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This image released by Sony Pictures shows the poster art for the film, "Concussion," to be released in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. Even though the holiday is nearly four months off, we already know what Roger Goodell will find under his tree on Christmas Day. It's a movie scheduled for release that morning based on a true story and bluntly titled "Concussion." It could do for the NFL what "The Insider" did for Big Tobacco and "Erin Brockovich" did for big energy companies. (Sony Pictures via AP)

Commentary: Has NFL’s PR machine finally met its match?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Merry Christmas, Mr. Commissioner. Enjoy your lump of coal. Even though the holiday is nearly four months off, we already know what Roger Goodell will find under his tree on Christmas Day. It’s a movie scheduled for release that morning based on a true story and bluntly titled “Concussion.” It could do for the NFL what “The Insider” did for …

Red Sox rookie Henry Owens clobbered by Yankees in 13-8 loss

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox starters were due for a bad outing. And rookie lefty Henry Owens had a real bad one. Owens was …

Serena Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first true Grand Slam in tennis …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and …

Seattle still the clear favorite in NFC West

Monday, August 31, 2015

If the Seattle Seahawks become the first team to win three straight NFC titles, they’ll likely do so as champions of their division yet again. But the reigning conference champs see a challenge waiting in the NFC West. …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob …

Indians President Mark Shapiro is bound for Blue Jays

Monday, August 31, 2015

CLEVELAND — As his throat clogged with emotion, Mark Shapiro avoided making eye contact with his wife and two kids so he wouldn’t break down crying. Saying goodbye to the Indians — his baseball family for half his …

Stadium opponents rally at waterfront land eyed by PawSox

Monday, August 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This land is your land. This land is my land. But it was not PawSox land on Monday when opponents of a proposed baseball stadium in downtown Providence came together to protest at the land …

Jake Arrieta pitches no-hitter for Cubs in 2-0 win over Dodgers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) struck out …

UMass field hockey beats Boston University for first win

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nicole Kuerzi scored her first collegiate goal and Melanie Kreusch added a penalty stroke as the UMass field hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss on Saturday to beat Boston University, 2-1, Sunday in Boston. Izzie Delario had one assist and Sam Carlino made five saves in …

Scott Dixon snatches IndyCar championship away from Juan Pablo Montoya

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch the title from Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. …

Yankees ride trio of 2-out HRs to 20-6 runaway over Braves

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ATLANTA — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says baseball “has a way of evening out.” Following a sluggish end to a homestand that cost the Yankees the AL East lead, things evened out for their bats in …

David Ortiz passes Lou Gehrig on HR chart, Red Sox lose 5-4 to Mets

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK — David Ortiz got a good, close-up look at the New York Mets’ young rotation this weekend and was impressed. The Boston slugger left his own impression, too. Ortiz lined his 494th home run and moved …