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Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the year: Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Player of the Year Allison McCann, junior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: McCann led the Hurricanes to their second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 1 team title, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1. After falling to her sister, Nicole, in the 2014 Western Mass. Individual Tournament final, Allison broke through this season, defeating Minnechaug’s Haley Gurski 6-1, 6-1 for the championship. She went …

Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in …

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

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

  • PHOEBE JONES
Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning.

    PHOEBE JONES Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maya Constantine, 3, and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population.

    DAN LITTLE Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population. Purchase photo reprints »

Clay Buchholz pitches gem, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 3-1

Monday, June 29, 2015

TORONTO — Nothing about pitching north of the border feels foreign to Boston’s Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start, Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the …

Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Puerto Rico open World Cup of softball with two wins

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson’s international career got off to a good start Monday as Puerto Rico won its first two games in the World Cup of softball in Irving, California. The former UMass and Amherst Regional star batted leadoff for Puerto Rico, which beat Argentina, 2-0, then rallied for three …

US-Germany semifinal features world’s top goalkeepers

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last …

Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. …

Hope Solo’s World Cup: Strong in the goal, silent to the media

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTREAL — It’s been a quiet Women’s World Cup for Hope Solo. On the field, the U.S. goalkeeper has been called on to make just 11 saves in five games. And off the field, she’s been all but inaudible, answering just three questions after giving up a goal …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in …

Andy MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season

Monday, June 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies on Monday with plans to take over as team president after this season. He’ll eventually replace Pat …

Berkshire East will open Thunder Mountain Bike Park on Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The Thunder Mountain Bike Park opens Wednesday with 35 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. The mountain’s Sky Trac Quad Chairlift installed in 2014 made …

Dara Torres back in Omaha, where her long swim career ended

Monday, June 29, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Dara Torres showed up at the CenturyLink Center on Monday to promote the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. No, the ageless Torres isn’t making another comeback. She was in Omaha as a goodwill ambassador this …

Justin Gatlin & Co. ready to face Usain Bolt at world championships

Monday, June 29, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Justin Gatlin is still blazing fast at 33 years old. Same with Tyson Gay at 32 and Wallace Spearmon at 30. Reaching an age when sprinters contemplate retirement, these 30-somethings are heading to Beijing for …