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Mahar's Matt Jenks gathers in a rebound over a North Middlesex defender on Thursday night. Jenks contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Mahar's 52-34 win. Photo by Mike Phillips
FITCHBURG — In a matchup of two undefeated teams, Sam Paul hit a three to put Mahar up 3-1 to start the game off and the team never looked back, leading the rest of the way to defeat North Middlesex 52-34 on Thursday night. “With summer basketball, it’s going to be, from night to night you’re...
 Pictured is Christine Wheeler's Team USA jersey. Courtesy photo
ATHOL — Nick Wheeler of Orange began playing Dek Hockey at 12 years old at 202 Sports on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange. From there he got into refereeing and then started playing in tournaments up and down the Northeast. His wife, Christine Wheeler, who he met in college, would watch his games...
CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL stage belongs to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils. Then it goes right back to George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights. In the wake of Vegas’ expansion draft, New Jersey is on the clock with the No. 1 pick of the amateur draft beginning Friday night at the United...
Duke’s Jayson Tatum, right, poses for photos with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Boston Celtics as the No. 3 pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year’s NBA draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia to build on an already rich cache of future selections. On draft night, they still grabbed one of the most NBA-ready players available....
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dave Tippett stuck with the Arizona Coyotes through four seasons of playing without an owner, five years of losing since the franchise’s greatest success in the desert and the start of a rebuilding process. The latest changes have the affable coach headed out after leading...
TOKYO (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a quick lesson in the ancient sport of sumo during a visit to Japan. Brady, who visited China and Japan this week on a tour promoting football, stopped in at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday and stepped into the ring with...
Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn. Spieth birdied five of the first eight holes and carded a 63 while sitting in first place. John Woike/Hartford Courant via AP
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth didn’t take long to figure out TPC River Highlands. Making his debut at the Connecticut course, the 23-year-old Texan had eight birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship. Spieth birdied five of the...
The biggest headline of the NBA Draft could be one not about any player drafted. On Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls traded three-time all-star Jimmy Butler (21) and the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall draft pick. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File
NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night. Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft, which received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago...
Mahar's Sophia Apteker gathers in the rebound and puts the ball back up, completing the basket and drawing the foul. Apteker missed the free throw but brought the game to within two, down 19-17. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — The great UCLA head coach John Wooden once said “all of life is peaks and valleys” and that sure was the case Wednesday night for the Mahar girls summer basketball team. After not scoring for the first 11:30 in the second half, Mahar finished the game on a 14-2 run en route to a 29-21...
 Athol's Amber Mahony shoots from just inside the arc during the first half of Wednesday night's summer league game. Mahony contributed eight points for Athol in their 59-40 loss. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — Summer basketball can sometimes be more about development than the record. Often times players come straight from other sport seasons and use summer basketball to get back into basketball shape. “It’s summer basketball, we’ve got young kids playing and you’re just throwing them out...

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