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Granby girls complete turnaround, seeded eighth in Division 2 lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Granby girls lacrosse team pulled a 180 in its second varsity season. After going winless a year ago, the Rams finished 9-4-1 and earned the eighth seed in the West/Central Division 2 Tournament. Seeds for the boys and girls fields were announced Friday at Tantasqua Regional in Fiskdale. “I have to give it all to the girls. They came …

Josh Hamilton’s homers help Rangers to 7-4 win over Red Sox

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week …

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

Friday, May 29, 2015

NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup, winning their third straight game at Madison Square Garden 2-0 on Friday …

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William Wallace tunes the piano at  Stevens Chapel at Williston Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS William Wallace tunes the piano at Stevens Chapel at Williston Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers …

Friday’s Tri-County Baseball:

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Easthampton Savings Bank Tri-County League baseball team picked up a 6-3 victory over Teddy Bear Pools Friday night. Todd Ezold hit a third-inning home run to left field to help pad the win. Teammate Brandon Kubic had a single and a double. Kyle Platner homered to right …

Warriors guard Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Friday, May 29, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — The initial hit caused Klay Thompson plenty of pain. The final diagnosis delivered another blow to him and the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for the NBA Finals. Two days after he got kneed …

Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

Friday, May 29, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn’t really go away. Instead, good players use that failure to get better while they wait …

LeBron on stopping him or Stephen Curry: ‘You can’t’

Friday, May 29, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With a week to get ready for the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers have a check list of things to get done before Game 1. First, is to get All-Star guard Kyrie Irving healthier after he …

Local briefs: Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish The inaugural Hit & Run for a Wish charity softball game between the Easthampton High School softball teams and EHS faculty will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williston Northampton softball fields. Proceeds to benefit …

Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

Friday, May 29, 2015

ZURICH — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis in FIFA’s 111-year history, …

Patriots coach Bill Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was …

Minority college coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. The National Association …

FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

Friday, May 29, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile’s soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn’t formally accused of anything. Jadue was referring to a part of …