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Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join him in the center of the diamond, Martinez took the mound and the microphone one more time for the Red Sox during …

Tom Brady’s suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Patriots back star QB

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner …

Easthampton Savings Bank beats Wilbraham Funeral Home, reaches Tri-County championship series

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Savings Banks baseball team fought off Wilbraham Funeral Home from the mound, infield and plate during a deciding Game 3 of …

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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 »

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Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Patriots motivated for 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The last time the NFL punished the New England Patriots for cheating, they ran through the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record. Expect that same fury in 2015. With more time this offseason spent debating …

White Sox beat Red Sox 9-4

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. …

DeAndre Yedlin leads Tottenham against MLS All-Stars

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DENVER — Defender DeAndre Yedlin may want to repeat this over and over: Don’t pass the ball to Clint Dempsey. Don’t pass the ball to Clint Dempsey. Nothing personal against Dempsey, of course. For this game, he’s just the adversary. A few days after the U.S. national squad …

‘Dr. Jen’ embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the …

Jon Gruden worries about present, future of youth sports

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — Jon Gruden looks at the present and predicted future of youth sports. It makes him cringe. The Super Bowl-winning coach and current ESPN football analyst got involved with the Sports Matter program through the DICK’s …

Tom Brady’s future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga. Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and …

For No Boston Olympics, time to celebrate, then ‘go away’

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — On Boston’s last day as a potential Olympic host, Chris Dempsey ate lunch at an Irish pub across from City Hall and waited for the bid for the 2024 Summer Games to crumble. A waitress recognized …

Patriots fans defiant after ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Tuesday. In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated — either in the …

Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two of China’s most storied winter Olympic athletes faced tough questions about Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games — namely about air pollution and a lack of snow. Gold medalist figure skaters Shen …