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Tuesday’s high schools: Sarah Meunier lifts Frontier softball with walkoff win over Taconic in extras

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sarah Meunier hit a walkoff single to lift the Frontier Regional softball team to a 2-1 win over Taconic in 9 innings at home Tuesday. It was her second hit of the game, scoring Courtney Newsome with the winning run for the Red Hawks (17-3). Ally Hamelin struck out 17 and allowed two hits in the complete-game victory. She also …

Red Sox struggles continue in 2-1 loss to Twins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, and the Minnesota …

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is four wins away. The Cavaliers …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll.  On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll. On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015.

    GREG SAULMON Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: South Hadley qualifies for postseason with win at Easthampton

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The South Hadley baseball team qualified for the postseason for the 16th consecutive season by beating Easthampton 8-3 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Brian Bak went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored for the Tigers (10-9). Mario Olivera added two hits, two …

Tuesday’s high school tennis: Northampton boys beat Amherst in potential postseason preview

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a potential postseason preview, the Northampton boys tennis team defeated rival Amherst Regional 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Middle School. Francois Venne, Alex Zimbalist and Ben Sharpe combined to drop 12 games in three straight-set singles victories for the Blue Devils (12-3). Leon Moore and Xiao Wei …

Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 …

You Can Play co-founder says Sam’s signing with CFL a history moment

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta — Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports. The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, …

US Open the most democratic of majors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts. The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years …

Michael Sam is focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MONTREAL — Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week. “I’m …

American Sock ousts Dimitrov on ‘favorite surface’ in Paris

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARIS — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Usain Bolt wins 200 at cold, wet Golden Spike meet

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt cruised to victory in the 200 meters race at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, as the Jamaican star prepares for the world championships after a season marred by injuries. Facing rain …

Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into …