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UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass football team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gainesville, Florida, native is listed atop the depth chart at fullback, a position that didn’t exist in … 0

Junichi Tazawa struggles as Blue Jays beat Red Sox 5-2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TORONTO — Junichi Tazawa thought he’d solved his struggles against the Toronto Blue Jays. Turns out he was wrong. Danny Valencia had a pinch-hit, three-run … 0

UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 … 0

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

2014-15 UMass Hoop Schedule
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tattoo Tuesday: Jovan Santos-Knox
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

WMass Tournament Scores/Schedules
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

Transfer QB Tyler Murphy gives BC hope in Addazio Year 2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams is gone. So is top receiver Alex Amidon, and the top two tacklers from Boston College’s defense last year, Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Even quarterback Chase Rettig, a four-year starter, … 0

NFL suspends Browns star WR Josh Gordon for 2014 season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he … 0

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the … 0

Rams coach Steve Fisher angry over ESPN report on Michael Sam’s ‘showering habits’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rams coach Jeff Fisher remains angry over an ESPN report that dealt in part with the “showering habits” of defensive end Michael Sam by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. “I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, not long before the team boarded buses for … 0

Women’s World Cup turf war heats up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women’s World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for … 0

Serious questions for Manchester United after cup humiliation

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MANCHESTER, England — Louis van Gaal has always said it could get worse before it gets better at Manchester United. He couldn’t have thought it would get this bad. Barely two months ago, a jubilant Van Gaal was … 0

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people … 0

Huge 11th inning sends Red Sox over Blue Jays

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TORONTO — Mike Napoli and Allen Craig both homered in a seven-run 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia homered and had four RBIs and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 Tuesday night. Boston broke away from a … 0

Patriots trade Pro Bowl lineman Logan Mankins to Buccaneers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have … 0

Gronkowski’s health key to success of Patriots, Brady

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and his receiving corps are more comfortable in their second season together. The star quarterback also may have his biggest target back for the New England Patriots’ opener. If Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy … 0