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Pittsfield's Emily Dunagin plays the ball at the net during a match against Belmont at Pittsfield Middle-High School on Monday, September 22, 2104.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Belmont volleyball team serves up 3-0 victory over Pittsfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PITTSFIELD – Once again, the Belmont volleyball team needed only three sets to decide the outcome. And this time, it was a winning one. After three of their first four matches ended in sweeps (only one in Belmont’s favor), the Red Raiders dispatched Pittsfield, 3-0, last night to improve to 2-3. Incredible service (14 aces) team-wide and 16 assists from sophomore setter Emily Laflam (who also added two aces and three kills) sparked the Red Raiders, who are rounding into form after a shaky start to the season. Though they are still below .500 on the season, Belmont Coach Melissa Miner believes this is a … 0

Patriots offense still struggling after three games

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for running backs. The wide receivers, other than Julian Edelman, have contributed little. The tight end … 0

Kicking game: It is called football, after all

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn’t decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan. The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial … 0

Raiders could be down two starters on defense

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Already staggering from back-to-back poor performances, the Oakland Raiders will likely be without two of their starting linebackers for tomorrow’s game in New England. Middle linebacker Nick Roach is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the preseason and has only recently returned to … 0

Florida State suspends Winston for entire game

Saturday, September 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and Athletics Director Stan Wilcox announced that quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the entire game against Clemson today. Winston was originally suspended for just the first … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NFL Browns’ Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bass fishing meet John Stark Regional High is hosting a high school fishing tournament today at Chase Park on Horace Lake in Weare. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the weigh-in at 1 p.m. Bow, Pembroke, John Stark (two teams), Kingswood, Winnacunnet and Con-Val … 0

Gordon, Johnson, someone else? Filling out the Chase bracket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Their areas of expertise are wildly different, but ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and college basketball icon Dick Vitale agree on one thing: Come the final, all-or-nothing race at Miami, Hendrick Motorsports will have the best crack at … 0

More at stake in Loudon race with new Chase format

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Loudon was always pivotal. Now, it’s even more important. Thanks to the changes to the Chase format for this season, calling New Hampshire an “all or nothing” stop in the … 0

After cutting it close with Chase, Kahne hopes best is still to come

Friday, September 19, 2014

The last time Kasey Kahne stood in front of a group of New England reporters, he was hit with question after question probing at his wobbly Chase hopes, and had a tight smile ready for each one. Yes, … 0

Logano defied the odds with career renaissance at Penske

Friday, September 19, 2014

For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Casey Atwood. For every Kyle Larson, there’s a Todd Kluever. For every young talent who shows enough in his first moments in the limelight to tell you he’s a certain star, there’s … 0

Schedule for NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Friday, September 19, 2014

NASCAR weekend schedule WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 5-7 p.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities Ride-alongs THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 11 a.m. – Camping World Truck Series haulers enter 1 p.m. – Whelen Modified Tour haulers enter 5:30-10 p.m. – WOKQ FanFest … 0

High schools: Bow golfers not at their best, but good enough to stay unbeaten

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Bow and Kearsarge golf teams have enjoyed their share of success so far this season, but Falcons Coach Mike Seraikis knows “it all comes down to one day.” Luckily for both teams, it wasn’t this day. Bow’s … 0