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Bishop Brady's Sam Marshall returns a hit during his No. 6 singles match against Lebanon at Memorial Field on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Brady boys’ tennis team loses finale but looks ahead to tourney

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Bishop Brady boys’ tennis team may not have gotten the result it wanted yesterday, but it still came away with plenty to be positive about. After all, the Green Giants wrapped up a week of three matches against playoff-bound teams in what Coach Rick Skarinka described as “the most competitive week of the season.” Although Brady fell in yesterday’s …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, May 22, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) will have one more meet, today at Exeter, before defending its D-II title next Saturday. 2. KEARSARGE BOYS’ TRACK (2) won eight events and finished first overall in a five-team home meet on Wednesday. 3. CONCORD BOYS’ TENNIS (4) is 12-1 and finishes its regular season today at home against …

Rangers’ Rodriguez keeps Red Sox bats quiet in 3-1 win

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON – Wandy Rodriguez’s plan worked very well. He simply kept Boston’s struggling hitters confused. Rodriguez pitched 6.2 solid innings, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense, 3-1, last night. “Really nice pitching by Wandy tonight,” Rangers …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, May 22, 2015

JV results The Concord High JV girls’ lacrosse team defeated Salem, 14-6. Jess Nelson led the Tide with three goals. Morgan Sisson and Tori Pelletier scored two goals, and Julia Ek, Olivia Painchaud, Madysen Audet, Lil Ricket, Brett Stoddard and Brenna Vandersea each added one. Avery Loosigian played …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …

High schools: Levesque shines as Belmont baseball blanks Winnisquam, 5-0

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TILTON – This is the part of the season when the intensity rises and each game means just a little bit more. Fortunately for the Belmont baseball team, the Red Raiders have the formula to meet these higher …

High school girls: Bishop Brady wins see-saw softball battle with H-D, 6-5

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hillsboro-Deering softball team was battling with everything it had to extend its season beyond the next three games. Bishop Brady, meanwhile, had its eyes on a possible first-round bye in Division III. Neither team was going to give up without a fight. Brady (6-6) scored first. H-D …

Red Sox strand 12 in 2-1 loss to Rangers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox had the Texas Rangers’ outfielders chasing balls all around Fenway Park. The problem was they were catching them. The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners, including leaving the bases full in the sixth …

Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON – On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement. “He’s the coach of the Boston …

Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified …

Fisher Cats end road trip with 4-0 loss at Reading

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had just five hits, all singles, in a 4-0 loss to the host Reading Fightin’ Phils yesterday, ending their seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record. Jorge Flores and Ian Parmley each went 2-for-3 for New Hampshire, which dipped to 20-20. Starting pitcher …

Kucherov’s OT goal gives Lightning 2-1 edge in East finals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ondrej Palat had two goals …

Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks, 97-89, in Game 1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATLANTA — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, 97-89, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals last night. Intent …