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BY ANDY SCHACHAT
WHEN Dave McGillivray was 16 years old, he tried out for his high school basketball team. McGillivray said the tryout went well and he was told so by the coach.
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
If it was purely based on football and the quality of play, these Thursday night games might be in jeopardy. By and large they've been ugly and non-competitive, with teams repeatedly looking unready...
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A couple of days after his Jets dropped their fifth consecutive contest, and drew ever closer to confronting the reality that this could be another lost season for Gang Green, coach Rex Ryan remained...
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Jerod Mayo's impact on the Patriots isn't so easily quantified by individual statistics, considering he has only 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three interceptions in the course of a seven-year...
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After Sunday the Pats can move forward as a first-place team. And with legitimate reason for optimism offensively.
EDITORIAL
THROUGH SIX WEEKS of the regular season, only one team in Division I West has a winning record: Alvirne High School of Hudson.
EDITORIAL
IF SOMETHING special becomes of this Patriots season, last week's obliteration of the Bengals will almost certainly be seen as the turning point.
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
In the hours that followed Sunday night's statement-making beatdown of the Bengals, the feel-good vibes of a 43-17 victory spilled over into social media for a few of the Patriots' biggest stars.
Kansas City Royals infielders Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants during game two of the 2014 World Series on Wednesday.

Royals' ride six-run sixth to Game 2 win, even Series

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Salvador Perez hit a two-run double and Omar Infante belted a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the...

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning during game one of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium.

Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals' postseason streak with win in Series opener

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Madison Bumgarner had his fun, while the Royals vowed to bounce back after the San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City's perfect postseason to an emphatic end with a 7-1 win in Tuesday's World...

Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who grew up in Concord, N.H., has his San Francisco Giants in the World Series again. The club is going for its third title in five years. Game 1 at Kansas City is tonight at 8 p.m.

Giants' blueprint? There is none

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In an industry in which success breeds copycats, opposing clubs should be rushing to imitate the Giants Way. But that might be easier said than done.

Manchester Memorial product Steve Balboni, middle, receives congratulations for his home run from Royals teammates Frank White, left, and Danny Tartabull in this 1987 file photo.

Former Royals slugger and current Giants scout Balboni's heart remains with San Francisco

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As a mustachioed masher, Manchester, N.H.'s Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni helped the Royals to their only World Series championship in 1985, slugging 36 homers. It stands as the franchise...

San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa heads toward home plate after hitting a walk off three run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning of game five of the 2014 NLCS.

Ishikawa blast sends Giants to third World Series in five years

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Travis Ishikawa blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Thursday to clinch the National League Championship series and...

San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla (46) and catcher Buster Posey celebrate after Wednesday's 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

NLCS: Giants rally past Cardinals to close on World Series

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The San Francisco Giants scored three runs in the sixth inning to move to the brink of a return to the World Series with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Royals players celebrate on the field after defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, in Game 4 of the 2014 American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday. The Royals swept the Orioles to advance to the World Series.

KC masterpiece: Royals finsh sweep of ALCS, head to Series

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Jason Vargas pitched effectively into sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals scored two runs in the first inning without getting the ball out of the infield in a 2-1 victory on Wednesday to sweep...

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) dives into the stands to catch a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones during the sixth inning of game three of the 2014 ALCS playoff baseball game at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night.

Royals push O's to brink in ALCS with 2-1 win

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Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Kansas City's shutdown bullpen held the Baltimore Orioles hitless the final four innings as the Royals earned a 2-1 victory...

Royals' ride six-run sixth to Game 2 win, even Series

Royals' ride six-run sixth to Game 2 win, even Series

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Salvador Perez hit a two-run double and Omar Infante belted a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals' postseason streak with win in Series opener

Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals' postseason streak with win in Series opener

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Madison Bumgarner had his fun, while the Royals vowed to bounce back after the San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City's perfect postseason to an emphatic end with a 7-1 win in Tuesday's World Series opener.

Giants' blueprint? There is none

Giants' blueprint? There is none

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In an industry in which success breeds copycats, opposing clubs should be rushing to imitate the Giants Way. But that might be easier said than done.

Former Royals slugger and current Giants scout Balboni's heart remains with San Francisco

Former Royals slugger and current Giants scout Balboni's heart remains with San Francisco

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As a mustachioed masher, Manchester, N.H.'s Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni helped the Royals to their only World Series championship in 1985, slugging 36 homers. It stands as the franchise single-season record.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Terry Labonte drives Saturday during practice for today's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Labonte announced that he's retiring after this race. USA TODAY Sports

Vickers earns first pole in five years

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - Brian Vickers roared to the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon, working the aerodynamic draft to great effect during a qualifying session full of surprises at Talladega Superspeedway.

College Roundup: Alabama embarrasses No. 21 Texas A&M; West Virginia beats the Bears

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Blake Sims threw for three touchdowns and ran for one and Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each accounted for two touchdowns as No. 7 Alabama embarrassed No. 21 Texas A&M, 59-0, in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.

College football: LIU Post hands St. Anselm second straight defeat

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For the second week in a row after opening the season 5-0, the St. Anselm football team lost and surrendered 48-plus points in the process.

College football: Bridgewater blanks PSU

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The Plymouth State football team was shut out 24-0 Saturday at Bridgewater State's Swenson Field in Bridgwater, Mass.

The Panthers (1-5, 1-4 MASCAC) allowed Bridgewater State (3-4, 2-3 MASCAC) to score seven points in the first quarter, 10 in the second and seven in the third.

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