Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
M/sunny
15°
M/sunny
Hi 31° | Lo 24°

Pro Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Thaddeus Young, left, beats Boston Celtics’ Gerald Wallace, right, to the rebound in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Kevin Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin had not played in more than two months, a fractured wrist forcing him to watch from the bench as his Minnesota Timberwolves plummet to the bottom of the standings. In his first chance to get back in the lineup, he didn’t waste any time showing the Wolves what they were missing. Martin scored 21 points in …

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago. Not that they dwell on their return to the place where the best season …

Surprise players often star in Super Bowls

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key …

Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for Australian challenge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made …

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The …

Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). …

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for …

Paul Newberry: Deflategate should keep Belichick out of Super Bowl

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots. Now, it’s time to bury them. Deflategate and a brazen disregard for the truth should be more than enough for the NFL to order Bill Belichick …

Several top NHL All-Stars absent, but 9 Americans on hand

Friday, January 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some of the best players in the world — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and anybody wearing a Detroit Red Wings or Colorado Avalanche jersey — will be absent from the NHL All-Star game on Sunday. …

Jury expected to be seated soon in Aaron Hernandez trial

Friday, January 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Friday settled on a pool of 53 prospective jurors from which the court will try to seat 18 jurors. Opening statements in the case are expected Tuesday, though that could …

Colts GM Ryan Grigson goes silent on NFL investigation into Patriots

Friday, January 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Grigson is putting the ball squarely in the NFL’s court. The Colts general manager has gone silent on the hottest topic in the NFL ahead of next week’s Super Bowl: whether the New England Patriots …

Roger Federer out of Aussie Open in 3rd round after loss to Andreas Seppi

Friday, January 23, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open, his chances of reaching a 12th consecutive semifinal at Melbourne Park erased in a shocking third-round loss to Andreas Seppi on Friday. Rafael Nadal is still in …