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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 overcome low expectations from MAC coaches and …

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 U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, …

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 Virginia Tech has been no better than mediocre. Those three big-name Coastal Division programs have …

More watch lists for UMass' Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks

Friday, July 10, 2015

UMass rising seniors Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks each added another award watch list to their growing collections Friday. Santos-Knox, who was selected to the Bednarik Award watch list earlier in the week, was named to Bronko Nagurski …

Former UMass forward Ronell Blizzard mourned after unexpected death last week

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When former UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Geoff Arnold would talk to recruits or kids about the players he’d worked with, he’d always talk proudly about “Blizz.” So when Arnold, now an assistant at Saint Joseph’s, learned that Ronell Blizzard, 37, who was a Minuteman from 1997-2002, died …

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in …

Cady Lalanne scores in double figures in NBA summer league debut

Monday, July 6, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne had a solid outing in his first NBA summer league game for the San Antonio Spurs. Lalanne, who was taken in the second round of last month’s draft, had 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting, five rebounds and two blocked shots in the …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in …