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US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the …

Easthampton graduate Alyssa Fugiel named Scholar All-American by National Soccer Coaches Association

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alyssa Fugiel spent one part of her high school career putting up zeroes, while in another part she tried to post the highest possible numbers. …

Ortiz and Bradley HR, Red Sox top Toronto for 3rd win in row

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TORONTO — Minus injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia, the Boston Red Sox managed to match their longest winning streak of the season. David …

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

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

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

Tamika Catchings has 26 points and 3000th rebound in Fever win

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the 3,000th of her career, to help the Indiana Fever held off Connecticut 92-84 on Tuesday night to snap the Sun’s seven-game winning streak. Indiana …

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW YORK — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album. Now the pre-Civil War …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four …

Easthampton Savings Bank falls behind, rallies to beat DiFranco

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After Zack Sabadosa pegged a two-run homer for DiFranco Realty in the top of the second inning, Easthampton Savings Bank didn’t wait long to answer. Easthampton scored one in the bottom of the second and two …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as …

Japan faces upstart England in World Cup semifinal

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Coach Norio Sasaki can say whatever he wants in suggesting his Japanese players are superior to England’s. Coach Mark Sampson would prefer to see that decided on the field Wednesday, when his upstart Lionesses face …

Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team …

Celtics coach Brad Stevens finally gets shot to coach NCAA hero R.J. Hunter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before he hit one of the biggest shots of last season’s NCAA Tournament. If Stevens had his way, Hunter would have played for Butler instead …

San Jose Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Boston Bruins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender. As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him. Jones …

Golf halfway through year: Turnover at warp speed

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The No. 1 player in golf already has three wins in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and he has finished in the top 10 at both majors. Halfway through the year, however, Rory McIlroy is playing second fiddle. Remember the hype over McIlroy going for the career …