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US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the …

Easthampton graduate Alyssa Fugiel named Scholar All-American by National Soccer Coaches Association

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alyssa Fugiel spent one part of her high school career putting up zeroes, while in another part she tried to post the highest possible numbers. …

Ortiz and Bradley HR, Red Sox top Toronto for 3rd win in row

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TORONTO — Minus injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia, the Boston Red Sox managed to match their longest winning streak of the season. David …

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

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

  • 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 »

  • 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.

    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 »

Hope Solo’s World Cup: Strong in the goal, silent to the media

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — It’s been a quiet Women’s World Cup for Hope Solo. On the field, the U.S. goalkeeper has been called on to make just 11 saves in five games. And off the field, she’s been all but inaudible, answering just three questions after giving up a goal …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in …

Andy MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season

Monday, June 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies on Monday with plans to take over as team president after this season. He’ll eventually replace Pat …

Berkshire East will open Thunder Mountain Bike Park on Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The Thunder Mountain Bike Park opens Wednesday with 35 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. The mountain’s Sky Trac Quad Chairlift installed in 2014 made …

Dara Torres back in Omaha, where her long swim career ended

Monday, June 29, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Dara Torres showed up at the CenturyLink Center on Monday to promote the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. No, the ageless Torres isn’t making another comeback. She was in Omaha as a goodwill ambassador this …

Justin Gatlin & Co. ready to face Usain Bolt at world championships

Monday, June 29, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Justin Gatlin is still blazing fast at 33 years old. Same with Tyson Gay at 32 and Wallace Spearmon at 30. Reaching an age when sprinters contemplate retirement, these 30-somethings are heading to Beijing for …

Jamaica anti-doping agency starts collecting blood samples

Monday, June 29, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s anti-doping agency announced Monday that it has started collecting blood samples to test athletes on the Caribbean island that produces the world’s dominant sprinters. Carey Brown, the executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said blood testing began this month with the guidance of …

Ortiz, Sandoval and De Aza homer as Red Sox beat Rays 5-3

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If there’s a secret to Boston’s success against Chris Archer, the Red Sox aren’t eager to share it. David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza homered against Tampa Bay’s best pitcher on Sunday, …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

LA stepping in on 2024 Games if Boston stumbles?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Five months have passed since Boston defeated Los Angeles in a close race to represent the U.S. in bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics. It has been a difficult stretch for organizers in the Massachusetts …