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Kearsarge junior Austin Hogancamp drags Lebanon sophomore Ryan Milliken to the ground during Friday's game at Kearsarge Regional High School. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

Kearsarge football team dominates in must-win game

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTH SUTTON – The stakes were piled high last night for Kearsarge. It was the last home game of the season, rival Lebanon was in town, and staying alive in the playoff race required a victory. The Cougars didn’t just rise to those challenges, they crushed them. Sophomore Justin Norris returned from an injury to rack up 167 total yards …

Concord controls its playoff destiny after 53-14 rout of Portsmouth

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Concord is back in control. A week after dropping out of the second and final playoff position in Division I North, the Crimson Tide football team (6-2) leaped back into the driver’s seat with last night’s 53-14 victory over Portsmouth coupled with Manchester Memorial’s loss to Exeter. “That’s what we were hoping,” Concord Coach Eric Brown said. “We weren’t worried about what Memorial …

High schools: Solid second half can’t save MV football team

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PENACOOK – The focus in football is often on the final minutes, the key moments that tilt close games one way or the other. But in 48-minute games, the early minutes count just as much as the late ones – a hard fact Merrimack Valley was reminded of in a late-season defeat on …

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach. Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons and with Boston’s top minor-league team at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In a 19-year playing career as an outfielder and designated hitter, Davis …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, October 24, 2014

Freshmen football The Concord High freshman football team beat Portsmouth, 28-20. The Tide was led by the running attack of Matt Burke, Alex Buteau and Sal Rinaldi. The defense was anchored by TJ Celestine, Sean McCready and Garret Harmon. Youth football The Concord Capitols fourth-grade football team lost …

Headlines from around the world of sports

Friday, October 24, 2014

NBA Lakers’ Nash ruled out for season with back injury LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was ruled out for the season with a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVP’s career in doubt. The Lakers and Nash announced their decision yesterday, less than a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first …

Injuries, missteps turn Bengals back into Bungles

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CINCINNATI – The Bengals won their first three games and, for a few hours, were the only unbeaten team left in the NFL. That’s when the free fall started. They’ve been pushed around in their last three games, …

Source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told the Associated Press last night. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones, the neutral arbiter …

Celtics win preseason finale, 100-86, over Nets

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON – Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night in the final preseason game for both …