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UMass fullback Rodney Mills, left, is expected to have a bigger role this year.

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he was officially an “FB,” Mills is still going to be a tight end/fullback/receiver/guy-who-the-Minutemen-are-going-to-find-the-way-to-get-the-ball-to. But that wouldn’t fit into the position column. His …

Rick Porcello pitches Red Sox past Sale, White Sox 3-0

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CHICAGO — Rick Porcello pitched seven sparkling innings in his return from a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over …

Don Orsillo out as Red Sox’s TV announcer after season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Don Orsillo is out as the Boston Red Sox’s television play-by-play voice after this season. Orsillo wasn’t offered a new contract with …

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

Al Arbour, who coached Islanders to 4 Stanley Cup titles, dies at 82

Friday, August 28, 2015

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82. The …

US Open fans get break from sun, but not yet rain, in Ashe

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they’re getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing …

Things to know about the FIFA presidential election

Friday, August 28, 2015

MONACO — FIFA presidential contender Michel Platini would not talk about it Friday, but he is the front-runner in an election that is still six months off. Platini is the presumed favorite before an Oct. 26 deadline for …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led …

Brittany Lang leads LPGA Tour event in Alabama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Brittany Lang birdied five of the first seven holes in windy conditions and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Added to the U.S. Solheim Cup team Monday as one of Juli Inkster’s two …

Alex Morgan hopes last injury was the last

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Alex Morgan hopes she’s emerging from her last injury layoff for a while. Morgan has returned from a minor procedure on her right knee and expects to play in what could be the Portland Thorns’ final home game of the season. The game Sunday at …

US OPEN 2015: Serena Williams eyes 1st Grand Slam since 1988

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she …

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer …

Taking down Usain Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BEIJING — Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match. Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold …

AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, …