Dennis Whitton, The Lowell Sun

Dennis Whitton

The Lowell Sun

Lowell, MA, United States

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Past articles by Dennis:

Flashback 40 years -- when Sugar Ray came to meet the 'Pride of Lowell'

For reasons unknown, Sugar Ray Leonard decided to throw Boston a bone. At 12-0 in his fledgling pro boxing career, the 1976 Olympic gold medal-winner was well on his way to the big-stadium lights and everybody knew it. → Read More

Cities notebook: Age doesn't matter for Harrison (63) and Yfantopulos (16)

TYNGSBORO -- If Vesper's Peter Harrison holds on to win the 93rd Lowell City Golf Tournament this week -- and as Peter would be the first to tell you, that's a big if -- he would be the oldest Cities champ by more than a decade. → Read More

Cities is ready to tee off

There's something about the Lowell City Golf Tournament that generates back-to-back champions. Or in the case of Phil Smith, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to . → Read More

Vesper golfer is shooting for back-to-back City titles

LOWELL -- While the rest of us were shivering and shoveling through another long New England winter/spring, the man who came out of nowhere to win last year's Lowell City Golf Tournament was doing what he's been doing for years. → Read More

Refs may not be fair to Celtics in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers do not seem particularly interested in advancing to the 2018 NBA Finals. They've put together two fairly lackluster efforts against the Celtics in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and trail, 0-2. → Read More

Durkin refused to be denied by cold, rain, 26.2-mile run

Matt Durkin knew the weather on Monday was pretty dreadful when his dog refused to go outside to do his thing. → Read More

Dean and Doc: A 'guy from Lowell' is headed to the Masters with the U.S. Amateur champ

Dean Emerson was standing in the middle of a lush fairway at the historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. → Read More

The $110M question: Is Martinez worth it?

Every year it seems the Red Sox try to make a big "splash" by signing a free agent for some ridiculous amount of money. → Read More

Recalling the Blizzard Beanpot of '78

Hard to believe 40 years have gone by since the Beanpot of '78. That's what I prefer to call the Blizzard of '78 because it was the occasion of my first "big" sports assignment for The Sun as a 20-year-old co-op student from Northeastern → Read More

One pass this Brady from Lowell wishes he didn't have to make

LOWELL -- In the final analysis, this is a story about a guy who is not going to the Super Bowl. And I know what you're saying: Me too. → Read More

Pelham's Eric Loughran will ski for Team USA in Winter Olympics

LOWELL -- Road trip! Time to pack up the quad twisting triple flip and the full double full full and get on over to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the XXIII Winter OIympics. → Read More

Pats: Better to be lucky AND good

What is it about these New England Patriots? They're a great team, a dynastic franchise. The best in the NFL for a decade and a half. → Read More

Marry then carry: Groton duo soars in unique event

When Groton residents Brendan and Nicky Lowney competed in something called the North American Wife Carrying Championships back in 2011, Nicky had two words for her husband: "Never again. → Read More

Some Patriots fans are abandoning the ship

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead some come from behind." -- Dr. → Read More

When the inevitable becomes reality

Buster knows. Buster is the "other dog" in our house, a rescued part-lab, part-whatever from Georgia who took awhile to get the hang of things under new management. → Read More

Dennis Whitton: The Price is wrong in battle with Eck

"Yuck." That's how this mess all started. Color commentator Dennis Eckersley took one look at a graphic shown on NESN that showed Eduardo Rodriguez's poor stats in a rehab outing. → Read More

Major destination for Vesper's Berberian

TYNGSBORO - Rich Berberian Jr. grew up with the game of golf. Not country-club golf, more like blue-collar golf. His father, Richard Sr., was the head professional at Hoodkroft Country Club, a public course in Derry, N.H., and Rich Jr. got to know every nook and cranny of that nine-hole layout. "My dad worked at Hoodkroft for 30plus years and almost every day after school I'd go down there and… → Read More

Back on the bubble: The Rob Oppenheim story

Rob Oppenheim wakes up some days and it takes him a little while to remember where the heck he is. That's a by-product of playing almost 20 golf tournaments all over the country in a span of six months, living out of a suitcase and hoping that → Read More

State of the Spinners: Trending upwards on all fronts

LOWELL -- A little more than a year after Dave Heller completed his purchase of the Lowell Spinners -- and in the wake of a new 10-year lease agreement at LeLacheur Park -- the franchise is working toward a return to its halcyon days. → Read More

Vesper's Campiola rolls in 5-foot birdie putt on 18 to nip Nabnasset's Walker (SLIDESHOW)

TYNGSBORO -- Local favorite Scott Pare was attempting to become the first to ever win both a Golden Gloves title and a Lowell City Golf Tournament championship on Wednesday. → Read More