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UNH men’s hockey leaves Vt. with tie

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Style points don’t matter. Hockey East points do. The University of New Hampshire hockey team picked up another one Saturday with a 1-1 overtime tie against Vermont at Gutterson Field House. The Wildcats (17-8-5, 12-7-4 HE), who entered the contest tied ...

Physicals offer insight into positive, negative changes in body

I finally did it. This past week, I bit the bullet and went to see my doctor for the dreaded P-word. I got a physical ... and I am alive to tell you about it. Well, to tell you about some of it. It was mostly good news. Certainly, better news than whenever I went for physicals when I was home ...

Even planet’s smallest corners offer relaxation

Appearing like an apparition from the middle of a snow shrouded mist, the small hawk keeled sharply in a tight banking turn as he saw my form beneath his path of flight. Just as suddenly as he had materialized, he quickly melted back into the veil of whiteness falling from the sky. The ...

Sliding snowshoes are perfect for snow fun

Imagine you are playing the TV game show Jeopardy and this answer came up “pure, silly fun and great exercise in the snow.” Your question would be “What are sliding snowshoes?” Sliding snowshoes bridge the gap between snowshoes, which can go almost ...

Mickleson will sign box, just not balls inside

Dear Babe: I have a box of golf balls that Phil Mickleson signed at the NEC tourney at Firestone one year. In the box are logo balls of every tourney that was ever played at Firestone CC – from the Rubber City Open to the current NEC tourney. He signed on the cover of the box. I ...

Amherst’s Howard comfortable at Saint Rose

Spring is coming, and for Amherst’s Eric Howard, the new season won’t be quite the same. For years, the routine was to climb out of the pool and on to the pitchers mound. Howard was a standout in both swimming and baseball at Souhegan High School. Now at the College of ...

Hope springs for recovering prospect Zapenas

He was in sunny Arizona, away from all the snow and cold of New England, and with that sunshine brought even more hope to the always optimistic Brad Zapenas. That optimism was put to the test last year when, in late May, he tore his labrum diving to make a play at third base for the Peoria ...

Final chapter closing for DWC’s Bosques

This week it could all come to a sudden end, and that will be a shame. It’s local college conference tournament week, and that means that every time Daniel Webster College senior scoring sensation Vanessa Bosques takes the gym floor, it could be for the last time as an ...

There are many outdoor options for women

OK, guys, most of the time I’m writing for everyone. But this week, pass this column along to some woman in your life, and I’ll see you next week. Now, ladies, first of all, I know most of you read this column on your own without any encouragement from men. More than half ...

Coaches add value to ’47 NY Giants baseball yearbook

Dear Babe: My wife’s grandfather, Red Kress, was on numerous teams both as player and coach. Among the items we have come across, this one proved interesting to say the least. Attached is a picture of a 1947 N.Y. Giants baseball yearbook that is signed by the players and executives. ...

Nashua’s Hogan proves resilient for UNH

She’s had two major knee surgeries, a minor one and another scheduled when the season concludes, sometime in March. In November, Kelsey Hogan suffered a concussion that literally knocked her out of the lineup for two weeks. The brace is back on the battered right knee, but the ...

UNH fails to grab 1st in league by tying Providence

DURHAM – For the second weekend in a row, the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team took to home ice with a share of first place in Hockey East on the line. And for the second week in a row, the Wildcats couldn’t get the job done. Last Saturday against ...

FCBL tweaks things slightly heading into 3rd season

The 2013 Futures Collegiate Baseball League will look like the 2012 FCBL. Well, on the surface, anyway. Below the surface, the FCBL remains a league making progress. There are some subtle changes, but the league is basically returning this summer with the same nine franchises, although the ...

Front of food boxes doesn’t always match back labels

When in search of food that fits your healthy lifestyle, always remember to read over labels thoroughly. I was reminded of this lesson the other day. See, the missus loves her mac and cheese, so while I was doing some grocery shopping, I thought I might try to find some with whole wheat ...

Don’t use shellac to preserve autographed baseballs

Dear Babe: I have a signed baseball. About 10-15 years ago I placed it in a plastic baseball case, but it kept fading. Was that a mistake? How do I keep this baseball from fading any further? – Mike Reilly, Nashua For starters, every expert Da Babe checked with said the plastic ...

Breakthrough experience

It was 14 degrees when the ice gave way under my skis and I suddenly found myself in the water. Trust me, that wasn’t where I wanted to be. Five experienced backcountry skiers had left the Garnet Hill Lodge Nordic Center (www.garnet-hill.com) in North River, N.Y., for a half-day ...

Rivier women’s hoop hopes unity fuels title chase

NASHUA – Paul Williams got the phone call in late September and he knew that his biggest challenge as a coach loomed. The Rivier University women’s basketball coach had always preached that his team is a family. And that was put to the test earlier in the school year when ...

Milford’s Nelson blossoming at Colby Sawyer

It’s hard to believe a 6-foot-4-inch basketball player with the athletic skills and overall ability of Kyle Nelson could get lost in the shuffle on a New Hampshire high school team. But that’s how it seemed during his years at Milford High School. As the Spartans won ...

Pelham skier has Olympic dreams

In aerial skiing you conquer the fear factor in stages. The first back flip is an entry into the realm. The moment you land following two mid-air flips you’ve joined a very exclusive club. When you conquered the triple flip, like 17-year-old Eric Loughran of Pelham, you might get a ...