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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Brady struggles but guides TD drive; defense, Garoppolo lead Patriots to comeback win over Panthers

Friday, August 28, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At least for one series Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again. The four-time Super Bowl champion overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 17-16 on Friday night. New England’s first six possessions included four three-and-outs and two Brady interceptions, although one …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who …

Swihart hits inside-the-park HR in 10th as Red Sox beat Mets

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox stopped the New York Mets’ seven-game …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans. The NCAA generally forbids its players from cashing in on their athletic …

Jordan Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

Thursday, August 27, 2015

EDISON, N.J. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he …

Rick Porcello pitches Red Sox past Sale, White Sox 3-0

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CHICAGO — Rick Porcello pitched seven sparkling innings in his return from a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Porcello and Chris Sale had nearly …

Don Orsillo out as Red Sox’s TV announcer after season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Don Orsillo is out as the Boston Red Sox’s television play-by-play voice after this season. Orsillo wasn’t offered a new contract with NESN, and will be replaced by Dave O’Brien. Orsillo first broadcast Red Sox games on NESN in 2001 and became the full-time play-by-play …

Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident …

Hunter Mahan begins long road in the playoffs, with history on side

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

EDISON, N.J. — Recent history is what gives Hunter Mahan a level of optimism he would not ordinarily have at The Barclays. For the first time in 10 years, he is at risk of ending a PGA Tour …

Stacy Lewis shooting for another LPGA Tour win in Alabama

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Stacy Lewis is ready to finish one spot better. Lewis has been racking up second-place finishes with some regularity since her last win in June 2014. Starting Thursday, she’ll revisit the Yokohama Tire LPGA …

US OPEN 2015: Back on court, Vicky Duval still a winner in NYC

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEW YORK — Vicky Duval suspects tennis’ locker rooms were a bit too quiet without her. “Everyone I see, I’m like, ‘Hiiii!’” the American teen said of her return to the U.S. Open, bursting into giggles. “I think …

Usain Bolt leaves ’em laughing and a new star comes out in 400 at worlds

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIJING — Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a …