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Hopkins Academy downs Smith Academy 1-0 in matchup between Division 4 baseball contenders

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — In a pitchers’ duel worthy of a postseason game, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament baseball champions edged their archrival and biggest threat to their throne. Hopkins Academy scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 1-0 victory over Smith Academy in each team’s regular-season finale Thursday afternoon. “These are the …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 72/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers …

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Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak.

    JERREY ROBERTS Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch turns 50

Monday, May 25, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports’ most iconic moments …

Maria Sharapova, Tomas Berdych advance at French Open

Monday, May 25, 2015

PARIS — Maria Sharapova was unfazed by the boos she heard when leaving the center court of Roland Garros on Monday without treating the crowd to a post-match interview. After all, she had good reasons to rush to …

Monday’s high schools: Northampton baseball, Amherst softball pull out 1-0 wins; Holyoke Catholic qualifies for baseball tournament

Monday, May 25, 2015

A pair of local ballclubs ended their seasons with thrilling 1-0 victories on Memorial Day. Another made sure its season kept on going. The Northampton High School baseball team beat Agawam, 1-0, in its season finale at home …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has …

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 games, appeals

Monday, May 25, 2015

BALTIMORE — Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for …

Carl Edwards’ Coca-Cola 600 win gives Gibbs much to celebrate

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has had many special nights in football and auto racing. Few were bigger than Sunday’s showing in the Coca-Cola 600. The head of Joe Gibbs Racing had plenty to celebrate: Kyle Busch returned …

Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

Monday, May 25, 2015

MOSCOW — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps …

Liverpool’s decline leaves Brendan Rodgers’ future in jeopardy

Monday, May 25, 2015

As subscribers to the “Moneyball” approach, Liverpool’s American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. So here are some damning numbers for the hierarchy at Fenway Sports Group to chew on before they sit …

WMass Individual Girls Tennis: Amherst’s Allison McCann wins first title; Hurricanes’ duo falls in third set of doubles final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WILBRAHAM ­— Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann isn’t a stranger to the Western Massachusetts individual girls tennis final, but the three-time championship qualifier finally came out on top with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory over Minnechaug’s Haley Gurski …

Northampton girls capture Division 1 district track and field championship with strong finish

Saturday, May 23, 2015

HOLYOKE — Once the shock wore off, bright smiles appeared on the faces of the Northampton girls track and field team Saturday at Holyoke High School. Trailing by as many as 23 points late in the Division 1 …