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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, speaks with Bill Belichick after the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the news first broke, deflategate or ballghazi or whatever you want to call it felt like just another Patriots witch hunt fueled by envy and imagination. Not now. Not after multiple reports that 11 of New England’s 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 PSI in the first half, yet none of the Colts’ balls were under-inflated and none of the second-half balls lost any pressure, details Belichick didn’t …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. In an unscheduled availability yesterday afternoon, eight …

UNH’s hot start cooled off by Maine goalie in 4-0 loss

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DURHAM – Time is slipping away from the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, and the Wildcats took the Whittemore Center ice like they knew it. UNH attacked Maine from the opening faceoff, zipping through the Black Bears defense and peppering goalie Matt Morris with chance after chance that had the wired fans ready to erupt. Go figure, that in a season …

UNH men’s hockey team blows lead in 6-4 loss at Maine

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team blew a two-goal first-period lead and lost to Maine, 6-4, last night in Orono. After falling behind 1-0 just 47 seconds into the game, UNH (8-13-2, 3-7-1) regrouped to take a 3-1 lead on goals by Kyle Smith (his second) …

Concord’s Brown makes finals, finishes 16th in World Cup skeleton

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In just his third World Cup event, Concord’s Kyle Brown qualified for the second-run final round for the first time yesterday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Brown completed the first run in 1:09.82 to finish among the top 20, …

Bode Miller skips Kitzbuehel downhill after back surgery

Saturday, January 24, 2015

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Bode Miller will not compete in a downhill in Austria today, leaving him without a World Cup race this season before the world championships in the U.S. in 10 days. A day after a strong …

Monarchs lose to Bruins, 2-1, in overtime

Saturday, January 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Manchester Monarchs surrendered a power-play goal in overtime as they fell in their final game before the All-Star break, losing 2-1 at Providence last night. Brian O’Neill put the Monarchs ahead, 1-0, with 16 seconds remaining in the first period when he took a …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, January 24, 2015

MOTORSPORTS Martin among inductees into Hall of Fame DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Retired NASCAR driver Mark Martin and former motocross star Ricky Carmichael are among the 2015 inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The seven-member class also includes off-road racer Walker Evans, six-time NHRA champion …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Unified result The Hopkinton Unified basketball team beat Hanover, 40-31. Ellie Coe led Hopkinton with 12 points followed by Alin Leeming with eight and Amara Meister with four. David Colby scored his first two points playing in his final game with the Hawks. JV results The Hopkinton JV …

Looking back: Federer’s Australian Open over after loss to Seppi

Saturday, January 24, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer will look back on it and wonder, just as he did on court, why he just watched as Andreas Seppi went down the line and ended his streak of reaching the Australian Open …

High schools: No victories, but a ‘good day’ for Belmont Alpine skiers

Friday, January 23, 2015

Early rains made for tough conditions at yesterday’s slalom at Guntock in Gilford. But the Belmont High Alpine team wasn’t about to make excuses. Instead, the Red Raiders dug in and let their training session from Tuesday – …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, January 23, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ HOOP (3) The Bears beat Merrimack Valley to move to 8-0 and avenge last year’s finals loss. 2. BISHOP BRADY GIRLS’ HOOP (2) The 8-0 Green Giants will be tested tonight at 6-2 Goffstown. 3. CONCORD GIRLS’ …

UNH hockey: With Hockey East position growing crucial, Wildcats look to sweep Maine

Friday, January 23, 2015

DURHAM – There’s a board set up inside the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team’s locker room. Coach Dick Umile hates it. Can’t stand the sight of it. But he wants his team to look at it. It’s the Hockey East standings, with Boston University and UMass …