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Fans hold a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Federal Judge Richard M. Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady Thursday morning. The league said it will appeal the ruling. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Brady sits out after court victory, Giants top Patriots 12-9

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A battle of reserves to end the preseason was fittingly decided by a backup kicker. Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and the New York Giants finished off the preseason with a 12-9 victory Thursday over the New England Patriots, who had already won a much larger victory earlier in the day. A federal judge vacated the NFL’s …

Thursday’s local results: Hopkins Academy golf team downs Turners Falls

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Hopkins Academy golf team cruised past Turners Falls, 21-3, Thursday at Hickory Ridge Country Club. Jack Ter Doest earned medalist honors with a 38 …

UMass to retire jersey for John Calipari on Dec. 16

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMass will retire a jersey to honor John Calipari prior to the men’s basketball game against New Orleans at the Mullins Center on Dec. 16. …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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

UMass prepared for the challenge of playing at higher altitude at Colorado

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — A season where the UMass football team is trying to take its program to new heights will start in a lofty spot. Colorado’s Folsom Field, which hosts the Minutemen’s opener against the Buffaloes on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, 5,360 …

Fans happy drawn-out ‘Deflategate’ controversy at an end

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Michael Rubeck and his father, Glenn, were about 15 feet apart outside Mimmo’s Pizza in Northampton when Michael, 10, zipped a football in his dad’s direction. The ball landed at Glenn’s feet and skipped past. The …

Judge quashes suspension in ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league’s four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly …

It’s not over yet: What’s next in the ‘Deflategate’ mess

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called “Deflategate.” And it’s not …

Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LONDON — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city’s newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it’s time “to bring the Olympics back home” to the United States after an absence …

ESPN pulls Curt Schilling for next month after anti-Muslim tweet

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says commentator Curt Schilling won’t appear on the air for the next month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet. ESPN said Thursday that Schilling won’t be on telecasts for the rest of …

Down 2 sets to none, Andy Murray comes back to win at US Open

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open’s second round. Murray, after all, is seeded No. 3, owns two major …

Phil Mickelson needing big week for chance at 21st straight team

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTON — Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over. Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among …

Column: Wait, Goodell got it wrong again? Roger that!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The day is coming when NFL owners won’t have enough faith in Roger Goodell’s judgment to let him order lunch. At his current pace, that won’t take long. Counting Thursday’s ruling in the so-called “Deflategate” case, the commissioner …

Summer makeover has 1st-place Mets primed for playoff run

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Thanks to a dramatic summer makeover, the New York Mets are pushing hard toward their first playoff appearance in nine years — with their oft-injured captain David Wright aboard for the ride. He can hardly …