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Merrimack Valley senior Cole Remillard jumps up for a shot during Monday's game at Merrimack Valley High School in Concord.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Merrimack Valley stays up in standings with win over Kingswood

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

With the regular season coming to a close at the end of the week, the Merrimack Valley boys’ basketball team is looking towards the playoffs. The Pride (13-4) guaranteed itself a top six seed in the Division II tournament with a 81-58 victory over Kingswood (0-17). The winless Knights kept it close early on with MV leading 23-15 after the …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Girls’ basketball Division I first round No. 16 Concord (3-15) at No. 1 Bedford (16-2), 7 p.m. Head to head: Bedford topped Concord, 53-25, in the season opener. Notes: Concord knows it’s got quite a challenge on its hands, taking on a team that’s lost just two regular-season games the last two seasons. In the early-season meeting, Concord stayed within striking distance through …

Bruins get busy at deadline, land Connolly and Talbot to boost offense

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON – Determined to protect their playoff spot, the Boston Bruins added more offense and grit up front. Boston acquired forwards Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey from Colorado at the NHL trade deadline yesterday, not long after picking up forward Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay. The Bruins also got forward Zack Phillips from …

NFL teams face tough calls with costly franchise tags

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don’t bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it’s tag. Yesterday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players …

Patriots put franchise tag on Pro Bowler Gostkowski

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski yesterday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal …

Titans tell Super Bowl champion safety Pollard he’ll be released

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Veteran safety Bernard Pollard wanted out of Tennessee in his chase for another Super Bowl ring. The Titans are letting him leave so he can do just that, according to a person familiar with the team’s decision. The Titans informed Pollard he will be released, …

Players with off-field issues not sure what interest they’ll draw in draft, free agent market

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON – There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of …

Leissner named America East Rookie of the Year to lead UNH basketball honors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tanner Leissner led a day of recognition for the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team, getting named America East Rookie of the Year yesterday. Four Wildcats earned All-Conference recognition yesterday for their play this season. Leissner, a freshman from Converse, Texas, led the way, being picked for …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NBA Bulls’ Butler out 3 to 6 weeks CHICAGO – The banged-up Chicago Bulls will have to get by without another key player, with All-Star guard Jimmy Butler joining former MVP Derrick Rose on the sideline. The Bulls …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Youth basketball champs The 7/8 grade division 1 boys’ Concord Boy’s & Girl’s Club team (above) defeated the Bow Wildcats, 48-37, to capture the Bow Athletic Club Tournament Championship. Concord was led by MVP Eric Sullivan (13 points, …

Castillo, Betts try to impress in center field for Red Sox

Sunday, March 1, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-foot-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played …