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Hopkinton teammates embrace an unseen Ireland Tawney after Tawney scored in overtime to defeat Gilford, 2-1, to win Thursday's D-III field hockey semifinal game at Exeter High School, Oct. 30, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In semifinals, Hopkinton field hockey team wins in overtime again

Friday, October 31, 2014

EXETER – Patty Connolly insists the Hopkinton field hockey team isn’t doing it on purpose – the high-wire act, taking games to overtime, letting their picture-perfect season come within one shot of crumbling to pieces. Intentional or not, it’s working. The Hawks don’t know how to make things easier for themselves. But they also don’t know how to pay for their risky style. Hopkinton’s quest for both a championship and a perfect season survived another challenge from a big-thinking underdog, as the top-seeded Hawks got a goal from Ireland Tawney 3:31 into overtime to lift them over No. 12 Gilford, 2-1. Hopkinton (17-0) will play …

High school football: An early start to playoff pressure

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween can be a scary night. High school football teams around the state are hoping it doesn’t turn into a horror story. In this, the final weekend of the regular season, playoff implications hinge on the outcome of nearly every game involving area teams. It all starts tonight with a trio of must-win games covering each division, and continues tomorrow with two more …

High schools: Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team breaks away in second half

Friday, October 31, 2014

They competed all season with the purpose of playing at home when the tournament began. And for the Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team, one home game wasn’t enough. So there was no way the third-seeded Bears were going to overlook 14th-seeded Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tourney yesterday. “For us, it’s been about defending our home field all year,” …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, October 31, 2014

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (with last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS X-C (3) All 7 runners placed in the top 13 as the Bears won their fifth straight D-II title. 2. BOW GOLF (1) They haven’t played …

Bruins slip past Sabres, 3-2, in overtime

Friday, October 31, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Brad Marchand’s status was a game-time decision that paid off for the Boston Bruins. His availability was in question due an undisclosed injury, but Marchand had two goals, including at 1:20 of overtime, and the …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for two years

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston’s …

Former Red Sox infielder Youkilis retires

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOSTON – “The Greek God of Walks” is walking away from the game. Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent said. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World …

Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents

Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW YORK – Baseball’s business season began yesterday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion …

Winston, Florida State overcome sloppiness to beat Louisville, stay on playoff track

Friday, October 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville last night. Florida State overcame …

Saints shake road woes, beat Panthers to take NFC South lead

Friday, October 31, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Drew Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers, 28-10, last night to take over first place in the NFC …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, October 31, 2014

St. Paul’s results The St. Paul’s boys’ varsity hockey team beat St. Sebastian’s, 2-1. Esteban Dardani and Chavez Mbeki scored for St. Paul’s. Tryouts/registrations Bow Athletic Club basketball registration is open for students in grades 1-12. Signups are online only. Go to bowathleticclub.com and click the online registration …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, October 31, 2014

BASEBALL Game 7 viewership saves World Series from dubious distinction NEW YORK – An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape …

Relentless Concord boys’ soccer team dispatches Nashua North in D-I first round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Missing easy chances usually haunts a soccer team, and there’s no doubt the Concord boys whiffed on some easy ones yesterday against Nashua North. But the Crimson Tide created so many opportunities the misses didn’t matter. The fourth-ranked …