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Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join him in the center of the diamond, Martinez took the mound and the microphone one more time for the Red Sox during …

Tom Brady’s suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Patriots back star QB

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner …

Easthampton Savings Bank beats Wilbraham Funeral Home, reaches Tri-County championship series

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Savings Banks baseball team fought off Wilbraham Funeral Home from the mound, infield and plate during a deciding Game 3 of …

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Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

A year away, Olympic organizers counting on sun and samba

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that’s what people remember after the games — not images of polluted …

If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around. That’s still more than two years away, and …

AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GENEVA — Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini’s plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to …

Vladimir Putin: Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can’t stop praising each other. The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work. Two days …

Amherst downs Easthampton for Mickey Mantle championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Amherst’s Stephen McCudden had never pitched on back-to-back days until this week. On Monday, the rising junior followed Sunday’s shortened start with a lengthy relief appearance in which he struck out eight to guide Amherst to …

Amherst native Michael Hixon comes from behind to win bronze in 1-meter diving at world championships

Monday, July 27, 2015

KAZAN, Russia — Michael Hixon had quite the comeback for his first diving medal at the senior international level. The Amherst native was in 10th place at one point but rallied to win bronze in the men’s 1-meter …

White Sox outlast Red Sox 10-8

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Adam Eaton had three hits and drove in two runs to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 10-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. It was the fifth straight win for the …

Arizona Cardinals name woman to training camp coach position

Monday, July 27, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason. The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back …

A-Rod homers on 40th birthday in Yankees’ 6-2 win at Rangers

Monday, July 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night. A-Rod’s solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) made him only the fourth player …

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox for stretch run

Monday, July 27, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than $3.8 million from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for infielder Josh Rutledge. The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a …