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Hopkinton's Luke Luneau passes to a teammate in Thursday's game against Gilford at Gilford High School.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

High schools: Hopkinton boys upended by Gilford in second round

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILFORD – Hopkinton had three goals before last night’s playoff game – hold No. 8 Gilford to 40 points, shoot 25 free throws and outrebound the Golden Eagles. The ninth-seeded Hawks reached one of those goals, but one wasn’t enough. Hopkinton was just 4-for-7 from the line, Gilford had a 33-20 advantage on the glass and the Eagles came away with a 40-29 second-round win. Gilford (15-4) moves on to face No. 1 Pelham in the Division III quarterfinals tomorrow, and Hopkinton will start planning for next season. “I’m pleased with our guys,” Hawks Coach Dave Chase said. “We overachieved. … We graduated eight seniors …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, March 6, 2015

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team (Last week’s rank) 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK (1) wasn’t bothered by the two-week delay for the D-II championships, crusing to the title. 2. BRADY BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING (3) had Sam Marshall finish fourth in the GS and sixth in the slalom at the Meet of Champions. 3. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING (2) slips a spot because the Tide …

UNH hockey: Line combinations clicking as Wildcats enter Hockey East playoffs

Friday, March 6, 2015

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team wasn’t scoring, and Coach Dick Umile kept thinking about a player who hadn’t suited up for him in six years. The player was Greg Collins, a captain on the 2008-09 team who spent much of the season on the third line and in his coach’s ear about getting some shifts with the top …

Patriots put franchise tag on Pro Bowler Gostkowski

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski yesterday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal …

Titans tell Super Bowl champion safety Pollard he’ll be released

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Veteran safety Bernard Pollard wanted out of Tennessee in his chase for another Super Bowl ring. The Titans are letting him leave so he can do just that, according to a person familiar with the team’s decision. The Titans informed Pollard he will be released, …

Players with off-field issues not sure what interest they’ll draw in draft, free agent market

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON – There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of …

Leissner named America East Rookie of the Year to lead UNH basketball honors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tanner Leissner led a day of recognition for the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team, getting named America East Rookie of the Year yesterday. Four Wildcats earned All-Conference recognition yesterday for their play this season. Leissner, a freshman from Converse, Texas, led the way, being picked for …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NBA Bulls’ Butler out 3 to 6 weeks CHICAGO – The banged-up Chicago Bulls will have to get by without another key player, with All-Star guard Jimmy Butler joining former MVP Derrick Rose on the sideline. The Bulls …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Youth basketball champs The 7/8 grade division 1 boys’ Concord Boy’s & Girl’s Club team (above) defeated the Bow Wildcats, 48-37, to capture the Bow Athletic Club Tournament Championship. Concord was led by MVP Eric Sullivan (13 points, …

Castillo, Betts try to impress in center field for Red Sox

Sunday, March 1, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-foot-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played …

Curry scores 37, leads Warriors from 26 down to beat Celtics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BOSTON – When you’re sitting on the NBA’s best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don’t have to stress over every single game. Because you usually win, anyway. Stephen Curry scored 37 points last night and the …