twice for Boston, including a tying goal with 1:31 left in the third after the …

Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics, 100-84

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIAMI – Finding out shortly before the game that Dwyane Wade would be sitting out with a bruised right knee could have sent the reeling Miami Heat into an even bigger tailspin. Instead, it proved inspiring. And the team’s five-game home slide is over. Luol Deng scored 23 points, James Ennis scored 10 …

MV boys and girls both place second at season-opening indoor track meet

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merrimack Valley started the indoor track season on a high note yesterday at the University of New Hampshire. After the season-opening high school meet was delayed a day, both the MV boys’ and girls’ teams placed second in a meet with 12 schools scoring. Pembroke’s boys placed third, …

Preview capsules of the area’s Division II high school swim teams

Monday, December 22, 2014

Bishop BradY Division: II Coach: Nancy Stehno (1st year) Last year: Girls: DNS; Boys: DNS Returning STARTERS: Girls: Aly Senko, Amelia Toole, Bryana Rochenski; Boys: Jacob Faretra, Matt Fogarty, Jacob Smith, Hunter Blake, Curtis Lashon, Xiaoyuan Zhang Top newcomers: Girls: Yolanda Wang; Boys: Brendan Sica Outlook: After failing …

Cowboys rout Colts to end playoff drought

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought yesterday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for passing yards. The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a …

Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins yesterday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home. Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle also qualified, routing Arizona, 35-6, and moved …

Jets players speak out on murdered NYPD officers

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty. The New York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical …

7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game

Monday, December 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay yesterday, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said. The strike …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, December 22, 2014

Alpine skiing Hirscher beats Ligety for third career win on Gran Risa ALTA BADIA, Italy – Marcel Hirscher beat Olympic champion Ted Ligety by a large margin to post his third career win on the Gran Risa course …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Monday, December 22, 2014

Freshman results The Concord High School girls’ freshman basketball team defeated Bishop Guertin, 60-28. Jada Duvert (19 points, 20 rebounds) led the Tide offense along with Catherine Reynolds (11 points, six steals, three assists). Kasie Malone (eight points, three blocks) provided a solid defensive effort. Middle school results …

12-point lead disappears in fourth quarter of UNH’s semifinal loss

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DURHAM – They led by nine at halftime. They were up 12 going into the fourth quarter. And even after their 21-18 semifinal loss yesterday, the Wildcats had a hard time believing they let those leads, and their …

Injuries take their toll as UNH falls in semis

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DURHAM – To their credit, the players and coaches didn’t use it an excuse, but there’s no question injuries played a role in the University of New Hampshire’s 21-18 FCS semifinal loss to No. 5 Illinois State (13-1) …