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Hopkinton teammates embrace an unseen Ireland Tawney after Tawney scored in overtime to defeat Gilford, 2-1, to win Thursday's D-III field hockey semifinal game at Exeter High School, Oct. 30, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In semifinals, Hopkinton field hockey team wins in overtime again

Friday, October 31, 2014

EXETER – Patty Connolly insists the Hopkinton field hockey team isn’t doing it on purpose – the high-wire act, taking games to overtime, letting their picture-perfect season come within one shot of crumbling to pieces. Intentional or not, it’s working. The Hawks don’t know how to make things easier for themselves. But they also don’t know how to pay for their risky style. Hopkinton’s quest for both a championship and a perfect season survived another challenge from a big-thinking underdog, as the top-seeded Hawks got a goal from Ireland Tawney 3:31 into overtime to lift them over No. 12 Gilford, 2-1. Hopkinton (17-0) will play …

High school football: An early start to playoff pressure

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween can be a scary night. High school football teams around the state are hoping it doesn’t turn into a horror story. In this, the final weekend of the regular season, playoff implications hinge on the outcome of nearly every game involving area teams. It all starts tonight with a trio of must-win games covering each division, and continues tomorrow with two more …

High schools: Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team breaks away in second half

Friday, October 31, 2014

They competed all season with the purpose of playing at home when the tournament began. And for the Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team, one home game wasn’t enough. So there was no way the third-seeded Bears were going to overlook 14th-seeded Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tourney yesterday. “For us, it’s been about defending our home field all year,” …

Patriots must refocus after blowout win with explosive Broncos up next

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a …

It’s all about Rondo again as Celtics enter second year of rebuilding phase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now General Manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boys’ soccer Division III first round No. 17 Farmington (7-8-1) vs. No. 16 Bishop Brady (7-7-2) at NHTI, 3 p.m. head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season. Notes: Brady enters the postseason on a roll, not having lost since the first week in …

Royals, Giants set to cap off wild postseason with exciting World Series conclusion

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. …

Cardinals shocked by death of top prospect Taveras

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was leveled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras. The Cardinals are grieving the loss of an …

Despite eliminations, consistency still paying off in Chase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When NASCAR Chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup …

UNH climbs to second in TSN FCS poll, third in coaches’ poll

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The University of New Hampshire football team is up to the second spot in the TSN FCS poll, which was released yesterday. The Wildcats also climbed to fourth in the coaches’ poll. UNH (6-1) climbed up to the second spot after posting its sixth straight win – but …

Singer Aaron Lewis apologizes for national anthem mix-up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aaron Lewis apologized for botching the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NBA Celtics finalize opening roster, waive 6 players BOSTON – The Boston Celtics have waived six players to prepare for tomorrow’s opener. The Celtics waived Will Bynum, Tim Frazier and Rodney McGruder yesterday. They also cut forwards Erik …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Middle school results The Rundlett Middle School boys’ A soccer team captured the Tri-County Championship with a 4-3 victory over Timberlane. Rundlett overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit by stepping up both its defensive and offensive games. Jhluindra Acharya got Rundlett on the board, Isaac Gladey followed, and Gopal …