So long 2020. It can’t get any worse in 2021, can it?

As the calendar changes, we break out our Magic 8 Ball for a look at the year ahead.

I’m waiting for the high school basketball calendar to be unveiled so I can attend two early-season games. I am looking forward to the first Hoosac Valley boys and girls hoop games, because it will be great to see Bill Robinson and Holly McGovern back

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The year 2020 had many interesting sports story lines, but unfortunately, many of those stories were related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Even though the virus weaved its way into many of the stories, a good amount of sports was played in the winter and in the fall. 

Here’s a look at 10 of the top stories from the year (Others could have made the list.):

Fairview cross country runners line up to have their temperatures taken by coach Dino Montagna, left, before practice on July 2 at Fairview High School. Safety protocols became a way of life for athletes at all levels as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the state.

1. COVID-19 – The pandemic has been tough on the

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The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team was preparing for a second-round SEC Tournament game in Nashville, Tenn., against South Carolina after beating Vanderbilt 86-73.

The Arkansas women’s basketball team was awaiting a sure NCAA Tournament bid with a 24-8 record, including 10-6 in SEC play.

After winning the Sun Belt regular-season championship, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock men’s basketball team was on a bus driving to New Orleans for the conference tournament.

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Fourth in a series of Times Sports stories looking at some of the biggest sports moments and storylines of 2020.

As the Florida humidity broke, a wildly diverse group gathered at the Casitas Pool, the name for the area just outside the lap pool that was nuzzled between three buildings and the campus’ fitness center.

There was a former NBA All-Star sharing cigars and his butane lighter alongside a team scorekeeper, an arena DJ, broadcast

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Tuesday, December 22
(All times Eastern)
Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts

12 p.m.
ACCN — Maine at Boston College
2 p.m.
ACCN — William & Mary at Virginia
3 p.m.
SECN — Appalachian State at Auburn
5 p.m.
PAC-12N — Seattle at California
SECN — Abilene Christian at Arkansas
7 p.m.
ACCN — Notre Dame at Syracuse
BTN — La Salle at Maryland
ESPN2 — Texas Tech at Oklahoma

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New Brighton's Aaron Elliot (10) celebrates as he crosses home plate during a Colt League Senior Division game against Blackhawk, Sunday morning at Bradys Run Park.

There is no erasing COVID-19’s impact on the local sports community and the world at large in 2020. But amidst the global pandemic, there were plenty of memorable performances and noteworthy achievements in local high school sports, as well as a few headlines involving local colleges and area alumni in the the professional ranks.

So, in (roughly) chronological order, here’s our pick for twenty reasons to remember 2020 while we shove it out the door

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Dear Santa Spence,

I know I sent you one letter with all of my Christmas wishes for my favorite professional sports teams already, but if you don’t mind, I have another list I would like to send your way.

As you know, we spend a lot of our time covering high school sports in the Mansfield area so I thought I could ask for a few things for our favorite schools, coaches and players. Hope

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In October, with “Chromatica” having registered as a modest hit, Grande’s own new album, “Positions,” leaked online before its official release. Cordero, who liked Grande well enough but found her new music to be lacking, shared a link to the unreleased songs, much to the consternation of Grande fans, who worried that the bootlegged versions would damage the singer’s commercial prospects.

Taking on the role of volunteer internet detectives, Grande fans proceeded to spend days

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Christmas Day is a little different in 2020, as many people around the country are staying home and having much smaller gatherings due to the pandemic. Luckily, there’s a pretty solid sports slate for

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2020 in review: The sports business year in deals

The introduction to this annual feature is usually filled with some spiel about another year of non-stop deal-making in the sports industry, but it would be fair to say that 2020 may well be looked back on as an anomaly in that regard.

Indeed, it was not only the competitive action that was put on hold in the first half of the year, but also industry negotiations at large as stakeholders across the board weighed

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