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No. 17 UConn holds off Charleston 65-57

Friday, November 21, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — If Connecticut is going to have a chance to defend its national championship, the Huskies will need to get a lot out of senior guard Ryan Boatright. So far he’s proving up to the challenge. Boatright had 19 points, Daniel Hamilton added 15, and the No. 17 Huskies held off College of Charleston 65-57 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday. …

Ivy title at stake for Harvard, Yale in The Game

Friday, November 21, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Beating Yale year after year has its advantages, but Harvard defensive back Norman Hayes still felt as if he were missing something. “The Game is The Game, but this game is a little more special for the seniors,” he said this week as Harvard prepared to face Yale on Saturday for …

Two-platoon system thriving for No. 1 Kentucky

Friday, November 21, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Whether top-ranked Kentucky could beat the NBA’s winless Philadelphia 76ers isn’t the point for a squad looking strong enough to beat everybody else in college basketball. Early on, it doesn’t seem like it’s even close. The Wildcats resemble the NCAA’s version of Team USA with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center …

College Football: Alabama rolls to No. 1, race for No. 4 heats up

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances. Keeping winning and the Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles should …

Chicago PG LuWane Pipkins signs with UMass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LuWane Pipkins is finally officially a future UMass men’s basketball player. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago signed his National Letter of Intent Monday and UMass officially verified it, Wednesday. “He’s a great addition to our team and family. He’s a guard who can push tempo and really …

Backup QB Austin Whipple, UMass struggle in cold conditions, fall 30-6 to Akron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — It was a tough assignment from the time UMass quarterback Austin Whipple stepped off the bus outside InfoCision Stadium. The redshirt freshman was making his first collegiate start on a foreign field. A steady wind was blowing at approximately 18 mph, dropping the 15-degree temperature …

Tuesday’s colleges: Marley Giddins paces Amherst College past Keene State

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marley Giddins had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Amherst College women’s basketball team opened its season with a 84-67 victory over Keene State, Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire. Hannah Peterson added 12 points, while Meredith Doswell chipped in with 10 for the Lord Jeffs. Sarah Kober …

Alabama rolls to No. 1 in playoff rankings

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Mississippi State remains in the top four after losing to the Crimson Tide. Alabama jumped from fifth to first after handing previously undefeated and top-ranked …

Commentary: Seth Berger shakes off big mistake to help UMass beat Manhattan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST If UMass hadn’t come back to win in overtime, his late regulation gaffe would have been the defining moment of Seth Berger’s career so far. The sophomore forward, who played far more minutes than he ever had …

UMass outlasts Manhattan, 77-68 in overtime

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight year, UMass gave ESPN some morning drama in its annual Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour basketball event. After failing to close out Manhattan in regulation, the Minutemen regrouped and controlled overtime en route …

UMass notebook: 3-point shooting a cause for concern for Derek Kellogg

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — While UMass improved to 3-0 on the season with a 77-68 overtime win Tuesday morning, Manhattan further exposed a weakness that could be significant as the men’s basketball season progresses. After missing all 3-point tries against …

No. 6 Stanford ends No. 1 UConn’s win streak at 47 games

Monday, November 17, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. — Amber Orrange made a go-ahead jumper with 1:38 left in overtime and the tying 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, sending No. 6 Stanford to an 88-86 victory against top-ranked Connecticut to snap the …