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Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

Judge orders Roger Goodell, Tom Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have …

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

UMass picked fourth in MAC East
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

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Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DENVER — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national team have done their part, too. Buoyed by international soccer icons and capitalizing on recent World Cup success …

Russia beats US for synchro mixed duet gold at worlds

Thursday, July 30, 2015

KAZAN, Russia — Scissor-kicking to “Swan Lake” in front of a cheering home crowd, Russia’s synchronized swimmers rallied to overtake the United States for gold in mixed duet free at the world championships. Americans Bill May and Kristina …

Like father, like son: Joe Mantegna Jr. keeps coaching in the family

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joe Mantegna Jr. watched two basketball scrimmages from the second rung of the bleachers inside Smith Vocational’s gym on Wednesday morning. The third day of the Northampton native’s basketball camp needed to wrap up, so Mantegna …

Tom Brady vows to fight on; Robert Kraft says he regrets not doing so

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my …

Rick Porcello, Red Sox continue to struggle as White Sox roll

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox continued their headfirst slide into the American League East cellar Wednesday night. Porcello, whose questionable headfirst dive into first base recorded the game’s first out, was booed off the …

Kaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Kaka scored on a penalty kick and set up David Villa’s goal minutes later in the first half to help the best players in Major League Soccer beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on a blustery …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference …

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Patriots

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would …

Booing has Australian footballer Adam Goodes considering quitting

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Few athletes have the credentials to challenge Adam Goodes for the mantle of being THE Australian sportsman, which is why a racism debate is raging Down Under. He may not have an international profile due to playing in the home-grown game of Australian rules football, but the Aboriginal …

Chiefs safety Eric Berry back at practice after cancer fight

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — There was a moment in the early stages of chemotherapy when Eric Berry was having breakfast with his father, and the enormity of what faced him was so great that he broke down and …