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World Series: 'MadBum' pitches like a champion

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 31⁄2 decades, winning Game 7 on the road for their third World Series title in five years. Punctuating one of the finest October performances in baseball history, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings on two days’ rest for his third win of the Series, and the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, Wednesday night in a championship pushed to the limit.
 
Coaching just part of coach’s job these days
COLONIE

Coaching just part of coach’s job these days

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
A college coach’s job is to win. A college coach’s job is to mold teens and 20-somethings in and out of the classroom. A college coach’s job is to hand out coffee to commuters.
 
ALBANY

Devils vs. Springfield: Devils get more help

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Injuries and recalls took two men off the Albany Devils’ second line this week, but they just plugged in two more and watched them spark a comeback win Wednesday. With centerman Kelly Zajac out with an upper-body injury and left wing Reid Boucher up with New Jersey, Albany coach Rick Kowalsky gave rookie Graham Black the nod at center and Stefan Matteau — who just returned from an injury — the look at left wing, with Mike Sislo remaining on the right side.
 
EAST GREENBUSH

School Football: Chandler lifts Scotties

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Senior quarterback Derek Chandler ran for one touchdown and passed for two more to propel Ballston Spa to a 35-21 victory over Columbia in a crossover football game Wednesday night.
 

School Volleyball: Mohonasen gains final

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Deonta Neeley’s 12 kills lifted Mohonasen over Columbia, 25-13, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, in the Division II boys’ sectional semifinals Wednesday night.
 

College Field Hockey: Freshman Hanks an instant contributor

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The first time Maryland freshman Carrie Hanks saw her name flashed up on the scoreboard as starting lineups were announced, it didn’t go to her head. It went to her stomach.
 

College Hockey: No animosity between Appert, Bennett

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
ustomers who arrived at the Dunkin’ Donuts store on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham on Wednesday morning to get a coffee or a doughnut had to do a double take. Was that really Union hockey coach Rick Bennett and his counterpart at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Seth Appert, filling orders for them? Weren’t these the same two coaches who nearly came to blows at the end of last January’s Mayor’s Cup game at the Times Union Center?
 
Sectional Field Hockey: Spartans shut down Indians
SCHENECTADY

Sectional Field Hockey: Spartans shut down Indians

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Coach Kelly Vrooman’s pregame speach was a little bit motivational and a lot instructive, and based on Wednesday’s outcome, her Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey team was all ears. “She said we had to stay flat. Keep the sticks down. Hit the open person,” said Spartans sophomore Danielle Kempf. “We’ve been rethinking basics a lot, and it’s been working.” Those little but important things culminated in numerous offensive thrusts that Burnt Hills parlayed into a 2-0 Section II Class B semifinal win over Glens Falls at Union College’s College Park.
 

Breeders' Cup: Lame Magician pulled from Turf

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Magician won’t be able to defend his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf after coming up lame during a routine jog at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.
 

Hunting/Fishing: Crossbow hunters ready for season to open Saturday

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Crossbow South, Finally! Saturday, crossbow hunters will be able to enter New York’s Southern Zone, sharing the woods in the regular bowhunting season.
 
QUEENSBURY

Sectional Soccer: Hamilton lifts Sabres past Pats

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
If Schalmont junior Chris Hamilton devoted his entire year to soccer, there’s no telling how successful he’d be. As it is, the baseball standout is 54 goals good and counting, his three scores leading his team past Broadalbin-Perth, 4-0, Wednesday in a Section II Class B boys’ semifinal at Queensbury High School.
 
SCHENECTADY

Volleyball: Resilient Knights going back to semis

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Julie Nichols and her Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons teammates have short memories. In the sport of volleyball, that’s a good thing.
“When we mess up, we forget about what we did and start over,” Nichols said after the Golden Knights beat Gloversville Tuesday in a Section II Class B quarterfinal match. “When we don’t get a point, we reset,”
 

Golf: Local pros plan benefit for Shpur

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
For nearly a quarter of a century as a club professional, Mike Shpur helped golfers improve their game.
Now, the golf community is trying to pay him back.
 
TROY

Devils' Hrabarenka starting to fulfill potential

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Two years ago, defenseman Raman Hrabarenka played his way from a preseason invitation to a professional contract.
He signed an AHL contract with Albany, and coach Rick Kowalsky saw in the 6-foot-3 Belarusan a lot of raw potential because of his size, shooting ability and how well he could skate.
However …
 

Schenectady historian Keetz entering state baseball Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
One of the foremost auth­orities on baseball history in Schenectady, Frank Keetz treated the story of the game and its players like an extension of his own family tree.
 
 

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