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BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora didn’t expect his first chance to manage in the major leagues to come this soon, but the new Boston Red Sox manager says he’s ready to take on the challenge of leading one of its most storied franchises. Cora was introduced Monday at Fenway Park as the 47th manager of the...
BOSTON (AP) — A couple of lucky bounces helped the Boston Bruins build an early lead against Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk. They followed that with their best period of the season. Jake DeBrusk and Frank Vatrano each scored a first-period goal off a Wild player’s skate, and the Bruins held on...
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half of Monday night's game in Atlanta. Boston won 110-107. AP Photo/John Bazemore
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can. Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night. “It’s a beautiful game when it’s played the right way,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’s...
 Athol's Bryce King goes on the offensive attack during their playoff game against the Renaissance School on Saturday in Athol. The Red Raiders won 6-5 in the shootout. Photo by Mike Phillips
ATHOL — Fans got their money’s worth on Saturday night as the Athol boys’ varsity soccer team netted four straight kicks in the shootout to win 6-5 over the Renaissance School in the first round of the MIAA playoff tournament. “It’s definitely stressful,” said Athol coach Dave King. “You go out...
The Athol Red Raiders defeated the Belchertown Orioles 41-0 on Friday night in Athol. Pictured is Athol's Robbie Nelson going up for the catch. Photo by Mike Phillips
ATHOL — Neither team in Friday night’s football game had made the post-season tournament, but the Athol Red Raiders — hosting the Belchertown Orioles in non-playoff action — played like they had something to prove. The Red Raiders blanked the Orioles 41-0 to bounce back from a tough 49-17 loss to...
LUDLOW — Mahar quarterback Sam Paul ran the ball into the end zone for the two-yard touchdown and then converted the two-point conversion to lead the Senators past the Ludlow Lions, 44-36 on Friday night in Ludlow. The touchdown run came after Ludlow’s Justin DeBarge completed a three-yard pass...
Mahar's Delaney Parker nets her first goal of the game against Pioneer Valley on Saturday afternoon in Orange. Parker scored two goals for the Senators. The Senators won 3-1.Photo by Mike Phillips
ORANGE — The game was played closer than some would like but the Mahar girls’ varsity soccer team got the job done on Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 12 Pioneer Valley 3-1 in the first round of the West Division III, MIAA playoff tournament. As the No. 4 seed, the Senators will host the No. 5...
ATHOL — When the Athol Red Raiders went to the shootout in their recent 6-5 win over the Renaissance School in the first round of the MIAA playoffs, the situation reminded head coach Dave King of a playoff game two years ago against the rivaled Mahar Senators. The two teams played until penalty...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kyrie Irving and Al Horford have been the primary forces behind so much of what the Boston Celtics are doing well during their eight-game winning streak. On Sunday, it was key contributions off the bench from Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. The reserve duo brought energy and...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and the Oakland Raiders overcame two fluky plays that cost them possession to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 on Sunday night. The Dolphins recovered an onside kick and came up with a takeaway when Oakland fumbled twice on a single play,...

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