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UMass' Maxie Esho (1) throws down a two handed slam dunk in front of Providence's Carson Desrosier (33) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Providence, R.I.

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the team in scoring on a given night. But 11 games into the season, after the Minutemen have lost four of their last five games, scoring is one of the problems. It was one of the most glaring ones in Saturday’s 85-65 loss at Providence. But it’s more than just putting the ball …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every available stat category as the Minutemen floundered from the start and fell 85-65, Saturday at …

‘The stars aligned’; reflected sunlight the cause of Amherst bedroom fire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

AMHERST — It wasn’t electrical. The residents weren’t smokers. The fire began in a home on South East Street seemingly out of nothing, consumed an old chair, and then sputtered out after damaging a nearby wall. The chair was clearly where the fire started, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson, who headed up the investigation team, but the rest was a …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board Wednesday approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Laquan L. Wood, 21, of 170 East Hadley Road, Unit 106, was arrested at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Pleasant and Snell streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to …

Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University …

Wednesday’s high schools: Katie Yagodzinski powers Smith Academy to win over Gateway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Katie Yagodzinski scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help Smith Academy cruise to a 42-25 win over Gateway in Hatfield on Wednesday. Yagodzinski added seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Mary Whalen recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire pins Granby in dual-meet opener

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hampshire Regional wrestling team opened its dual-meet season with a take down of Granby, 39-36, in Westhampton on Wednesday Six Raiders earned pins on the night. DJ Willard (132 pounds), Brendan Weir (138) and Jacob Gray (152) each took down their opponent in less than 2 minutes. …

Patrick MacWilliams remembers ‘best gift-giver’ great-grandmother Hazel Bunn with donation to Toy Fund

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Not everyone gets to become buddies with their great-grandmother. Patrick MacWilliams of 124 Silver St. is one of those lucky people. He and Hazel Bunn, his mother’s mother’s mother, had fun together and she instilled …

Briefs: Northampton Little League to introduce Intermediate Division

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hamp Little League adds new division Northampton Little League announced this week that it will introduce a new Intermediate Division that will begin play in the 2015 season. The Intermediate Division will play on a 50/70 diamond (50 feet from the mound to home plate and 70 feet …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of an East Pleasant Street home reported at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that the word “molly” was spray-painted on the side of the building. The resident told police the vandalism may be linked to a disturbance Dec. 5 in downtown Amherst. Easthampton ■ Shawn M. …

Robert Caret resigns from UMass presidency to become chancellor of University System of Maryland

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has resigned to return to the University System of Maryland, where he will become chancellor. The University System of Maryland late Wednesday afternoon announced Caret’s hiring, effective July 1. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …