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Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, fills out his voter forms to cast his early vote, Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2014, at Gallery at South DeKalb mall in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Andres)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

Georgia’s Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field. Looks like the No. 9 Bulldogs will have to wait two more games. The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley, once a leading Heisman Trophy contender, must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. …

ACC aiming to snap Final Four drought

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For years, the Atlantic Coast Conference built its basketball reputation on nearly annual appearances in the Final Four. Now, as the league is adding another marquee program and touting itself as the best in the country, it’s trying to snap a four-year Final Four drought. That is an unusually long …

UMass coack Derek Kellogg hoping Jabarie Hinds can continue sixth man impact role.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Jabarie Hinds won’t start in UMass’ Thursday exhibition game against American International (7 p.m. Mullins Center) and probably won’t start in the Minutemen’s Nov. 14 opener against Siena. Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg liked the dynamic that having two of his best players coming off the bench gave his team last year. …

Tuesday’s colleges: Smith soccer pushes past Mount Holyoke in second half

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Smith College women’s soccer team used two second-half goals to beat Mount Holyoke 2-0 in Northampton Tuesday. Jordan Houston scored the first in the 57th minute and Emily Smith added an insurance goal eight minutes later for the Pioneers (6-6-3, 4-3-2 NEWMAC). Jackie Foody picked up two …

Healthy and confident, Seth Berger competing to start for UMass

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger’s wrist is pain free and his shin is feeling much better, but the improvement in his head might be the biggest asset for the UMass sophomore forward. A year ago, the 6-foot-7 Seattle native …

Candidates for UMass’ final starting spot

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Four starting positions have been set from the moment last season ended for the UMass men’s basketball team. Coach Derek Kellogg has never wavered from Trey Davis at point guard, Derrick Gordon at shooting guard, and Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho inside. The fifth spot has been the …

Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken — and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football …

Defending champs UConn has target on its back

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Defending national champion UConn goes from playing with a chip on its shoulder to a target on its back. The Huskies came into last season determined to come back strong after an academic ban from …

Matt Vautour: With two weeks off, what will UMass look like when it returns?

Monday, October 27, 2014

After Saturday’s loss assured UMass of its third straight losing season in the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen get over two weeks before they play Ball State on Nov. 12th, a rare nationally televised Wednesday game. It’ll be interesting …

Men’s basketball: UMass freshman guard C.J. Anderson making a push for playing time

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — C.J. Anderson was about a stride behind Trey Davis when he hit midcourt in a 5-on-5 drill at UMass men’s basketball practice. Anderson was on defense when a teammate deflected a pass sending the ball bouncing quickly toward the opposite end of the floor. By the …

NCAA President Mark Emmert calls North Carolina report troubling

Monday, October 27, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that findings from a recent investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina are troubling, disturbing and shocking. While Emmert said he would withhold final judgment until the …

Ballot breakdown: Top-25 football voters weigh head-to-head or body of work

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mississippi beat Alabama at home but lost to an LSU team on the road that had already loss twice. Which team do you rank higher, the Rebels (7-1) or the Crimson Tide (7-1)? Oregon lost with an injury …

Amherst College shuts down Tufts, remains undefeated

Saturday, October 25, 2014

AMHERST— A gritty defensive performance from Amherst College, highlighted by four first-half interceptions, helped the Lord Jeffs secure a 30-3 victory over Tufts on Saturday afternoon. “We played well defensively. We made a lot of things happen early and created some field position,” Lord Jeffs coach E.J. Mills …