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DAVE D'ONOFRIO
AFTER TOPPING the 40-point plateau for the fifth time this season on Sunday, not only have the Patriots scored a league-high 442 points, but they're once again on an historic pace.
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
When the doors opened to the Patriots' locker room after Sunday's 41-13 thumping of the Dolphins, arguably the two most important players in franchise history stood in the middle of the room, deep in...
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
It's long been thought a tenet of team building at Gillette Stadium that the more a player can do, the more important he is. The idea is that there's value in versatility — which at an...
BY DAVE D'ONOFRIO UNION LEADER SPORTS
AS THE Patriots and Dolphins readied for this afternoon's divisional showdown at Gillette Stadium, the teams each had 13 games worth of video to review while devising their strategies, maybe none of...
ROGER BROWN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER
While senior Nico Steriti will likely get most of the carries that would have went to Owens on Friday night, Crossan gives the Wildcats some versatility in the offensive backfield. Crossan,...
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
WHEN the Patriots awoke on the West Coast Sunday morning, there was a chance that by the time they go to sleep on the East Coast next Sunday night they could have lost control of their fate in the...
DAVE D'ONOFRIO
THE SPOTLIGHT turned on the Patriots' third, fourth and fifth cornerbacks last Sunday as quickly as Aaron Rodgers targeted rookie Davante Adams more than he had in the two previous weeks combined by...
JOHN HABIB
RYAN DAY was driving through New Jersey on Tuesday on a recruiting tour when he returned a message left for him here at the office. After exchanging greetings, our conversation turned to the 1997...
UNH's Matt Kaplan is shown during Friday's game in Durham.

Granite Staters are front and center for UNH

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While many New Hampshire natives have played for the University of New Hampshire football team over the years, not one can say they led the Wildcats to an FCS championship game.

College Football: These Redbirds can run and pass

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Running the football isn't the only thing the Illinois State offense does well, but it appears to be what the Redbirds do best.

Grid coach Cote, BG go their separate ways

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Bishop Guertin athletic director Peter Paladino confirmed Thursday night that the school has parted ways with Travis Cote, BG's football coach for the last four seasons, but refused to say whether...

University of New Hampshire receiver R.J. Harris, left, and quarterback Sean Goldrich connected on a reverse lateral wide-receiver screen for a 61-yard touchdown in last Friday's FCS quarterfinal win over Chattanooga at Cowell Stadium in Durham.

Trick plays are elemental in the UNH offense

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SOME PEOPLE call them trick plays or gadget plays, but within the walls that house the University of New Hampshire football offices they're referred to as “Elements of the offense.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with tight end Rob Gronkowski after the two connected for a touchdown in Sunday's 41-13 win over Miami at Gillette Stadium. Despite the offense's recent successes, Brady is not satisfied.

Patriots offense nearing history

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AFTER TOPPING the 40-point plateau for the fifth time this season on Sunday, not only have the Patriots scored a league-high 442 points, but they're once again on an historic pace.

UNH center Mike Coccia is shown during last week's FCS quarterfinal game against Chattanooga.

Wildcats' Coccia, Harris make All-America team

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While one can make the case the University of New Hampshire football team needed the production from wide receiver R.J. Harris to reach the national semifinals, another case can be made that many of...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw the ball during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Bledsoe, Brady stark contrast in relative success

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When the doors opened to the Patriots' locker room after Sunday's 41-13 thumping of the Dolphins, arguably the two most important players in franchise history stood in the middle of the room, deep in...

12/03/14   Head Coach Sean McDonnell during UNH football practice in Durham on Wednesday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader

UNH's McDonnell gets Robinson coaching honor a second time

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On Monday after becoming just the third coach to win the Eddie Robinson Award twice, McDonnell, like a ferocious cornerback, deflected any praise coming his way.

Granite Staters are front and center for UNH

Granite Staters are front and center for UNH

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While many New Hampshire natives have played for the University of New Hampshire football team over the years, not one can say they led the Wildcats to an FCS championship game.

College Football: These Redbirds can run and pass

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Running the football isn't the only thing the Illinois State offense does well, but it appears to be what the Redbirds do best.

Grid coach Cote, BG go their separate ways

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Bishop Guertin athletic director Peter Paladino confirmed Thursday night that the school has parted ways with Travis Cote, BG's football coach for the last four seasons, but refused to say whether Cote resigned or was removed from the position.

Trick plays are elemental in the UNH offense

Trick plays are elemental in the UNH offense

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SOME PEOPLE call them trick plays or gadget plays, but within the walls that house the University of New Hampshire football offices they're referred to as “Elements of the offense.”

Patriots offense nearing history

Patriots offense nearing history

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AFTER TOPPING the 40-point plateau for the fifth time this season on Sunday, not only have the Patriots scored a league-high 442 points, but they're once again on an historic pace.

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UNH’s Sean McDonnell says he learned a lot coaching at Memorial, then West.

John Habib's City Sports: McDonnell remembers his coaching roots

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WHEN Sean McDonnell received his second Eddie Robinson Award this week as the Football Championship Subdivision national coach of the year, it only validated what many in our city already knew about him for many years. And that is, this man is truly one of the top college football coaches in the nation.

NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Brown paces Pelham victory

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The Pelham boys' basketball team looked good in its home opener and first Division III game, winning 56-45 over Campbell of Litchfield on Tuesday night.

FCS recruiting

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Participating in the FCS playoffs isn't all good for the schools involved. There is at least one drawback, and that's recruiting.

John Habib's City Sports: Memorable miss proved valuable lesson for Ryan Day

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RYAN DAY was driving through New Jersey on Tuesday on a recruiting tour when he returned a message left for him here at the office. After exchanging greetings, our conversation turned to the 1997 Class L semifinal boys' basketball clash between Day's gritty Central squad and Matt Bonner's top-ranked Concord team at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gym.

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