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Bow's Emily Montebianchi heads toward the finish line at Gunstock yesterday.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

High schools: Hopkinton boys, Concord girls impress at Capitol Regional Nordic race

Friday, January 30, 2015

Race one of the NH Coaches Series went in the books on Saturday, and the Hopkinton boys’ Nordic team found itself in an unusual spot – out of the lead, back in sixth, and behind a local team in Concord, no less. The Hawks weren’t happy, and rather than shake off their performance like the snow off their skis, they let it sit and fester a bit, knowing that even before they could change the standings, they’d have a chance to show their form. Hopkinton seized that chance at the Capitol Regional Race yesterday at Gunstock, with the boys’ team totaling 385 points in the …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, January 30, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (3) The Crimson Tide bested every team in the state at the NH Coaches Series race on Saturday. 2. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ HOOP (1) Undefeated matchup tonight: Coe-Brown (9-0) at Milford (8-0). 3. JOHN STARK-HOPKINTON BOYS’ HOCKEY (5) Three wins in five days (combined score of 25-5) moved the Generals to …

Manchester Monarchs officially headed to California, AHL announces

Friday, January 30, 2015

It had been rumored, suspected and reported on. Now it’s official. The Manchester Monarchs are heading west, joining four other American Hockey League teams as part of a move to California that will create a new Pacific Division for next year, the league announced in a news conference yesterday. Luc Robitaille, president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings, the Monarchs’ parent …

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he’s C-SPAN – minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, “He has that Benjamin Button effect on …

Only Brady, Wilfork remain from Patriots’ last title team

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Vince Wilfork still remembers the joy of being showered with confetti on the field where the New England Patriots won their last NFL title. “It’s something that you really can’t put into words,” he said of …

NFL: Ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said yesterday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As …

Lynch gives most extensive answers of Super Bowl week

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – After a couple of days of giving only scripted answers, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had his most extensive comments of Super Bowl week. “All week I told y’all what’s up and for some reason y’all continue to come back,” he said at a news …

Miller provides offensive lift as Bruins beat Islanders, 5-2

Friday, January 30, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders, 5-2, last night. Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and …

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs. Sharapova

Friday, January 30, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she’s on …

Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season. The announcement yesterday was expected because Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion and one of NASCAR’s most promising …

Red Sox avoid arbitration with OF Nava, agree on 1-year deal

Friday, January 30, 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Daniel Nava on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.85 million. The deal means the sides avoid arbitration. Nava batted .270 with 21 doubles, four homers and 37 RBI in 113 games last season. He also …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, January 30, 2015

NFL Browns receiver Gordon says he was caught drinking CLEVELAND – Browns receiver Josh Gordon said his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium yesterday that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, January 30, 2015

Freshmen results The Concord freshman girls’ basketball team defeated Bedford, 49-28. Ashley Kelley led the offense with 22 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while Catherine Reynolds led the defense with 14 steals. Jada Duvert and Caitlin Kelley rebounded well for the Crimson Tide (7-0). Middle school results …