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Six new UMass football players on campus for spring semester

With the spring semester under way, six new UMass football players are enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practice: Ali Ali-Musa is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman from Nassau Community College, where he was second-team junior college All-American. He had 62 tackles, and six sacks as a sophomore. Pittsburgh transfer Patrick Amara Jr. will sit out the 2016 season and have two seasons remaining. The 6-foot-2, 195 defensive back played in 22 games in two seasons at Pitt. James Bowe, a 6-foot-2, 195 0

My Top 25: I'm in the Oklahoma camp

1. Oklahoma  2. Kansas  3. Maryland  4. Michigan State  5. Virginia  6. Providence 7. North Carolina  8. Arizona  9. Iowa State  10. Villanova  11. Kentucky  12. Miami  13. Xavier  14. Butler  15. SMU  16. Duke 17. Dayton  18. Iowa 19. Louisville 20. West Virginia 21. Texas A&M  22. Purdue  23. George Washington 24. South Carolina  25. Gonzaga 0

UMass coach Derek Kellogg happy to have Antwan Space back in the lineup

After missing the first 10 games of the season, Antwan Space is set to join the UMass men’s basketball team. Space, a 6-foot-8 senior transfer from Texas A&M, left the Minutemen on Nov. 9 to “attend to a private matter” according to UMass. He has remained on campus, but hasn’t participated in practice or games. “I’m happy to have Antwan Space back after dealing with a private matter,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “We’re looking forward to having him get acclimated to the team and 0

College hoop week guide: Dec. 14

Are Syracuse fans worried about Mike Hopkins? Jim Boeheim's annointed prince is 1-2 since taking over for during Boeheim's suspension. It wasn't an easy scenario as the timing of the 9-game suspension went from being beginning of ACC play to immediately. Hopkins got chucked into the deep end fast. Still losing to Georgetown is one thing, but a bad St. John's team? It wouldn't be fair to judge Hopkins on this stretch, but when have sports fans ever been reasonable? Especially in Syracuse. My Associated 0

An open letter of thanks from Tajae Sharpe

To the UMass fans, community, my coaches and teammates, Four short years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I made the decision to join a UMass team and community that has given me so much in these four short years, and I’ll be forever grateful for my time here. As I now begin to take the next step towards my future, I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for making my UMass experience so special and 0

Week Guide: Dec. 7

Oklahoma vs. Villanova and Oregeon vs. Navy in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 is good for college basketball and good for military appreciation. I'm just glad the organizers had the good sense to play it indoors. Too many well intentioned outdoor game have been delayed, moved and cancelled by conditions affected by being outside. These should be two fun games and both should be played from start to finish. My Associated Press Top 25 Ballot 1. Michigan State  2. North Carolina  3. Iowa State  4. 0

Relive UMass 1995-96: UMass takes downs Maryland and Florida - Dec. 4

This was a Saturday/Sunday back to back. With no Sunday Gazette then we ran the two stories together. — Vautour UMass plays Terps tough with Camby on bench By Marty Dobrow LANDOVER, Md.—_ Asked what the difference was in Saturday’s 50-47 loss to the University of Massachusetts Saturday, Maryland coach Gary Williams had a one-word answer: “Camby.” Indeed, UMass center Marcus Camby played a pivotal role in the contest. But the best news for the Minutemen was just how well they played without Camby. UMass 0

Relive UMass 1995-96: UMass dumps No. 1 again — Nov. 29, 1995

What I don’t think occurred to anyone yet at they watched this game, was just how good this Kentucky team was. There hasn’t been a team as talented since. One of the first mentions of Refuse to Lose as a motto in this story as an extension of Calipari’s classic “playing with passion, playing with emotion, diving on the floor, making extra passes, refusing to lose” — Vautour By Marty Dobrow AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Sure, the win over North Carolina was a shocker. Yes, 0

Relive UMass 1995-96: UMass faces No. 1 test — Kentucky poses huge challenge

After upsetting North Carolina in 1993 and Arkansas in 1994, there was a weird belief on campus that off course UMass would upset a No. 1 ranked team again. That seems crazy looking back— Vautour By Marty Dobrow AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — When a team coached by Rick Pitino prepares to play a team coached by John Calipari, there is enough spin to make you dizzy. Pitino’s Kentucky Wildcats take on Calipari’s University of Massachusetts Minutemen tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the 0

Relive UMass 1995-96: Guardedly Optimistic: Backcourt pivotal to UMass hopes in 1995-96

By MARTY DOBROW AMHERST — The dream died last year at the dreary sports complex known as The Meadowlands. The gray concrete jungle sits astride the New Jersey Turnpike with its noxious fumes, Exit 16W, right by the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop. There, on March 26, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen lost to Oklahoma State, and fell one step shy of their goal of getting to the Final Four for the first time in school history. As the 1995-96 season begins, the Meadowlands is looking 0