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Senior R.J. Harris is one catch away from setting the UNH record for career receptions and the Wildcats are two victories away from an FCS championship. Harris will try for the record when the Wildcats face Illinois State in the semifinals tomorrow in Durham at 2 p.m. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

From humble beginnings, UNH’s Harris becomes all-time ’Cat great

Friday, December 19, 2014

DURHAM – The production, accolades and broken records have become normal expectations for R.J. Harris, and why not? The New Hampshire senior leads the FCS in yards receiving with 1,483. He’s been named to three All-America teams just this week. And last Friday he broke the UNH record for catches in a season and tied the school record for career …

Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks for three players, two draft picks

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas last night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, …

Pembroke, Concord boys’ basketball teams ready for tip-off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Both teams will open their Division I schedule tonight. Both will make their usual appearances in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament next week at NHTI. And both will have to adjust to life without their best players from last year. Other than that, the boys’ basketball teams at Pembroke Academy and Concord High …

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. – Roberto Luongo has been around the NHL for 15 seasons, and yet the veteran goalie still had a chance to see something new. Luongo and the rest of the Florida Panthers held off the Washington …

EWU’s Adams, SDSU’s Zenner lead FCS All-Americans

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vernon Adams only needed to play 10 games for Eastern Washington to become an All-American. Adams was chosen the first-team quarterback for the Associated Press FCS All-America team released yesterday after a remarkable – yet abbreviated – season. …

Red Sox obtain reliever Varvaro for minor leaguer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON – The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers. Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves. …

Monarchs explode on offense in 8-2 rout of Portland

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The offense was clicking right from the start for the Manchester Monarchs, who scored three first-period goals and four more in the second on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Portland Pirates. Andy Andreoff had a hat trick for Manchester, and also added an assist. Brian …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NFL Jets receiver Harvin sits, rests severely sprained ankle FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin sat out practice while resting his severely sprained left ankle, which he played through Sunday at Tennessee. Coach …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Middle school results The Bow Memorial School boys’ basketball team beat McLaughlin Middle School, 46-37. Bow was led by Max Elsasser (11 points), while Steven Guerrette and Cory Gott had strong games defensively. ∎ The Hopkinton Middle School girls’ basketball team defeated Winnisquam, 43-36. Amelia Thomas led all scorers …

Pembroke girls heat up in fourth quarter to down MV, 40-33

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PEMBROKE – The Pembroke Academy girls’ basketball team struggled to find its way in the third quarter last night against Merrimack Valley. Luckily for the Spartans, they had the fourth quarter to make up for it. Host Pembroke …

High schools: Practice pays off for Belmont boys’ basketball team

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If his Belmont boys’ basketball team was going to pick up a season-opening win last night against Somersworth, Jim Cilley knew the Red Raiders needed to change some things after what he called a “disappointing performance” in a scrimmage against Hopkinton last week. “I went back and looked …

Roy’s shootout goal lifts Predators to 3-2 win over Bruins

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Derek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins last night. Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro had goals in regulation for Nashville, which …

Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady …