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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s …

Bruins find their swagger, notch 4-2 win over first-place Rangers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON – If the Boston Bruins want an example of what’s needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers. Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, …

Logano wins Martinsville pole

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano won the pole for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, and Chase Elliott earned the right to make his debut in the series by qualifying 27th. Logano turned …

Mersch ties franchise record for points as Monarchs win, 6-3

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Michael Mersch notched the first hat trick of his pro career and tied a franchise record with five points as the Manchester Monarchs beat the Hershey Bears, 6-3, on the road last night. Mersch became the fifth Manchester player ever to record five points. The Monarchs (42-15-6-2), who …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NBA Durant to have another surgery, will miss rest of season OKLAHOMA CITY – Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cap City hoop academy Cap City Basketball Academy will hold a five-week skills and drills clinic beginning tomorrow for children of all skill levels from kindergarten to grade 12. The clinics will be held at Bishop Brady High on consecutive Sundays with the exception of Easter weekend, when …

Getzlaf scores in OT as Ducks rally past Bruins, 3-2

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON – The Anaheim Ducks took advantage of the struggling Bruins and kept control of first place in the Western Conference. Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:09 into overtime to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over Boston last night. …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, March 27, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (6) beat all comers at the NH Series Coaches Races and dominated its sport like no other team. 2. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ BASKETBALL (1) lived up to the preseason hype with a 22-0 record and a …

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs to beat North Carolina, 79-72

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina, 79-72, last night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. …

In the NCAAs, time doesn’t always fly when you’re having fun

Friday, March 27, 2015

CLEVELAND – The whistle sounds. The horn blows. And the madness grinds to a halt. Another stoppage in play. Another lengthy timeout. Another chance for folks at home to grab something from the fridge or be subjected to …

Ortiz, Napoli return as Red Sox beat Twins, 5-4

Friday, March 27, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – David Ortiz was 0-for-3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, yesterday. Bothered by a cold and dehydration, Ortiz had not played …

Marlins’ Cosart says MLB reviewing his Twitter account

Friday, March 27, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. – Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation. “Obviously, I was …