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Amherst girls storm back to win 24th Amherst Ultimate Invitational

Sunday, May 3, 2015

AMHERST — For the ninth consecutive year, the Amherst Regional girls ultimate team won the Amherst Invitational with a 15-8 win over Watchung Hills of New Jersey. The Hurricanes had an early lead against Watchung Hills, only to see it dissipate into a 5-5 tie. But Amherst refocused and secured the victory in the Sunday afternoon at Amherst High School. …

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen …

Weekend colleges: Quianna Diaz-Patterson sets UMass softball records in season-ending loss

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The UMass softball team lost its must-win regular season finale Sunday, but saw its star shortstop cap a record-setting campaign. In the 10-5 home loss …

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Lucia Jacoby, 5, of Amherst, has fun with Henry the Juggler Saturday during the Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Town Common.

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Late Towson goal sinks UMass in CAA men’s lacrosse championship

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After losing its first five games, backing into the postseason, then knocking off top-seeded Fairfield, the UMass men’s lacrosse team fell on a late tiebreaking, highlight-reel worthy goal as Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, 9-8, at Fairfield University on Saturday. With 1 minute, …

Weekend colleges: Quianna Diaz-Patterson sets UMass softball records in season-ending loss

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The UMass softball team lost its must-win regular season finale Sunday, but saw its star shortstop cap a record-setting campaign. In the 10-5 home loss to Saint Louis, senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) finished the day 2 for 4 with an RBI. She established new school marks in batting …

Floyd Mayweather takes his $100 million check and runs after win

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done. “No pictures, though,” Mayweather said, sliding …

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah likely to run in Preakness

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras. Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby winner perked up when trainer Bob Baffert offered the …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

Sunday, May 3, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. — There’s something about Talladega Superspeedway — its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track — that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show. He failed …

Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft’s final day

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick Saturday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks. New England, which had eight picks on the third day of the …

UMass TE Jean Sifrin not selected in NFL draft; Signs with Indianapolis Colts as a free agent

Sunday, May 3, 2015

If Jean Sifrin’s unusual career is going to finish in the NFL, he’s going to get there as an undrafted free agent. The former UMass tight end, who skipped his senior year to turn pro wasn’t taken in the draft’s seven rounds. Whether it was his age, he’ll …

Weekend prep schools: Undefeated Gabby Thomas leads Williston girls track & field

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Gabby Thomas continued her season-long unbeaten streak in three events as the Williston Northampton girls track & field team defeated Westminster 85-59 Saturday at Simsbury, Connecticut. Thomas, a Northampton resident and Harvard commit, won the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the high jump for the Wildcats. Rachel Rockwell …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire softball hands Turners Falls first loss

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Alexis Ferris struck out 12 and walked none in a complete-game four-hit shutout as the Hampshire Regional softball team edged Turners Falls 1-0 Saturday afternoon in Westhampton. Marissa McCarthy drove in Katy O’Connor with the game’s lone run in the second. They each went 2 for 2, while …

30 teams descend on Valley for 24th Amherst Invitational

Friday, May 1, 2015

For the 24th time, the Amherst Regional ultimate teams are set to the host the Amherst Invitational this weekend and they are as excited as ever. “It’s a big home tournament where all of our family and friends …