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Concord’s Skye Reese goes to her backhand for a return during her doubles match in the Tide’s 8-1 quarterfinal victory over Salem yesterday. Reese and Becky Cistulli teamed for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles. Reese also won at No. 5 singles, 8-2. 

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Concord girls’ tennis team makes quick work of Salem in quarterfinals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

They had won eight straight coming into yesterday’s quarterfinal match. They had beaten their opponent, No. 6 Salem, by a convincing margin earlier in the season. So the girls on the Concord High tennis team were confident taking the courts at Memorial Field, but they didn’t cross the line to arrogance. “I don’t like feeling too confident,” Concord senior Irene …

Pedroia’s power not enough for Red Sox in 6-4 loss to Twins

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the Twins. The next four batters reached and the Twins grabbed the lead and momentum on …

Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds yesterday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on …

All eyes on Johnny as Manziel practices with Browns

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BEREA, Ohio – Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same. He scrambled from defenders and zipped passes. He talked to his coaches after plays, and joked around with …

Fisher Cats lose third straight as Pineiro struggles again

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shane Opitz doubled and hit his second home run of the season, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped their third straight with a 10-1 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils last night. Opitz (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s hitting .464 during the streak …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial Day Bash champions The NH Comets 10U team won the Memorial Day Bash tournament over the weekend by going 6-0 and outscoring its opponent, 53-5. Co-MVPs Penelope Ayotte (two wins, two no-hitters, including a perfect game) and …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BASEBALL MRI finds inflammation in Cueto’s elbow but no major problem CINCINNATI – Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow. Results yesterday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games …

Hopkinton baseball, softball lead group of teams facing big matchups in final week

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Even before they get to the tests of the playoffs, the Hopkinton baseball and softball teams will take a final exam. The Hawks have rolled through both sports this season, posting a 12-1 record (in baseball) and 11-2 …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

High school tournaments today Boys’ tennis Division I quarterfinals No. 6 Pinkerton (11-3) at No. 3 Concord (13-1), 4 p.m. Head to head: Concord won 7-2 at Pinkerton a week and a half ago. Notes: The Tide has rolled through the season, sweeping eight of its matches and …

Twins ride sharp Nolasco to 7-2 win over Red Sox

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s been a rocky season and a quarter for Ricky Nolasco since he joined the Minnesota Twins. The weight of a four-year, $49 million contract proved too much to bear in his first season, and his …

Harden erupts to help Rockets avoid elimination with win over Warriors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HOUSTON – James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game …

James, Cavaliers ailing, but only one win away from NBA Finals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain. One win from taking the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, and one step closer to a title he covets more than any other, James leaned against …

Ducks let lead slip in third before snatching Game 5 victory over Blackhawks in OT

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, last night in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews …