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Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who will be sorely missed.” Koch, 59, coached … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was … 1

Belchertown tops South Hadley for Koufax B state championship

Monday, July 21, 2014

PALMER — The Belchertown River Rats captured the Sandy Koufax WMABC B Division state championship on Monday night, defeating the South Hadley Tigers in a … 0

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
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    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

In Alps, Nibali again dominates Tour de France

Friday, July 18, 2014

CHAMROUSSE, France — If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here’s why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and … 0

Former NFL players bring drug lawsuit against league

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few — if any— safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame … 0

Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open

Friday, July 18, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption … 0

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

Friday, July 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach’s hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Laura Diaz shoots 62 to lead Marathon Classic by 4

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic. Diaz shot a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead in Thursday’s opening round. U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 73, 2008 … 0

Woods says round disrupted by cameras

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods was playing his second shot into the par-5 18th when he made a sudden stop in the middle of his swing Thursday at the British Open. If nothing else, his back must really … 0

Top NCAA hoops official retiring after 2015 season

Thursday, July 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — John Adams started refereeing basketball games for grocery money. He’s leaving the sport as the head of college basketball officiating. On Thursday, the 65-year-old Adams said he will retire following April’s national championship game. Adams took the job in 2008-09 and said it was the “perfect … 0

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a … 0