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UMass Athletic Director to Take Post at UC Santa Barbara

January 29th, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- UMass Athletic Director Jon McCutcheon is stepping down from his post in Amherst for a position out west. McCutcheon will become the new Athletic Director at UC Santa Barbara and will be formally introduced at a press...

Worcester Sharks to Move to San Jose

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January 29th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Worcester's AHL franchise is heading west. San Jose Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora announced Thursday that the the Worcester Sharks will be moving to San Jose and will begin playing there in October...

Martin’s Return Sparks Timberwolves Win Over Celtics

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January 29th, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Zach...

AP Analysis: Youth Concussion Laws Pushed by NFL Lack Bite

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January 28th, 2015
By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLS, AP Sports Writers PHOENIX (AP) -- Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The...

Marshawn Lynch at Media Day: “I’m Here So I Don’t Get Fined”

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January 27th, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated "I'm here so I don't get fined" for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day. About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes...

Patriots Move Past “Deflate-Gate” on Super Bowl Media Day

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January 27th, 2015
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip) PHOENIX (AP) -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft's pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in...

Prince Helps Celtics Edge Jazz, 99-90 in Utah

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January 27th, 2015
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night. Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed...

Red Sox All-Star Pitcher Bill Monbouquette Dies at 78

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January 26th, 2015
(AP Photo, File) BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown team, has died. He was 78. The team says in a news release Monday that Monbouquette...

Patriots Owner Makes Strong Defense of Team

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January 26th, 2015
by BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a strong defense Monday night of his team's actions and integrity regarding the NFL's investigation into under-inflated footballs...

Thousands Cheer for Patriots at Super Bowl Sendoff in Boston

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January 26th, 2015
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) -- Several thousand fans have gathered at City Hall Plaza in Boston to give the New England Patriots a raucous send-off to the Super Bowl. Mayor Marty Walsh sported a No. 12 Tom Brady jersey as he and other...

Providence Bruins Slip Past Springfield Falcons 2-1

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January 24th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Springfield Falcons faced the Providence Bruins on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons were able to match the Bruins 1-1 in the second period, but would fall early in the...

Belichick on Deflated Balls: ‘We Try to Do Everything Right’

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January 24th, 2015
by JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is defending the way his team preps its game balls and said his team earned its spot in the Super Bowl fairly. Belichick gave an...

NFL Says No Conclusion Yet on Pats’ Deflated Footballs

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January 23rd, 2015
by HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL says it is still investigating how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in its last game but has no conclusions yet and no timetable for resolving the cheating...

Turner Hits Game-Winner in Final Seconds, Celtics Top Blazers

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January 23rd, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Evan Turner was confident from the moment the shot left his hands. With just 1.9 seconds left and trailing the Portland Trail Blazers 89-87, Turner launched a shot from about 23 feet out. It fell, giving the Boston Celtics...

Athlete of the Week: Cathedral Girl’s Hockey Katelyn Joyal

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January 22nd, 2015
Springfield, Ma (WGGB)---The history of hockey at Cathedral is well-known throughout the state especially here in Western Mass. While most of the focus goes to the boys dominant play but the girls team is quietly making some noise of their...