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Amherst girls tennis sees regular-season win streak snapped

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — When Amherst girls tennis coach C.J. Holt looked at the season’s schedule, he thought Minnechaug would be a tough opponent. On Thursday, the Falcons proved him right, forcing three matches to third sets to win 3-2 at Amherst Middle School. “We want to win every time we step on the court, but we expected a big match out …

UMass notebook: Important weekend ahead for lacrosse, softball teams

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team will put the nation’s longest active conference winning streak on the line this weekend, while the men’s lacrosse and softball …

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the …

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.

  • DAN LITTLE
Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass.

    JERREY ROBERTS Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt.

    CAROL LOLLIS Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt. Purchase photo reprints »

Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight

Friday, April 24, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It’s gonna cost you. One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, …

Big Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is not Hagler-Hearns, so don’t expect a knockout

Friday, April 24, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Tommy Hearns understood what was expected from him the night 30 years ago when he stepped into the ring to face Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title. There would be no running. There wouldn’t even …

MLS will have plan in 6 months to expand beyond 24 teams

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Having committed to reach 24 teams by the end of the decade, Major League Soccer intends to develop additional expansion plans within six months. MLS launched with 12 teams in 1996 and cut to 10 in 2002. There are 20 this year following the additions …

Paul Newberry: Bonds, Clemens, Rose deserve to be in Cooperstown

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. While we’re at it, so does Pete Rose. Bonds’ criminal conviction stemming from baseball’s shameful steroids era was thrown out this week, Clemens was never convicted of anything, …

No expansion yet, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has fee in mind: $500 million

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind. How’s $500 million sound? Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday …

NHL commish doesn’t think ‘Katy Perry’ chants are sexist

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — So long as fans keep their chants clean, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has no issue with Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry being compared to pop star Katy Perry. “I don’t think taunting chants at players …

Silent bats lead to Red Sox dropping 1st series this season

Friday, April 24, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Missed offensive opportunties cost the Boston Red Sox another series win. Rene Rivera had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 2-1 …

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

Thursday’s high school lacrosse/track: South Hadley boys lax outlasts Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Griffin Fitzell (four assists) and Sam Duda each scored four goals as the South Hadley boys lacrosse beat Northampton, 12-7, at home Thursday afternoon. Marcus Larrier scored two goals, while Jason Fernandes and Pat Fitzgerald each scored one goal for the Tigers (3-3). Matt Huggett scored three goals …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Holyoke Catholic, Belchertown girls maintain perfect marks

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Belchertown and Holyoke Catholic girls tennis teams each enjoyed easy victories Thursday afternoon to keep their records unblemished. The Orioles (6-0) only dropped four games over five matches in blanking Chicopee 5-0 at home. The Gaels (5-0) lost nine games in four matches of a 4-0 home …