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New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Gronkowski, Chancellor truly a super matchup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Media Day is the place where the NFL flies its freak flag. Where professional football transforms into a wacky, larger-than-life, anything-goes circus. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots mountainous tight end was in all his Gronk glory yesterday amid the throngs at US Airways Center in Phoenix. He sang Katy Perry songs …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides yesterday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed …

NASCAR’s Brian Vickers eager to race after heart surgery

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brian Vickers is eager to get back on the racetrack and prove to everyone he still has what it takes to win Sprint Cup races following emergency open heart surgery last month. “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” Vickers said yesterday during NASCAR’s annual media week. “I am …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, January 26, 2015

NHL Source: Los Angeles Kings release Richards A person familiar with the move told the Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings released center Mike Richards. The person spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because the Kings had …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Monday, January 26, 2015

Freshman basketball The Pembroke boys’ freshman reserve basketball team fell at home to Merrimack Valley, 42-31. The Spartans were led by Christan Hanna, who scored nine points, and Alex Pratt and Brandon Despres, who played well defensively, combining for 10 rebounds. Middle school results The Hopkinton Middle School …

Finals scores from the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship

Monday, January 26, 2015

18+ Women Renegades 13, Barley House 9 18+ Open Moose Knucklers 8, Jack Edwards Teeth/Cheers 4 18+ Rec Fubar 8, Kearsarge Krew 7 35+ A Men’s Hard Chargers 8, Capital City Hockey Club 4 35+ B Men’s Grass …

Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win, 114-111 over Celtics

Monday, January 26, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

High schools: Belmont makes its mark in D-III meet

Monday, January 26, 2015

There is no Division III indoor track state meet, but yesterday’s results indicate that the Belmont boys’ track team could be a contender for a title in the spring. Paced by scoring efforts in eight of 12 events and two victories, one by Michael Burbank in the 55 …

High school schedule changes ahead of the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

With the potential for a blizzard hitting the state late today and through the day tomorrow, Concord High has changed a couple of its basketball games. The girls’ game at Winnacunnet was moved from tomorrow to this evening, with varsity starting at 5:30. Tonight’s boys’ home game has …

Patriots’ Browner gets a second chance at a Super Bowl ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at …

Watt gets two turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

Monday, January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl yesterday. Even in a game dominated by offense, …

Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

Monday, January 26, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four. In addition to the high-profile superstars who didn’t make it …

Brown wins first U.S. title, holding off Rippon

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Brown won his first U.S. figure skating title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Joshua Farris, skating last, had a chance to overtake Brown yesterday, but one …