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January 16, 2013

Sports in a minute


They call him the greatest of all-time, something that irks some Tom Brady fans. But just to be named in the same breath as Joe Montana is a compliment.

Montana was 4-0 in Super Bowls and 16-7 overall in the playoffs, posting five game-winning drives.

He completed 62.7 percent of his postseason passes, throwing 45 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions. He was perfect in Super Bowls with 11 TD passes and no interceptions.

Brady, meanwhile, surpassed Montana’s postseason win record Sunday. He is 17-6 in the postseason, posting six-game winning drives.

He has completed 62.9 percent of his postseason passes, throwing 41 touchdowns compared to 20 picks. He is 3-2 in Super Bowls with nine TD passes compared to two interceptions.

Brady has more playoff wins, but the true stat is Super Bowl wins. Until he gets No. 4, Montana is better.


Merrimack’s televised game against UMass on Feb. 9 has been changed to 4 p.m.

The home game for the Warriors (8-9-4 overall, 6-5-1 Hockey East) is on NESN. Limited tickets remain. Purchase them at merrimackathletics.com or by calling the ticket office at 978-837-5324.


Tim Bogar, the Red Sox bench coach last year, will manage the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas club this year.

Bogar’s pitching coach will be former All-Star left-hander Mike Hampton who finished second for the 1999 NL Cy Young when he went 22-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 34 starts for the Houston Astros.


Boxford’s Chris Kreider, a Phillips Academy and Boston College graduate, is in camp with the New York Rangers, fighting for a position on the Opening Night roster.

The 21-year-old received his first NHL experience last year. After winning the National Championship with BC, he played in the postseason for the Rangers, posting five goals and two assists in 18 games.

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