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Gerrit Josephs of Concord serves the ball to his opponent Andrew Wu of Manchester Central High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, April 24, 2015.

(CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor staff)

High schools: Hopkinton baseball team does all the little things in 5-0 win

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With one pitcher itching to prove himself to his teammates and the other set to pitch for the top-ranked Division II college next season, yesterday’s matchup between Hopkinton and Monadnock certainly had all the makings of a pitchers’ duel. Tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, it was just that – until the Hawks decided to play …

Holt’s eighth-inning homer lifts Red Sox past skidding Orioles, 7-5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BALTIMORE – Batting in the eighth inning of a tie game, Brock Holt wasn’t trying to emulate teammate David Ortiz. It just turned out that way. Holt hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Darren O’Day, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore, 7-5, last night to extend the Orioles’ losing streak to five …

Running backs not facing demise, but still devalued in draft

Saturday, April 25, 2015

There’s an unquestionably rich draft pool for running backs this year. Guess which position is widely expected to go with the first two picks? There’s hardly an argument that quarterbacks hold the most important, and glamorous, on-field role in the world of organized team sports. That’s why Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s …

MLB’s pace of play initiatives felt in TV production too

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When Phil Orlins produced Sunday Night Baseball, a clock started ticking down in his head the moment the last out ended an inning. Now, a real timer counts down in the ballpark during commercial breaks. The networks televising …

Rangers eliminate Penguins with OT win in Game 5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist for a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh last night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hagelin skated out from behind the net and …

Harden scores 42 as Rockets take commanding 3-0 lead over Mavericks

Saturday, April 25, 2015

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 130-128, last night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. MVP candidate …

Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The hat-and-hug routine with the NFL commissioner that has become a rite of passage for many college football stars on draft night is not for everybody. The waiting is the hardest part, even for players good enough to …

Nordic skiing all-state team announced

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three skiers from the seven-time Division I champion Concord girls’ Nordic team qualified for the NH All-State team, which was announced by the NH Nordic Coaches Association this week. The Crimson Tide’s Kate Andy, Jessica Nelson and Erin …

Fisher Cats double up Mets, 10-5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ripped 14 hits, including three home runs, on the way to a 10-5 victory over the visiting Binghamton Mets last night in the second game of a four-game series. Dwight Smith Jr. (3-for-3, three RBI, three runs) got things started with a one-out …

Logano wins his third pole of season

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Joey Logano won the pole position for tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner turned a fast lap at 127.071 mph in the third round on the 0.75-mile oval …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NHL Oilers’ overhaul of front office includes hiring of Chiarelli EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers are making sweeping front-office changes after another disappointing season. Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer yesterday while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 25, 2015

JV results The Winnisquam JV baseball team defeated Bishop Brady, 14-7, as Brendan Vaughn went the distance with 10 strikeouts. At the plate he scored three runs and drove in four. Josh Shevlin had three hits, two RBI and three runs scored, while catcher Bryce Corey and third …

High schools: Kearsarge stages late rally, walks off with 5-4 win over Franklin

Friday, April 24, 2015

It was cold, it was late and Travis Pelletier wasn’t up for watching his team play any more baseball. So with Kearsarge’s James Bromwell charging into third and the ball not even out of the infield with the …