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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Patriots edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots can rest up during the first round of the playoffs. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and the Patriots clinched a bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Brady threw a …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Emily Mital added eight points for UMass (5-6). …

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every …

Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two …

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic …

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in …

Stress fracture to sideline UMass’ Seth Berger at least four weeks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — An MRI on Wednesday revealed a stress fracture in Seth Berger’s left foot. The UMass men’s basketball sophomore forward is expected to be unavailable for at least four weeks. Berger, who started the first eight games …

Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board. Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play …

Playoff participants stack AP All-America team

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American …

Northeastern ices UMass 8-3 as Brandon Montour debuts for Minutemen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — If Brandon Montour lives up to the stardom that’s been predicted for him, the 1,080 UMass fans in the Mullins Center Tuesday will be able to say they witnessed his first college game. There isn’t likely …

Without dwelling on mistakes, Demetrius Dyson focuses on helping UMass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — In the first half of the UMass men’s basketball team’s second game of the season, Demetrius Dyson caught the ball behind the 3-point line, turned and threw a not-crisp-enough pass toward left corner. As Boston College’s …

UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — The expectations on Brandon Montour probably aren’t fair. The 20-year-old freshman hasn’t played in a college hockey game yet and will have had just two practices under his belt when he makes his UMass debut Tuesday …