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Here’s a few Bruins-Blues bits to keep Cup Fever alive

Got Cup Fever yet? It's an incredibly busy time of year locally and regionally. The high school postseason is underway, the Silver Knights open the gates at Holman Stadium to start the 2019 season on Wednesday night, and now you throw the Boston Bruins into the mix. It's really amazing how ...

Heavyweight boxers are on path to doom sport

Pro boxing is primed to knock itself out. At a time where this world should be buzzing about the heavyweight division, the game is doing its best to implode. American Deontay Wilder, fresh off his one-punch decimation of Dominic Breazeale, is now 41-0-1, the WBC champion. Brit Anthony ...

Climb aboard Bruins bandwagon

There is one sure way of knowing that one of the region’s big-league teams is on a playoff run: Message boards atop the front of some Nashua city buses read “Go (fill in the team of the moment)!” Currently the unofficial bandwagons are touting the Bruins, who finally know who they ...

Danny Ainge better be right on these decisions

The options are so diverse, it’s almost comical. With the draft and NBA summer league dead ahead (let’s be honest, no true Boston fans are paying attention to these playoffs), Danny Ainge faces a decision that could send his name (or maybe his No. 44) to the Garden rafters or place him on ...

Nothin’ but smiles when it comes to support for South’s Tejada

Nashua High School North baseball coach Zach Harris, before meeting with his team after Saturday's tough 7-2 loss at the hands of rival Nashua South, did something very unusual. He walked across the diamond to where the rival Panthers were getting ready for their usual postgame ...

Monarchs will be leaving a huge hockey void

An old friend passed away earlier this week. The Manchester Monarchs were just that to many – a collective friend, an entertainment venue, and at one time part of a formula that made the area a hockey hotbed with their American Hockey League rivalry with the Lowell (Mass.) Lock Monsters and ...

Celtics soap opera authored by Kyrie Irving

Big-league sports soap operas are mostly founded on greed and ego. Then there are those leading actors who are simply off-kilter, whose thoughts have a shelf life of 30 minutes or less. And then there is Kyrie Irving, whose chain of thoughts jump from one to another with every breath. It ...

PGA would be lots more fun with Woods sitting at home

For months, this seemed like a splendid idea: Make the PGA Championship the second golf major of the year, not the last. Fill that sports void in May. Why wait until nobody is paying attention in late July/August? And then “He” roared at Augusta at last month’s Masters, making this ...

What’s Bruin? A Stanley Cup title, that’s what

“We want the Cup.” Boston Bruins fans chanting that these days know a good thing when they see it. And a bad thing too. The good: Their team is destined to win their second Stanley Cup this decade. They know it, and they said it loud throughout the B’s 6-2 in Sunday’s Game 2 of the ...

Fault lies not with one ex-Laker but with Celtics themselves

Let the conspiracy theorists begin the celebration. A story posted on larrybrownsports.com served up some red meat for anyone convinced that the Celtics could not possibly have imploded this season on their own. It alleges that Jayson Tatum, while working out last summer with Kobe Bryant, ...

It should now be a net gain for safety at Holman

Here's some worthwhile information while we hopefully can start the weekend on a sunny note: If you haven't been to Holman Stadium in a while, you will be surprised when you do. The city of Nashua along with the Nashua Silver Knights have taken the major step of installing netting all the way ...

It wasn’t just Irving; Hayward was also Celtics no-show

What did Danny do? Danny Ainge may not have destroyed the most storied franchise in NBA history, but he has certainly delivered it to a state of disarray not seen in these parts since the team held on too long to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. How could this happen? To analogize with Texas ...

If you got snookered by Celtics, don’t feel too badly

It took a stern glower from the man in the mirror this morning to confess: The Celtics played him for a sucker. Yes, last summer it seemed that the Celtics might just might be as good as they unabashedly claimed. Boston was a lock for the Eastern Conference championship. They would face ...

A tennis text that could impact BG’s title hopes

Ever get bad news via text? Of course you have. Barry Ndinya was sitting at home, chilling,watching TV when his bad news arrived in late February. “My heart dropped,” Ndinya said. “I almost dropped my phone. It was a bit of a shock.” And that night, he didn't sleep a wink. What ...

Time to celebrate Derby Day with some tids and bits

After being consumed by all things NFL/Patriots draft a week ago, here's the return of some tids and bits on Derby Day while hoping Holman Stadium will dry out so we can get the Nashua North-South baseball game in today at 1 p.m. as this spring of our discontent continues: --- We love the ...

A few Bruins have mostly been disappointing

The most compelling, yet still simmering, story line in Boston pro sports today? It has to be the cornerstones of the Boston Bruins franchise for the last decade-plus – Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara – disintegrating right before our very eyes in these NHL playoffs. The heat has ...

Looking for good refs? Don’t bother with NBA

Remember that worm-eaten chestnut attributed to a hypothetical judge: “If both sides are unhappy it means I must have gotten it right.” Well, please do not apply it to NBA referees. When those misfits leave both sides unhappy it has everything to do with incompetence, intimidation or a ...

All the key sports dates you need to plan your May

The horrendous month of April, with its awful rain and cold, is almost gone. Let's be optimistic in welcoming in May. To get you in the mood of May flowers, here are some key local, regional and national dates. We may miss a few, but at a any rate, feel free to clip and save: THURSDAY, MAY ...

Nashua Eagles need to strengthen wings to soar

On one hand, you have to give Jared Barbosa credit. The part-owner and team president of the Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua won't sugarcoat things and let bite off more than he can chew. His local professional soccer franchise isn't going to dominate the area sports picture ...

Havlicek’s legacy will endure forever

One man’s first thought upon learning that John Havlicek died: “John Havlicek can’t die.” This is not the reflexive response to the death of a childhood hero, though Havlicek certainly was a childhood hero. It was more like the same man’s response when he learned that Havlicek ...