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Merrimack Valley's Sydney Rollins (2) pushes past a Winnacunnet player during Thursday's 18-3 loss against Winnacunnet at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook on May 28, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Tide boys’ tennis team wins epic match over Derryfield in semifinals

Friday, May 29, 2015

MANCHESTER – The moment was impossibly full. Tension, drama, disbelief and release all crammed into a three-second window that the Concord boys’ tennis team flung open in victory. “This was the most exciting, most dramatic win I’ve had in all my years as a coach,” said Concord’s Dave Page, who is in his 11th year as the Crimson Tide’s head …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, May 29, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) won the Seacoast Championships last Friday with 131 points, well ahead of D-I Exeter (106). 2. CONCORD BOYS’ TENNIS (3) advanced to its first D-I final since 2007 with yesterday’s dramatic 5-4 win at No. 2 Derryfield. 3. KEARSARGE BOYS’ TRACK (2) finished third at the Wilderness Championships behind D-II …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins major league debut, 5-1 at Texas

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – Eduardo Rodriguez went to bed and dreamed about his major league debut after the Boston Red Sox arrived in Texas. The real thing last night was even better for the 22-year-old left-hander. Rodriguez threw 7.2 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Friday, May 29, 2015

High school tournaments today Track & field Division I championships At Winnacunnet H.S., Hampton, 4 p.m. Schedule of events: 4 p.m. – (girls, then boys) long jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put; (boys, then girls) triple jump, high jump, discus; 5 p.m. – (girls, then boys) 4x800 final; …

Active Outdoors: Learn something this summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

When was the last time you – just for fun – set out to learn something entirely new, or to get markedly better at something you already do? Too long? Yeah, I thought so. With lives already filled …

New French Open challenges await Williams, Djokovic, Murray

Friday, May 29, 2015

PARIS – For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set. For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath …

Tebow makes his Philly debut

Friday, May 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion. Welcome to Philly, Tim. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spoke to a large gathering of …

With four picks in draft, Celtics have to cast wide net

Friday, May 29, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass. – With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range. The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the …

Fisher Cats rally in ninth to end losing streak at four

Friday, May 29, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Reading Fightin Phils, 3-2, and end a four-game losing streak last night. After giving up a run in the top of the ninth to fall behind 2-1, the Fisher Cats …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, May 29, 2015

NBA Bulls fire Thibodeau, cite lack of trust CHICAGO – In five seasons under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls soared to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were collecting championships. They never got to the top with him and now he is out. …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, May 29, 2015

AAU baseball champions The U13 Concord Cannons won the NH Bobcats third annual Memorial Day Classics tournament, going undefeated during the weekend. The Cannons defeated Seacoast United, 10-3, in the first game. Cam Magerer went 3-for-3, while Alex …

High schools: Concord girls’ tennis team makes quick work of Salem in quarterfinals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

They had won eight straight coming into yesterday’s quarterfinal match. They had beaten their opponent, No. 6 Salem, by a convincing margin earlier in the season. So the girls on the Concord High tennis team were confident taking …