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Wilton-Lyndeborough hopes to revive girls basketball team

High Schools

There was a void in the local girls high school basketball season this year. Gone from the Division IV schedule were the Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors. Will we see them in 2021? Probably not, says athletic director Brice Miller - at least not on the varsity level. “Honestly, I don’t ...

Best ever? Go with 2004 Patriots

Local Sports Columnists

Driven to the depths of sports TV watching during these trying times, there have been weeks now of swings and misses. Wednesday night was not one of those as we stumbled upon the replay of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl 39 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. As much as I have admired ...

Brady: Excited to be a Buc, looks at future, not the past

Boston sports

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – looks strange, doesn't it – took the high road in his 30 minute media conference call on Tuesday. But he did offer just a tinge of revealing information, saying that while he was with Robert Kraft in a farewell meeting at one of Kraft's ...

Would Belichick tank 2020 season to get Trevor Lawrence?

Boston sports

During the last week, without any real sports – no, Australian soccer or marble racing don’t count – I’ve been thinking about some things after Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No March Madness, no spring training baseball, no NBA playoff race. Nothing. What we have ...

NHIAA anoints winter season co-champions as closure

High Schools

Champions for a fifth straight year. Kinda sorta. Let's call it four-and-a-half. It may feel a bit hollow since the Division I girls basketball tournament was halted after the quarterfinal round, but the top-seeded, four-time defending champion Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team ...

Local college athletes are at a loss

Local Sports

The email came on Friday morning and by that afternoon, the Robinsons of Milford were on the road, headed for Birmingham, Ala. Their daughter, University of Alabama Birmingham freshman track standout Lauren had gotten the eviction notice that collegians from coast to coast have ...

The Patriots time of transition has arrived, all at once

Boston sports

Department stores are mainly closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop the New England Patriots from doing some bargain basement shopping in the last week. Perhaps it's a hint of where this team is going. Many may say nowhere. We'll say younger – eventually. The release on ...

Count him in as a Cam Newton man

Local Sports Columnists

The market suits Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. And we’re not talking the decimated Dow, NASDAQ or even your local Hannaford’s. It’s the National Football League’s quarterback market, which is now deep and rich with potential reclamation projects onto which Belichick ...

Patriots release longtime, all-time kicker Gostkowski

Boston sports

When he was a young kicker in his second year in the NFL, Stephen Gostkowski was adamant that fans shouldn't expect him to be like the popular kicker he replaced, Adam Vinatieri. “I'm not Adam,” he said at this first Super Bowl back in 2008. Well, like Vinatieri was in what seems like ...

It was a memorable sports week for some bad reasons

Local Sports Columnists

We will always remember the Week of March 15. And for many, not fondly. It was the week our world as we know it basically shut down in spurts. It was the week the world for New Hampshire high school winter athletes shut down, and spring athletes are wondering if they'll have a spring. And ...

Patriots bring back Hoyer for third tour of duty

Boston sports

He's back. Yes, the New England Patriots did what many expected they would do in bringing back veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer for his third go-round with the team. Hoyer retuns to the team on a one-year deal; he was released toward the end of training camp last year after a year-plus ...

NHIAA lets them all be (sort of) winners

Local Sports Columnists

Kudos to the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association for coming up with a way to honor the basketball and hockey teams whose tournaments were zapped into the ozone by the pandemic. That was the reaction here Monday morning upon seeing an email from the NHIAA. After opening the ...

After some memorable stops, the Tourney Trail goes cold

High Schools

The Trail went cold a lot sooner than it should have. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic provided a scary,premature shutdown of the 2019-20 winter high school Tourney Trail. There was really no option for the NHIAA. However, we had just over a week of very, very memorable moments. So, before the ...

Longo: Hopkins deal still has rancid odor to it

Local Sports Columnists

Stray National Football League thoughts as I contemplate whether or not Jarrett Stidham has the next 19 years covered at Patriot Place. Seriously, any fantasy football commissioner worth his salt would have rejected the recent Deandre Hopkins deal from Houston to Arizona as some sort of ...

The Tom Brady Watch is officially over as he joins Tampa

Boston sports

It's official in red, pewter, and bay orange ink – the official team colors of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tom Brady Watch, which began in New England and went all the way down the east coast to Tampa, is over. Brady is officially a Buccaneer, as he signed a two-year deal worth $50 ...

Longo: Huge opportunity for horse racing right now

Local Sports

What are the folks who direct horse racing thinking of right now? Racing, an afterthought of a sport save for three Triple Crown Saturdays in the spring and Breeders Cup weekend in the fall, is the last man standing. Sports from coast to coast are on coronavirus hold indefinitely. Casinos ...

Brady deal still being finalized; Ebner latest to leave Pats

Boston sports

A different kind of Tom Brady Watch continues. The watch/wait for some kind of announcement on the finalization of his Tampa Bay Buccaneer contract. There was nothing new on Thursday except the fact that Brady reportedly was seeing a doctor in New York to undergo a physical, as the NFL is not ...

Merrimack’s Gasper waiting and hoping for a baseball season

Local Sports

The plan was in place. Merrimack's Mickey Gasper was going through one of his first workouts at the New York Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.last Friday when all of a sudden he fell into Plan C. Otherwise known as Yankees and MLB's COVID-19 plan. Which is no baseball. “We were ...

Greenwood: Will change of colors suit Brady?

Local Sports Columnists

Every essay on Tom Brady’s new football journey, as he calls it, includes a fashion note. “Get used to seeing Brady in a different uniform.” Well, no kidding. Really? He won’t be able to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a Flying Elvis on his helmet? He won’t be doing his ...