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The America East player of the year has declared his intention to jump from college to the pros.

Well, I said the Ottawa Senators would win their opening round series against the Boston Bruins in six games, and I was right, and I get no satisfaction from that. The Bruins were ousted 3-2 in overtime at the Garden yesterday when Clarke MaCarthur put home the game winner on the power play, the second time the Bruins lost an overtime game in that fashion in the series.

Jared Barbosa is an Elementary School guidance counselor who was raised by a professional soccer player. His dad, Manoel “Boom Boom” Barbosa, competed all over the world before settling down in Nashua, N.H.

Jared says professional soccer was his dad’s ticket out of poverty in Brazil. College soccer was his ticket to economic mobility.

He doesn’t think high level sports should exclude low-income kids.

Every pro hockey player, every coach, even some fans, if they're honest, will tell you that to win playoff hockey, you have to have a little good luck along the way, and such fortune was on the side of the NY Rangers in their 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Bell Centre.

Thunder Road Speedbowl has been sold, the first change of ownership to the quarter mile racing track in Barre since 1982.

A bootprint in the mud.
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Vermonters may be looking for a chance to explore the great outdoors now that it's springtime, but venturing out on a hike during the mud season could actually cause damage to trails.

The NY Rangers hadn't won a playoff game in their own house dating back to 2015, a six-game Madison Square Garden losing streak. But they snapped it last night with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens that evens their opening round playoff series at two games apiece.

A spectacular comeback by the Boston Bruins in regulation was rendered moot in overtime last night in a 4-3 loss that now has the Bruins trailing two games to one in their opening round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.

Kids on the Ball

An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we're not talking about baseball.

The Montreal Canadiens on Saturday were just 18 seconds away from trailing the NY Rangers two games to none in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now on Monday they are leading the series two games to one.

Hanley Ramirez was among a number of Boston Red Sox players who went viral at the beginning of this baseball season, not in an Internet way, but in succumbing to a nasty flu virus that swept through the clubhouse. Ramirez missed all four games in the Detroit series but yesterday was feeling much better at Fenway Park, especially after putting a healthy swing on a ball in the eighth inning that produced a bases-loaded double and tied a game the Sox trailed 3-1 at the time.

The Boston Bruins trailed the Ottawa Senators, on the road, 1-0 heading into the second period last night in game one of the opening round of the Stanley cup playoffs, and in the second failed to land a single shot on goal. But the Bruins found life in the third, scored twice, and came away with a 2-1 win against the team they hadn't beaten in four previous tries this season.

The Drew Pomeranz Red Sox fans were hoping to see when he was acquired after the all star break last season for a pretty good young prospect showed up at Fenway Park last night. The former Padres lefty was not expected to go more than five innings in his first start since starting the year on the DL with arm soreness, but he scattered just four hits before giving up a lead off single in the top of the 7th with the Sox leading 2-0 and ended up striking out six in an 8-1 Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Win-loss records for pitchers in Major League Baseball can be deceiving. Chris Sale is exhibit A. The Boston Red Sox ace is still winless on the season and his record stands at 0-1, but he's pitched brilliantly in both his starts so far, including yesterday's 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

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For the second time in less than two months, a Vermont ski resort is being acquired by a buyer from out west, and Stratton Mountain Resort will soon come under an ownership group headed by Aspen Skiing Company.

Happy outcome and some retribution for Sergio Garcia, who won the Masters Golf tournament yesterday for the first time, and for his first ever major championship win at age 37.

In what could be an opening round NHL playoff series preview, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators skated to a 1-1 regulation tie before the Sens won the game 2-1 in an overtime shootout.

A group of fans, some wearing Boston Red Sox apparel, hold out baseballs to be autographed.
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The opening week of baseball season means that winter is over (in some places) and that it's time for Vermont Edition's annual baseball show.

Chris Sale got a no-decision in his Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night, but with seven scoreless innings to go with seven strikeouts, the lefty sensation left little doubt that the decision to trade top prospects to acquire him was a winning one.

Vermont's largest ski resort is setting its sights on a three-peat. After hosting some of the world's best alpine skiers last November as a stop on the World Cup circuit, Killington resort officials say they're in talks with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to have the event return to the slopes in November 2017 and again in 2018. The international body meets to decide upcoming schedules next month.

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