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Despite a slow start to the season for both the Roush Fenway Racing team and himself, Greg Biffle (left) has found reason to smile lately, as he has finished in the top 10 in the last three races and currently owns the final spot in the Chase for the Cup.

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when 16 drivers line up in Chicago with hopes for a championship, he’ll be one of them. “We’re really excited about our last … 0

Hamilton drives in three runs as Angels beat Red Sox, 8-3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON – Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBI, Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, to increase their AL West lead last night. Hamilton was in a 5-for-41 slump with 18 strikeouts but hit two sacrifice … 0

Brady ready for increased action against Carolina

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady left the practice field yesterday and for the first time this season strode through the locker room to the media-room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. The New England Patriots quarterback hardly minds the extra steps. It signals the end of … 0

UNH men’s hockey associate head coach Tortorella leaving

Thursday, August 21, 2014

University of New Hampshire men’s hockey associate head coach Jim Tortorella will be leaving the team’s bench, Coach Dick Umile announced yesterday. Tortorella will be leaving to pursue a career outside of hockey as chief operating officer at the Foundation House in Portland, Maine, which supports recovering alcoholics … 0

PAT experiment: 8 missed extra points

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Reviews have been mixed around the league for the NFL’s experiment with longer kicks on extra points. Regardless, it appears there’s a future for them. Eight kicks from the longer distance – usually 33 … 0

Hoyer beats injury, Manziel to win starting job

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BEREA, Ohio – Brian Hoyer defied long odds – and stiff-armed Johnny Football – to keep his dream job. Through sweat and tears, he fought his way back from a serious knee injury only to be faced with … 0

Jim Kelly’s follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received encouraging news in his battle with cancer. An initial physical exam showed no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Dr. … 0

Tony Stewart to skip third race since Ward’s death

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Stewart’s decision was announced yesterday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him … 0

Berti’s grand slam caps big offensive night for Fisher Cats

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Andy Burns and Brad Glenn drilled two-run homers in the top of the sixth and Jon Berti hit a grand slam in the seventh as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rolled to an 8-2 road win over the Trenton Thunder last night. With two outs in the sixth, … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, August 21, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Kent State starting center Bitsko dies at 21 CLEVELAND – Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died yesterday. The police believe he passed … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Local golfer Concord Country Club’s Matt Arvantits finished tied for ninth place in the New England PGA Championship at Golf Club of New England in Stratham, finishing with a score of 4 over par. Mojalaki golf Kathy Kuhn and Rosie Dennerly placed first in the Mojalaki ladies’ fun … 0

Las Vegas spoils Mo’ne’s night, beats Philly, 8-1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers, lefty reliever Austin Kryszczuk got out of two big jams, and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and star pitcher Mo’ne Davis, 8-1, in the Little League World … 0

Rain washes out trucks race at Bristol Speedway

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rain washed out NASCAR’s Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway last night. The race has been rescheduled for this morning at 10. Defending race champion Kyle Busch is set to start up front after winning his fourth pole of the season earlier in the … 0