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Concord’s Jess Nelson goes on the attack in a game last season. Nelson, a junior, led the Tide in scoring last season and remains a top threat. “She keeps defenses honest,” Coach Bill Nardino said. 
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Concord girls’ soccer looking for experience to pay off with deep run

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Concord High girls’ soccer team lost last year in the Division I quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide lost in the quarterfinals the year before, too. The year before that, another quarterfinals ouster. So why does Coach Bill Nardino feel this Tide team has what it takes to get back to higher ground, such as the title game appearance it achieved in 2011? For one, having so many players back from some of those quarterfinalists helps. “I think our strength is definitely our experience, having so many girls coming back that started for us last year and then girls coming in off the bench,” said Nardino, …

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school girls’ soccer teams

Friday, August 28, 2015

High school girls’ soccer outlook Coe-Brown Division: II Coach: Josh Hils (11th year) Last year: 15-4-0, reached semifinals Returning starters: Katie Clinch, jr., MF; Molly DeTrude, sr., B; Christen Gallant, sr., F; Kayla Patten, sr., B/MF; Kaitlyn Ross, sr., B Top newcomers: Mackenzie Daly, fr., G/MF; Emily Olofson, fr., B; Hannah Daly, jr., …

NHIAA announces football playoff changes; soccer overtime rules nixed for season

Friday, August 28, 2015

Changes were the topic of the day at the NHIAA’s season-opening media day – the ones that are happening and aren’t happening alike. The NHIAA announced alterations to the high school football playoff system on Thursday, while also discussing the rescinding of new overtime rules for soccer before they could take effect for the upcoming season. The new rules in soccer would have …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golf results Jean VerPlanck, Brenda Thomas, Mary Hogan and Terry Blake won the Best of Four tournament at the Concord Country Club with a total score of 130. Tied for second place with rounds of 134 were the teams of Nancy Calder, Andy Jalbert, Cheryl Murphy and Carol …

Bolt leaves ’em laughing and a new star comes out in 400

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BEIJING – Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NFL Former Dolphins offensive lineman Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times MIAMI – Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook saying difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to …

White Sox rally past Red Sox, 5-4

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CHICAGO – Rookie Trayce Thompson drove in three runs, including a go-ahead, two-run double, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, on Tuesday night. Thompson, who was called up Aug. 3, finished 3-for-4 and …

Reggie Wayne looking forward to fresh start with Patriots

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I …

IndyCar heads to finale reeling from loss of Justin Wilson

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Tony Kanaan arrived home following the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, his wife asked him why he continued to race in a series that has such high risk. Justin Wilson had been airlifted out of the track …

Healthy eating helps NFL players achieve fitness goals

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Long before Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia and banned junk food in favor of personalized smoothies, fitness experts have been helping NFL players get bigger, stronger and faster by changing their eating habits. Players often transform their bodies during the offseason, but it requires more than …

Texans’ QB Mallett stung by losing starting job to Hoyer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HOUSTON – Ryan Mallett was still seething on Tuesday, a day after Brian Hoyer beat him out to earn Houston’s starting quarterback job. “Am I disappointed? Yeah. Angry? Little bit,” Mallett said. “Thought I did enough to deserve …

ESPN takes Schilling off LLWS broadcast after tweet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – ESPN removed Curt Schilling from its broadcast team for the Little League World Series on Tuesday because of an anti-Muslim tweet. Schilling retweeted a post that said, “Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” …

Lawrence stellar as Fisher Cats extend winning streak to four

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Casey Lawrence pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and Dwight Smith Jr. hit a home run as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-0, on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Lawrence walked two and struck out five, improving his record to 12-12 …