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UMass running back J.T. Blyden has played well despite being a true freshman.

UMass football notebook: Running back J.T. Blyden stands out during first season

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — On paper, J.T. Blyden’s stats didn’t jump off the page. The UMass tailback’s nine carries for 43 yards and one catch for 7 yards in Saturday’s loss to Boston College, weren’t especially eye-catching for a No. 2 running back. But the true freshman’s play, maturity and attention to detail impressed his teammates and coaches, making him a bright … 0

UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full practice with the Minutemen. The junior college transfer needed to complete summer classes and have … 0

Matt Vautour: The College Football Playoff field isn’t going to stay at four for long.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The squawking will start around 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, if not sooner. The four-team field for the first college football playoff will be out and lots of people will be mad. Fans, administrators and representatives from at least two of the big five conferences are going to be mad. Supporters of whichever … 0

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke … 0

Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert … 0

Matt Vautour: Impressions on UMass’ season opening loss to Boston College

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Fans dreaming of an instantaneous turnaround for the UMass football team under Mark Whipple left Gillette Stadium disappointed following a 30-7 season opening loss to Boston College. The Minutemen were too often overmatched by their in-state would-be … 0

UMass notebook: Record number of fans give Minutemen a boost

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — As they approached Gillette Stadium from all directions, UMass fans encountered something they’d never seen at a UMass home game at before — traffic. Good weather and a local opponent produced the draw UMass had hoped … 1

UMass falls apart in second half, drops season opener to Boston College, 30-7

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After a lot of first-half bending, the UMass football team finally broke in the second half. Boston College owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and systematically ground down the Minutemen, who … 0

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey can’t pull off upset of No. 1 Maryland

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 10th-ranked UMass field hockey team fell short of an upset of No. 1 Maryland, falling 3-2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Friday. Maryland led 2-0 and 3-1. Nicole Miller scored with 10 minutes left to pull the Minutewomen (0-1) within one, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. Miller scored … 0

World Junior Championships an ultimate experience for Amherst pair

Friday, August 29, 2014

As two of just a handful of returning members to the United States women’s under-19 ultimate team, Zoe Freedman Coleman and Angela Zhu experienced becoming world champions after falling just short two years ago. The Amherst natives played … 1

Unknowns UMass, Boston College set to open 2014 college football season

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — On Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coach’s teleconference, Boston College coach Steve Addazio admitted that breaking down video would have a little role in his team’s preparation for Saturday’s season opener against UMass. UMass coach Mark Whipple … 0

Tony Stewart says Kevin Ward’s death will affect him forever

Friday, August 29, 2014

HAMPTON, Ga. — Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his … 0

University of Miami quietly helping athletes who leave early with lifetime scholarships

Friday, August 29, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami President Donna Shalala would prefer Hurricane athletes get their degrees before leaving school, taking advantage of the scholarships they’ve been afforded. And she knows that won’t always be the case, of course. So very quietly, and for several years now, Miami … 0