For Harvard’s crew, another sweep of Yale on the Thames River brings a broom and bubbly

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NEW LONDON, Conn. — James O’Connor stood on the Red Top dock Sunday morning with a cup of champagne in one hand and a symbolic broom in the other, the Harvard heavyweight crew captain’s customary accoutrements after another sweep of archrival Yale in their annual 4-mile race on the Thames River. Same as it ever was. “Coming into the dock,” he mused. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

After the freshmen and junior varsity had set the tone with upstream triumphs, the Crimson varsity followed with a relentless 6-length whipping of a young Bulldog entry that capped the program’s sixth consecutive sweep of the nation’s oldest intercollegiate athletic contest and marked the big boat’s 13th victory in 14 years.

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