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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 little harder than they normally would.” A year ago, he wasn’t just a regular student, but wasn’t a regular member of the …

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 contractually listed as being held in Amherst, but will likely be held at Gillette Stadium, …

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 for the shutout. Brandeis 5, Smith College 0 — Camryn Biasin made 10 saves but …

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 …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — After UMass’ two most recent losses to Penn State and Vanderbilt, coach Mark Whipple called out his best players, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, specifically for not making enough plays. After Saturday’s 47-42 loss to Bowling Green, …

UMass’ return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green

Saturday, September 27, 2014

AMHERST — When the public address announcer told the crowd UMass freshman J.T. Blyden’s fumble, which Bowling Green recovered with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, was being reviewed, the Minutemen sideline was hushed. The players stood together, with …

Football’s return to UMass brought changes to McGuirk, rules and regulations

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Since UMass last played on campus in 2011, the Minutemen changed leagues, moved to the highest level of football and built two new buildings as part of the McGuirk Stadium complex. In addition to the big …