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Belmont’s Kylie Donnovan (19) competes in the slalom event of Friday’s Division III Alpine ski championships held at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, Feb. 12, 2016.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Kearsarge sweeps Division III Alpine titles on its home hill

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kearsarge went both big and local on Friday at Mount Sunapee. The Cougars’ big picture reward came in the form of the boys’ and girls’ Division III Alpine championships. The localized reward was beating out both Bishop Brady teams, the defending champions that draw many of their skiers from the Kearsarge district. “The kids all have fun with it,” Kearsarge …

Opportunity wasted for UNH hockey team in 3-2 loss to Vermont

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team’s season didn’t hinge on Friday night’s game with Vermont. It would be hyperbolic to call it a must win. But it was an opportunity. An opportunity for the Wildcats to help themselves, to make their road to the Hockey East playoffs just a little bit easier. And it was an opportunity the Wildcats …

High schools: Kearsarge fends off Franklin in D-III boys’ hoop battle

Saturday, February 13, 2016

This was a big one. With both teams jockeying for position atop the Division III standings, the Kearsarge and Franklin boys’ basketball teams hit the court on Friday night riding seven- and six-game winning streaks, respectively. “Our gym was electric,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said. “This had a playoff atmosphere to it from the opening tip.” The electricity in North Sutton served the …

Hopkinton boys reclaim Division IV Nordic title; Hawks’ Nadeau individual champ

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A dearth of snow – and unseasonably warm temperatures that often turned what little snow there was into sugar – has made it a trying year for high school ski teams. A state championship team and an individual …

High schools: Concord drops first meet of the season to powerhouse Timberlane

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PLAISTOW – The crowd was there and the atmosphere came with it. The Timberlane gym was electric for the arrival of the Concord wrestling team on Wednesday night, which is just how it should be when two 19-0 teams meet at the end of the season. “I wish …

Celtics rally late, overtake Clippers in overtime 139-134

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fadeaway jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers, 139-134, in overtime on Wednesday night. …

Nobody likes it, but NBA coaches and players acknowledge hacking has its uses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MIAMI – San Antonio’s first play of the 2008-09 season was designed and executed perfectly. Spurs center Tim Duncan didn’t bother jumping for the opening tap, conceding it to Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal. Five seconds later, Michael Finley wrapped …

Question of punishment arises over Talib’s Super Bowl behavior

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib knew exactly what he was doing when he latched onto the facemask of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown and wrestled him to the ground during Super Bowl 50. It was a calculated …

50 years ago, NHL agreed to expansion that put it on the map

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Suspended Kenyan athletes allege being asked for bribes to reduce bans

Thursday, February 11, 2016

EMBU, Kenya – Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country’s governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe …

A look at what’s on the Red Sox truck headed for spring training

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What’s on the truck The Boston Red Sox loaded up the truck and headed to spring training on Wednesday. What’s on the 53-foot truck, you may wonder. Well, for starters: ∎ 1,100 bats ∎ 20,400 baseballs ∎ 20 cases of bubble gum ∎ 60 cases of sunflower seeds ∎ 200 batting gloves ∎ 200 …

Monarchs sign former UNH standout Matt Fornataro

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Manchester Monarchs announced Wednesday that they signed former University of New Hampshire forward Matt Fornataro. Fornataro, 30, most recently played for the Graz 99ers in Austria, totaling 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists. Fornataro also played in Sweden, playing in 145 games and scoring 90 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sprint Cup Vickers to replace Stewart at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers will replace injured driver Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss its plans for the No. 14 Chevrolet. A person familiar with the situation told AP …