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Concord's Max Cross swims the 100 yard backstroke preliminary race at Saturday's Division I swim championships at UNH in Durham, Feb. 13, 2016.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

D-I swim championships: Cross takes 200 freestyle title as Concord boys finish sixth overall

Sunday, February 14, 2016

DURHAM – It was a back-and-forth day, and a back-and-forth race, for Max Cross. But the Concord High junior adjusted to the fluctuations and found a way to a state championship. Cross figured he would win the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. He was, after all, the top seed. But Bishop Guertin’s Michael Shusta bested …

High schools: John Stark-Hopkinton hockey team hands Berlin-Gorham its first D-III loss

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey team used a strong first-period effort to dispatch of Berlin-Gorham, 5-3, on Saturday and vault over the Mountaineers and into the No. 2 spot in the Division III standings. Up 3-1 at the end of the first period, Coach Denis Kolehmainen credited his captains, Jake Blanchette (2 goals, assist), Callahan Loos (2 goals, assist) and Tim Sawitsky (3 …

Outdoor Adventures: Snow guns make vacation week salute

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Snow guns have been firing away in recent days across ski country. Generally, the plugs would have been pulled around the end of January, but given this natural snow-challenged winter, the guns and hoses arsenal was resurrected when temperatures allowed in advance of February vacation week with its skiing, riding, events and relaxing …

Nobody likes it, but NBA coaches and players acknowledge hacking has its uses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MIAMI – San Antonio’s first play of the 2008-09 season was designed and executed perfectly. Spurs center Tim Duncan didn’t bother jumping for the opening tap, conceding it to Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal. Five seconds later, Michael Finley wrapped …

Question of punishment arises over Talib’s Super Bowl behavior

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib knew exactly what he was doing when he latched onto the facemask of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown and wrestled him to the ground during Super Bowl 50. It was a calculated …

50 years ago, NHL agreed to expansion that put it on the map

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Suspended Kenyan athletes allege being asked for bribes to reduce bans

Thursday, February 11, 2016

EMBU, Kenya – Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country’s governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe …

A look at what’s on the Red Sox truck headed for spring training

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What’s on the truck The Boston Red Sox loaded up the truck and headed to spring training on Wednesday. What’s on the 53-foot truck, you may wonder. Well, for starters: ∎ 1,100 bats ∎ 20,400 baseballs ∎ 20 cases of bubble gum ∎ 60 cases of sunflower seeds ∎ 200 batting gloves ∎ 200 …

Monarchs sign former UNH standout Matt Fornataro

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Manchester Monarchs announced Wednesday that they signed former University of New Hampshire forward Matt Fornataro. Fornataro, 30, most recently played for the Graz 99ers in Austria, totaling 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists. Fornataro also played in Sweden, playing in 145 games and scoring 90 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sprint Cup Vickers to replace Stewart at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers will replace injured driver Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss its plans for the No. 14 Chevrolet. A person familiar with the situation told AP …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JV results The Concord JV girls’ basketball team fell to Dover, 51-39. Ashley Kelley finished with 15 points and five steals. Caroline Clark had eight points and four rebounds and Haley Munroe contributed four assists. ∎ The Franklin High School JV boys’ basketball team defeated Hillsboro-Deering, 57-44. T.J. Laramie …

High schools: Merrimack Valley girls’ basketball rides press, balanced scoring to win over Kearsarge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When the Merrimack Valley girls’ basketball team went to an up-tempo offensive system this year, balanced scoring was supposed to be one of the results. The Pride has taken to the fast break, running through the first two …

Lucic and plenty other Kings score in rout of Bruins

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON – Milan Lucic scored in his return to Boston, Drew Doughty had a power-play goal for his 300th career point and the Los Angeles Kings had nine goal scorers in a 9-2 rout of the Bruins on …