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Carli Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title

Sunday, July 5, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times. And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title. Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999. A …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken teams earn district titles

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex Houck and Nate Kelleher-Mochak combined on a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team beat Frontier 4-0 Saturday to win …

Ramirez’s 2-run HR lifts Red Sox over Astros 5-4

Sunday, July 5, 2015

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez handed the Boston Red Sox another well-timed win. Ramirez connected with a one-handed swing for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the …

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Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

    NANCY SIPPEL CARPENTER Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France

Friday, July 3, 2015

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That’s because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium du Dauphine …

Serena avoids upset at Wimbledon; sister Venus next

Friday, July 3, 2015

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at …

Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the year: Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Player of the Year Allison McCann, junior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: McCann led the Hurricanes to their second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 1 team title, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1. After falling to her sister, Nicole, in the …

Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in Mickey Mantle action, Thursday in Easthampton. Trevor Edwards shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. The teams …

Greenfield Post 81 holds off Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Northampton Post 28 just couldn’t get the big hit it needed on Thursday night. Northampton stranded runners at third in the final two innings and Greenfield Post 81 won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 4-3 victory in American Legion baseball action at …

World Cup field puts haves and have-nots on display

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — One of the benefits of an expanded field of 24 teams at the Women’s World Cup this year was that there were lots of fresh faces playing in Canada, teams like Ivory Coast, Ecuador …

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind …