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Cornell softball coach Dick Blood congratulates Karlie Mellott (16) after her home run during a doubleheader against Dartmouth in Hanover on Saturday, April 4, 2015. 

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Softball coaching legend Dick Blood calls it a career

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dick Blood really didn’t want much to do with softball. Coach girls? No thanks. Now, nearly 40 years later and four games away from retirement, the soft-spoken coach can’t imagine his life without it. After 15 years at the Hopkinton High helm, stints at New Hampshire College (now SNHU) and Dartmouth, and the last 20 seasons at Cornell, Blood is …

Lough homers in 10th, Orioles top Red Sox, 5-4, to end 5-game skid

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BALTIMORE – David Lough hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, last night to end a five-game losing streak. Minutes earlier, with Baltimore closer Zach Britton trying to secure a victory for Wei-Yin Chen, …

High schools: Track teams jump right in at MV Invitational

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PENACOOK – Yesterday’s Merrimack Valley Invitational, a 32-team non-scoring meet, provided an opportunity for athletes to compete in all 18 track and field events. That chance to compete didn’t come a moment too soon. Just ask any high jumper. Or pole vaulter. Or for that matter, the entire Kearsarge track team. Kearsarge’s Zach …

Fisher Cats double up Mets, 10-5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ripped 14 hits, including three home runs, on the way to a 10-5 victory over the visiting Binghamton Mets last night in the second game of a four-game series. Dwight Smith Jr. (3-for-3, three RBI, three runs) got things started with a one-out …

Logano wins his third pole of season

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Joey Logano won the pole position for tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner turned a fast lap at 127.071 mph in the third round on the 0.75-mile oval …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NHL Oilers’ overhaul of front office includes hiring of Chiarelli EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers are making sweeping front-office changes after another disappointing season. Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer yesterday while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 25, 2015

JV results The Winnisquam JV baseball team defeated Bishop Brady, 14-7, as Brendan Vaughn went the distance with 10 strikeouts. At the plate he scored three runs and drove in four. Josh Shevlin had three hits, two RBI and three runs scored, while catcher Bryce Corey and third …

High schools: Kearsarge stages late rally, walks off with 5-4 win over Franklin

Friday, April 24, 2015

It was cold, it was late and Travis Pelletier wasn’t up for watching his team play any more baseball. So with Kearsarge’s James Bromwell charging into third and the ball not even out of the infield with the …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, April 24, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) scored in 14 of 18 events to finish first at the Pelham Invitational Saturday. 2. KEARSARGE BOYS’ TRACK (7) finished first in Pelham against mostly …

James scores 31 as Cavs beat Celtics, 103-95, for 3-0 series lead

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON – LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

Rivera has RBI single in 9th as Rays beat Red Sox, 2-1

Friday, April 24, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rene Rivera could finally celebrate a big hit after early-season struggles. He had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, last …

Rodriguez exceeds expectations, helps Yankees stay relevant

Friday, April 24, 2015

DETROIT – The New York Yankees missed the playoffs the last two years while saying goodbye to a pair of greats. Mediocrity – or, worse yet, irrelevance – was a very real possibility heading into 2015. Of all …

BALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK – Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports. Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with swollen skulls and Popeye-like arms. …