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News flash: Belichick likes this Patriots team

Boston sports

ATLANTA – News flash: Bill Belichick likes this New England Patriots football team. “It’s a lot of unselfish players,” Belichick said during Opening Night mayhem. “Guys that do whatever they need to do, whatever their role is. They’re willing to do whatever they need to do for the ...

Atlanta fears being snowed under, but not by Brady

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ATLANTA -- It’s a simple question that had to be asked. Which are the good folks of Atlanta, Ga., more afraid of, being haunted by the memory of 28-3, or the threat of snow? The answer came back on Tuesday almost unanimous – snow. Schools were closed in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. City ...

Nashua South takes down Nashua North wrestlers

High Schools

NASHUA – Individual and team pride and bragging rights were all on the line last night when the varsity wrestling squads from Nashua South and Nashua North squared off on the Purple Panthers home mats in playing their part in the 2018-19 Battle of the Bridge between the local high ...

High School Highlights: Bishop Guertin boys basketball romps

High Schools

AndrewArika led a balanced Guertin attack with 10 points, but this one was all about the defense as the Cardinals moved to 4-6 on the year. Kyle Baker, Max Matarazzo and Austin Hiscoe all netted seven points apiece for BG. St. Thomas 67, Campbell 59 The Cougars got 23 from Jonah Crema ...

Brown, Tatum carry Celtics past Hornets

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) — With Kyrie Irving again stuck to the sideline, Terry Rozier and his Celtics teammates enjoyed another run as the featured act. The talented young cast stole the show again. Rozier had 17 points and 10 assists, Jaylen Brown added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum ...

Kings enjoy a comeback win over rival North-Souhegan

High Schools

NASHUA -- They are becoming the Kings of Comebacks. The Nashua High School South-Pelham hockey team lately hasn’t gotten rattled trailing by multiple goals. They rallied from a three goal deficit the other day to beat Alvirne-Milford, but Monday night was even more special for them as they ...

Goff, Rams certainly capable of giving Patriots fits

Boston sports

Here we are again: Same theme, different team. The New England Patriots defense will be up against a foe that perhaps two or even three months ago no one thought it would have a chance to stop. But something happens to the Patriots when they face these teams. They may weaken, suffer lapses, ...

Super Bowl distractions can always lead a team astray

Local Sports Columnists

The big show that is called “Opening Night” is done. Now the rest of Super Bowl week can likely proceed with some normalcy. The Patriots are going to need just that. They're going to need the approach they've taken in Super Bowls past, when it's all hands on deck. So far, so good. Drama ...

High School Highlights: Nashua South boys hoop tops Dover

High Schools

Boys basketball Nashua South 57, Dover 44 After trailing 31-25 at halftime, Jason Compoh and Andrew Penkala cranked up the defense for the Panthers, who pick up a huge win on the Seacoast to move to 4-5. Andrew Moody led with 16 points, while Ivan Nyantenji added 15 and Andres Hulfachor ...

Jets take down Bruins in shootout

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Connor scored back-to-back goals 34 seconds apart in the third period and delivered the only goal in a shootout to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets and didn't allow anything past him in the ...

The competitor coming out again in Brady

Boston sports

Bring it on, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says. “I just love the competition, and I love trying to improve, and I think that's what it comes down to,” Brady said over the weekend in his final Gillette Stadium press conference of the season, as the team headed to Atlanta on ...

Will Patriots homecoming be as good as their send-off?

Local Sports Columnists

Rally Day has come and gone. So has Departure Day. Super Bowl LIII Week has begun. The Bye Week is over, and now the hype all begins in earnest. The New England Patriots and their fans got a taste of it with a massive sendoff from Gillette Stadium, as what looked like from camera shots a ...

High School Highlights: Nashua South girls hoop falls

High Schools

Girls basketball Pinkerton 64, Nashua North 45 For the second time in less than a week the North girls slugged it out toe-to-toe with a Division I power. The Titans trailed 26-23 at halftime before the once-beaten Astros pulled away. Janessa Lofton and Jaden Smith had 10 points apiece for ...

Boston sports

BOSTON (AP) – Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Boston Celtics beat Brooklyn 112-104 on Monday night to snap the injury-riddled Nets’ six-game winning streak. Aron Baynes had 16 points, Marcus Morris 15, and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for Boston, ...

For Nashua’s Ayi, this Super Bowl brings back memories

Local Sports

NASHUA – He was a Ram. And then he was a Patriot. And eventually, a Super Bowl champion. It was early November of 2001, and former Nashua High School and University of Massachusetts football standout Kole Ayi had to get his luggage off the Newark Airport conveyer ramp before it left to go ...

Calhoun: First you don’t see him, then you do

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They came, but they did not see. That’s why midway through the first half of Saturday’s men’s basketball game at a packed Rivier Univeristy’s Muldoon Center, during a ridiculous delay with an officiating issue, the fans began to shout, “Where’s Calhoun?” Good question. The ...

Nashua South’s Cali Coffin back on track

High Schools

With the state meet looming on Super Bowl Sunday, several area track athletes took the Sweet Oval at UNH for one final tuneup. The final “qualifiers” meet for Division I athletes came in the afternoon. The great news was that spectacular sophomore Cali Coffin of Nashua South was back on ...

Titans ride second half wave to top BG, 55-46

High Schools

NASHUA – Usually, Hawaii is a pretty nice place to visit. But the way the crowd at the Bishop Guertin High School Colligadome made the atmosphere on Hawaiian Night Friday for the Nashua High School boys basketball team, it was anything but paradise. Loud, raucous. Perhaps that made it all ...

Here are some Super tids and bits to chew on

Local Sports Columnists

Here's a few Super Bowl tids and bits to ponder as the week leading up to LIII begins on Sunday with the Patriots 10 a.m. rally and departure for Atlanta that afternoon: ---- Fellow New York Giants fans know the McVay name and cringe. Rams head coach Sean McVay's grandfather, John, was the ...