■Jaylen LeRoy scored 20 points and grabbed five boards, and Manny Alisandro had a double-double off 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Plymouth State men’s basketball team (11-11, 5-8 LEC) fell to Western Connecticut State, 79-74.,Rene Hudson (16 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Jaz Laracuente (12 points, seven assists) led the Pilgrims (12-8, 11-2 Pride girls’ basketball AAU team will be hosting tryouts on Sunday at Penacook Elementary School.,The tryouts will be held at the following times for the following age groups: 2011-2009 girls and boys 1-2 p.m.; 2008-2007 girls and boys 2-3 p.m.; 2005-2006 girls only 3-4 p.m.; 2004-2001 girls only 4-5:30 p.m. To register online go to For more information contact City basketball spring AAU tryout registration is now open.,The first tryout in Concord will be Feb. 16 at Bishop Brady High School at the following times, which are broken down by age group: advanced 2nd grade-4th grade girls, 1-2 p.m.; advanced 2nd grade-4th grade boys, 2-3 p.m.; 5th-6th grade girls, 3-4 p.m.; 5th-6th grade boys, 4-5 p.m.; 7th-8th grade girls, 5-6 p.m.; 7th-8th grade boys, 6-7 p.m.; all high school girls, 7-8 p.m.; all high school boys, 8-9 p.m.,The second tryout in Concord will be March 10 at Bishop Brady at the following times, which area also broken down by age group: advanced 2nd-6th grade girls, 11 a.m.-noon; advanced 2nd-6th grade boys, noon-1 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school girls, 1-2 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school boys, 2-3 p.m.
The New England Patriots captured their sixth championship in franchise history, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII 13-3.,You know it was an unbelievable year.,Its unbelievable to win this game.,The defense played their best game of the year.,The final score was the lowest in Super Bowl history.
Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to remind his teammates about the upside of the New Orleans fans' famed investment in the game.,They'll need every bit of Talib's expertise and skill when they attempt to slow Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and a New Orleans (14-3) offense that already carved up the Rams (14-3) once this season.,"Everybody is preparing for this game different," Talib said.,While many of his teammates got their first career playoff victory last week against Dallas, Talib has seen it all before — from big playoff games in New England to a Super Bowl championship run with Denver.,Talib understandably wouldn't give away the Rams' potential strategy for the NFC title game, and neither would Phillips.
Philip Rivers just concluded his 15th season with the Los Angeles Chargers but the quarterback's future beyond 2019 is one of many areas that general manager Tom Telesco will have to address during the offseason.,Rivers said Monday that he hasn't discussed his future plans with the team, but noted he wants to play at least through 2020, when the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park opens.,Telesco didn't rule out the possibility of drafting a quarterback this year, but also said that it would have to line up with the team's other needs.,Other notable free agents include cornerback Jason Verrett, who missed the season with an Achilles injury, wide receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive tackle Damion Square.,"We had a very good football team but we played a better football team in New England at New England.
What more can be said about the playoff accomplishments of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?,As Boomer Esiason recently noted, “as long as his offensive line holds up, and Melvin Gordon is able to control the line of scrimmage a little bit with the running game, this could be Philip’s best opportunity to finally break through against Tom Brady.”,Rivers is coming off a one of his best seasons, having passed for 269.2 yards per game, with 32 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions.,Tom Brady (Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Patriots offense was about as prolific this season yardage-wise as it has been in the past, collecting 266.1 passing yards and 127.3 rushing yards per game, good enough for top 10 in both categories.,But even though this year’s team went 8-0 at home, they just don’t look nearly as crisp as they have in the past, with Rob Gronkowski seemingly on his last legs, Tom Brady making more small mistakes here and there and the defense struggling against teams that can run the ball.
It was anything but easy, and at times it seemed the Raptors were really going to lose to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, a game in which the Raptors led by 23 points in the second quarter.,The NFL's divisional round last weekend didn't quite live up to the hype, as only one of the games was close and exciting, but it leaves us with two championship games next Sunday that are must-watch games.,The Kansas City Chiefs will host the New England Patriots, while the New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.,OVer in the NFC, it was the Rams winning the game thanks to their run offense and run defense, the last thing anybody expected.,The Saints have looked like the best team all season, and after falling behind 14-0 to the Eagles to start the game, scored 20 straight points and put an end to the Nick Foles magic.
It was a good news/bad news situation for the Dolphins and their head coaching search Sunday:
The good news is the guy they expect to hire, Brian Flores, put on a clinic.,Flores, the Patriots’ linebackers coach and play-caller on defense, bewildered Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ offensive line Sunday, using a variety of blitzes and defensive looks to shut down Los Angeles’ high-flying offense.,Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux wrote on Twitter, when a Miami Herald reporter asked if he was impressed by the job Flores had done Sunday.,The Patriots swarmed the league’s No. 6 scoring offense, playing a near-flawless defensive game after the Patriots surrendered a touchdown on Los Angeles’ opening drive.,Sources say he might bring former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach Brett Bielema with him from New England; Bielema, a consultant for Bill Belichick, seems to be the front-runner to be the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator.
C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on Saturday night.,The long-struggling Rams had won only one postseason game since their last trip to the Super Bowl in February 2002, but 32-year-old coach Sean McVay has added his first playoff victory to his spectacular two-season franchise turnaround.,After winning the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas lost in the divisional playoff round for the sixth consecutive time and fell short of its first trip to the NFC championship game since January 1996.,CHIEFS 31, COLTS 13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout performance, and Kansas City rolled to a victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round to end 25 years of playoff frustration.,Mahomes threw for 278 yards while running for a touchdown, and Damien Williams ran through snow and muck for 129 yards and another score, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to earn their first AFC title game appearance since January 1994.