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Concord's Nick Dupre heads the ball during Wednesday's boys' soccer game against Timberlane at Southern NH University. Oct. 22, 2014. Concord won, 3-0.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Concord boys show they belong among boys’ soccer elite

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MANCHESTER – One of the preseason goals for the Concord boys’ soccer team was to finish in the top four in the regular season. The Crimson Tide has been near the top of the standings most of the fall, and it was sitting in fourth place in Division I going into last night’s game against Timberlane, which was right above …

Concord field hockey falls in first round, 3-0, at rain-soaked Exeter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EXETER – Rain pelted down sideways in sheets. Umbrellas flipped inside out. And the gusting wind at Exeter’s Bill Ball Stadium sent a soccer goal crashing over just behind the field hockey cage inhabited by the Concord High goalie. It was a day not fit for man nor beast … and certainly not …

Royals clobber Giants, 7-2, to even World Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series. Perez broke Game 2 open with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and the Royals’ own cast of clutch …

High schools: Belmont volleyball rallies from two-set hole to beat Inter-Lakes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Belmont girls’ volleyball trailed Inter-Lakes, two sets to none and two points away from losing the third. What could have ended as a loss in straight sets instead became a come-from-behind 3-2 victory for the Red Raiders …

Giants, Royals rested – and perhaps rusty? – for World Series opener

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, …

Belichick, Brady praise rival Manning on touchdown record

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning yesterday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting …

Scoring going up, but defense continues to make the difference

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Calling it a resurgence would be an exaggeration. Dubbing it a trend would be hyperbole. Still, the way some NFL teams are ramping up their defenses, maybe the NFL isn’t all about offense after all. If balance is …

Keselowski, once again, backs up his brash personality with his performance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Field hockey Division II first round No. 9 Hanover (6-7-1) at No. 8 Merrimack Valley (7-7-0), 3 p.m. head to head: MV blanked Hanover, 3-0, in late September. Notes: A 7-2 start to the season turned into a winless October for MV, but don’t read too much into …

Voynov suspended after domestic violence charges

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely yesterday following the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on domestic violence accusations. Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach provided few details of …

UNH’s Poturalski named Hockey East Rookie of the Week

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Freshman Andrew Poturalski was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week after helping lead the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a weekend split against No. 10 Michigan. Poturalski scored his first career points in Friday’s 5-1 win over the Wolverines. He assisted on a goal …

Bow’s Nerbonne named America East Player of the Week in field hockey

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bow’s Lindsey Nerbonne, a sophomore midfielder on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named America East Player of the Week yesterday. Nerbonne scored the only goal of the game to lift the Wildcats to a 1-0 overtime victory over Harvard Sunday. That effort followed her …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NFL Bills’ Jackson, Spiller out with injuries BUFFALO, N.Y. – The one-two punch in the Buffalo Bills offensive backfield just got knocked out. Running back C.J. Spiller is out indefinitely – and could miss the rest of the …