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New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included a rewrite of Rule 53, which regards middle school students on high school athletic teams. The new rule reads: “A Middle School …

Angels pound Red Sox 12-5

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta could sense the mood changing in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. A nine-run inning will do …

Frontier Regional wins District F&G Girls Track Championship

Friday, May 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — Track & field is usually a measure of individual success but on Friday night, the Frontier Regional girls team flexed its individual muscles, …

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Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

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Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

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left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

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Wednesday’s Tri-County baseball: Easthampton Savings Bank beats Chicopee Falls

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Easthampton Savings Bank Tri-County League baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to open its season with a 3-1 victory over Chicopee Falls Wednesday night at Bullens Field in Westfield. Todd Ezold went 2 for 2 with a double and a run …

Bruton Smith, Terry Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified …

Boston Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON — On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement. “He’s the coach of the Boston …

Aaron Hernandez to be arraigned in witness intimidation case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned on a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting him in the face. Hernandez’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in a Boston courtroom. He was convicted …

Hal Steinbrenner on A-Rod: ‘He’s been a great asset’

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Now that Alex Rodriguez has more home runs than lawsuits, the New York Yankees are happy with him. The 39-year-old began Wednesday with a .248 batting average following his return from a season-long drug suspension, …

Roger Goodell wants to hear directly from Tom Brady in appeal

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not …

Roger Goodell mentions Germany, Mexico for possible games

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A future regular-season NFL game in Mexico or Germany was discussed by NFL owners Wednesday. Commissioner Roger Goodell said both countries have reached out about hosting games, and there is “renewed interest” among the owners. The league is intent on expanding its international series, and …

Timetable for decision on teams NFL in LA could be moved up

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles might be in the NFL’s future sooner than anyone thought. The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing in the area …

Tim Dahlberg: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees. Robert Kraft …

Rugged month has Helio Castroneves eager to chase 4th Indy win

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The specks of gray in Helio Castroneves’ jet black hair tell one part of his legacy. While the Brazilian admittedly is on the back end of his career now, there’s one way he feels forever young: …