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Johnny Williams, of Northampton, is the top seed in the 50-yard and 100-yard butterfly at Saturday's Western Massachusetts Championships, held at Springfield College.

Northampton swimmer Johnny Williams on the cusp of 100 butterfly state record

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Northampton — Johnny Williams seeks out quiet places to focus before he races. The Northampton High School swimmer will take a stretching mat to a corner or even into the locker room to meditate and relax. He sees the chest-slappers and the headphone-wearers behind the blocks. That style doesn’t suit him. “I’ve done some experimenting as far as what works …

UMass softball looking to overcome early bumps before conference play begins

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UMass softball coach Kristi Stefanoni is ready for the early bumps that await her team. It’s a young and largely inexperienced team that she’ll take …

Bergeron scores twice and Bruins beat Jets 6-2

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Thursday night …

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

College hoop week guide: Dec. 14
Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

WMass Tournament Scores/Schedules
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

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With nation’s best on deck, no time to adjust for UMass men’s lacrosse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — The UMass men’s lacrosse team won’t have to wait long to see how it matches up with some of the nation’s best teams. To avoid the bitter cold predicted for Saturday, the Minutemen’s opener at Army was moved up to Friday at 12:30 p.m. at West …

UMass set to face different but difficult VCU, Thursday at Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — VCU still calls it Havoc. But it’s not quite the same thing. When Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas, he took his trademarked full-court, smothering pressure style with him. New coach Will Wade’s system hounds opponents in the half court instead of end to end. The …

Lisa Borders announced as new WNBA president

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Lisa Borders has been a fan of the WNBA ever since she helped bring a team to Atlanta. Now she’s the league’s new president. The WNBA announced the move Wednesday, three months after former president …

‘Great Expansion’ of 1967 showed NHL was for real

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Panthers turn page to 2016 after deflating Super Bowl loss

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap …

Lucic scores in return to Boston; Kings rout Bruins 9-2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Milan Lucic looked as though he didn’t want the night to end, taking the ice after both teams left to thank the fans who showered him with cheers most of the game. It was a banner …

On the beam

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Khris Middleton’s free throw lifts Bucks over Celtics 112-111

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton made one of two free throws with 0.6 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 112-111 in improbable fashion on Tuesday night. Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley to get …