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Hopkins Academy downs Smith Academy 1-0 in matchup between Division 4 baseball contenders

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — In a pitchers’ duel worthy of a postseason game, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament baseball champions edged their archrival and biggest threat to their throne. Hopkins Academy scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 1-0 victory over Smith Academy in each team’s regular-season finale Thursday afternoon. “These are the …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 72/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers …

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Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak.

    JERREY ROBERTS Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams …

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the …

US to vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election, not Blatter

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW YORK — The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I’ve gotten to know Prince Ali well over the last couple of …

And now, we wait: Cavaliers and Warriors get time to rest

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors’ clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. “You know what we do …

Ducks, Blackhawks roll into Game 7 in memorable conference finals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Someday the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks will relish the stories they’ll be able to tell about playing in a postseason series as good as these Western Conference finals. Not just now, though. They’ve still got to determine whether this tale has a happy …

Lightning face Rangers with trip to Cup finals on the line

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — It’s one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals and the chance to play for hockey’s biggest prize. That’s what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of …

Defiant FIFA soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ZURICH — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all …

New French Open challenges await Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

Thursday, May 28, 2015

PARIS — For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set. For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later …