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Winding road brings UMass tight end Jean Sifrin close to an NFL career

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Not that long ago, the idea of making a decision regarding the NFL draft would have seemed absurd for Jean Sifrin. But as the tight end’s junior season wraps up at UMass, he’ll soon have to decide whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. Heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. finale against Buffalo …

UMass finds its own energy, storms past Northeastern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The game had all the ingredients for a flat performance – early start because of the snowstorm, small crowd, few student fans, no …

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Western Massachusetts Fall Tournaments
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Justin Griswold of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Pacquiao-Mayweather fight at AT&T Stadium

Monday, November 24, 2014

If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever agree to a boxing match, Jerry Jones would push hard for AT&T Stadium to host what would be the biggest fight in years and the richest fight in history. AT&T Stadium has already hosted two prime-time fights, including Pacquiao’s win …

South Carolina the new No. 1 in AP women’s hoops

Monday, November 24, 2014

A new week led to a new No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll as South Carolina was atop the poll for the first time in school history. Coach Dawn Staley is no stranger herself to being ranked No. 1. As a player, she helped Virginia …

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson highlight Hall of Fame ballot

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, …

No. 1 Kentucky gives Kansas a Top 25 tumble

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week. Made a lot of believers among Top 25 voters, too. After running roughshod over the Jayhawks in the Champions Classic, the Wildcats routed Boston and …

Longtime NHL coach, executive Pat Quinn dies at 71

Monday, November 24, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Pat Quinn, a former defenseman and longtime NHL coach and executive who brought a gruff and passionate presence to hockey across the decades, has died at 71. He died Sunday night in Vancouver …

Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov dies at 84

Monday, November 24, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the “Miracle on Ice,” died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia’s Kontinental Hockey …

Wayland scores in first minute of overtime to end Belchertown repeat bid for state soccer title

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — One year later, the Belchertown boys soccer team again found itself in overtime playing for the state Division 3 championship. But this time, the golden goal did not come from an Oriole, as Wayland scored in …

Amherst Regional falls 4-0 to Needham in state Division 1 final

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team had only allowed nine goals in 22 games, giving up two just once in a midseason victory. The Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half by Needham, falling 4-0 and …

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit …

Blazers beat Celtics, extend win streak to 7

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge likes the attitude the Portland Trail Blazers have during this winning streak. Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Trail Blazers extended their streak to seven …