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Winding road brings UMass tight end Jean Sifrin close to an NFL career

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Not that long ago, the idea of making a decision regarding the NFL draft would have seemed absurd for Jean Sifrin. But as the tight end’s junior season wraps up at UMass, he’ll soon have to decide whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. Heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. finale against Buffalo …

UMass finds its own energy, storms past Northeastern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The game had all the ingredients for a flat performance – early start because of the snowstorm, small crowd, few student fans, no …

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Western Massachusetts Fall Tournaments
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Justin Griswold of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

Johnson shines in Detroit’s 34-17 win over Chicago on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

DETROIT — After a week of questions about his limited production of late, Calvin Johnson lifted Detroit’s offense with an emphatic reminder that he’s still one of the game’s most dynamic players. Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 …

Against odds, Chicago school aims for high school football championship

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHICAGO — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois’ high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They …

5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

Thursday, November 27, 2014

GENEVA — Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names …

Watch No. 12: Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common. During this season’s first month, the star quarterbacks of the Patriots and Packers were facing questions about their teams’ slow starts. It’s no coincidence …

Pele doing ‘fine’ after taken to special care unit

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday. The hospital released a statement saying the 74-year-old Pele was transferred to …

Iron Bowl features dangerous receivers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Amari Cooper and D’haquille Williams have brought a new twist to the Iron Bowl. Instead of tailbacks and quarterbacks being the Alabama-Auburn game’s featured playmakers, it might just be those two talented receivers — provided …

Jeffs retool for another Final 4 run

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Amherst College men’s basketball team lost three starters, including all-time leading scorer and 2013 national player of the year Aaron Toomey, from last season’s 27-4 team. The Lord Jeffs made a second straight trip to the NCAA …

Patriots sign special teams ace Matthew Slater to 2-year contract extension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension. Slater called the extension “humbling” on Wednesday but declined to go into details. The Patriots don’t announce contract extensions. The total value of the deal is $4 …

Rebirth of ground game has college teams running wild

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There goes Melvin Gordon, ripping off another long run. And there’s Samaje Perine piling up yards in punishing fashion. Oh, look, here comes Tevin Coleman — and there he goes, sprinting away from a bunch of flailing defenders. …

Boston wants to take Olympics back to school

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer …