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Valley Blue Sox first baseman Christopher Starcun stretches for the out to end the top of the sixth inning Thursday against the Keene Swamp Bats at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London and Paris from Aug. 17-24. After missing most of last year with knee problems, rising …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to …

Jamaica stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the …

Miami, UNC, Virginia Tech look to get rolling again

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Some of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s sleeping giants hope this is the year they return to prominence. Neither Miami nor North Carolina has ever been to the ACC championship game. And lately, once-frequent division winner …

Pan Am medical head says 8 positive tests so far

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TORONTO — The head of the medical commission for the Pan Am Games says there have been eight positive doping tests so far, a figure he puts “in the average range” for what would be expected at the multi-sports event. Dr. Eduardo De Rose, in an interview with …

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles working on problems

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the Seminoles are “stepping up” their process of educating players about domestic violence and other issues, after a pair of high-profile allegations overshadowed the program in recent weeks. Fisher …

Sun Belt commissioner: Cut back on ‘money’ games vs. Power-5

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league’s football programs to work on shedding their “addiction” to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs. More non-league games with “peer conferences” would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and …

Bowlsby doesn’t believe Big 12 disadvantaged with 10 teams

Monday, July 20, 2015

DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the conference has to be constantly improving after getting left out of the first College Football Playoff. That doesn’t necessarily mean making the 10-team league bigger through expansion. “We have …

UMass TE Todd Stafford arrested in Connecticut

Monday, July 20, 2015

UMass tight end Todd Stafford was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree breach of peace in Stamford, Connecticut according to the Greenwich Daily Voice. Stafford, 21, a Greenwich resident has a July 31 court date scheduled. According to the Voice, Stafford was one of three arrested as part …

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel named to Davey O’Brien watch list

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Yet another UMass football player is being considered for a postseason award. Rising senior Blake Frohnapfel was one of 24 college quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list on Thursday. Frohnapfel and Western Michigan’s Zach …

Tajae Sharpe, Blake Frohnapfel named to watch lists for Biletnikoff Award, Wuerffel Trophy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Two more UMass football players landed on preseason watch lists for postseason awards Wednesday. Rising seniors Tajae Sharpe and Blake Frohnapfel earned official consideration for the Biletnikoff Award and Wuerffel Trophy, respectively. The Biletnikoff Award annually goes to the nation’s best receiver. While it usually goes to a …

UMass radio voice Josh Maurer excited for chance to fill in on Red Sox games

Monday, July 13, 2015

Josh Maurer isn’t thinking about what the next two weeks mean for his future. Trying not to anyway. Maurer, who is the play-by-play voice of UMass football and basketball radio broadcasts, is in his fourth year of calling …