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Concord's Justin Toler returns a backhand shot during the number one match yesterday at Memorial field.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

High schools: Concord boys’ tennis team cruises past Pinkerton into D-I semifinals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Before yesterday’s quarterfinal against Pinkerton Academy, Concord High senior captain Thomas Bengtson told his team “to play the match like you’re playing in the park and just have fun.” Crimson Tide Coach Dave Page urged his team to get off to a fast start during his pre-game talk and highlighted the potential significance of reaching the semifinals. The Tide listened well. No. 3 Concord (14-1) played loose like its captain wanted, took early leads on every court like its coach wanted and advanced to its fifth straight Division I semifinal with a convincing 9-0 win over No. 6 Pinkerton (11-4) at Memorial Field. “I talked …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

High school tournaments today Girls’ tennis Division I quarterfinals No. 6 Salem (10-4) at No. 3 Concord (12-2), 4 p.m. Head to head: Concord beat Salem, 8-1, early in the season. Notes: The Tide enters the postseason on an eight-match winning streak, surviving a stiff challenge from Winnacunnet in its finale, 5-4. They shouldn’t have as much trouble against the Blue Devils. In …

Pelfrey pitches Twins past Red Sox, 2-1

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, last night. After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, 21 minutes, Minnesota jumped on Clay Buchholz (2-6) for three doubles and two runs in the …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BASEBALL MRI finds inflammation in Cueto’s elbow but no major problem CINCINNATI – Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow. Results yesterday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games …

Hopkinton baseball, softball lead group of teams facing big matchups in final week

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Even before they get to the tests of the playoffs, the Hopkinton baseball and softball teams will take a final exam. The Hawks have rolled through both sports this season, posting a 12-1 record (in baseball) and 11-2 …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

High school tournaments today Boys’ tennis Division I quarterfinals No. 6 Pinkerton (11-3) at No. 3 Concord (13-1), 4 p.m. Head to head: Concord won 7-2 at Pinkerton a week and a half ago. Notes: The Tide has rolled through the season, sweeping eight of its matches and …

Twins ride sharp Nolasco to 7-2 win over Red Sox

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s been a rocky season and a quarter for Ricky Nolasco since he joined the Minnesota Twins. The weight of a four-year, $49 million contract proved too much to bear in his first season, and his …

Harden erupts to help Rockets avoid elimination with win over Warriors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HOUSTON – James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game …

James, Cavaliers ailing, but only one win away from NBA Finals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain. One win from taking the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, and one step closer to a title he covets more than any other, James leaned against …

Ducks let lead slip in third before snatching Game 5 victory over Blackhawks in OT

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, last night in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews …

Eager to make best of chance, Stamkos finds scoring touch to lead Lightning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – Steven Stamkos knows what it’s like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL’s biggest stage. It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let …

Sloane Stephens knocks Venus Williams out of French Open in first round

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARIS – A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open yesterday, Sloane …

McDonald arrested for domestic abuse, released by Bears

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police said stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into …