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Amherst Regional falls 4-0 to Needham in state Division 1 final

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team had only allowed nine goals in 22 games, giving up two just once in a midseason victory. The Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half by Needham, falling 4-0 and ending their unbeaten streak in the state Division 1 championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. “We could match them for skill, …

Wayland scores in first minute of overtime to end Belchertown repeat bid for state soccer title

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — One year later, the Belchertown boys soccer team again found itself in overtime playing for the state Division 3 championship. But this time, …

UMass can’t complete comeback against Irish in first loss of season

Saturday, November 22, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — With 4 minutes, 30 seconds left Saturday, a thin ray of light shined on a once hopeless game for the UMass men’s …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Western Massachusetts Fall Tournaments
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

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LeGarrette Blount back in Patriots backfield

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — There was no name over his locker stall and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear this Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New …

Briefs: UMass women’s basketball team takes down North Texas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Minutewomen take down North Texas The UMass women’s basketball team beat North Texas, 56-46, Friday in the Hospitality Hill Challenge in Denton, Texas. Kim Pierre-Louis had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kymber Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Minutewomen (2-2). Emily …

Amherst senior Taj-Amir Torres selected to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — Western Massachusetts high school football is generally overshadowed by teams closer to the coastline and as a region, New England is like the rest of the country’s long lost football cousin — until Friday. Amherst Regional …

Marc Gasol scores 32 as Grizzlies beat Celtics 117-100

Friday, November 21, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — After dealing with a stomach virus that affected nearly half the team earlier in the week, the Memphis Grizzlies recovered enough to get their 21st straight regular season home victory. Marc Gasol matched his …

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday’s results PREP SCHOOLS Boys Basketball Hargrave Military Academy 82, MacDuffie 74 COLLEGES Men’s Hockey Boston College 5, UMass 3 Trinity 7, Amherst 2 Women’s Hockey Amherst 4, Wesleyan 1 Men’s Basketball Amherst 108, Johnson State 60 Women’s Basketball Hospitality Hill Challenge: UMass 56, North Texas 46 Saturday’s …

Alex Khokhlachev nets shootout goal, Bruins beat Jackets

Friday, November 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg figured it had to be great television after Alex Khokhlachev ended the cliffhanger with a dramatic flourish. Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his …

Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

Friday, November 21, 2014

A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries. The decision from U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since the judge had ruled similarly …

UMass face weekend test with Notre Dame, Florida State in Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — After opening the season with wins against two MAAC teams and a rebuilding Boston College squad, the UMass men’s basketball team figures to face a tougher challenge with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena in …

UMass QB Austin Whipple hoping to improve off of tough first start

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — The saving grace for Austin Whipple is that he’ll get another chance. If his rough outing had been the last game for the season for UMass, the redshirt freshman quarterback would have been forced to spend the offseason with the taste of his three-interception performance in …

Gronkowski leads wave of new group of tight ends

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying to …