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UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in the game after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused, what was later determined to be, a concussion. Without speaking about Michigan, Whipple …

High school notebook: ‘Spike it for Life’ hits home for Frontier Regional girls volleyball team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As the leaves change, fundraising for breast cancer swings into full gear as October is the disease’s dedicated “awareness” month. Endless philanthropic events rally support …

Hopkins Academy edges Hampshire Regional in tournament atmosphere

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy golf team eked out a 13-11 win against Hampshire Regional at Hickory Ridge Golf Club Wednesday. Joe Yusko led the …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

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Gazette writers Mike Moran and Mike Wilkinson post online-only content, commentary and nightly scores.

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Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

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Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today’s NFL. Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, …

US women rout Angola 119-44 finish pool play 3-0

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ISTANBUL — Brittney Griner was a little surprised. Moments after the U.S. had just beaten Angola in the most lopsided victory in team history at the world championship, the players from the African nation wanted to take photos with the Americans. The Angola team was so excited to …

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BALTIMORE — Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologized Tuesday for his latest brush with the law, saying he was “deeply sorry to everyone I have let down” with an arrest for DUI. Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after …

Judge hearing Aaron Hernandez bid to suppress evidence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez testified Tuesday against his lawyers’ efforts to suppress cellphone evidence, saying they had agreed to turn the phone over to …

Sports briefs: Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton ORCHARD PARK, N.Y (AP). — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel on Monday, one day after the former first-round draft pick completed less than half his passes and threw two interceptions in a loss to Houston. Marrone …

Monday’s high school recaps: South Hadley field hockey shuts out Smith Academy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hannah Menard scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation as the South Hadley field hockey team defeated Smith Academy 2-0 at home Monday. Brittany Cote only needed to make two stops for the Tigers (7-3-1) in …

Frontier volleyball keeps rolling, sweeps Amherst to stay perfect

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Becoming a dominant team requires a variety of tools. It could be one dominant player that is unstoppable or a well-balanced team that requires every player to make an impact. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team is unstoppable because of the latter. The unified Red …

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …