Local Sports Columnists

Red Sox could use a special jolt

Puzzling. Google it and the Boston Red Sox of 2019 are certainly one of the top entries, right? If Monday night’s “thrilling” walk-off win over the Chicago White Sox (quick, name three starters ... no chance) proved anything, it is that something just is not right for this $240 ...

It’s a shame Eagles have to briefly leave Nashua nest

Here are some warm weather tids and bits just as we have the first official Saturday of summer: The dilemma the Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua found themselves in was fairly predictable but there are a couple of underlying themes: First, it is a reminder of the limitations ...

Here’s hoping Danny Ainge did his homework

We will hear for weeks/months/years about the New Orleans Pelicans and their NBA Draft lottery strike, Zion Williamson. The one-year Duke University phenom is the marquee man in what has universally been characterized as a three-man draft. The Boston Celtics? Like most every moment of the ...

Draft picks won’t be Celtics’ salvation

Appearing all too quickly on the Celtics’ front door: Welcome to Sacramento Kings East! Their histories are polar opposites: The Kings’ won their only NBA championship in 1951, as the Rochester Royals. They went from Rochester to Cincinnati to Kansas City and, finally, to beautiful ...

Granite State Games a good take for a fifth go-round

Ahhh, the Games people play. These Games, the Granite State Games, are a good thing. Believe it or not, Bishop Guertin High School girls soccer coach Pat Mulcahy's vision began its fifth year on Monday, giving student athletes a chance at scholarship money (about $4,000 involved) and the ...

Pro boxing making return to Nashua

The folks from Boston Boxing have done quite the solo act, trying to revive the club boxing circuit here in New Hampshire with a series of fight events at the Castleton in Windham. Next up, yeah, the Gate City. Pro boxing returns to Nashua on Aug. 16 as a night billed as “Scars for Scars” ...

These games are worth remembering for 2018-19

Sunday we took you on a jaunt throught the Tourney Trail, and with the last day of school for most either today or in the next couple of days, we're taking you on a trip down Memory Lane: The best games these eyes saw in person during the 2018-19 school year. HOLLIS BROOKLINE BASEBALL VS. BOW, ...

This spring’s Tourney Trail had some unexpected turns

When you reach the end of the Spring Tourney Trail, there's a sense of finality. Why? Because that's a wrap for the 2018-19 high school year. The spring season for coaches and programs means saying good-bye to seniors, many of whom have played three sports this year. But when the winning run ...

Durant issue adds new twists to Kyrie’s tale

Not to rain on Kyrie Irving’s parade – the one that dances through his mind while reflecting on his greatness – but it seems silly to think that a team is still willing to invest big-time bucks on uniting him and his pal, Kevin Durant. Maybe there is an owner out there who missed the ...

End of the school year means some departures; other notes

The heartbreaking Stanley Cup and at times breathtaking NBA Finals are over, and who would've guessed that basketball would be the spot where a Canadian team would be champion? But the end of those title series is basically the unofficial beginning of summer, which begins for real by the end ...

Bruins left to ponder what could have been

The media crunch around his locker room stall was huge, although after several rounds of questions, it began to thin out. There really wasn't a lot for a glum Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to say late Wednesday night after the team's devastating 4-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 7 of the ...

Blues completely ruin the Bruins’ Garden party

The drama was spectacular. The tension mounted with each skating stride. A seventh game for the Stanley Cup. For hockey fans, Wednesday night couldn't get any better. For Boston Bruins hockey fans, it couldn't get any worse after a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the 2018-19 Stanley Cup ...

Opportunity knocking, can Bruins answer?

Tonight is a night for history, and it's hard to imagine the Boston Bruins won't keep up their end of the bargain. It'll be the first deciding championship Game 7 in Boston since the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals. Before that, the Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds ended their epic ...

Woeful Red Sox are playoff-bound in weak league

Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts is currently batting .268. Ace Chris Sale is now 2-7 and has not won a game at Fenway since last July. JD Martinez has missed 10 games already with back issues and has one homer since May 28. Nathan Eovaldi’s wing has splintered from ...

Bruins fans get their Game 7, and likely the Cup

The fans may get that Cup after all. You can just hear the chant already, can't you? Hungry Boston Bruins fans on Wednesday night chanting throughout Game 7, “We want the Cup”, the chant they've had throughout the playoffs. It's the Stanley Cup the fans of St. Louis, and even the St. ...

Sanford giving Bruins the Blues; big day for Claire & Co.

Here are some tids and bits as many will flock to games on High School Championship Day, but don't forget there are two baseball title games on Monday at Manchester's Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, including local Hollis Brookline facing Bow in the Division II final: ---- There are a lot of ...

Suffolk Downs makes final stand for New England thoroughbred racing

Saturday should be a day to celebrate horse racing in America a the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, will leave the gate in New York just after 6:30 p.m. In New England, though, there is an ominous tone to the day. Nearly extinct here, Thoroughbred racing makes one of its ...

The Legend of Z can’t inspire the the Bruins to a win

There is simply nothing like the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Where else could The Legend of Z that gripped the Hub of Hockey through most of Thursday get topped by the Non-Call. But that's how these Stanley Cup Finals have been. All day the talk was on how Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara would ...

Even the GOAT can be a jackass

The greatest quarterback of all time is a jackass. Tom Brady may not be a complete and utter jackass; no one should be defined by a single moment in a lifetime of moments, good and awful. But as bad moments go, Brady’s seeking to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific” cuts deep. ...

Now we’ll see whether Bruins or Blues has the most guts

Some stray thoughts on what is rapidly developing into a classic Stanley Cup Final: First and foremost, this series is not about goalies or skill players or coaching. The Bruins dominate on all counts. Boston’s forwards are more skilled. The goalie is more polished. Bruce Cassidy crushes ...