Howard Herman | Designated Hitter

Designated Hitter: Red Sox broadcaster Neverett entering second year

It won't be long now. In the next 30 days, the moving vans will pull out of Yawkey Way, and spring training will begin."I'm looking forward to seeing what they're going to do this year because the off-season acquisitions were, I thought, were pretty …

Designated Hitter: Youth showing with UMass men's basketball

AMHERST — If you are a fan of a team that favors youth rather than experience, sometimes you are required to take the good with the bad.The good for Derek Kellogg and the University of Massachusetts basketball team came Wednesday night. The …

Designated Hitter: Consider a high school pond hockey game

I had a chance to make a visit to Mooney's Pond on Wednesday night, and it got me thinking.For those of a certain generation, Mooney's Pond was the affectionate nickname of the rink at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club. The Mooney in question is …
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods & Water

Berkshire Woods and Waters: It's ice fishing time, but be careful

What's going on here? For the second year in a row, the Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club has had to cancel its scheduled ice fishing derby due to possible thin ice conditions. It had been scheduled for Stockbridge Bowl on Jan. 29. Sure, one could …

Berkshire Woods and Waters: 2016 black bear harvest was a record

MassWildlife Furbearer and Black Bear Project Leader Dave Wattles recently reported that a new record of 283 bears were harvested over the three 2016 seasons. The previous record harvest of 240 bears occurred in 2014.During the first (September) …

Berkshire Woods and Waters: Sweren receives Crooked Staff Award

At its December meeting, the Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) presented Henry Sweren of Dalton its most prestigious award, the Crooked Staff Award. He was also presented a plaque and, newly instituted this year, the use of the late Mr. Ernest …
Local sports

Local roundup: Mounties sweep in Nordic ski races

SHELBURNE FALLS — Another Saturday on the snow and another sweep for the Mount Greylock Nordic ski teams.Led by winner Jakin Miller, the Greylock boys put five skiers in the top 10 to win the meet at Mohawk Trail Regional High School. The …

Williams men's basketball shocks No. 15 Middlebury

WILLIAMSTOWN — Athletes in team sports always watch game tape to learn things. Sometimes, those same athletes might find something on TV in their dorms to use."Watching the Duke game [Saturday] and what the announcers were saying about how …

High school sports standings, Jan. 22

Boys Basketball Through 1/21 Conf. wins Conf. losses Overall wins Overall losses Berkshire …

Hoosac Valley girls dispatch Longmeadow at Coaches vs. Cancer

CHESHIRE — The Hoosac Valley girls had Saturday's game against defending MIAA Division II champion Longmeadow circled on their calendar for a long time.The wait proved worth it, as the Hurricanes routed the Lancers in the final game of …

Coaches vs. Cancer roundup: Mount Everett's Carpenter scores 49 points while Taconic, Wahconah win

Mahar 81, Mount Everett 74 (OT)Key MomentIn the overtime period, both Mount Everett and Mahar missed a pair of free throws in a two-point game. Mahar's Kenzie Tenney (26 points) then scored on a layup, and that basket was enough for the Senators to …

Local roundup: Monument Mountain wrestling goes 4-0 at Mount Everett Duals

SHEFFIELD — It was a very good Saturday for the Monument Mountain wrestling team.The Spartans went 4-0 in the Mount Everett Duals, beating Gateway 78-3, St. Bernard's (Conn.) 66-12, Granby 56-12 and Sabis 46-31."We're really starting to click …

MCLA hoops teams continue to build

NORTH ADAMS — For the basketball teams at MCLA, Saturday was a last chance to get ready for the MASCAC stretch drive. While the results were not what either Trailblazer team had hoped for, both squads walked out of the Amsler Campus Center gym …
Winter sports previews
Berkshire County boys basketball previews, 2016-17

North DivisionDruryCoach: Jack Racette (12th year)Last Season: 12-10, lost in Western Mass. quarterfinalsKey Returnees: Hayden Bird, Connor Meehan, Reece RacetteOutlook: Drury returns a high-powered offense, looking to build on last year's Western …

Berkshire County girls basketball previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County Alpine skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County League Nordic skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County swimming previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County hockey previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County wrestling previews, 2016-17

Community sports
Berkshire County bowling and youth basketball scores, Jan. 22

BowlingCandle LanesCity — High Triple: Tom Bishop 151-415, Mike Haring 134-372, Don White 119-335, Terry Bishop 115-323, Joe Duda 124-323, Alan Codding 121-317, Andrew Bishop 112-315, Lary Hulland 303, Conan Levernoch 300, Pat Fosty 132-299, …

Berkshire County bowling scores, Jan. 15

Berkshire County bowling, youth basketball and youth hockey, Jan. 8

Patriots
Roethlisberger hoping to play up to Brady's "gold standard"

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger intended for the moment to be private. The camera following him to midfield and the microphone tucked inside Tom Brady's shoulder pads ended up making that impossible.Their brief exchange before Brady and the …

Patriots happy to be home for AFC title game

Texans couldn't avoid mistakes in 34-16 loss to Patriots

I'll have the usual: Patriots advance to AFC title game

Lewis scores 3 TDS, Pats advance to AFC title game 34-16

National sports
Hudson Swafford wins CareerBuilder for 1st PGA Tour title

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Hudson Swafford won the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, following three straight birdies with a closing par for a one-stroke victory.Swafford shot a 5-under 67 on the Stadium …

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Tough at the top: Murray, Kerber make 4th-round exits in Oz

Colts fire general manager Ryan Grigson after 5 seasons

Yankees
Yankees' Chapman: Cubs' Maddon misused me during postseason

NEW YORK — Aroldis Chapman says Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused him during the postseason, putting the hard-throwing reliever on the mound too often in Chicago's successful effort to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.Traded …

Sabathia happy to have Chapman back in Yankees bullpen

With $86M Chapman deal, Yanks straddle present and future

Giants
Reese: Giants investigating hole in wall outside locker room

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has told star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that he needs to look at some of his antics on and off the field and be more responsible.Beckham has been under the microscope for the …

Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants 38-13

Manning defuses receivers trip to Miami to celebrate

Celtics
Thomas scores 52 for Celtics in 117-114 win over Miami

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas had a fourth quarter better than any other player for a team rich in history.Thomas set a club record with 29 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a career-high 52 points and leading the Boston Celtics to a …

Celtics hold off pesky Grizzlies for second time in a week

Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Celtics 117-112

Bruins
Marchand has 2 goals, 3 assists and Bruins pound Flyers 6-3

BOSTON — Brad Marchand was fortunate that the puck found its way into the net without him getting off a shot.The way he's feeling now, it doesn't seem to matter.Marchand had two goals — one short-handed, the other an empty-netter — …

Maroon hat trick leads Oilers to 4-3 win over Bruins

Bruins return to ice; honor player, coach and GM Schmidt

Red Sox
Red Sox trade pitcher Clay Buchholz to Phillies

BOSTON — The Red Sox kept adding starting pitchers, and Clay Buchholz kept getting bumped further down in the rotation.There was David Price last offseason and Drew Pomeranz mid-year. By the time Chris Sale was acquired from the Chicago White …

Red Sox sign 1B Moreland for 1 year

Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

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