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Massachusetts fans Sierra and Drew Kenney cheer on the basketball team against Notre Dame in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts)

Trey Davis says too much advice contributes to his struggles in UMass backcourt

Saturday, November 22, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Trey Davis said he’s getting advice from too many places and it’s clouding his judgment. The UMass junior point guard opened the season with 28 points against Siena, but has struggled since then. He had just five points and one assist against Boston College and 14 points, four assists and four turnovers against Manhattan. On Saturday against …

UMass can’t complete comeback against Irish in first loss of season

Saturday, November 22, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — With 4 minutes, 30 seconds left Saturday, a thin ray of light shined on a once hopeless game for the UMass men’s basketball team. Five straight points by freshman Donte Clark cut what had been a 17-point Notre Dame lead to seven and the crowd of mostly Minuteman fans at …

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers Friday night and Saturday in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and …

Amherst Regional shuts down Algonquin, 3-0, in state Division 1 boys soccer semifinals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOLTON ­— At the beginning of the season, the Amherst Regional boys soccer team was unsure of its back line as it was depleted by graduation. The Hurricanes’ plan to start a rotation of players to protect a freshman goalie has worked better than they could have guessed. …

Backup QB Austin Whipple, UMass struggle in cold conditions, fall 30-6 to Akron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — It was a tough assignment from the time UMass quarterback Austin Whipple stepped off the bus outside InfoCision Stadium. The redshirt freshman was making his first collegiate start on a foreign field. A steady wind was blowing at approximately 18 mph, dropping the 15-degree temperature …

Tuesday’s colleges: Marley Giddins paces Amherst College past Keene State

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marley Giddins had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Amherst College women’s basketball team opened its season with a 84-67 victory over Keene State, Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire. Hannah Peterson added 12 points, while Meredith Doswell chipped in with 10 for the Lord Jeffs. Sarah Kober …

Protesters back Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner against school district

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Wearing orange duct tape over their mouths to mock a school district lawyer’s perceived gag order and holding signs decrying racism, more than 50 supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner stood in frigid temperatures Tuesday …

Amherst Police Department receives $5,000 from state for bicycle, pedestrian safety

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — A $5,000 grant received by Amherst Police from the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is intended to make the town’s roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Amherst is one of 70 police departments in the state to receive a portion of $285,500 designated …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord …

Commentary: Seth Berger shakes off big mistake to help UMass beat Manhattan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST If UMass hadn’t come back to win in overtime, his late regulation gaffe would have been the defining moment of Seth Berger’s career so far. The sophomore forward, who played far more minutes than he ever had …

UMass outlasts Manhattan, 77-68 in overtime

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight year, UMass gave ESPN some morning drama in its annual Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour basketball event. After failing to close out Manhattan in regulation, the Minutemen regrouped and controlled overtime en route …

UMass notebook: 3-point shooting a cause for concern for Derek Kellogg

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — While UMass improved to 3-0 on the season with a 77-68 overtime win Tuesday morning, Manhattan further exposed a weakness that could be significant as the men’s basketball season progresses. After missing all 3-point tries against …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amherst ■ A man reported at 3:03 p.m. Monday that his pistol was stolen from his vehicle the previous night, possibly while it was parked in Amherst. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Dylan C. Pinkham, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Monday on Lyman Avenue on …