Railers’ Lannon hopes to have extended comeback up his sleeves

Ryan Lannon said his parents are used to him telling them he’s going to do something a little, well, unexpected. Like, for example, when he said last month he wanted to come out of retirement four years after his last game as a professional hockey player to join up with the expansion Worcester Railers. “Their first instinct was I was going to coach. When I told them it was as a player, they kind of laughed and smiled. It’s not the first crazy thing I’ve told my parents.”

Editorial: MIAA at fault in girl-golfer flap

Everyone knows who really won a high school golf tournament in Uxbridge last week. But bizarrely, because of her gender and an arcane rule, Emily Nash of Lunenburg didn’t take home the trophy. Instead, the second-place finisher took the prize. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rule is wrong and unfair. But everything was right about the perspective and presence-of-mind both athletes showed.

Worcester Railers tracking rare sellout to open inaugural season

The NHL’s San Jose Sharks didn’t move their AHL affiliate out of Worcester because of attendance issues — but there weren’t many Worcester fans showing up to prove they wanted the team to stay, either. This week, professional hockey returns to Central Massachusetts, and the Railers hope that in one game — on the strength of their hard-earned early connections to the city — they can achieve what the Sharks never did: fill up the 12,316-seat DCU Center.

One thing Americans can agree on? Legalize pro sports betting, poll says

“A majority of Americans now favor sports betting, but this is especially true among respondents younger than 50,” a UMass Lowell professor said in a statement. “I would not be surprised if we see a push to legalize sports betting in more states, especially in states with the ballot initiative.”