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Northampton beats Hadley to win Cal Ripken District 2 10-and-under Tournament title

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The kids on the Hadley Cal Ripken baseball team were enjoying the brief rainfall on Monday. Hadley had just beaten Frontier, 7-1, in a 10-and-under District 2 semifinal game when the rain started. The team didn’t have long to rest because Hadley was scheduled to play Northampton in the finals, which started at 6 p.m. The rain stopped …

Monday’s local baseball: Amherst Mantle stops Frontier

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen McCudden tossed a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts as the Amherst Mickey Mantle team beat Frontier, 6-1, at Ziomek Field in Amherst on Monday. …

Boston 2024 touts jobs, housing as it releases detailed $4.6B Olympics bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games …

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  • 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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

Na Yeon Choi’s fairway eagle leads to NW Arkansas Championship win

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ROGERS, Ark. — Even Na Yeon Choi wasn’t sure if Sunday was the time for her ninth career LPGA Tour title as she struggled throughout much of her round at Pinnacle Country Club. The South Korean couldn’t make …

Bubba Watson wins Travelers Championship on 2nd playoff hole

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson made an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole a playoff Sunday to outlast Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for the second time. Casey overcame a three-stroke deficit with five to …

Justin Gatlin wins 200 with fastest time ever at US championships

Sunday, June 28, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Moments after crossing the finish line, Justin Gatlin turned to his left and pointed at the clock to make sure everyone noticed what he just did. Hard to miss that time. Somewhere, a certain Jamaican …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

Carli Lloyd once nearly quit; the US team is sure glad she didn’t

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd’s career is defined by big moments. The latest came in the U.S. victory Friday over China, with a goal that ultimately sent the Americans through to the semifinals at the Women’s World Cup. Now …

Novak Djokovic back to tennis, and focused on Wimbledon

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LONDON — After losing in the French Open final, Novak Djokovic wanted nothing to do with tennis. For about a week, anyway. Now, with his opening match at Wimbledon coming Monday on Centre Court, the top-ranked Serb is …

AP-GfK Poll: Americans show strong support for home Olympics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they …

Jeff Maggert wins US Senior Open for 2nd senior major title

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. Maggert shot a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin …

IndyCar still straddling line between speed, safety

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FONTANA, Calif. — Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in accidents. Many drivers at Saturday’s 500-mile race at Auto …

Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. — After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday’s race, all in an effort to minimize pain and …