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Freshman Andrew Poturalski has been a bright spot in a largely dismal start for the UNH hockey team, tallying four goals and four assists and winning a Hockey East Rookie of the Week honor within his first 12 games. His eight points are tied for second on the ’Cats, one behind the leader. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

UNH hockey: Freshman Poturalski turns heads with fast start

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DURHAM – The fans grew loud and the music blared as the minutes ticked off prior to the University of New Hampshire hockey team’s season opener at Union College’s Achilles Center. Prevailing through the cacophony, somehow, were Andrew Poturalski’s thoughts, which raced unimpeded through his mind as he prepared for the first game of his college career. “That first period, …

Tim O’Sullivan: Excitement is back for Red Sox, and plenty more may be on the way

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There will be more fireworks at Fenway Park next year, and that’s a good thing, because the old place needed it. After last year’s lifeless, last-place campaign, it was obvious the Red Sox needed to add some spark to their lineup, and the team did just that by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley …

High school Player of the Season for girls’ soccer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lauren Scarpetti SCHOOL: Bow High HONORS/STATS: The senior midfielder led the Falcons to back-to-back perfect 20-0 seasons, scoring four goals and assisting on 16 others, including two assists in both the semifinals and championship. THREE FAVORITE THINGS: Traveling, Christmas, and cinnamon rolls Which player on your own team would you hate to play …

Beckham Jr.’s terrific catch a product of practice throughout the years

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr.’s mindset was simple before making a one-handed catch quickly heralded as one of the best in NFL history: Just catch the ball. Little or no thought of keeping his feet inbounds. …

Chiefs place Pro Bowl safety Berry on non-football illness list

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Kansas City Chiefs placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night’s game in Oakland. Berry began feeling discomfort in his chest near the end of the game, and a series of tests taken …

Texans quarterback Mallett could be done for year with torn pectoral

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury and Coach Bill O’Brien said they’ll know more about his status later this week. O’Brien wouldn’t say what his injury was amid reports that he has a …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NFL Wilkerson leaves game with toe injury DETROIT – New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson left last night’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a toe injury. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wilkerson is in his fourth NFL season, …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Youth hockey The Brine Sporting Goods Concord Youth Hockey Bantam 1 team went 1-1 in Valley League Hockey action over the weekend. On Saturday, the Caps beat Framingham, 7-2, with Liam O’Brian (two goals), Dominique Biron (goal, two assists) and Colin Kastle (goal, two assists) leading the way …

It’s official: UNH secures top seed for FCS playoffs

Monday, November 24, 2014

DURHAM – Because of yesterday morning’s NCAA selection show, University of New Hampshire football Coach Sean McDonnell had yet to watch film of Saturday’s 20-12 victory over Maine. He didn’t have to; he knew what was on it. …

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the …

Trail Blazers beat Celtics, extend winning streak to seven

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON – LaMarcus Aldridge likes the attitude the Portland Trail Blazers have during this winning streak. Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Trail Blazers extended their streak to seven …

Seahawks stay in hunt, hand Cardinals second loss

Monday, November 24, 2014

Russell Wilson found backup tight end Cooper Helfet for a 20-yard catch-and-run touchdown late in the third quarter, Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season, …

Assessing threats for contenders in college football’s rivalry week

Monday, November 24, 2014

This is the point in the season when things get weird. Rivalry week is here, with championship weekend on deck. The AP rankings didn’t change yesterday at the top after a blah Saturday in college football. For the …