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Deering's Jon Rheault handles the puck in Game 6 of the championship series of Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional hockey league. Photo by: Daniel Karmann/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Drew Bonifant: Deering’s Rheault thriving as a champion in Germany’s pro league

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jon Rheault’s been playing in 14,000-seat arenas, packed to the brim on a nightly basis with raucous, raving fans. He’s skated alongside NHL veterans and prospects, trying like him to hear themselves think amongst the constant din. He’s even been in a downtown parade, with jubilant fans surrounding him and his teammates after a championship win. He’s just been doing …

NASCAR notebook: Harvick’s advice a wise idea for Sprint Cup

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kevin Harvick’s been so good this year, even his ideas have stood out among his competitors. The defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader had some sage advice when asked how he could improve NASCAR, with a focus specifically on drawing more fans to the sport. Harvick didn’t target the cars or …

Pioneer Sportsmen emerges as archery authority in state and region

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Frank Schackart’s Pioneer Sportsmen archery club won five East regional medals at the National Indoor Championships this year. The way the coach described it, you’d think it happens every year. “I really hate to say this,” Schackart said, “but this year … I really wasn’t surprised.” That wasn’t hubris or arrogance; Schackart had …

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when …

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a …

Once a power, Roush Fenway in danger of decline following Edwards’s departure

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It used to be a team to respect, admire and perhaps even fear, with a lofty perch among the most powerful squads that NASCAR had to offer. Now it’s difficult to look at Roush Fenway Racing without noticing …

Drew Bonifant: In NASCAR this year, winning isn’t everything – but it helps

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brad Keselowski was leaving the rest of the field in his impressive wake, but one of the people calling his victory had some reassurance for the drivers behind him. “You don’t always have to get to Victory Lane …

Eyes in the sky invaluable to drivers

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOUDON – Eddie D’Hondt has heard the dismissals, and the spotter for Jeff Gordon’s famed No. 24 bristles each time. Spotters have one job, people say. “Clear” or “not clear.” That’s the gig. At one point, they were …

Drew Bonifant: Road to the Chase is a road course for Ambrose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is the point in the season Marcos Ambrose has been waiting for. From the moment NASCAR announced the change to its Chase for the Sprint Cup format, putting an emphasis on wins rather than accumulated points, the …

Drew Bonifant: Warner’s Antle an emerging talent on national gymnastics scene

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Griffin Antle’s high school career hadn’t even started yet, and his athletic career was at a crossroads. In one direction, Antle had basketball and football, sports that he had played all his life and was good at. On …

Sprint Cup preview: A new Chase headlines a list of points to watch going into 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Sprint Cup season hadn’t even begun when NASCAR made it clear what the year’s top story would be. The ever-changing sport underwent its biggest makeover in a decade in late January, dumping the Chase for the Cup …

Drew Bonifant: Sorkin thriving in return from hand injury

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DURHAM – There didn’t seem to be anything unusual about the moment. It’s a play that happens often in hockey: The player takes the puck, dumps it down the ice, takes the ensuing hit, and the play continues. …

Sprint Cup Notebook: In Chase, Gordon shaping up as best of the rest

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Matt Kenseth has been dominant, Jimmie Johnson has been spectacular and Kyle Busch has been a hair behind them each time. Ask anyone, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup is now a three-horse derby. Either Joe Gibbs …

High school notebook: Football coaches recall strangest plays they’ve seen

Monday, September 30, 2013

Football coaches are big on structure. The focus is on preparation, executing a carefully assembled strategy and winning the game before the teams even take the field. Sometimes, however, spontaneity and improvisation manage to slip through that structure. Plays like the one that ended a Washington high school …

Drew Bonifant: Hendrick Motorsports sets sights on Loudon for strong start to Chase

Saturday, August 24, 2013

No Sprint Cup team is a better bet to have one of its drivers holding the championship trophy at the end of the season than Hendrick Motorsports. The powerhouse has the points leader in Jimmie Johnson, as well …