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Joe Bledsoe (left), Bryan Ray (center) and Curt Whittaker (right) teamed up to swim across the English Channel on Aug. 7. The trio's total time for the 21-mile crossing was 10 hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds.

Trio of area swimmers conquers English Channel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The plan was hatched in early 2013. After a few adjustments, months of training and some anxious moments at the very end, it all came together when Concord’s Joe Bledsoe hit the beach in Cape Gris Nez, France. Bledsoe, 50, was part of a three-man relay team along with Concord’s Curt Whittaker and Hopkinton’s Bryan Ray that swam the English Channel on Aug. 7. Whittaker, 53, initiated the planning last year. Ray, 60, joined in despite being a short-distance swimmer. And Bledsoe swam the last leg of the 21-mile route, clocking in the final time of 10 hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds. “Joe is … 0

lannetta’s double in ninth lifts Angels over Red Sox

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOSTON – Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston, 4-3, last night. Brennan Boesch had a ground-rule double with two outs off Uehara (5-3) for the Angels’ first hit since … 0

LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Patriots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as the Patriots continued preparing for Friday’s preseason game against his old team from Carolina. “Go … 0

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a … 0

Ortiz’s two homers, six RBI power Red Sox over Astros

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON – David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros, 10-7, last night. Big Papi … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking the other, other, other Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf or Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf, the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford … 0

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles – 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their … 0

Peterson could be the last of the every-carry backs

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MANKATO, Minn. – Jim Brown spinning his way through the line and breaking loose in the secondary with a burst of speed. Walter Payton lowering a stiff arm and tearing away from the tackler with those long, almost-straight-leg … 0

Dolphins get first preseason win, top Bucs, 20-14

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Backup quarterback Matt Moore led the Miami Dolphins on two touchdown drives in a 20-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night. The Dolphins took advantage of a mistake by Bucs rookie Mike Evans. Evans, the … 0

Former Super Bowl MVP Holmes signs with Bears

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CHICAGO – Former Super Bowl MVP wide receiver Santonio Holmes signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears yesterday. The team also announced receiver and kick returner Eric Weems was released. The Bears are looking for a third receiver behind stars Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marquess Wilson … 0

Ebson, Shea conquer Mt. Washington by bicycle

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PINKHAM NOTCH – A man from Denmark and a woman from Massachusetts won the grueling Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb yesterday in cool, windy conditions. John Kronborg Ebson, 25, a professional racer from Denmark who has been living in Taiwan, won the 7.6-mile race in a time … 0

Ridgewell gives Timbers 1-1 draw at New England

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Liam Ridgewell scored his first career MLS goal for Portland in the Timbers’ 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution last night. Ridgewell stole the ball near midfield, dribbled past two defenders and slotted home a shot from inside the penalty area in the 65th … 0

Offense breaks out for Fisher Cats in 8-5 win over RubberDucks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A three-run homer by Matt Newman in the bottom of the second inning gave the Fisher Cats a lead they would not relinquish and New Hampshire went on to beat the Akron RubberDucks, 8-5, last night. Akron (70-57) pulled within a run in the fourth, 3-2, on a … 0