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Concord’s James Wilkes (8) competes in the Division I nordic ski championships held at Waterville Nordic Center in Waterville Valley on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Concord boys’ and girls’ Nordic claim eighth straight titles – with perfect scores

Friday, February 12, 2016

Make it eight straight for the Crimson Tide, and make it perfect. The Concord High Nordic boys’ and girls’ teams both won their eighth straight Division I titles Thursday at Waterville Valley. And the Tide did it by sweeping the top four spots in both the classic and freestyle races giving both the boys’ and girls perfect scores of 788. …

D-III Nordic championships: Kearsarge girls take title; Bow runner-up for both boys and girls

Friday, February 12, 2016

A year ago, the Kearsarge girls’ Nordic ski team had a tiny taste of what it might be like to lift the championship plaque, finishing runner-up to a powerhouse White Mountains team. On Thursday night, that championship plaque was run around Kearsarge Regional High for the first time in the program’s history, after …

Concord boys’ Alpine third in D-I; Hopkinton boys’ Alpine fourth in D-IV

Friday, February 12, 2016

All season long, it was Bedford, Portsmouth and Concord battling it out on the slopes around New Hampshire. But because of the uncooperative weather forcing so many races to be canceled, the big three hadn’t faced some of the other teams in Division I. “I wasn’t sure how some of the other competition was going to be,” Concord Alpine Coach George Golden said. …

Lucic and plenty other Kings score in rout of Bruins

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON – Milan Lucic scored in his return to Boston, Drew Doughty had a power-play goal for his 300th career point and the Los Angeles Kings had nine goal scorers in a 9-2 rout of the Bruins on …

Bucks slip by Celtics on free throw with less than a second left

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Greg Monroe isn’t used to being out of the starting lineup. Benched at the start of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks center responded with a huge game. He scored 29 and …

Panthers’ Newton dismisses criticism of Super Bowl postgame behavior

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton isn’t apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl. The league’s MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the …

NASCAR changes structure to charter-based system; race field cut to 40

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. …

Decreasing number of TV subscribers a concern at ESPN

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES – ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round …

Source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on …

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball found out that he wouldn’t face felony charges after an apparent argument with …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NBA Bulls guard Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee sprain CHICAGO – Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a strained left knee and will be replaced in this weekend’s All-Star Game by Chicago …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Freshman results The Concord (9-2) girls’ freshman basketball team defeated Dover, 55-13. Helen Massah scored 14 points and Ananya Nadeau pitched in eight. Crystal Federico did a great job boxing out, rebounding and getting steals on the defensive end. Concord Rec programs Concord Parks and Recreation will be …

Center Conway’s Doherty carves out name for himself in biathlon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

One of the most decorated young athletes in biathlon history isn’t from Russia or Norway or even Germany. No, he hails from Center Conway, and views intense mountain training sessions as nothing more than glorified “exploring.” Sean Doherty, …