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Bow's Emily Montebianchi heads toward the finish line at Gunstock yesterday.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

High schools: Hopkinton boys, Concord girls impress at Capitol Regional Nordic race

Friday, January 30, 2015

Race one of the NH Coaches Series went in the books on Saturday, and the Hopkinton boys’ Nordic team found itself in an unusual spot – out of the lead, back in sixth, and behind a local team in Concord, no less. The Hawks weren’t happy, and rather than shake off their performance like the snow off their skis, they let it sit and fester a bit, knowing that even before they could change the standings, they’d have a chance to show their form. Hopkinton seized that chance at the Capitol Regional Race yesterday at Gunstock, with the boys’ team totaling 385 points in the …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, January 30, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (3) The Crimson Tide bested every team in the state at the NH Coaches Series race on Saturday. 2. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ HOOP (1) Undefeated matchup tonight: Coe-Brown (9-0) at Milford (8-0). 3. JOHN STARK-HOPKINTON BOYS’ HOCKEY (5) Three wins in five days (combined score of 25-5) moved the Generals to …

Manchester Monarchs officially headed to California, AHL announces

Friday, January 30, 2015

It had been rumored, suspected and reported on. Now it’s official. The Manchester Monarchs are heading west, joining four other American Hockey League teams as part of a move to California that will create a new Pacific Division for next year, the league announced in a news conference yesterday. Luc Robitaille, president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings, the Monarchs’ parent …

Leissner sparks 11-0 run as UNH men’s basketball team beats Maine

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BANGOR, Maine – Tanner Leissner had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 63-58 victory over Maine last night. Leissner scored seven points during an 11-0 run to give UNH a 44-34 lead with 8:04 left. Maine pulled …

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from stroke

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BASEBALL White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo CHICAGO – Infielder Gordon Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment. Beckham has spent almost all of his six …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Indoor soccer champs Fieldhouse Sports in Bow announced its champions in the following fall indoor soccer divisions: Blue Storm (U12 Girls Division A), Shaker Road School (U12 Girls Division B), Hopkinton SC (U12 Boys), Preti Flaherty (U14 Girls), …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Gronkowski, Chancellor truly a super matchup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Media Day is the place where the NFL flies its freak flag. Where professional football transforms into a wacky, larger-than-life, anything-goes circus. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots mountainous tight …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of …

NASCAR’s Brian Vickers eager to race after heart surgery

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brian Vickers is eager to get back on the racetrack and prove to everyone he still has what it takes to win Sprint Cup races following emergency open heart surgery last month. “Reports of my …

Nadal’s Australian Open goes true to his prediction

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal kept telling anyone who would listen that his fitness levels wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of a two-week Grand Slam tournament. Tomas Berdych proved him right. Nadal, who had played only eight …

Red Sox send Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo last night. Ross, 25, went 3-6 with a 6.20 ERA in 27 games last season, 12 of them starts. In his three-year career, he’s 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA …

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Hardly anyone’s smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted heading into …

Tim Brown hopes sixth time is charm in Hall of Fame vote

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ALAMEDA, Calif. – After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it’s finally time for his number to be called. Brown is a finalist for a sixth straight year since first …