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Thursday’s colleges: Amherst shuts out Smith in field hockey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The seventh-ranked Amherst College field hockey team pulled away from Smith College for a 4-0 win in Amherst Thursday. Katie Paolano (two assists), Annika Nygren, Ellie Andersen and Madeline Tank each scored for the Lord Jeffs (12-2), who led 1-0 at halftime. Emily Horwitz made one save in the shutout. Nora Demick made a career-high 19 saves for the Pioneers (4-11). Mount Holyoke 4, Western New England 1 — Kirsten …

Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that …

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CHICAGO — The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades. Facing NCAA and plaintiffs’ attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, golf and swimming would …

UMass hockey confident heading to Boston for weekend matchups with NU, BC

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — Patrick Lee is only three games into his career, but the UMass freshman hockey player, whose first goal with 9 seconds left pushed the Minutemen past Michigan State Saturday, is already deflecting and sharing credit like a seasoned veteran. “Playing with Ray (Pigozzi) and (Steven) Iacobellis …

UMass puts win streak on the line against MAC leader Toledo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — After gathering momentum by beating a winless Kent State team and an Eastern Michigan team that’s been annually near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference standings, UMass will try to keep its recent success going when it moves up a weight class. After proving it can …

Probe: UNC academic fraud was ‘shadow curriculum’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A’s and B’s over a span of nearly …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst falls 1-0 to Connecticut College in women’s soccer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst College women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Connecticut College, Wednesday in New London, Connecticut. Holly Burwick made 10 saves, but Annie Higgins notched the winning goal in the 53rd minute for the Camels. Amherst (11-3, 7-2 NESCAC) out more corners (7-5) but couldn’t get any of …

Notebook: Josh Bruns, Matt Sparks center of attention for UMass football team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Josh Bruns didn’t know he’d be moving to center when Matt Sparks went down. The UMass junior, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, thought he’d move to left guard with …

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader likely to continue; annual UMass-BC game up in the air

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — If the coaches of the six Massachusetts teams playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic were being honest, the tripleheader that will be held Nov. 14 at TD Garden will likely become an annual event. The initial two-year contract for the event ends after this …

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey beats WPI in overtime

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sophie Perekslis redirected a shot by Kirsten Kilburn to score the winning overtime goal as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat WPI 1-0 in Worcester, Tuesday. Liz DiCesare made two saves for the Lyons (11-2, 5-1 NEWMAC). Women’s soccer WPI 1, Smith College 1 (2OT) — Jackie …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …