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: 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 …

High school roundup: McCann Tech girls defeat Pope Francis

NORTH ADAMS — The McCann Tech girls basketball team pulled out a 53-44 victory over Pope Francis, using a 19-9 fourth-quarter rally on Friday to do it. The Hornets trailed by one heading into the final quarter. Allie Gibeau and Aimee Dowling …

Drury boys basketball hangs on for rivalry win over Hoosac Valley

CHESHIRE — Two technical fouls, a flagrant foul, a whole lot of personal fouls and multiple stoppages.Yup, it was another Drury-Hoosac Valley rivalry game.Playing in the gym that straddles the Cheshire-Adams line, visiting Drury escaped Hoosac …

College roundup: Williams women's basketball picks up win

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams women's basketball team had four players score in double-digits in the team's 69-52 victory over Hamilton on Friday.Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 15 points for the Ephs (12-5, 2-3 NESCAC) while Devon Caveney and …

Taconic tops PHS in boys basketball rivalry game

PITTSFIELD — Taconic boys basketball coach Bill Heaphy challenged his seniors to end a six-year winless drought on Pittsfield's home floor. The Braves' veteran squad answered the call, pulling away in the second half for a 65-47 win on Friday. …

Williams men's hockey holds off Bowdoin

WILLIAMSTOWN — One period in, the Williams College men held a four-goal lead over scoreless Bowdoin at Lansing Chapman Rink, and all was going well.The visiting Polar Bears changed goalies to start the second period, got close to the Ephs, but …
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
Colts fire general manager Ryan Grigson after 5 seasons

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Grigson spent tens of millions in free agency, trying to turn the Indianapolis Colts into a Super Bowl contender.When most of those big investments went belly up, the first-time general manager paid the price.On Saturday, …

Steelers hoping pressure blueprint can slow down Brady

Falcons WR Julio Jones practices, coach says 'looked good'

'Crazy' good: Federer into 4th round at Australian Open

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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