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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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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 »

Patriots look for improvement in 3rd preseason game

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or …

FANTASY PLAYS: Time to figure out who’s No. 1 in your football draft

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Your fantasy football draft draws near, and you’re stoked because you’ve got the top overall pick. Visions of grabbing the hands-down best player and watching him carry you to a title has you giddy. Then you take a closer look at the candidates, and reality sets in: there …

Ex-NFLer Jonathan Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MIAMI — Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others. Martin, who retired this year, said his problems date to childhood in California, …

Bowfishing tournament in Mississippi River draws complaints

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The teams of fishermen arrived with a seemingly unusual array of equipment — loud airboats, powerful searchlights and scores of bows and arrows. Since their tournament on the Mississippi River ended last month, it’s …

Iconic schemes return at Darlington

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. — The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup’s next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback …

Documents: PawSox made revised stadium proposal this summer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Pawtucket Red Sox made a revised proposal for a stadium in Providence earlier this summer after its April proposal for $120 million in state subsidies fell flat, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through a records request. State officials say negotiations continue, …

Triple Crown winner arrives at Saratoga for Travers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — With a dozen roses and about 300 people waiting to greet him, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday and was led off a horse van next to …

Barcelona heads 32-team draw for Champions League groups

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GENEVA — The Champions League season takes shape Thursday when UEFA draws 32 elite teams into groups in Monaco. The most coveted prize in club football promises the world’s best players performing at arguably their highest level. Barcelona …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of …

Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The federal ban on sports betting in all but four states was upheld Tuesday, dealing a blow to New Jersey’s latest effort to expand gambling options to help its struggling casinos and racetracks. But …