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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone, is awarded the top scorer trophy at the end of the South America Under-20 soccer championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup which starts in New Zealand on Saturday, May 30, will be a showcase of the new generation of talent that will populate those leagues in years to come.  (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico,File)

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the last in 2011. The two countries have also been runners-up four times. France won the most recent tournament in 2013, but only after beating Uruguay in a penalty shootout. Latin American teams overwhelmed the event at one stage, winning seven of the eight tournaments from 1993 to 2007. Spain, with future Barcelona star Xavi leading the way in 1999, was the only non-Latin American winner in that …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week of February. But in 2015, the Connecticut river wasn’t fit to row on yet. So …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst College eliminated from NCAA Division III Individual Tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team’s run at the national Division III individual tournament is over. Sue Ghosh fell to Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round Friday morning in Mason, Ohio. Ghosh and teammate Vickie Ip dropped their quarterfinal match to Bridget Etchegaray and Laina Matsuda of La Verne (California) 7-6, 2-6, 6-1. Men’s ultimate USA Ultimate Division I …

UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

Friday, May 22, 2015

North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the “lengthy” notice and …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst native Mo Frank named softball All-American at Williams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former Amherst Regional standout Mo Frank finished her college career with an honor few Williams players have ever earned. Frank became just the fifth Eph softball player to earn All-America honors as she was named to the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team Wednesday. Frank led …

Lacrosse growing across the US with colleges adding programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — From Florida to Stanford and Albany to Denver, the sport of lacrosse is growing at the college level in the United States. US Lacrosse, the governing body of the sport, has produced a participation report annually since 2001, and the latest figures show that 39 …

As NCAA fends off challenges, antitrust exemption debated

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For years there have been discussions within NCAA membership about seeking an antitrust exemption to provide protection from the types of lawsuits that are threatening to forcefully overhaul college sports. As pressure from litigation and possible congressional intervention mounts, the idea of handing some control of college sports …

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big …

Tuesday’s college recap: Amherst women’s tennis team falls to Williams in NCAA semifinal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team was unable to dethrone rival Williams College in the NCAA Division III semifinal, falling 5-1 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, on Tuesday. It was the seventh straight semifinal appearance by the Lord Jeffs (16-5). Top seeded Williams (24-0) …

Calipari: ‘Not interested’ in vacant Pelicans coaching job

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he’s not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching job and is happy at Kentucky. The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team’s NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at …

Monday’s colleges: Amherst women advance, men eliminated from NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament quarterfinals

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team will face a familiar foe in the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals. After cruising past MIT, 5-1, in the quarterfinals on Monday, the seventh-ranked Lord Jeffs will see their rival and top-ranked Williams at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a spot in the …

Former UMass guard Derrick Gordon headed to Seton Hall, said sexuality limited recruiting interest

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Derrick Gordon, who became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player in 2014-15, said he didn’t encounter any homophobia at UMass or in opposing arenas during his junior season. But after announcing he was transferring to …