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New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included a rewrite of Rule 53, which regards middle school students on high school athletic teams. The new rule reads: “A Middle School …

Angels pound Red Sox 12-5

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta could sense the mood changing in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. A nine-run inning will do …

Frontier Regional wins District F&G Girls Track Championship

Friday, May 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — Track & field is usually a measure of individual success but on Friday night, the Frontier Regional girls team flexed its individual muscles, …

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Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

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Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

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left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month. Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April …

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to …

From HRs to ejections, rarely a dull moment for Bryce Harper

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — There’s rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper. Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19. He’ll hit six home runs in a …

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GENEVA — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying. There’s no need this time. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term …

Daniel Cormier, ‘Rumble’ Johnson fight for Jon Jones’ former belt at UFC 187

Thursday, May 21, 2015

When Daniel Cormier faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for the light heavyweight title at UFC 187 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the third man in the cage isn’t the referee. Jon Jones wore that belt for the previous …

Savannah Waters doubles for career-hit N0. 150 as Hampshire cruises past South Hadley

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Savannah Waters has been a starter for the Hampshire Regional softball team for five seasons. Despite her tenure, she hasn’t stopped working on her swing. On Wednesday, the senior shortstop used in-game advice from multiple coaches …

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at …

Red Sox strand 12 in one-run loss to Rangers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had the Texas Rangers’ outfielders chasing balls all around Fenway Park. The problem was they were catching them. The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners, including leaving the bases full in the …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …