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UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring practice by the Dean of Students office, …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led UMass’ 1998 Division I-AA championship team, in consideration. “Fro is the best guy I’ve coached …

Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans. The NCAA generally forbids its players from cashing in on their athletic …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of …

Randall Jette vs. Tajae Sharpe practice matchup helping both players shine for UMass

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST In less than three weeks, Randall Jette will likely be assigned to cover Nelson Spruce, the Colorado wide receiver who is a candidate for several honors, including the Maxwell Award for national player of the year. Two …

After a rocky freshman year, UMass CB Jackson Porter is improved, confident

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The key, according to Jackson Porter, is to learn from the past without dwelling on it. A year ago, he was learning to play cornerback on the fly after spending his redshirt season practicing at safety. …

Army’s Jeff Monken readies for season No. 2 at West Point

Monday, August 24, 2015

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Army-West Point coach Jeff Monken had to sort through a lot of new players while preparing for the upcoming season. Monken welcomed more than 70 freshmen, and 53 players on the imposing preseason roster shared a number with a teammate. “That’s a lot of …

Navy joins AAC, adding another goal to go with beating Army

Monday, August 24, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds would rather talk about team goals than individual accomplishments as he prepares to close out a record-setting career. Reynolds has been asked repeatedly during preseason about his continued assault on the NCAA and Naval Academy record books. The standout senior …

UMass freshman RB Sekai Lindsay making a bid to get on the plane

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s …

Sunday’s women’s soccer: UMass, UNH tie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sophomore Cassidy Babin made three saves in her first start of the season as the UMass women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 double-overtime draw at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen moved to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-0-2. New Hampshire put the Minutewomen …