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Winding road brings UMass tight end Jean Sifrin close to an NFL career

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Not that long ago, the idea of making a decision regarding the NFL draft would have seemed absurd for Jean Sifrin. But as the tight end’s junior season wraps up at UMass, he’ll soon have to decide whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. Heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. finale against Buffalo …

UMass finds its own energy, storms past Northeastern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The game had all the ingredients for a flat performance – early start because of the snowstorm, small crowd, few student fans, no …

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the …

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
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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark. Purchase photo reprints »

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Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

    CAROL LOLLIS Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal. Purchase photo reprints »

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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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 …

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, head coach Joe Kocot, who has been giving the main directions since he …

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 site with Thomas missing most of the game. The Minutemen needed overtime to beat Manhattan at home. The Huskies took a 20-point lead …

Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin dig at NFL in press conference

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

RENTON, Wash. — With the help of a cardboard cutout, the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin took digs at the NFL during a news conference on Tuesday after the league issued a $100,000 fine to teammate …

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 …