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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Pats edge Jets, 17-16, clinch first-round playoff bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and …

Bruins rally for 4-3 overtime win against Sabres

Monday, December 22, 2014

BOSTON – Dougie Hamilton got the Boston Bruins to overtime, and then Loui Eriksson stepped up again. Eriksson scored 2:14 into the extra session, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, last night. Hamilton scored twice for Boston, including a tying goal with 1:31 left in the third after the …

Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics, 100-84

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIAMI – Finding out shortly before the game that Dwyane Wade would be sitting out with a bruised right knee could have sent the reeling Miami Heat into an even bigger tailspin. Instead, it proved inspiring. And the team’s five-game home slide is over. Luol Deng scored 23 points, James Ennis scored 10 …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, December 20, 2014

JV results The Hopkinton JV girls’ basketball team (3-1) defeated Stevens, 21-18. Abby Houston (four points, five rebounds, three assists), Lily Scammon (five points, six rebounds) and Lyndon Flannigan (eight points) led the Hawks. ∎ The Concord JV wrestling team competed against Massabesic (Maine), Exeter and Milford. Jayson Davis, …

Strong third period lifts Monarchs to 5-4 win over Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Brian O’Neill and Jordan Weal scored to break a third-period tie and lift the Manchester Monarchs to a 5-4 win over the Providence Bruins last night. With the score tied at three, O’Neill tallied a power-play marker 2:17 into the period, and Weal followed with a score at …

UNH men’s basketball team falls to Sacred Heart, 73-60

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Cane Broome made a career-high 10 field goals and matched a career-best with 25 points to lead the Sacred Heart men’s basketball team over New Hampshire, 73-60, last night. Broome finished 10-of-11 shooting and had four rebounds and two steals. Evan Kelley was 6-of-10 from …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ALPINE SKIING Vonn wins women’s World Cup downhill in France VAL D’ISERE, France – American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race yesterday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year …

High schools: Fast times for Concord boys, Bow girls in the pool

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Concord High boys and Bow High girls made a splash last night in the first home swimming meet of the season, both going 7-0 at the Concord YMCA. Stephen Moran went home with first-place finishes in each …

UNH faces ‘complete team’ in FCS semifinals against Illinois State

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DURHAM – The Wildcats want to take the next step. Today they’ll get that chance. New Hampshire reached it’s first FCS semifinal last year, only to suffer a 52-14 loss to North Dakota State, a team that went …

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves last night. One day after trading their …

Outdoor Adventures: Holiday gifts for skiers and riders

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Whether you’re still in the shopping mood or waiting to spend some holiday cash, there are all sorts of gifts for skiers and riders. Last month’s visit to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo provided a glimpse of …

Hutchinson makes 30 saves as Jets beat Bruins, 2-1

Saturday, December 20, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins last night. Evander Kane also scored …

Former Red Sox pitcher Bob Stanley named Fisher Cats pitching coach

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bob Stanley, who spent his entire 13-year pitching career with the Boston Red Sox, was named pitching coach of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. The Fisher Cats also announced that Bobby Meacham will return for his second season as manager, and Stubb Clapp – who played for …