LARRY MAHONEY

What sports stories will make headlines for 2012?

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 3 p.m.

There were plenty of intriguing stories for local sports fans in 2011.

Which of these potential sports stories for 2012 are feasible?

1. The New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl;

2. The Boston Bruins becoming the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the 1997 and ’98 Detroit Red Wings;

3. The Boston Red Sox claiming the World Series under first-year manager Bobby Valentine;

4. The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team ending a four-year drought by earning an NCAA Tournament berth with a strong second half;

5. The University of Maine men’s basketball team earning its first America East championship and NCAA Tournament berth;

6. The Boston Celtics defying the odds and capturing an NBA title.

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