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Hillsboro-Deering Zach Rowell (10) takes the ball across center court during Friday’s game against Newfound at Hillsboro-Deering High School, Feb. 5, 2016.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: H-D boys making strides in search of first win

Saturday, February 6, 2016

With their full roster intact for the first time in weeks and another winless team coming into their gym, the Hillcats thought Friday might be the time for their first win of the season. It wasn’t. Instead, it was the Newfound boys’ basketball team celebrating its first victory of the season on Hillsboro-Deering’s home court. The Bears (1-11) opened up …

Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics’ eighth win …

Brown slides to another top-10 in World Cup skeleton

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Concord’s Kyle Brown turned in his second top-10 finish of the season after being recalled to the World Cup skeleton circuit for Friday’s race in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Brown was the fastest American, sliding to ninth place in a two-run combined time of 2:20.38. He was in seventh after the first run, and …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, February 5, 2016

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last WEEK’S rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (1) placed five, led by Kate Andy, in the top seven to finish first at the 10-team Capitol Cup. 2. CONCORD WRESTLING (2) improved to 16-0 in dual meets with a 66-13 Senior Night win …

Marchand, Spooner come through for Bruins in shootout win over Sabres

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Five players on the Buffalo Sabres had a chance to stop Brad Marchand before the streaking Boston Bruins forward finished his end-to-end rush with a flourish. Marchand scored his eighth goal in eight games to …

Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday …

Quebec offers a skiing refuge during unseasonably warm stretch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Squaw Mountain (skibigsquaw.com) in Greenville Junction, Maine really isn’t near to home for most of us. But Greenville is one of the great winter towns in New England. And it’s conveniently on the way to Quebec City …

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend says embattled Cleveland quarterback hit her

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs, according to a police report. The report released Thursday by …

Peyton Manning a Panther? Carolina tried, but failed in ’98

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If the Carolina Panthers had their way, maybe Peyton Manning would be playing for them – not against them – in the Super Bowl. When Manning was coming out for the 1998 draft, the Panthers …

No injury concerns as Broncos and Panthers practice fully

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers had full participation at practice from all 53 players on their respective rosters on Thursday. Broncos starting safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) and guard Louis Vasquez (knee) had been …

Jack Riley, former Army and gold medal-winning U.S. hockey coach, dies

Friday, February 5, 2016

Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. …

Denver (NC) is backing Panthers, not Broncos in Super Bowl

Friday, February 5, 2016

There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver – not Denver, N.C., that is. Instead, this unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. And with the Panthers facing the Denver …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, February 5, 2016

Extreme sports Police: BMX rider Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide GREENVILLE, N.C. – Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra died in North Carolina. He was 41. Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted …