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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.

  • 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.

    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 »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

US Olympic hero Jim Craig to auction memorabilia

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block. The flag is one of 19 items in “The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ …

IOC head: Boston failed to deliver on ‘promises’ to USOC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on “promises” made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they …

Donald Trump to fly in for Women’s British Open

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Lizette Salas should be midway through her first round at the Women’s British Open on Thursday morning when Donald Trump arrives via helicopter to expected fanfare at his Turnberry resort. Salas, a U.S golfer with …

Olympic officials insist on US bid for 2024 Summer Games

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The International Olympic Committee is continuing to pressure the U.S. to submit a replacement for Boston’s failed 2024 Summer Games bid. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the U.S. Olympic Committee had earlier promised to be part of the bidding cycle. “We are sure the …

Past success lures Justin Rose back to Quicken Loans National

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Most of the world’s top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn’t miss it — even if he weren’t the defending champion. Rose won the event in 2010 at Aronimink and last …

Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GENEVA — Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body “the dignity and the position it deserves.” Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, …

Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join …

Tom Brady’s suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Patriots back star QB

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the …

Easthampton Savings Bank beats Wilbraham Funeral Home, reaches Tri-County championship series

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Savings Banks baseball team fought off Wilbraham Funeral Home from the mound, infield and plate during a deciding Game 3 of the second round of Tri-County League playoffs. Adam Chrzanowski threw a two-hitter, the defense played an errorless game and the offense powered ESB …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …