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Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt. Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a sweltering sun to …

Red Sox rock Sale, win 8-2 to snap White Sox streak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — Steven Wright and the slumping Red Sox looked like a long shot against Chris Sale and the surging White Sox on Thursday night. …

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with …

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

UMass picked fourth in MAC East
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

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Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes. Purchase photo reprints »

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Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Woods gets hot after bad start, shoots 68 at Quicken Loans

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole at the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot …

Tom Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota. Brady and the players’ union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But …

Jets lineman Sheldon Richardson facing charges for resisting arrest

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law. Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles …

Boston’s bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — After the winter of their discontent, it’s been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians. The Red Sox are languishing, the city forfeited a chance to showcase itself to the planet as an Olympics host and …

Stephen Ross gives his Dolphins a simple start-of-camp message: Win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. — About a half-hour into the Miami Dolphins’ first practice of the season, owner Stephen Ross had his team, coaches and staff gather around him at midfield. He spoke for only a couple of minutes. Telling …

Redskins’ RG3 not looking back, his ‘focus on the future’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III is not interested in dissecting whatever criticism — and there’s been plenty — that’s come his way. He has no desire to discuss how he can improve as an NFL quarterback or …

Early retirement: NFL players call it quits in prime of careers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with …

John Mara says Giants have not been allowed to examine Jason Pierre-Paul

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida. A seemingly frustrated co-owner …

Donald Trump lands, Hyo-Joo Kim leads at Women’s British Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Donald Trump’s show-stealing arrival at the Women’s British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim. Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round …

‘St-riike!’ Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — “St-riike! ... And we’re talking outside of outside corners.” “Ball!” “St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.” Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the …