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Hopkinton teammates embrace an unseen Ireland Tawney after Tawney scored in overtime to defeat Gilford, 2-1, to win Thursday's D-III field hockey semifinal game at Exeter High School, Oct. 30, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In semifinals, Hopkinton field hockey team wins in overtime again

Friday, October 31, 2014

EXETER – Patty Connolly insists the Hopkinton field hockey team isn’t doing it on purpose – the high-wire act, taking games to overtime, letting their picture-perfect season come within one shot of crumbling to pieces. Intentional or not, it’s working. The Hawks don’t know how to make things easier for themselves. But they also don’t know how to pay for their risky style. Hopkinton’s quest for both a championship and a perfect season survived another challenge from a big-thinking underdog, as the top-seeded Hawks got a goal from Ireland Tawney 3:31 into overtime to lift them over No. 12 Gilford, 2-1. Hopkinton (17-0) will play …

High school football: An early start to playoff pressure

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween can be a scary night. High school football teams around the state are hoping it doesn’t turn into a horror story. In this, the final weekend of the regular season, playoff implications hinge on the outcome of nearly every game involving area teams. It all starts tonight with a trio of must-win games covering each division, and continues tomorrow with two more …

High schools: Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team breaks away in second half

Friday, October 31, 2014

They competed all season with the purpose of playing at home when the tournament began. And for the Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team, one home game wasn’t enough. So there was no way the third-seeded Bears were going to overlook 14th-seeded Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tourney yesterday. “For us, it’s been about defending our home field all year,” …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

High school tournaments today Boys’ soccer Division I first round No. 13 Nashua North (7-9-0) at No. 4 Concord (11-4-1), 3 p.m. head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season. Notes: The Crimson Tide was playing its best soccer of the year in the …

Royals rout Giants, 10-0, to force Game 7 in Series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, last night to …

Wild rally for 4-3 win at Boston

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON – It was a difficult but rewarding split for the Minnesota Wild. The Wild rallied with three goals in the third period and beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, last night, easing the pain from the night before …

Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken – and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football …

Patriots praise Manning’s neck surgery recovery

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate yesterday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for …

Patriots trade for linebacker Jonathan Casillas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The New England Patriots acquired reserve linebacker Jonathan Casillas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before yesterday’s trading deadline. Casillas started the first three games of the season before losing the strong-side linebacker’s job to Danny Lansanah, who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Bucs sent him and …

Rondo can’t commit to opening night for Celtics

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. – If Rajon Rondo knows whether he will play in the Boston Celtics opener tonight, he isn’t saying. The star point guard, who has missed most of training camp with a broken bone in his hand, …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NFL Cowboys awaiting word on latest Romo back injury IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo’s dramatic return from his latest back injury doesn’t mean he is cleared to face the next opponent. Coach Jason Garrett said yesterday that Dallas …

Hockey great Gordie Howe resting after stroke

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DETROIT – Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday in Texas. Howe’s daughter Cathy said last night the 86-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend had lost …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Soccer champions The John Stark JV girls’ soccer team (pictured) took home the Hopkinton Tournament championship trophy. Stark tailed, 1-0, after 35 minutes in the championship game against Kearsarge, before tying the score. The game proceeded to two …