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The Sports Blog

Quick thoughts: Patriots vs. Jets first quarter

The big question going into the game against the Jets was how the Patriots wold make up for the loss of Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen. The answer came early – creative play design and calling. The obvious move would have been to lean on the running game early and often. Instead, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels decided to come out slinging. The Patriots threw the ball five times and ran it twice on it’s first drive. They used shotgun, no huddle and a 0

UNH football: What To Watch For vs. Colgate

The stage is set for New Hampshire running back Nico Steriti to shine in Saturday’s football home opener against Colgate. The Raiders (0-2) allowed 747 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns on 111 carries in their first two games this year. Plus, Steriti’s two primary backups, Chris Setian and Jimmy Owens, will both miss the game due to knee injuries. Steriti, a 5-foot-11, 221-pound junior, led UNH last year with 921 rushing yards on 140 attempts. He gained 56 yards on 16 carries last week 0

Welcome to The Sports Blog

Welcome back to the Monitor Sports Blog. After disappearing for a few years, the blog has returned from hiatus to bring you sports news from the Capital Region to Durham to Boston to anywhere our teams or interest travel. There will be live commentary and next-day opinion on the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics, and we’ll pass along some of the press releases and breaking news from those franchises as soon as we receive it. Updates and analysis will be provided on the University 0

UNH football home opener against Colgate

The University of New Hampshire football team is back where it likes to be – Cowell Stadium, a.k.a. The Dungeon. Since the start of the 2007 season, the Wildcats are 29-4 at home, and they’ll try to make it 30-4 when they face Colgate in the home opener on Saturday at noon. Both teams are coming off tough losses. No. 12/9 UNH (0-1) blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead at Central Michigan, an FBS team, and lost on a last-second field goal. Colgate rallied from a 0

Tom Brady and Rex Ryan press conference quotes

Here are some of the leftover highlights from the Tom Brady and Rex Ryan press conferences from Tuesday. ∎ Brady Q: Despite your dominance over the Jets recently, is it something special to play the Jets? TB: Yeah it is, and it’s awesome. I mean, it’s Boston-New York. It’s been that way for a long time, long before me, and any time you see them on the schedule you just think of all the great games that you’ve had against them and you think of how 1