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Gordon, Johnson, someone else? Filling out the Chase bracket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Their areas of expertise are wildly different, but ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and college basketball icon Dick Vitale agree on one thing: Come the final, all-or-nothing race at Miami, Hendrick Motorsports will have the best crack at taking the title. Craven, the former Concord resident with 278 Sprint Cup races on his ré sumé , has Hendrick taking up two of the final four drivers with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon joining Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick at Homestead. Vitale, who has never run a stock car race but has plenty of experience with brackets after 35 years as ESPN’s top college basketball broadcaster, … 0

More at stake in Loudon race with new Chase format

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Loudon was always pivotal. Now, it’s even more important. Thanks to the changes to the Chase format for this season, calling New Hampshire an “all or nothing” stop in the Sprint Cup’s postseason isn’t hyperbole, but a reality. Before the season, NASCAR tweaked the traditional … 0

After cutting it close with Chase, Kahne hopes best is still to come

Friday, September 19, 2014

The last time Kasey Kahne stood in front of a group of New England reporters, he was hit with question after question probing at his wobbly Chase hopes, and had a tight smile ready for each one. Yes, he was aware he was the only Hendrick driver without a win. Yes, he knew … 0

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK – The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact – this weekend – the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players’ union … 0

Baseball: Dodgers blasted, see lead fall to two

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBI – five in an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias – and the Colorado Rockies routed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-2, yesterday. The loss left the NL West-leading Dodgers two games ahead of San Francisco. Morneau had … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FSU benches Winston for first half vs. Clemson TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women, and Florida State … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, September 18, 2014

JV results The Concord High JV field hockey team tied Merrimack, 2-2. Ella Fabozzi scored both goals and Angelica Carr led the defense. ∎ The Hopkinton JV field hockey team tied Stevens, 0-0. Claire Reidy and Jen Lewis played strong for the Hawks. ∎ The H-D JV boys’ soccer team … 0

High schools: Cheney’s hat trick lifts Bow girls’ soccer team over Belmont

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELMONT – Most players wouldn’t have even attempted the shot, never mind connected on it. But Bow’s Maddie Cheney isn’t most players. With only five minutes left on the clock, Cheney unleashed a strike from 25 yards out … 0

High schools: Brady boys’ soccer team shakes off frustration, ends losing streak

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s been a frustrating start for the Bishop Brady boys’ soccer team. The Green Giants (2-4) have played well, yet they entered yesterday’s game against Mascoma at home with a 1-4 record and a four-game losing streak that included losses to Hopkinton (5-0) and Raymond (3-1). But Brady’s … 0

Merrimack Valley’s Niyomugabo accepts UNH’s scholarship offer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Merrimack Valley senior quarterback Ivan Niyomugabo made an early-decision commitment to accept a scholarship to play football at the University of New Hampshire. “It was an easy decision,” Niyomugabo said last night. “I’m excited.” The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Niyomugabo also had offers from Central Connecticut State University and Saint … 0

Morton, bullpen pitch surging Pirates over Red Sox, 4-0

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Charlie Morton came off the disabled list to gain his first victory since July 2, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-0, last night for their ninth win in 11 games. Sidelined since … 0

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney … 0

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – For as long as he has been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that … 0