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Get ready for another Celtics-Cavalier series

Two game-winners, two playoff MVPs and two coaches getting it done. Yep, I’m sniffing a revival of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup marketing campaign – you know “two great tastes … ” – when I look at Saturday’s decisive Game 3’s in the NBA’s Eastern Conference ...

Happy Derby Day, are you feeling Enticed?

Here’s a few local and regional tids and bits while you get ready for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Who’s your pick? Ours revealed toward the end: The Battle of the Bridge between Nashua North-South has always been a good idea. The events for many of the sports promote a community ...

Isn’t every day Tom Brady Appreciation Day?

Let’s search the calendar, comb through the New England Patriots 2018 schedule, from training camp through preseason games through the regular season. It’s got to be there somewhere, right? Yes, we’re talking about Tom Brady Appreciation Day. Can’t find it. Oh, maybe it’s every Sunday ...

Despite the weather, there were things to have liked about April

We’re saying hello to May in another 24 hours, and that means a lot of things for the month, including this week’s Nashua North-South Battle of the Bridge. It also means we say good-bye to an April that had miserable weather, but there were still some things to love about the month, and ...

When it comes to the Pats draft, do they really keep it simple?

When it comes to the NFL Draft, you’ve got to love the Patriot Way. Player is on the board. Player is good. They pick the player. When they explain things, the New England Patriots try to make it seem that simple. As VP of Player Personnel Nick Caserio said late Thursday night, “There’s ...

Draft weekend thoughts on anything but the draft

Happy NFL Draft Weekend, fans! Here’s a few tids and bits to mull over while waiting for each pick: First, those who don’t believe in home ice advantage during the Stanley Cup Playoffs should listen to those who were at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. They will all tell you during the ...

Butch Joseph was always coming to the rescue

New Hampshire sports lost a real good one over this past weekend. Farewell, George “Butch” Joseph. The former longtime major figure in New Hampshire sports passed away at the age of 84, and he will definitely be missed. Nearly 16 years ago, he came to Nashua’s rescue. Joseph was a former ...

Hey, NFL Draft Nerds, this is the week you’ve been waiting for

This is the week many National Football League fans can’t wait long enough for. It’s Draft Week. Let the games, as in mind games, begin. General managers/personnel men are lying and laughing, while draft geeks galore are analyzing spring times, vertical leaps, and all sorts of college ...

Like shrimp? Then be a Souhegan softball first base coach

Here’s a few tids and bits to really chew on at the start of a busy sports weekend: It’s a tradition at Saber Stadium, where the Souhegan High School softball team plays its home games, unlike any other you’ve probably seen. Scoreboard operator Rick Crocker, in the press box high above ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora gives Mookie Betts big boost

OAKLAND, Calif. – Baseball players are creatures of habit. They are generally wired differently than most. Even though players are taught from an early age to live by the daily routine of the game, they are, however, willing to make adjustments from time to time. Sometimes things work, ...

It’s not time for Tom to hang it up — not yet

Here’s a question for you: Which will come first – a Boston Red Sox loss, a bright, sunny day here with no chilly wind when the temperature goes above 60 degrees…or the end of all this New England Patriots Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski drama? Wednesday it hit the point of absolute foolishness, ...

Keep an eye on what playoff tested Schaller can do for B’s

The TD Garden crowd roared. Merrimack’s Tim Schaller was on the ice, pummeling Toronto’s Ron Hainsey in the first period of Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2 7-3 destruction of the Maple Leafs. It was his second altercation of the game, as he also had taken on ...

Nashua’s Tim Neverett shares view from Red Sox broadcast booth

Top of the order… I hear it all the time. And I know it. I am very fortunate to call the left side of the front row of the Home Radio Booth at Fenway Park my office. What a view! I am one of the very few who can claim the seat I have while splitting play-by-play duties with New England ...

Belichick’s Show About Nothing always entertains

Enlightening. Informative. Entertaining. Engaging. Those are basically all the things many would hope that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick would be. But to be honest, there didn’t seem to be a lot of that Friday morning in his 8:30 a.m.pre-draft press conference. Breakfast With Bill ...

Despite Sunday’s flop, Bruins could be for real

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is here. To make it even better, the Boston Bruins will be involved again, and many feel they can get through what looks like a pretty soft Eastern Conference and make the Stanley Cup Finals. Wouldn’t that be great, ...

Bruins fans should get ready for nice, long playoff run

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is here. To make it even better, the Boston Bruins will be involved again, and many feel they can get through what looks like a pretty soft Eastern Conference and make the Stanley Cup Finals. Wouldn’t that be great, ...

Soccer gets celebrated and a few other tidbits for early, uh, spring

Wonderful spring we’re having so far, eh? At some point the temperatures will warm up. Meanwhile, here’s a few toasty tids and bits to keep you occupied: — Saturday is a big day for the new semi pro soccer team that will be playing its games at Rivier University beginning next month. The ...

Be free, be happy Gronk, but stop the nonsense

Hey….over here…shhhh….I’ve got a secret, let me drop you a couple of hints…. And so it continues. All these planted stories, social media posts, tweets, etc. regarding the New England Patriots – more specificially Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady. Enough is enough. They’re not ...

Tennis part starting, but these days it’s never a set thing

The snow has melted, and the courts at most schools are all clear. It still isn’t tennis weather, but the local high school tennis season gets underway this week for most teams, with a few matches today. It’s not exactly balmy, not exactly tennis weather. But it is what it is, teams go ...

For Souhegan coaching legend Dod, 50 means final

Thursday was Souhegan High School baseball coach Bill Dod’s favorite day of the year: Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. “I love it,” Dod said. “This is Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries all in one day.” He and his wife Sandy, also a baseball lover, could ...