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UMass picked fourth in MAC East

This will be updated as media day progresses: For the first time in four years in the Mid-American Conference, UMass isn’t picked last in the MAC East. But the Minutemen are no doubt hoping to finish higher than fourth, where they were picked in the preseason poll which was released at Wednesday’s MAC Media Day. The complete poll follows: Team (First Place Votes) Points MAC East Division 1. Bowling Green (18) 160 T2. Ohio (1) 118 T2. Akron (2) 118 4. UMass (3) 113 5. 0

UMass swimming coach Bob Newcomb set for his annual ride PMC ride to fight cancer

I’ve written about Bob Newcomb’s PMC ride on a couple of occasions in the past. So this year to vary it up, I asked the UMass women’s swimming and diving coach to write about it in his own words. He’s got a future in writing if this coaching thing doesn’t stick: “I started my first PMC for two reasons. I had just turned 50 and was looking for something I could do to contribute to make this a better place. Secondly, my father had passed 0

Josh Maurer filling in on Red Sox broadcasts

UMass play-by-play man Josh Maurer is in his second season calling baseball games on the radio for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple A team. Next week’s he’s getting called up to the Majors. According to the Paw Sox web site, Maurer has been tabbed to fill in on NESN’s Boston Red Sox TV broadcasts while regular play-by-play man Don Orsillo takes a week vacation following the All-Star game. Maurer will call the games from July 17 to July 23, which is four in Anaheim 0

More watch lists for UMass' Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks

UMass rising seniors Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks each added another award watch list to their growing collections Friday. Santos-Knox, who was selected to the Bednarik Award watch list earlier in the week, was named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy list Friday. Both awards honor college football’s defensive player of the year. The Nagurski Trophy, which is given and chosen by the Charlotte Touchdown Club is named for Nagurski, a four-time NFL all-pro defensive tackle of the Chicago Bears, who went on to become a professional 0

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik Award watch list

Jovan Santos-Knox is a candidate for the highest defensive honor in all of college football. The UMass senior linebacker was officially named to the watch list of the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in college football. The award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club in Philadelphia. Bednarik was a standout college and pro player in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. He was a 10 time all-pro selection. Santos-Knox figures to be a strong candidate for Mid-American Conference 0

Cady Lalanne Spurs Summer League TV Schedule

Spurs summer schedule - All the games are on NBA TV  Monday — Philadelphia (Utah), 7 p.m. Tue — Utah (Utah), 9 p.m. Thu — Boston (Utah), 7 p.m. Sat — New York (Las Vegas), 4:30 p.m. Sun — Milwaukee (Las Vegas), 6:30 p.m. July 14 — Portland (Las Vegas), 3 p.m. July 15/21 — TBD 0

UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford checks out Women’s World Cup

When Kelley O’Hara scored in the 84th minute to put the United States women’s soccer team up 2-0, Ryan Bamford headed for the parking lot. He correctly figured a two-goal lead with six minutes and stoppage time left was enough for Team USA to hold on against Germany in the World Cup semifinal at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The new UMass athletic director has spent the last five days north of the border at the Americans’ quarterfinal and semifinal wins. Veteran US midfielder Shannon Boxx, 0

AP doesn’t project UMass for a bowl in 2015

Throughout the football season if anyone reputable does bowl projections, I’m going to blog the MAC bowl projections. I’m doing this because I think UMass has a legitimate shot of making one. The Minutemen were much closer than their record showed last year. So unless UMass stumbles badly, I’m following the process thinking the Minutemen are in the postseason hunt. So far no bowl prognositicator agrees: Camellia Bowl: Toledo vs. South Alabama Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Fresno State Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl: 0

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become a Minuteman. McLean played at the Hoosac School, a prep school in upstate New York, before joining MacDuffie last year. He’s rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. “I think UMass is a great fit for 0

UMass-Mississippi State series is official

UMass made its football series with Mississippi State official Monday, as the school announced the three-game series that will begin at Gillette Stadium, Sept. 25, 2016. In statements from their respective athletic departments, all involved expressed excitement for the game. “I could not be more excited to announce this series with Mississippi State as it is a major piece in our construction of a quality home schedule for the 2016 season,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said. “Having a prominent SEC program play in the 0