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Westerman gets the nod for Game 2

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NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett didn’t hesitate when asked who his FCBL semifinal Game 2 starter would be at Bristol’s Muzzy Field. A potential Game 3, also at Muzzy? That’s a different deal. Neverett named Joe Westerman as his second game starter; Westerman has ...

How safe are NH high school athletes? Survey says…

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he sun was beating down on the Nashua High School North football practice field on Wednesday morning, and an assistant coach was right on top of things. “You guys have been working hard, really hard,” he said. “Drink plenty of water, lots of water.” One exit down the Everett Turnpike, ...

Patriots’ defense foiled by Jaguars in first exhibition game

Boston sports

No Brady, no defense, Patriots fall to Jags 31-24 in opener By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Chad Henne hit Keelan Cole on a 97-yard touchdown pass, Corey Grant scored on a 79-yard run and the Jacksonville Jaguars feasted on a Patriots lineup without Tom Brady and ...

Red Sox hammer Rays for eighth straight win

Boston sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Eduardo Nunez chased Jake Odorizzi when he lined a single off the pitcher’s foot, starting a five-run fifth inning for the Red Sox in an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night that extended Boston’s winning streak to a season-high eight. Struck on ...

Vince Wilfork enters retirement as a Patriot

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For Vince Wilfork, retirement means a chance to sleep late, go fishing or just hang around without needing to be someplace special. “I’m finally calling it quits from a game that I truly, truly, truly love, a game that I was committed to, a game that I was dedicated ...

Bonicki’s Silver Knight move paid off

Local Sports

NASHUA – Add Kyle Bonicki to the list of visiting players who, when they played against the Nashua Silver Knights at Holman Stadium, wanted to join the fun. “Coming here last year as a visiting player, I realized how much fun it looked, the atmosphere,” said Bonicki, the Nashua starting ...

Silver Knights, Nashua fans, feel at home in Pittsfield

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Welcome to Wahconah Park, located a stone’s throw from downtown Pittsfield in the heart of the Berkshires. On Tuesday night it was the sight of the best Nashua Silver Knights victory of the year, 5-2 over the Pittsfield Suns in the one-game first-round of the FCBL Playoffs. Wahconah tries to ...

Silver Knights hope Sun(s) doesn’t set on season

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By TOM KING Staff Writer The journey continues, from the claustrophobic, outdated confines of Leary Field of Portsmouth and now to the more open, historic atmosphere of Pittsfield’s Wahconah Park. The Nashua Silver Knights begin their quest for a successful Futures Collegiate League title ...

Some Silver thoughts as another playoff week begins

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Are you ready for another Nashua Silver Knight playoff ride? You never know how long it can last. A year ago Monday the team began a remarkable six-day stretch as a third seed that ended with a surprising two-game sweep of the Worcester Bravehearts in the Futures Collegiate League ...

Once again, Chris Sale carries Red Sox

Boston sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Chris Sale allowed two hits in eight innings and struck out 13, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday for their seventh straight victory. Sale (14-4) reached double digits in strikeouts for the 15th time this season, the first time that’s been ...

Now with Jaguars, Tom Coughlin praises Patriots

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Coughlin came to New England to learn from the Patriots, not to rub their noses in the two championships he won from them. The Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president has been roaming the practice fields at Gillette Stadium, where they are working out with the ...

Silver Knights bounce back to make FCBL playoffs

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PORTSMOUTH – They faced extinction and reached for their best weapons – their bats. Looking to clinch a Futures Collegiate League playoff spot, the Nashua Silver Knights had dropped the first game Sunday in their doubleheader with the Seacoast Mavericks at Leary Field. That created a ...

An FCBL farewell hopefully to Leary Field

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Leary Field. Ugh. “Back to the scene of the crime,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, referring to last year’s exciting semifinal series won by the Knights with two wins in Portsmouth. “We stole one there.” According to the Portsmouth Herald, Sunday’s twinbill was it for ...

Jacksonville Jaguars can see how it’s done by Pats

Boston sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Jacksonville Jaguars are spending a few days in New England as guests of the Patriots for a few joint practices. Facing the defending Super Bowl champions can give the Jaguars a good idea of what needs work. Jacksonville finished 3-13 last season, in last place in the ...

Silver Knights season comes down to Sunday at Portsmouth

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NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights got some help from Mother Nature, the Seacoast Mavericks and the Bristol Blues on Saturday night. Now they have to take advantage and help themselves on Sunday. Saturday’s game at Holman Stadium vs. Brockton was wiped out by lightning and rain in the ...

Record season for Silver Knights’ Cook

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NASHUA – A little over a month ago , Nashua Silver Knights third baseman Cam Cook was staring at teammate Kyle Bonicki in disbelief. “Early in the season, Bonicki said to me, ‘I think you’re going to break the record,” the Futures League all-time single season hit leader said. “I ...

Chris Young powers Red Sox past White Sox

Boston sports

BOSTON – Red Sox manager John Farrell’s decisions worked out very well. White Sox manager Rick Renteria, though, made one move and the game was lost. Chris Young hit two homers, including a tiebreaking three-run shot after the batter in front was walked intentionally, to lift the Boston Red ...

Hollis Brookline’s Jack Byrne pumped for Shrine game

High Schools

As Hollis Brookline graduate Jack Byrne was being dropped off last weekend to prepare for the 64th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, his father Lee Byrne – Cavaliers defensive coordinator and a former collegiate player – offered some words that stuck with his son. “He told me he’d do anything to ...

Silver Knights now in a playoff fight after loss to Worcester

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NASHUA – It’s suddenly looking that if you’re a Nashua Silver Knights fan you may want to take a drive to Portsmouth on Sunday. The Knights are definitely in reverse, hoping not to back into the Futures Collegiate League playoffs. But after Friday night’s 12-4 debacle against Worcester ...