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Belchertown wins overtime thriller, beating defending champ Longmeadow in Division 2 girls semifinal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — On Tuesday, Belchertown girls basketball players sat tucked into the stands of the Curry Hicks Cage at UMass. The Orioles were on a scouting mission, not of their opponent for Wednesday’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 semifinal game, but for the Cage’s atmosphere and a possible sectional final matchup. Almost exactly 24 hours after watching the No. 2 Pittsfield …

Wahconah knocks off top-seeded Hampshire, 53-48, in Division 3 semifinals

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — A season of promise for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team came to a crashing halt on Wednesday. The top-seeded Raiders had no …

UMass offense falters in 56-53 loss to Richmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Whether it was the referees ruling that Jabarie Hinds’ 3-pointer came after the shot clock had expired or his team’s sluggish play to …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

UMass 2015 Football Schedule
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated Atlantic 10 Picture
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated look at the A-10 Picture
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gazette writers Mike Moran and Mike Wilkinson post online-only content, commentary and nightly scores.

Thursday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday’s Live Local Scoreboard
Monday, February 16, 2015
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

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A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

    KEVIN GUTTING A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

Vince Wilfork: Patriots aren’t picking up my option

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots’ defense. In …

Coach’s adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women’s basketball coach could bring …

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state …

An ocean away, Pacquiao’s trainer makes some noise from afar

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao’s sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight. Freddie Roach may …

Data: Victim’s cell pinged along Aaron Hernandez’s alleged route

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FALL RIVER — Tracking data shown to the jury Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez indicates the victim’s cellphone pinged along the same route that prosecutors say Hernandez took that …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women beat St. Bonaventure to advance in Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team’s season remained alive as the 13th-seeded Minutewomen beat No. 12 St. Bonaventure, 55-49, in the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. Kim Pierre-Louis had 22 points and Cierra Dillard added 10. UMass (12-17) will play No. 5 Richmond at 2 p.m. Thursday. …

Notebook: UMass to play a first-round Atlantic 10 tournament game

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — UMass will play in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen entered Wednesday’s game with a slim chance to finish in the top four and earn the bye to the quarterfinals that comes with it. But their 56-53 loss to Richmond meant UMass …

Zeller’s shot at buzzer lifts Celtics past Jazz

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Brad Stevens didn’t think the first play would work. The second one turned out perfectly. Tyler Zeller banked in a shot from under the basket as time expired to give the Boston Celtics an 85-84 victory …

Williston boys hoop top Exeter, girls fall to Promfet in NEPSAC tournament

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A strong second half from Jake Ross led the Williston boys basketball team to a 61-56 win over No. 7 Phillips Exeter Academy in the NEPSAC Class A tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night. “It was a great playoff atmosphere,” Williston coach Mike Shelton said. “We knew that …

NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — The new flat-seam ball in college baseball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting 40 percent more home runs so far this season. The NCAA announced Wednesday that teams are hitting a home run …