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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, Kansas State guard Leticia Romero (10), right, shoots over Baylor forward Nina Davis (13), left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas. Basketball isn't all that Breanna Stewart, Kia Nurse and Romero have to worry about while playing in the women's basketball world championship. They also need to focus on academics as all three are in college and classes are well underway. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte, File)

College players in Turkey focus on hoops, class

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ISTANBUL — UConn star Breanna Stewart and freshman teammate Kia Nurse have had more than basketball to focus on at the women’s world championship. They also have to keep up with school work from nearly 5,000 miles away. Both will have missed about a month of college to play for their national teams — Stewart with the U.S.; Nurse with Canada. This is the third straight world championship in which the Americans have had a college player on the team. Candace Parker was on the 2006 squad while still playing at Tennessee. Stewart, who is beginning her junior year, has three of her classes online …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College comes back in second half to beat WNEU

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The 15th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to beat Western New England, 2-1, Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow. The Lord Jeffs (6-0-2) held a 31-3 shot advantage and a 13-4 edge in corner kicks. Gabriel Wirz (assist) and Christopher Martin each scored, while Andrew Orozco had an assist for Amherst. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. …

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in the game after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused, what was later determined to be, …

Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a …

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke blanks Bay Path

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kara Singleton had two goals as the Mount Holyoke College women’s soccer team beat Bay Path College, 3-0, Tuesday in Longmeadow. Cassidy Robinson had one goal, while Rebecca Levkowicz, Megan Irgens and Hannah Yee (Amherst) each had one assist fo the Lyons (5-6). Zoe Marshall made one save …

NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today’s NFL. Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …

Rondo: I want to stay a Celtic beyond this season

Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo wore a black sling on his left arm to help protect the surgically repaired bone in his hand. His relationship with the Boston Celtics appears healthy. Entering the final season of his contract, the …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College pulls away to beat Bowdoin, 30-7

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Amherst College football team scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away and beat Bowdoin, 30-7, in Brunswick, Maine, on Saturday. Jackson McGonagle’s school record 97-yard touchdown reception early in the third got the Lord Jeffs going. Gene Garay added an 18-yard TD run …

HD video board crashes to ground during UMass football game against Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts rented a high-definition video board to show highlights and other video during its football game against Bowling Green Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. It hung in the southwest end zone next to the …