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Plymouth State baseball Coach McManus set to leave his team on his terms

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After 31 years as a head coach, Dennis McManus knows how to create a game plan. For the past three years, the Concord native has been crafting a long-term plan for himself and his Plymouth State baseball program. McManus, who graduated from Bishop Brady in 1969, decided three years ago his run as the PSU head man was coming to a close. He sat on his final decision a year before informing Plymouth State Director of Athletics John Clark. And before this season began, McManus let the public know it would be his final one leading the Panthers. “It was a plan in progress, and …

Lucic’s late goal helps Bruins beat Panthers, 3-2

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BOSTON – The only thing more critical than winning for the Boston Bruins was doing it in regulation. Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat the Florida Panthers, 3-2, last night and maintained its hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. “That makes …

’76 Hoosiers hoping Kentucky can pull off perfect quest

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates aren’t chilling any champagne to uncork in celebration of a Kentucky loss. Instead, the nation’s last undefeated college basketball team is eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club – even if an old rival is trying …

Swihart keys ninth-inning rally as Red Sox beat Rays, 11-8

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Blake Swihart drove in three runs with a triple and a single in Boston’s nine-run ninth inning yesterday and the Red Sox beat a Tampa Bay Rays split squad, 11-8. The Red Sox rallied with eight hits and three walks off minor league pitchers …

Study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK – Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the …

Winnisquam grad Wakefield signs professional baseball contract

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former Plymouth State University baseball player Ryan Wakefield, a Sanbornton native, signed a professional contract with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League last week. The 2009 graduate of Winnisquam Regional High is the first Plymouth State …

Newman’s race team penalized after manipulating tires

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team yesterday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup …

Points harder to come by for NHL’s top scorers this season

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DENVER – When it comes to scoring, Sid the Kid’s pace this season is no match for the greatest by the Great One. Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby is in line to win the scoring title with what can …

Senators sneak past Red Wings in shootout, 2-1

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mark Stone scored the final goal in a shootout, and Ottawa beat Detroit, 2-1, last night. Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris also had shootout goals for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period, and Andrew Hammond, who missed the previous two games because of a lower-body …

Nets take over eighth place from Celtics

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers, 111-106, last night for their season-high fourth straight victory. The Nets moved back ahead of Boston and dealt a blow to …

Tiger Woods plays practice round at Augusta

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods played a practice round yesterday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters. Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, confirmed in an email to the Associated Press that Woods played 18 holes. …

Free agent running back Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. – Free agent running back Stevan Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are in the market for a backup to Lamar Miller. Ridley is recovering from ACL knee surgery and was limited to six games last year with the Patriots. His best season was in …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BASEBALL Blue Jays’ Hutchison to make first opening-day start of career DUNEDIN, Fla. – Toronto picked Drew Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Monday in New York. Toronto also released Dayan Viciedo from his …