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Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

Monday, August 3, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday, the day Hernandez’s girlfriend was seen wearing a wedding band. Prosecutor William McCauley said an attempt by Hernandez’s lawyer to question the tipster under oath is an “unwarranted fishing expedition.” …

Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

Monday, August 3, 2015

DALLAS — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Fox hired him …

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, …

Judge in case unsure how to pronounce FIFA

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — FIFA may be famous throughout the world. In the Brooklyn court room of U.S. District Judge U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, not so much. During the November plea hearing of former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, Dearie told the defendant: “There are …

Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that …

UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

Monday, June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students …

Women’s college softball grows as exposure, crowds increase

Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and …

Keflezighi runs fastest masters half marathon of 1:02:29

Sunday, May 31, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Meb Keflezighi won the USA Track & Field Masters Half Marathon title Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds, the fastest ever for a runner 40 or older. The race, part of the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, …

UMass women’s rowing takes 20th at NCAAs

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 2014-15 UMass athletic season is finally in the books as the women’s rowing team concluded its season with 20th place at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California on Sunday. The Second Varsity 8+ was 18th overall, taking sixth in the “C” final in 7 minutes, 2.76 …

Minority college coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. The National Association …

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst College eliminated from NCAA Division III Individual Tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team’s run at the national Division III individual tournament is over. Sue Ghosh fell to Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round Friday morning in Mason, Ohio. Ghosh and teammate Vickie Ip dropped their quarterfinal match to Bridget Etchegaray and …