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’Cats rip Blue Hens after sluggish start

DURHAM – After taking a knee to end a forgettable first half, the University of New Hampshire football team brought Delaware to its knees in the second. Taking advantage of the gloom and doom of the Dungeon, where they’ve been nearly unbeatable over the past five years, the ...

Only thing to fear is ‘making fool of myself’

The time has come for me to find out if I really can climb a rope. On Saturday, I will take part in the Renegade Playground Challenge – self-described as not “your ordinary 5K” – at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, my first time running an ...

Envelopes with baseball stamps not valuable collectible

Dear Babe: I have a set of 20 envelopes with stamps of baseball stars. Each one has a 2000 postmark that is tied to the player’s name or nickname. The envelopes (with postmarks) include: Roberto Clemente, Robert LA; Mickey Cochrane, Cochrane WI; Ty Cobb, Cobb GA; Eddie Collins, ...

Autumn offers great escape from everyday life

I have lived a lifetime of hunting, fishing and exploring the great outdoors. Autumn, I think, may be the best time of the year with the arrival of the hunting season in all its myriad forms. Tart, juicy apples and bright orange pumpkins light up an inner part of me that takes me back to other ...

Paddling rivers during foliage season the way to go

Most people equate paddlesports with summer, but fall is the best time of the year for paddling. There is nothing more beautiful than a river when the leaves are all aflame on its banks and the surrounding hillsides. It’s magic, pure magic. If you own your own canoe, kayak, or SUP, ...

’Cats’ eyes front

DURHAM – Some games take longer to get over than others. Last week’s 64-61 setback at Old Dominion tested the University of New Hampshire football team’s 24-hour rule. That’s the self-imposed time limit players are allowed to mourn a loss or celebrate a ...

Gervais out to finish strong in Durham

David Gervais has seen his cross country running career interrupted so many times, it’s a wonder he’s still running. In high school he was actually barred from competing for one season because school officials believed he transferred from Nashua North to Nashua South for ...

Milford’s Kilgore doing double duty for Daniel Webster

There’s one night every spring when Daniel Webster College athlete Eliot Kilgore has a decision to make. When he walks into the auditorium for the college’s annual sports awards night in early May, he has to decide where to sit, with the baseball team or men’s ...

Venerable Nashua stadium turns 75

As you drive by it in the next day or two, wave and sing Happy Birthday. Nashua’s center of all that is baseball, Historic Holman Stadium, is now officially 75 years young after opening on Sept. 23, 1937. It’s been the focal point of so many major stories and happenings ...

Kahne feeling good at NHMS

Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 After Friday qualifying; race Sunday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lap length: 1.058 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (24) J. Gordon, Chevy, 134.911. 2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 134.753. 3. (14) T. Stewart, Chevy, 134.568. 4. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, ...

Wind, waves, whales in Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord

Two weeks ago I wrote from Parc National du Fjord du Saguenay near Rivere Eternite, Quebec. This week, I’m home. Frankly, I wish we were still in Quebec enjoying one of our best Active Outdoors getaways ever. Our goal on this trip was to paddle our sea kayaks on the spectacular ...

Nashua Senior Softball

Amherst Auto 11, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 5 The medics rode the playoff wave a long way but all waves eventually break and it was Amherst that applied the force. Two bookend five-run innings were the key to the mechanics’ victory as they chased a quintet across the plate to ...

Joltin’ Joe’s autograph not worth as much on business card

Dear Babe: I have a business card with Joe DiMaggio’s signature on it. My late father-in-law was a rabid Yankees fan and one of his friends had the pleasure of sitting beside Mr. DiMaggio on an airplane back in the 1950s and got this autograph for my father-in-law. – Anita ...

Obesity stats linked to fruit, veggie intake

Earlier this month, the annual state-by-state obesity rankings were released by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Whether you pay attention to the rankings each year or not, you’ve probably heard somewhere before that the number of people in ...

Hamlin puts heat on himself at Loudon

LOUDON – Denny Hamlin spoke. Now his competitors are responding. Hamlin, the leader going into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, made waves in the NASCAR community following his disappointing 16th-place finish in the first Chase race at Chicagoland. Hamlin felt his fans needed a ...

Nashua’s Lajoie among pre-game honorees at Fenway

BOSTON – Fred Lajoie stood on the warning track behind the batting cage on the field at Fenway Park, watching the Red Sox take batting practice Friday afternoon. “Oh, this is great,” said Lajoie. “I’m having so much fun.” Lajoie was ...

Wildcats wary of ODU’s offense

DURHAM – How fast is Old Dominion’s pace of play? Even the chain gang has trouble keeping up. That’s one of the challenges facing the University of New Hampshire football team, whose ability to get players on and off the field on defense and in the right spots ...

Vailas, Wildcats drop heartbreaker at Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. – Andy Vailas passed for 336 yards and five touchdowns Saturday afternoon at S.B. Ballard Stadium, but Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke set an NCAA Division I record by amassing 730 passing yards as the fifth-ranked Monarchs outlasted the No. 18/19 University of New ...

Nashua’s Pleat rallies to win state Mid-Am crown

NEW DURHAM - Considering all he’s won over the years, you can’t really say Nashua golfer Phil Pleat is getting better with age. What you can say is that at 56, he hasn’t lost much of his game. Less than a month after winning his second of back-to-back New ...

Merrimack’s Smith continues family legacy at Plymouth State

For Merrimack’s Chris Smith, attending school at the Plymouth State University is a family tradition. Three older brothers have diplomas from the school and one actually preceded him on the football team. Justin Smith was a defensive end on one of Plymouth’s best teams in ...