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Belmont goalie Clorissa Roode tries in vain to stop the final goal against Bow Tuesday. 
(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)

High schools: Cheney’s hat trick lifts Bow girls’ soccer team over Belmont

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELMONT – Most players wouldn’t have even attempted the shot, never mind connected on it. But Bow’s Maddie Cheney isn’t most players. With only five minutes left on the clock, Cheney unleashed a strike from 25 yards out that dipped just under the crossbar, broke a tie, gave Cheney a hat trick and eventually gave Bow a 4-3 victory yesterday over Belmont in a showdown of Division III girls’ soccer unbeatens. “If she can turn and get on it, she has an outstanding shot,” Bow Coach Jay Vogt said of Cheney. “She got a hold of that one and it was perfect. She had a … 0

High schools: Brady boys’ soccer team shakes off frustration, ends losing streak

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s been a frustrating start for the Bishop Brady boys’ soccer team. The Green Giants (2-4) have played well, yet they entered yesterday’s game against Mascoma at home with a 1-4 record and a four-game losing streak that included losses to Hopkinton (5-0) and Raymond (3-1). But Brady’s hard work finally paid off, as the Giants scored four goals in the first 21 … 0

Merrimack Valley’s Niyomugabo accepts UNH’s scholarship offer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Merrimack Valley senior quarterback Ivan Niyomugabo made an early-decision commitment to accept a scholarship to play football at the University of New Hampshire. “It was an easy decision,” Niyomugabo said last night. “I’m excited.” The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Niyomugabo also had offers from Central Connecticut State University and Saint Anselm College. Last year he went 122-for-203 for 1,654 yards passing and 15 touchdowns, ran … 0

Morton, bullpen pitch surging Pirates over Red Sox, 4-0

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Charlie Morton came off the disabled list to gain his first victory since July 2, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-0, last night for their ninth win in 11 games. Sidelined since … 0

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney … 0

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – For as long as he has been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that … 0

Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, last night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards. … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BASEBALL Tanaka likely to start for Yankees against Blue Jays on Sunday ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees’ rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two months. Yankees Manager … 0

Union appeals Rice’s indefinite suspension by NFL

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BALTIMORE – The NFL players’ union appealed the league’s indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

JV results The Concord JV girls’ soccer team tied Merrimack, 0-0. Goalkeeper Srilekha Nuli made 11 saves. ∎ The Concord JV boys’ soccer team defeated Merrimack, 3-2. Chris Ciolfi and Ngongo Mungeta (two) scored the goals. Will Cass played well in goal. ∎ The John Stark JV girls’ soccer team … 0

High schools: Scoring touch keeps John Stark field hockey’s hot start going

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When Jeff Soule took over the John Stark field hockey team his main focus was one thing – “you’ve got to get that goal-scoring mentality going.” That’s not to say that midfield and defensive play isn’t important. It … 0

Patriots not happy with offense after 30-7 victory over Minnesota

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the … 0

Vikings reinstate Peterson; running back denies child abuser tag

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Star running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, insisting he is not a child abuser and wanting “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to … 0