Ms sting Rays for quick The Big Story: You know what they say about the playoffs: It’s not necessarily the team with the best record that advances, it’s the team that gets hot at the right time. And in the ECHL playoffs that team is your Manchester Monarchs, who kicked off their Round 3 playoffs vs. South Carolina Stingrays with back-to-back wins (2-1 and 4-3) down south over the weekend. The leader was Kevin Morris, who had a goal in both wins. Sports 101: This is courtesy of George Will’s great annual opening day baseball quiz of 2016. Name the four players since World War II with five seasons of hitting .350 or better. Hooray for Hollywood Award: Who’d have bet that when they made the major Hollywood picture on the famed 1973 Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs the producers would tab an edgy comedian out of Bedford, N.H., to be in the film? But they did in hiring Sarah Silverman to play World Team magazine founder Gladys Heldman to Emma Stone’s Billie Jean and Steve Carell’s Riggs. It’s slated for a Sept. 22 release. What’s in a Name Award: Goffstown’s Tyler Small (ball) defied his name in coming up big with the a three-run homer in
4 – lacrosse goals scored each by Avery Drouin and Lauren Lisauskas for Pinkerton in a 19-3 rout of Central. 6 – goal deficit the Bedford girls rebounded from to win a 16-15 thriller over Pinkerton after Hannah McCarthy kick-started the comeback to stay undefeat-
G-Town’s 11-4 win over Pelham. Good Start Award: To Connor Collins, who helped the Bedford baseball team rebound from their first loss by sending the Bulldogs on their way to a 9-2 win over Londonderry by homering on the game’s first pitch in a game in which he knocked in two runs, scored three times and zoomed the OBP by getting on base four times. Out-of-Town Scores – The Johnny Vander Meer Award: Move over, Johnny, as Oyster River senior Brennen Oxford just bested your MLB record by throwing a third consecutive no-hitter last week in a 5-0 win over Laconia. Sports 101 Answer: The four to hit .350 or better five times since WWII are Ted Williams, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs and Tony Gwynn. On The Date – May 18: 1942 – New York City ends night baseball games for rest of WW II. 1971 – With just six NHL games under his belt brilliant rookie Ken Dryden leads Montreal to a Game 7 win over Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup after shutting down Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito and defending champion Boston Bruins before that. 2004 – Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game as Arizona beats Atlanta 2-0.
ed in Division I lacrosse with a three-goal spurt after falling behind 9-3 to the Astros. 8 – goals and nine assists from Concord laxsters Drew Livingston (5 and 2) and Brendan Pearl (3 and 6) as the Crimson waxed Central 16-6. 9 – goals scored in a game, not once but twice by Madi Kochanek in leading
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Derryfield laxsters to a 19-4 win over St. Thomas at the start of the week and in a 13-12 loss to Laconia. 11 – wins against no defeats for Division II leader Derryfield School lacrosse team after an 18-3 pounding of Kennett when John Anderson, Eric Mayer and Gunnar Senatore each scored three goals to lead the way.
Stephen A Smith: ESPN yakker who apparently thinks raising the bellicosity level as he yammers on will somehow make folks with a hoop IQ over 100 believe he invented the NBA as he regularly acts like he did. Sam Jones: Another Celtic great lost in the haze of time, despite winning a second best ever 10 NBA titles. He was Paul Pierce before Paul Pierce, minus the rebounding. A volume scorer, with only Jerry West in his day as his equal as an end-of-the-game clutch shooter. The career numbers were held down by a backcourt with three other Famers. But after that thinned out, he averaged 25.6 per in 1965-66. I’ve got him seventh-best on the Cs’ alltime Top 10. Three Other Celtics Famers: Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman were the starters and the Jones boys Sam and KC were the reserves until Sharman retired in 1961, four years into Sam’s career. Johnny Vander Meer: 1930s-’40s Cincinnati Reds lefty hurler and only player in MLB history to throw consecutive no-hitters. It started June 11, 1938, with a no-no vs. the Boston Braves. No. 2 came four days later in the first night game played at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. That led to a start and win over the favored AL in the All-Star on his way to finishing 15-10. Overall, he had 16-, 17- and 18-win seasons in a 13-year career interrupted for two years by WWII, which finished at 119-121 with a 3.44 ERA.
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