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Pittsfield's Emily Dunagin plays the ball at the net during a match against Belmont at Pittsfield Middle-High School on Monday, September 22, 2104.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Belmont volleyball team serves up 3-0 victory over Pittsfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PITTSFIELD – Once again, the Belmont volleyball team needed only three sets to decide the outcome. And this time, it was a winning one. After three of their first four matches ended in sweeps (only one in Belmont’s favor), the Red Raiders dispatched Pittsfield, 3-0, last night to improve to 2-3. Incredible service (14 aces) team-wide and 16 assists from sophomore setter Emily Laflam (who also added two aces and three kills) sparked the Red Raiders, who are rounding into form after a shaky start to the season. Though they are still below .500 on the season, Belmont Coach Melissa Miner believes this is a … 0

Patriots offense still struggling after three games

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for running backs. The wide receivers, other than Julian Edelman, have contributed little. The tight end … 0

Kicking game: It is called football, after all

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn’t decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan. The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial … 0

Helping those in need through New Hampshire Tackles Hunger football games

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The annual New Hampshire Tackles Hunger football games are this weekend. Bring non-perishable food items to high school football games as the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and WMUR-TV team up with the New Hampshire Food Bank to help feed the hungry. Items needed include peanut butter, jelly, … 0

Team Penske in command of the Chase after two races

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As Brad Keselowski flaunted his fast car by leading session after session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took a good-natured swipe at his teammate by asking him via Twitter to slow down. The … 0

NFL vetting process: There are no sure things

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By the time the typical player signs an NFL contract, around 100 scouts, coaches and general managers have pored over his history. It’s an expensive, painstaking and time-consuming process that includes personality tests, conversations with high school friends, … 0

Owner: ‘No misinformation’ by Ravens on Rice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NFL Chargers RB Woodhead out for year SAN DIEGO – Chargers Coach Mike McCoy said running back Danny Woodhead has a broken lower right leg and will miss the rest of the season. Woodhead was hurt on the … 0

UNH football moves up in polls; UNH hockey fifth in preseason poll

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The University of New Hampshire football team moved up in the polls after beating fellow top-20 Richmond on Saturday. The Wildcats (2-1) moved from seventh to fourth in The Sports Network FCS top 25, sitting behind North Dakota State, Eastern Washington and Coastal Carolina. UNH is now seventh, … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JV results The Concord High JV field hockey team lost to Winnacunnett, 1-0. Jessie Reed played strong for the attack. Katelyn Butler had 10 saves in net. ∎ The Concord JV football team (3-0) defeated Lebanon, 27-0. Chase Haines, Leo Vasquez and Reid Ljungholm led the defense. Jake Lewis, … 0

LeBron fan can return to arena after team ends ban

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The LeBron James fan banned from Cavaliers games after he ran onto the court in 2013 is now permitted inside Quicken Loans Arena. Wearing a T-shirt that said: “We Miss You, 2014 Come Back,” James Blair spent a … 0

Crazy afternoon at Loudon scrambles the Chase field

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The moment the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format was unveiled, it came with a certainty: With eliminations looming, the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would get crazy. As expected, the Sylvania 300 was … 0

Logano warms to NHMS after Chase race victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

LOUDON – Joey Logano is the first to admit New Hampshire is far from his favorite place to race. The New England native won his first-ever Sprint Cup race at the Magic Mile in 2009 – albeit a … 0