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Northampton beats Hadley to win Cal Ripken District 2 10-and-under Tournament title

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The kids on the Hadley Cal Ripken baseball team were enjoying the brief rainfall on Monday. Hadley had just beaten Frontier, 7-1, in a 10-and-under District 2 semifinal game when the rain started. The team didn’t have long to rest because Hadley was scheduled to play Northampton in the finals, which started at 6 p.m. The rain stopped …

Monday’s local baseball: Amherst Mantle stops Frontier

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen McCudden tossed a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts as the Amherst Mickey Mantle team beat Frontier, 6-1, at Ziomek Field in Amherst on Monday. …

Boston 2024 touts jobs, housing as it releases detailed $4.6B Olympics bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games …

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  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

Celtics coach Brad Stevens finally gets shot to coach NCAA hero R.J. Hunter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before he hit one of the biggest shots of last season’s NCAA Tournament. If Stevens had his way, Hunter would have played for Butler instead …

San Jose Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Boston Bruins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender. As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him. Jones …

Golf halfway through year: Turnover at warp speed

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The No. 1 player in golf already has three wins in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and he has finished in the top 10 at both majors. Halfway through the year, however, Rory McIlroy is playing second fiddle. Remember the hype over McIlroy going for the career …

Hit-and-run case against UFC ex-champ Jon Jones stalls

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque hit-and-run case against former UFC champion fighter Jon “Bones” Jones has stalled due to a delay in obtaining records, prosecutors said. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office said Monday a deadline had passed …

Williams sisters pull out of doubles at Wimbledon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LONDON — The Williams sisters pulled out of women’s doubles at Wimbledon on Tuesday, with Serena saying it’s because she wants to focus on her bid for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in singles. The official reason …

Bouchard, Halep lose Wimbledon openers; Federer, Nadal win

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LONDON — A year ago at Wimbledon, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep met in a semifinal showcasing two of tennis’ up-and-coming stars. Bouchard was only 20, Halep 22. Bouchard won that matchup to reach a Grand Slam final …

Clay Buchholz pitches gem, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 3-1

Monday, June 29, 2015

TORONTO — Nothing about pitching north of the border feels foreign to Boston’s Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start, Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the …

Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Puerto Rico open World Cup of softball with two wins

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson’s international career got off to a good start Monday as Puerto Rico won its first two games in the World Cup of softball in Irving, California. The former UMass and Amherst Regional star batted leadoff for Puerto Rico, which beat Argentina, 2-0, then rallied for three …

US-Germany semifinal features world’s top goalkeepers

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last …

Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. …