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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Motorsports Smith wins Xfinity Series race at Dover DOVER, Del. – Regan Smith strengthened his NASCAR Xfinity Series championship push with a victory Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Smith won for the second time this season and moved within 36 points of series leader Chris Buescher with five races left in the season. Smith would love to add a championship …

UNH football team doesn’t let visiting Elon find a comfort zone in blowout victory

Sunday, October 4, 2015

DURHAM – Elon had never traveled this far north for a football game. And the team from North Carolina looked a little lost during its …

Alabama finds its swagger in emphatic blowout win over Georgia

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jake Coker ran the offense to perfection, the defense turned in a dominating performance, and No. 13 Alabama even got a touchdown from its special …

Louisville probing claim staffer hired escorts for recruits

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Louisville said Friday it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits. The allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: …

UNH football notebook: Backup QBs near forefront of Wildcats’ renewed confidence

Friday, October 2, 2015

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire will have a known quantity at quarterback for Saturday’s homecoming game against Elon, but chances are good it won’t be senior captain Sean Goldrich. After making his first career start in last week’s 57-14 win against Central Connecticut State, junior Adam …

Bruins defenseman Chara back on skates; Seidenberg still recovering

Friday, October 2, 2015

BOSTON – Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is already in midseason form when it comes to talking – or not talking – about injuries. The Bruins’ captain returned to the ice this week after sustaining an undisclosed upper …

Marquee games offer SEC East teams to flex muscles vs. West

Thursday, October 1, 2015

East Division teams canvas the SEC with a large chip on their shoulders. It’s understandable. They’ve come up short against the West in six straight Southeastern Conference championship games. This weekend, they’ve got a chance to make a …

UNH’s Nerbonne is America East field hockey Player of the Week

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bow’s Lindsey Nerbonne, a junior midfielder on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. Nerbonne scored the game-winning goals in both UNH games last week, 2-1 victories …

Ducks down: Oregon out of AP top 25 for 1st time since 2009

Monday, September 28, 2015

Oregon is out of the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2009, snapping its streak of consecutive top 25 appearances at 98. The Ducks were blasted at home, 62-20, by Utah on Saturday night. …

TCU scores with 23 seconds left to win wild game against Texas Tech, 55-52

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Aaron Green caught a tipped pass in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds left and No. 3 TCU outlasted Texas Tech, 55-52, on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams. On fourth-and-goal from …

UNH football team breaks out for 57-14 home-opening win

Saturday, September 26, 2015

DURHAM – That’s more like it. After dropping two of their first three games, including a big loss last week at Stony Brook, the University of New Hampshire football team bounced back in a big way in its home opener Saturday night with a 57-14 victory over Central …

Marchand lifts Bruins over Rangers in shootout

Friday, September 25, 2015

Brad Marchand scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 home victory over the New York Rangers in exhibition play Thursday night. Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano also had shootout goals. …

UNH football notebook: Junior Riese gets call as ’Cats shuffle quarterbacks

Thursday, September 24, 2015

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire’s quarterback depth chart has been reshuffled, but the Wildcats ace is still out. Senior captain and four-year starter Sean Goldrich (high ankle sprain) will miss his second straight game when the No. 21/24 Wildcats (1-2) host Central Connecticut State (1-2) in …