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Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Probe: UNC academic fraud was ‘shadow curriculum’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A’s and B’s over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst falls 1-0 to Connecticut College in women’s soccer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst College women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Connecticut College, Wednesday in New London, Connecticut. Holly Burwick made 10 saves, but Annie Higgins notched the winning goal in the 53rd minute for the Camels. Amherst (11-3, 7-2 NESCAC) out more corners (7-5) but couldn’t get any of its nine shots past Bryanna Montalvo (five saves). Women’s volleyball Westfield Sate 3, MCLA 1 …

Notebook: Josh Bruns, Matt Sparks center of attention for UMass football team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Josh Bruns didn’t know he’d be moving to center when Matt Sparks went down. The UMass junior, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, thought he’d move to left guard with Fabian Hoeller, who played some center last year, sliding into the middle. But, after Sparks …

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader likely to continue; annual UMass-BC game up in the air

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — If the coaches of the six Massachusetts teams playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic were being honest, the tripleheader that will be held Nov. 14 at TD Garden will likely become an annual event. The initial two-year contract for the event ends after this …

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey beats WPI in overtime

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sophie Perekslis redirected a shot by Kirsten Kilburn to score the winning overtime goal as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat WPI 1-0 in Worcester, Tuesday. Liz DiCesare made two saves for the Lyons (11-2, 5-1 NEWMAC). Women’s soccer WPI 1, Smith College 1 (2OT) — Jackie …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …

As SEC dominates rankings, calls of #SECBias rise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause. As the Southeastern Conference was trending last weekend after becoming …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two …

SEC is 1st league to go 4 for 5 at top of AP poll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good luck, selection committee. The first season of the College Football Playoff is a little more than halfway in the books and there are just four unbeaten teams left in FBS. Two play each other (No. 1 Mississippi …