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Time to go hippity-hoppity down the sports notes trail

With Easter Weekend here, it's time to hippity-hoppity down the Tids and Bits Trail to add to those Easter Basket goodies: --- Congrats to longtime Wilton-Lyndebrough High School softball coach Denny Claire, as the Warriors' win the other day is believed to make him the winningest high school ...

It’s time for Irving, Price to stifle themselves

In honor of Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzauer, who owns the 7:30-8 p.m. TV slot in the palm of his hand these days with his epic, history-making ($566k) run, we will play a little Friday morning “Jeopardy.” The answer is: Kyrie Irving and David Price. And the question? Who are two ...

Only one real cure for Red Sox’ ills

Before Nathan Eovaldi tried to be the stopper Wednesday night in the Bronx, there was a startling symmetry to the Red Sox awful start to the 2019 season. They were on course to lose 108 games. Folks will be forgiven if they don’t recall the 108 regular-season games won by the 2018 Red Sox. ...

Now here’s a real Sale of the century

Not since friend and fellow New Englander Carlos Pena retired in 2014 have I admired a Major League Baseball player like this. And here early in 2019, this 53-year-old hacker has a pair of new heroes, Chris Sale and Luis Severino. Yes, the Red Sox lefty Sale, complete with his 0-3, 9.00 ...

Celtics in playoffs: It’s called survival

There must be a good reason to believe that the Boston Celtics can brush off the Indiana Pacers the way a purebred brushes off a flea. Six months ago, doubting the Celtics' ability to sweep past such a bastion of sheer adequacy would've been considered laughable. Of course, six months ago the ...

It’s good to be Riv’s Kolek, and a few other notes

Here's your weekly serving of tids and bits while yours truly is hoping today's warmth completes the thawing out process from the chill of softball/baseball openers a few days ago: ---- Isn't it good to be Craig Kolek right now? The Rivier University coach recently became the fourth head coach ...

Foes shouldn’t overlook Nashua North boys track

The moment you start to overlook the Nashua North boys track program, you get stung. And again in 2019, the Titans are certainly a most intriguing bunch as the spring season gets underway this week in New Hampshire. This is supposed to be a down year for North, which graduated distance ...

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here in their glory

The pucks will begin to drop on Wednesday at some select National Hockey League locations, and they'll have a different bounce. Hello again, Stanley – as in Stanley Cup Playoff time. It's the best. The hits will be harder, the saves more dramatic, and those made-for-TV shootouts a thing of ...

It’s finally time for that full swing into spring

Opening Day/Week has arrived. Yes, today marks the full beginning of the high school spring sports season. Sure, rain and raw weather could wipe out a good portion of it the next couple of days, but there's always another day to reschedule. It's that time, until just about June ...

Take a peek at some interesting early April observations

Here's your weekly Saturday tids, bits and thoughts of local and regional happenings: ---- No one outside of Bishop Guertin is shedding any sympathy tears for the Cardinals girls basketball program which, as reported this week, lost two key players in the title runs of the last two seasons, ...

Spring has sprung for local high schools

Some stray sports thoughts for the day as I wonder whether Chris Sale could actually break a pane of glass with his fastball these days ... The high school spring sports season is upon us and for most teams in all sports, save for volleyball, April is about survival. Wind, rain, snow, cold ...

Red Sox start slow, panic grips Hub!

With the Red Sox winning one of their first six games, it should surprise no one who has lived here for more than an hour that Panic Grips Hub. It has often been suggested that April is the worst possible time to assess a team’s destiny. Of course, such sober thinking has rarely caused a ...

Silver Knights wasting no time in moving ahead

Take a good, close look now at your Nashua Silver Knights. To the casual observer, they've been an off-season circus. Since the final out was made in Brockton back on August 6, the local Futures Collegiate Baseball League entry has had four general managers (two as co-GMs), two majority ...

It’s rally time for Nashua’s own Triple H

Sunday night, merely months before his 50th birthday (July 27), Nashua’s own Paul Levesque puts his career on the line in the super bowl for his “sport.” Levesque already owns legendary status, a first-ballot Hall of Famer if there ever was one. He has nothing to prove in his craft. ...

A warm welcome back to Harvey Woods Field

Let the record show the first pitch was thrown Saturday at 1:06 p.m. by Norwich University's Tanner Raymond. The first pitch in nearly two years at Harvey Woods Field, on the otherwise empty campus of closed Daniel Webster College. There was no ceremony, no speeches, no pomp and circumstance. ...

Once again, LeBron James loses control of massive ego

LeBron James brought his talents to Tinseltown this season and the Lakers ended up in the same ditch they occupied before he arrived. The reported consensus among his teammates is that he has often reacted like a complete jackass when one Laker or another fails to perform to his liking. He ...

Old Daniel Webster baseball field brought back by Rivier

Let the record show the first pitch was thrown Saturday at 1:06 p.m. by Norwich University’s Tanner Raymond. That is, the first pitch in nearly two years at Harvey Woods Field, on the otherwise empty campus of closed Daniel Webster College. There was no ceremony, no speeches, no pomp and ...

Some thoughts on fame as we bid March farewell

We bid the final winter month good-bye with some good ol' tids and bits as we wait now for the weather to get warm and toasty: ---- Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras deserves a huge round of applause for her taking the lead in helping to resurrrect the Nashua Hall of Fame, and there has ...

Opening Day … what a farce

Major League Baseball Opening Day! In a word, farcical. Sorry folks, but win or lose in Seattle this weekend, I’m not digging Opening Day, baseball or the defending world champs. Seriously, I’ve been pushed to this by the money in the game and lack of any fairness. I ask you in all ...

Logic aside, Red Sox will do it again

Logic is an overrated tool when making these Opening Day predictions. Consider Opening Day, 2018. Not a soul made the completely illogical call that the Red Sox would win 108 games, then plow through the playoffs as the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers turned to dust in Boston’s wake. Now we ...