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Fans hold a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Federal Judge Richard M. Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady Thursday morning. The league said it will appeal the ruling. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Brady sits out after court victory, Giants top Patriots 12-9

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A battle of reserves to end the preseason was fittingly decided by a backup kicker. Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and the New York Giants finished off the preseason with a 12-9 victory Thursday over the New England Patriots, who had already won a much larger victory earlier in the day. A federal judge vacated the NFL’s …

Thursday’s local results: Hopkins Academy golf team downs Turners Falls

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Hopkins Academy golf team cruised past Turners Falls, 21-3, Thursday at Hickory Ridge Country Club. Jack Ter Doest earned medalist honors with a 38 …

UMass to retire jersey for John Calipari on Dec. 16

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMass will retire a jersey to honor John Calipari prior to the men’s basketball game against New Orleans at the Mullins Center on Dec. 16. …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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

Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly …

Packers not satisfied with NFC North perch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The competitive balance that has come to define the modern NFL has not exactly been evenly distributed across the different divisions. The Green Bay Packers sure haven’t been generous in sharing their hold on the NFC North. Befitting …

DeMarco Murray’s departure might be too much for Dallas

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When DeMarco Murray traded the blue star on his helmet for silver and white wings, the balance of power in the NFC East shifted from the Dallas Cowboys to the Philadelphia Eagles. That might be the …

Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about …

Emails show nuances to ‘Concussion’ controversy, NFL fears

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Leaked emails about the fact-based football drama “Concussion” paint a complicated picture of the internal dealings between Sony executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman in the early stages of development of the head-trauma …

Panthers going for 3rd straight title in middling NFC South

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Now that Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are the first team since the NFC South was established in 2002 to repeat as division champs, they see little reason why they shouldn’t win it again. After all, not …

Winning 3rd straight AFC South title piece of Colts’ plans

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nothing has changed in the AFC South, where the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all are chasing Indianapolis, and the Colts have their sights set so much higher than the division they dominate. Yes, the Colts once again are …

UConn opens Bob Diaco’s second season against FCS foe Villanova

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — UConn hosts Villanova on Thursday in a season-opening game that was originally envisioned as a battle of conference rivals. It was scheduled back when Villanova was contemplating a football upgrade and the Big East was a major football conference. The breakup of the Big East …

Obstacle to moving Rio Olympic venues? 1,400 silent athletes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio’s sewage-filled waters. But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues. Why isn’t there more pressure …

ACC faces many variables on TV channel to rival SEC, Big Ten

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Atlantic Coast Conference is still figuring out whether it will start a dedicated cable channel of its own. Details have been scarce about the behind-the-scenes process the league and broadcast partner ESPN are navigating in an effort …