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Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at New Balance Nationals. Jumped a school record 5-9 to win the All-State championship and New England Championship. She cleared 5-7 for the …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four …

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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring. Purchase photo reprints »

Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Mike Miele

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Player of the Year Mike Miele, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Miele propelled himself just short of a title this year in the Western Massachusetts Individual Tournament, falling in the finals against Longmeadow’s Ross Kamin 6-0, 6-1. Miele …

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league. Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: …

Wednesday’s summer baseball: Northampton Juniors advance to District 2 title game

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Northampton Little League Junior team assured itself a spot in the District 2 championship game with a 14-3 victory over Westfield in five innings Wednesday evening. Noah Brink went 3 for 3, drove in four runs and scored two more for Hamp (3-0), which will play for …

Phil Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed …

Kevin Love stays, Tyson Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Rick Porcello’s struggles continue, Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TORONTO — Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue …

Defense helps US team to the Women’s World Cup final

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTREAL — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, beleaguered at the start by new revelations in her domestic …

All ingredients in place for mouthwatering Tour de France

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — The Tour de France is like a good bouillabaisse, the traditional Mediterranean seafood stew. Take out one ingredient, and it does not taste the same. The Tour starting on Saturday has all the ingredients in place: …