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Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) runs past UMass defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (17) on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game on Saturday in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, at Beaver Stadium. UMass coach Mark Whipple was angry after the game. “It was certainly our worst day. I don’t really know …

Florida State suspends QB Jameis Winston for entire game against Clemson

Friday, September 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State will face Clemson without Jameis Winston — for the entire game and not just the first half. Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said late Friday night that the star quarterback will be suspended for the entire game Saturday. The Heisman …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since the passing of former coach Sam Koch. Ryan Buckingham made five saves in the win. …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf …

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current …

Harvard football coach Tim Murphy begins 21st season with new approach, same passion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tim Murphy has always been a do-it-yourself coach. With a hands-on approach, he has built an Ivy League empire during two decades at Harvard. The Crimson’s first league championship under Murphy came in 1997. Last year, they won …

Troubling trends lead to Big Ten hitting bottom

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The numbers don’t lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape. Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it’s done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if …

Coach K: Coaching US is no unfair edge at Duke

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski says his side job as coach of U.S. national team does not give him an unfair advantage at Duke. Krzyzewski met with media in Durham Thursday for the first time since leading the …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey sticks it to Williams late

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sophie Perekslis scored from Charlotte Wagner with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat Williams, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Liz Dicesare made 14 saves for the Lyons (5-1). Amherst 2, Keene State 0 — Caroline Fiore and Ellie Andersen each scored, …

Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back …

FSU benches QB Jameis Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline. The …