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Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) shoots against West Virginia during the first half of a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

Kentucky overwhelms West Virginia 78-39 in NCAA Sweet 16

Friday, March 27, 2015

CLEVELAND — Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia’s press look pathetic. Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, rolled to a 78-39 victory over the Mountaineers on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The tourney’s top seed and an overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next month in Indianapolis, Kentucky (37-0) advanced to Saturday’s regional final to play third-seeded Notre Dame, an 81-70 winner over Wichita State in the other semifinal. The Fighting Irish may need to call Rudy, consult with Digger Phelps and wake …

Thursday’s colleges: Michael Hixon places fifth on 1-meter at NCAA championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon fell short of defending his NCAA 1-meter diving championship Thursday. The Indiana sophomore placed fifth with 430.90 points at the Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, held at the University of Iowa. Purdue’s Steele Johnson won with 468.15, followed by Miami’s Sam Dorman (457.30), Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen (449.45) and Indiana’s James Connor (437.85). Hixon won the 1- and …

Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years. The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of …

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs to beat North Carolina 79-72

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game. Frank Kaminsky got off to a slow start, his team couldn’t make a shot in the first half and then fell behind by seven …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players …

NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate …

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But …

South Carolina set to take next step in women’s NCAA tourney

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley believes her team is ready to finally push past the Sweet 16 and go deeper in the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks have reached the round of 16 three times in …

Div. I pitcher Carter Smith excelling with one hand

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rick Robinson was settling into his new job as the baseball coach at Tennessee-Martin, moving some things around his office when he came across a few articles that had been written about the previous year’s team. He made …

Kentucky prepared to face “Press Virginia”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season. They’re 36 for 36 in their run at hoops immortality. An interesting test awaits. Big Blue is about …

Wednesday’s college recaps: Mount Holyoke lacrosse tops Emerson, 9-6

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catherine Ryan powered the Mount Holyoke lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over Emerson on Wednesday night in Boston. Ryan had five goals and one assist for the Lyons (4-3). Julia Bell added two more goals, while Charlotte Wagner and Katherine Guinee each added one. Wheaton 17, Smith …

6 teams with 10 or more losses most ever to reach Sweet 16

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The NCAA Tournament has never had so many teams with so many losses make it so far. Six of the regional semifinalists have 10 or more losses, including three with 13. The reaction around college basketball has been …

MLS expanding to Minnesota, but stadium yet to be built

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Major League Soccer has committed to Minnesota, awarding an expansion franchise to start playing in 2018 with the expectation an outdoor stadium will be built before then. Bill McGuire, the former health care executive and current owner of the Minnesota United club in the second-tier North …