EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 22, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats shortstop Kevin Nolan — a Nashua South graduate — is playing quite well. He entered yesterday’s game against the Portland Sea Dogs batting .286 with a .377 on-base percentage, four homers, 21 RBIs and five doubles.

FELGER THE FAN

If you haven’t seen it already, search “Felger’s live reaction to Game 7 goals.”

It is a video of Boston sports personality Mike Felger’s reaction to the Bruins’ game-tying and winning goals in Game 7 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs series.

One word describes it ... hilarious.

HYPOCRITICAL

Also, isn’t it hilarious how Felger and Tony Massarotti have taken time during their radio show to criticize Red Sox broadcasters Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy for talking about non-baseball related topics? Yet one of the commercials on CSNNE to advertise the Felger & Mazz show has the two hosts discussing how the ear is one of the most vile parts of the human body?

Felger and Mazz are right. Orsillo and Remy should stick to baseball. And Felger and Mazz should avoid the ear — and stick to sports.

ACES WILD

When the Red Sox and White Sox meet tonight, two aces will take the mound.

Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78 ERA) goes against slated starter, White Sox lefty Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53) at 8:10 p.m.

Sale is just 24 and finished sixth for the 2012 AL Cy Young award.

He told The Eagle-Tribune last year: “I think all stats are kind of bogus anyway. I know some guys like to look at them and set goals but that’s just something I don’t do. Whether I look at my ERA and it’s a 5.00 or if I look at my ERA and it’s a 1.00, I’ve still got to go out there and pitch. So sometimes if you look at it and it’s not where you want it to be, you try to do too much to get it down.”

BRUSCHI INDUCTED TO PATriotS’ HALL

Fans voted former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi into the team’s Hall of Fame. He will be the 19th player to be inducted.

His induction will be Aug. 11 and is open to the public. There also will be a ceremony during halftime of the Patriots’ first home game (Sept. 12 vs. Jets).

BIG GAME ALERT

Londonderry boys volleyball (11-1) plays at Timberlane (8-4) today at 5 p.m.

The Owls and Lancers played a tough match last week with the Lancers prevailing 3-1. In that one, Timberlane’s Phil Balanoff recorded 20 assists while Londonderry’s Keegan Smith recorded 20 kills.

LEE SPEEDWAY CEREMONIES

Lee USA Speedway on Friday will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Veterans and Swings & Things Night, to honor military veterans. Ed Miller of VFW Post 90 in Raymond, N.H., will lead the Color Guard in a 21-gun salute. Military will be admitted free. The event starts at 6:45 p.m.

Lee USA Speedway will remember US Army veteran and long-time supporter of the speedway, Jay Merryfield, who died of cancer in January.

DOYLE TAKES MOUND

Salem graduate Terry Doyle will make his eighth start, and 10th appearance, on Friday at Louisville. He is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA. The opposition is batting .232 against him.

MLS COMES TO NYC

Per MLB.com, “Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees, has acquired the (Major League Soccer’s) 20th expansion club. The new team will be named New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and expects to begin play in 2015.”

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