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Local Sports Columnists

Plenty of interesting sights and sounds at Pats camp

Today is the final day, fans, when you can zip down to Foxborough and see your favorite NFL football team in training camp practice. It seems like you've been robbed a bit from being able to see your New England Patriots this summer. They were gone all last week in Detroit and had this past ...

Silver Knights far removed from glory of last title

What were you doing two years ago tonight? If you're a die-hard Nashua Silver Knights fan, you know exactly. You were at a packed Holman Stadium, watching your fav summer baseball team win its second straight Futures Collegiate Baseball League championship. Now the work to be able to do that ...

These eyes were stuck on Patriots rookie QB Stidham

Well? What's your take from Thursday night's New England Patriots preseason blowout of the Detroit Lions? We've all had some time now to dissect and bisect the 31-3 game, which means absolutely nothing except we got to see perhaps some players down the Patriots depth chart. Here's one ...

Hard lesson learned by Nashua Senior Legion team

It was a gorgeous Thursday at Worcester's Fitton Field, the diamond totally sun-splashed. Beyond the baseball facility, the Holy Cross College football team was out on the field inside Fitton Football Stadium, just stretching and running, nothing major. But the Nashua Legion Post 124 Senior ...

To the delight of sports yapmeisters everywhere within listening distance, the molehills are reaching for the stars. The Mount Everest of the moment concerns Tom Brady, which is hardly stunning. If Brady’s heart skips a beat, the ensuing blizzard of news bulletins will inspire speculation ...

Law’s induction a symbol of Patriots things to come

The New England Patriots are in Allen Park, Mich. this week for joint practices with the Detroit Lions leading up to Thursday night's preseason opener in Detroit. But a good chunk of the organization's spirit is in Canton. If you caught former Patriot Ty Law's induction Saturday night in to ...

Suddenly, Nashua the place for summer baseball success

It's the first full week of August, and locally, baseball is the sport locally still on a lot of people's minds. And that's a good thing. This is always a big week for fans of the Nashua Silver Knights. They hope that their playoff season will last longer than last year's one night in ...

Sale, Sox have enough problems without lousy umpiring

No one on any ball field is less noticed than a competent home plate umpire. No one on any ball field is more reviled than an incompetent plate umpire. Which brings us to Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and veteran ump Mike Estabrook, whose strike zone was a floating mystery, never ...

It was a pretty good week for a few local athletes

Congrats are in order to two superb female local athletes, former Souhegan baseball player Beth Greenwood and current Bishop Guertin girls basketball standout Hannah Muchemore. First Greenwood: This week she was named to USA Baseball's 34-player 2019 Women's National Team Development Program, ...

The Nashua Legion culture changed for the better

There likely won't be any practices for the newly crowned state Senior American Legion state champions from Nashua Post 124 in preparation for their New England Regionals competition later next week. Well-deserved break? Maybe a couple of strategy sessions? Heck no. They've got a ...

His skills could have produced millions

Not once in my life have I ever truly felt wronged by this world. And then the news broke this week. Kyle Giersdorf, 16, wins the world fortnite championship, a video game/esports bonanza worth $3 million. Now look, I don’t know Kyle, never met him or interacted on social media with the ...

Belichick-Brady spat? Ho, hum

An observation filed under Much Ado About Not Much: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had a little tiff the other day. The GOAT coach demanded a running play during some sort of drill and the GOAT quarterback called a passing play. Neither man seemed particularly pleased with the other. Since ...

It’s Fame Week for some key former Patriots

Start bellowing the Irene Cara tune from the old 1980s television show. It's Fame Week for the New England Patriots. Monday, in the sweltering heat at Patriots Place – it's always this way for this ceremony, isn't it – late Patriots offensive lineman Leon Gray and current NBC Sunday Night ...

Rodney Harrison gave Pats that chip on their shoulders

Patriots fans, and all New Englanders for that matter, are quick to throw out the persecution complex. For the Pats, Rodney Harrison might have actually invented it. That man stood at his locker, end of the row, right near Kevin Faulk’s, week after week and talked about how “Nobody ...

Patriots hit training camp, but old days were more fun

Give the New England Patriots credit. They’ve turned training camp into a science, laced with amenities. Thursday morning here at Patriot Place, the concessions were up, the Pro Shop was bombed, the Patriots Experience was again in effect, and all was with the football world again. Yes, ...

Who’s on first? What’s up with Rays’ lineup?

We now have irrefutable evidence that ridding the American League of the designated hitter rule can shorten the time of a game by 20 minutes or more. For those watching the Wednesday matinee between the Red Sox and Rays, live from Tampa Bay’s sorry excuse for a big-league ball dome, those ...

It’s late July, and that means it’s Pats Camp time

The countdown is just about over. It's that time again. New England Patriots players do the same thing most kids do this time of year: head to camp. And so will their fans, beginning Thursday morning with the first practice session. Unlike some NFL teams, the Patriots open their practice ...

Goodell got this one right – 18 game season would be great

The National Football League has floated the idea of an 18-game regular season. Yes, the NFL, which has in the past brought us such dandies as neutral site games in London and Mexico City and instant replay on pass interference penalties, is looking to extend things into February, offering to ...

Patriots set to open camp, even without Gronkowski

The countdown is just about over. It’s that time again. New England Patriots players do the same thing most kids do this time of year: head to camp. And so will their fans, beginning Thursday morning with the first practice session. Unlike some NFL teams, the Patriots open their ...

Neverett making adjustments after tough personal year

The time. The free time. That's one of the biggest ways how life is so different now for Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett. Two special seats at Holman Stadium just off home plate, a couple rows below the concourse, tell him that. They had belonged to his father and mother, Bill and ...