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Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Mike Miele

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Player of the Year Mike Miele, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Miele propelled himself just short of a title this year in the Western Massachusetts Individual Tournament, falling in the finals against Longmeadow’s Ross Kamin 6-0, 6-1. Miele beat Northampton’s Francois Venne 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and Minnechaug’s Matt Gurski 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 in the semifinals. The Tigers’ No. …

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS

Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz, center, announces his appointment of Duane Nichols, right, as the new chief of the Northampton Fire Department. At left is Brian Duggan, the outgoing chief.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz, center, announces his appointment of Duane Nichols, right, as the new chief of the Northampton Fire Department. At left is Brian Duggan, the outgoing chief. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Puerto Rico open World Cup of softball with two wins

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson’s international career got off to a good start Monday as Puerto Rico won its first two games in the World Cup of softball in Irving, California. The former UMass and Amherst Regional star batted leadoff for Puerto Rico, which beat Argentina, 2-0, then rallied for three …

US-Germany semifinal features world’s top goalkeepers

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last …

Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. …

Hope Solo’s World Cup: Strong in the goal, silent to the media

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — It’s been a quiet Women’s World Cup for Hope Solo. On the field, the U.S. goalkeeper has been called on to make just 11 saves in five games. And off the field, she’s been all but inaudible, answering just three questions after giving up a goal …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in …

Andy MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season

Monday, June 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies on Monday with plans to take over as team president after this season. He’ll eventually replace Pat …

Berkshire East will open Thunder Mountain Bike Park on Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The Thunder Mountain Bike Park opens Wednesday with 35 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. The mountain’s Sky Trac Quad Chairlift installed in 2014 made …

Dara Torres back in Omaha, where her long swim career ended

Monday, June 29, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Dara Torres showed up at the CenturyLink Center on Monday to promote the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. No, the ageless Torres isn’t making another comeback. She was in Omaha as a goodwill ambassador this …

Justin Gatlin & Co. ready to face Usain Bolt at world championships

Monday, June 29, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Justin Gatlin is still blazing fast at 33 years old. Same with Tyson Gay at 32 and Wallace Spearmon at 30. Reaching an age when sprinters contemplate retirement, these 30-somethings are heading to Beijing for …

Jamaica anti-doping agency starts collecting blood samples

Monday, June 29, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s anti-doping agency announced Monday that it has started collecting blood samples to test athletes on the Caribbean island that produces the world’s dominant sprinters. Carey Brown, the executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said blood testing began this month with the guidance of …