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Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

Judge orders Roger Goodell, Tom Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have …

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

UMass picked fourth in MAC East
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

  • GREG SAULMON
Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

Stephen Ross gives his Dolphins a simple start-of-camp message: Win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. — About a half-hour into the Miami Dolphins’ first practice of the season, owner Stephen Ross had his team, coaches and staff gather around him at midfield. He spoke for only a couple of minutes. Telling …

Redskins’ RG3 not looking back, his ‘focus on the future’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III is not interested in dissecting whatever criticism — and there’s been plenty — that’s come his way. He has no desire to discuss how he can improve as an NFL quarterback or …

Early retirement: NFL players call it quits in prime of careers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with …

John Mara says Giants have not been allowed to examine Jason Pierre-Paul

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida. A seemingly frustrated co-owner …

Donald Trump lands, Hyo-Joo Kim leads at Women’s British Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Donald Trump’s show-stealing arrival at the Women’s British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim. Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round …

‘St-riike!’ Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — “St-riike! ... And we’re talking outside of outside corners.” “Ball!” “St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.” Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the …

MLB trade roundup: Blue Jays land David Price

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After obtaining slugging shortstop …

Ronda Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Bethe Correia at UFC 190

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GLENDALE, Calif. — Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to …

MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DENVER — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national team have done their part, too. Buoyed by international soccer icons and capitalizing on recent World Cup success …

Russia beats US for synchro mixed duet gold at worlds

Thursday, July 30, 2015

KAZAN, Russia — Scissor-kicking to “Swan Lake” in front of a cheering home crowd, Russia’s synchronized swimmers rallied to overtake the United States for gold in mixed duet free at the world championships. Americans Bill May and Kristina …