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Merrimack Valley's Sydney Rollins (2) pushes past a Winnacunnet player during Thursday's 18-3 loss against Winnacunnet at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook on May 28, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

High schools: Tide boys’ tennis team wins epic match over Derryfield in semifinals

Friday, May 29, 2015

MANCHESTER – The moment was impossibly full. Tension, drama, disbelief and release all crammed into a three-second window that the Concord boys’ tennis team flung open in victory. “This was the most exciting, most dramatic win I’ve had in all my years as a coach,” said Concord’s Dave Page, who is in his 11th year as the Crimson Tide’s head …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, May 29, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) won the Seacoast Championships last Friday with 131 points, well ahead of D-I Exeter (106). 2. CONCORD BOYS’ TENNIS (3) advanced to its first D-I final since 2007 with yesterday’s dramatic 5-4 win at No. 2 Derryfield. 3. KEARSARGE BOYS’ TRACK (2) finished third at the Wilderness Championships behind D-II …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins major league debut, 5-1 at Texas

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – Eduardo Rodriguez went to bed and dreamed about his major league debut after the Boston Red Sox arrived in Texas. The real thing last night was even better for the 22-year-old left-hander. Rodriguez threw 7.2 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league …

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning, 7-3

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-3, last night to force Game 7 in the …

Marcus Mariota adapting to huddle, complex plays with Titans

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota never had to worry about huddling up to call plays at Oregon – he and the Ducks simply glanced to the sideline for what to run next. Now with the Tennessee Titans, it’s …

All eyes on Johnny as Manziel practices with Browns

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BEREA, Ohio – Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same. He scrambled from defenders and zipped passes. He talked to his coaches after plays, and joked around with …

Fisher Cats lose third straight as Pineiro struggles again

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shane Opitz doubled and hit his second home run of the season, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped their third straight with a 10-1 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils last night. Opitz (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s hitting .464 during the streak …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial Day Bash champions The NH Comets 10U team won the Memorial Day Bash tournament over the weekend by going 6-0 and outscoring its opponent, 53-5. Co-MVPs Penelope Ayotte (two wins, two no-hitters, including a perfect game) and …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BASEBALL MRI finds inflammation in Cueto’s elbow but no major problem CINCINNATI – Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow. Results yesterday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games …

Hopkinton baseball, softball lead group of teams facing big matchups in final week

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Even before they get to the tests of the playoffs, the Hopkinton baseball and softball teams will take a final exam. The Hawks have rolled through both sports this season, posting a 12-1 record (in baseball) and 11-2 …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

High school tournaments today Boys’ tennis Division I quarterfinals No. 6 Pinkerton (11-3) at No. 3 Concord (13-1), 4 p.m. Head to head: Concord won 7-2 at Pinkerton a week and a half ago. Notes: The Tide has rolled through the season, sweeping eight of its matches and …

Twins ride sharp Nolasco to 7-2 win over Red Sox

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s been a rocky season and a quarter for Ricky Nolasco since he joined the Minnesota Twins. The weight of a four-year, $49 million contract proved too much to bear in his first season, and his …

Harden erupts to help Rockets avoid elimination with win over Warriors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HOUSTON – James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game …