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New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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 end was in all his Gronk glory yesterday amid the throngs at US Airways Center in Phoenix. He sang Katy Perry songs …

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 players from both sides yesterday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed …

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 demise have been greatly exaggerated,” Vickers said yesterday during NASCAR’s annual media week. “I am …

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CHICAGO – To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers included President Barack …

2 Williams sisters, 2 Madisons into 4th round at Aussie Open

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams loves having Venus back to keep her company in the second week of a Grand Slam, and credits her older sister with giving her the motivation to reach the fourth round of the …

Hunter’s Corner: For winter hunting, try coyotes and rabbits

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So, it’s January and we just got a brief thaw, so what is available for the hunter? Unique to New Hampshire is a night hunting season for coyotes in January, February and March and not without restrictions. Lights …

World Cup of Hockey tournament set for 2016

Sunday, January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The World Cup of Hockey is making a long-awaited return in 2016. And the NHL intends to host it every four years. “We decided that bringing back the World Cup was vitally important,” NHL Commissioner …

Weber’s 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills

Sunday, January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not that they did before, but it’s official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber’s shot. The Nashville Predators defenseman fired the hardest shot of 108.5 mph at the NHL All-Stars …

Hornets beat Melo-less Knicks, 76-71, for ninth win in 11 games

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brian Roberts scored 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks, 76-71, last night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games. Roberts, who started in place of the injured Kemba Walker, was 5-of-9 …

High school games and snowstorms don’t mix

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yesterday’s snowstorm forced the postponement of much high school action around the state. The only area teams with announced makeup dates were Concord boys’ hockey, which will host Manchester Central today at 12:30, and Somersworth/Coe-Brown boys’ hockey, which will travel to Dover on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JV result The Concord High JV girls’ basketball team earned its third win of the season, defeating Salem, 40-17. Concord outscored Salem 21-4 in the third quarter after trailing by three at halftime. Gabby Evans led all scorers with eight points, while Becca Zenor, Marissa Neal and Emily …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NFL Pro Bowl officials to use tablets for video reviews GLENDALE, Ariz. – The NFL will test having game officials use tablets for video reviews in tonight’s Pro Bowl Coaches and players for the first time have been using the Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines all season …

Bishop Brady boys get back on track with impressive win over Goffstown

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Green Giants practiced patience this week. First, they had to wait the full seven days to get back on the court after losing their first game of the season last Friday at Manchester West. Then, because Bishop …