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Northampton eyes Thanksgiving Day win over rival Amherst Regional

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Northampton football team, but a win Thursday morning over Amherst Regional would mean the Blue Devils close on a winning streak and keep the upper hand over their archrival. The opening kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in Amherst for the 10th “Battle of the Bridge” to be waged on Thanksgiving. But a …

Easthampton looks to send coach Joe Kocot out on high note

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton football players were seen running plays at practice under the directions of several coaches on Tuesday. But, there is one particular coach, …

Northeastern poses big challenge for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Northeastern beat Florida State on the road when Seminole leading scorer Aaron Thomas played the whole game. UMass beat FSU at a neutral …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Western Massachusetts Fall Tournaments
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

    REBECCA EVERETT The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed. Purchase photo reprints »

NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith met Tuesday to discuss the league’s personal conduct policy. Neither side released details of the meeting. The NFL Players Association has been unhappy with what …

Tuesday’s colleges: Vermont ices UMass 3-1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The UMass men’s hockey team dropped its second straight game to Vermont, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night. The Minutemen (3-8-0, 1-7-0 Hockey East) pulled Henry Dill for an extra attacker late in the third period and it worked as Dennis Kravchenko scored with 31 seconds left for …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should …

Amherst Regional looks to snap 10-game home losing streak against rival Northampton on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the Amherst Regional football team’s last win at home. If the winter weather expected on Wednesday allows them to play, the Hurricanes feel good about ending the 10-game losing streak in their …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be …

Red Sox make it official, introduce Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out …

Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s teams are having a bad month on social media. The latest gaffe: an innocuous, but ill-timed, tweet that the Red Sox rushed to delete. The tweet — “So how was everyone’s Monday?” — went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury …

AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because …

Robbie Rogers rues slow acceptance of gays in sports

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he’s the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league. Jason Collins recently retired from the NBA, and …

Red Sox spend on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez to shake cellar

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back …