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Massachusetts Rashida Timbilla, drives the ball past Holycross' Katie Doherty during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. in Amherst, Mass.

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in recent years, the final minute arrived and UMass trailed by a margin too big to overcome. In fact, a year earlier against the Chippewas, the Minutewomen trailed by 41 with 42 seconds left. But, instead off conceding another in a long line of losses, UMass fought back. Using a flurry of made shots and forced turnovers, the Minutemen cut the margin to two before time ran out. …

Stress fracture to sideline UMass’ Seth Berger at least four weeks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — An MRI on Wednesday revealed a stress fracture in Seth Berger’s left foot. The UMass men’s basketball sophomore forward is expected to be unavailable for at least four weeks. Berger, who started the first eight games of the season, was averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. …

Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board. Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions and create a $70 million fund to test current and …

Playoff participants stack AP All-America team

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American …

Northeastern ices UMass 8-3 as Brandon Montour debuts for Minutemen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — If Brandon Montour lives up to the stardom that’s been predicted for him, the 1,080 UMass fans in the Mullins Center Tuesday will be able to say they witnessed his first college game. There isn’t likely …

Without dwelling on mistakes, Demetrius Dyson focuses on helping UMass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — In the first half of the UMass men’s basketball team’s second game of the season, Demetrius Dyson caught the ball behind the 3-point line, turned and threw a not-crisp-enough pass toward left corner. As Boston College’s …

UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — The expectations on Brandon Montour probably aren’t fair. The 20-year-old freshman hasn’t played in a college hockey game yet and will have had just two practices under his belt when he makes his UMass debut Tuesday …

South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

Monday, December 15, 2014

With most teams on exam break, there wasn’t much movement in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The first 14 teams in the Top 25 remained unchanged this week. Top-ranked South Carolina won its lone game by 62 points with a rout of Savannah State. The Gamecocks did …

Kentucky still No. 1 in AP Top 25 after big loss

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it. Now the Wildcats (11-0) finally get a bit of a break. The Wildcats, still the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll …

UMass women’s hoops rolls to win over Holy Cross

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team picked up a 72-61 win over Holy Cross, powered by two 20-point scorers on Sunday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored 27 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Cierra Dillard had 21 points for the …

No. 7 Villanova routs Temple to move to 10-0

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead No. 7 Villanova to an 85-62 win over Temple on Sunday. The Wildcats are 10-0 for the second straight year and have won all three games against their Philadelphia rivals. They started 11-0 last …

Auburn football player in argument before deadly shooting

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. — The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire. Redshirted freshman football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell, …

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing …