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History is certain to hail Jason Collins’ courage

Jason Collins will never be confused with Bill Russell on the basketball court. The 34-year-old journeyman center/forward – who has averaged 3.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game in his 11-year NBA career with six teams – will never compare to the ...

Daniel Webster baseball aims for NCAA bid

NASHUA – A year ago, it was a celebration not usually seen on the campus of Daniel Webster College. The baseball diamond on the hill, Harvey Woods Field, never looked better. The sun was shining bright as Eagles baseball coach J.P. Pyne shook hands with all of his players, just ...

Rivier men’s volleyball already earned its due

All hail Craig Kolek. Their NCAA Division III tournament run over with a loss to powerful Nazareth College of Rochester, N.Y. in the semifinals, the Rivier University men’s volleyball team returned home, their season done at 27-12. There was probably no big welcoming reception. The ...

Surroundings can make people feel older than they are

Somewhere deep in my core, I’m starting to realize I’m getting old, and it has nothing to do with the birthday that’s a little more than a week away. Actually, I’d forgotten that it was coming up, until someone reminded me. Does forgetting about ...

Babe Waxpak: Single-signed balls offer better value down the road

Dear Babe: I have a football signed by Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots. I was planning on attending a Aaron Hernandez signing and was going to use the same football. Would it depreciate the value to have the two autographs on the same ball, or should I get a separate autograph for value ...

Local Digest

adult baseball Granite State results TJ Sheedy came up big at the dish and on the mound, leading the Nashua Rockies to a 12-1 win over the Merrimack Dodgers on April 21 at Merrimack High School. Sheedy racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Rockies. He doubled in the third and ...

Rivier men’s volleyball all set with Visentin

NASHUA – For Steve Visentin a few years ago, one sports door closed, and then another one opened. And that changed his entire life. Visentin, you see, was a weak-hitting outfielder who eventually got cut as a sophomore from his high school baseball team in Cheshire, Conn. He was ...

Trainers, others get DWC pitcher strong in 5th year

The best thing about the amateur level of athletics is that the competitors are never too humble to say a simple “thank you.” For instance, take the case of Daniel Webster College pitcher Syed Ali, a fifth-year senior from Dracut, Mass. A year ago this time, Ali was ...

Be realistic about what workout your body can handle

I awoke Tuesday morning with a groan. The wife was about to leave for work, and as she does every day, she came in to say so long. When I made the noise, she expressed her hope that I would be able to fall back to sleep, despite what sounded like a thousand lawnmowers going to work outside ...

Dum vivamus, vivamus! (while we live, we live!)

While many of the images coming out of Boston recently have been utterly horrifying, others have been equally heroic and uplifting. That pendulum swings wide in both directions. But one image I saw among the thousands that have flashed across news media in recent days really clicked for me. It ...

Autographed 1989 Oakland A’s baseball worth up to $700

Dear Babe: In 1989 when I was 15, my Dad and I went to an Oakland A’s game with Rick Bosetti, the former major league outfielder. Rick was able to get us into the dugout and on the field before the game during batting practice. We talked to several players but were not allowed to get ...

Amherst native Chelsea Larivee refreshed after studying abroad

Nothing rekindles a passion for a sport like a few months away. Fortunately, for Bentley University junior lacrosse standout Chelsea Larivee, of Amherst, those few months away were spent studying abroad in Florence, Italy. While her teammates were doing their fall workouts and attending team ...

Nashua Community College baseball goes international

NASHUA – Nashua Community College baseball coach Justin Mongue did a double take about a year ago when he saw the email. It was from someone who was interested in playing for him this spring, but that someone was from Japan. “I thought this has to be one of my buddies ...

Rivier men’s lacrosse team rising to next level

NASHUA – James Delanoy had one key question when interviewing a couple of years ago for the men’s lacrosse head coaching job at Rivier University. “You have the turf, “ he said. “Do you plow it in the winter?” When told absolutely, ...

Goulet’s field of dreams right in his own Nashua backyard

He was on the field, hitting grounders and pop-ups to the infield – the same Holman Stadium infield he used to patrol nearly a generation ago as a high school standout. The bat felt great in his hands. So did the ball. So did the uniform. So did the clipboard he was using to chart ...

Still mixed reviews on when to stretch

Never had a break, hardly had a sprain, and in fact, only two times during my youth do I remember having a sports injury that actually kept me from competing in a game or meet. When I was in sixth grade, I got hit on the inside of my right ankle by a pitch during Little League, but stayed in ...

Certain game programs are worth keeping tucked away for down the road

Dear Babe: I’m a 78-year-old native San Franciscan, who attended both the 1961 All Star Game and the ’62 World Series at Candlestick Park. I forgot that I had a program from each of these games. They’ve been stored in a trunk lo these many years. They’re ...