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Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College opens men’s soccer season with overtime win over New England

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bryce Ciambella scored in overtime as the Amherst College men’s soccer team beat New England 2-1 Wednesday in Henniker, New Hampshire. Jae Heo gave the Lord Jeffs (1-0) a 1-0 lead in the second half. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. San Jose State 4, UMass 1 — Josh Schwartz scored and Ryan Buckingham made seven saves but the Minutemen (0-2) fell on the road. Field hockey Mount … 0

UMass football notebook: Running back J.T. Blyden stands out during first season

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — On paper, J.T. Blyden’s stats didn’t jump off the page. The UMass tailback’s nine carries for 43 yards and one catch for 7 yards in Saturday’s loss to Boston College, weren’t especially eye-catching for a No. 2 running back. But the true freshman’s play, maturity and attention to detail impressed his … 0

UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full practice with the Minutemen. The junior college transfer needed to complete summer classes and have … 0

University of Miami quietly helping athletes who leave early with lifetime scholarships

Friday, August 29, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami President Donna Shalala would prefer Hurricane athletes get their degrees before leaving school, taking advantage of the scholarships they’ve been afforded. And she knows that won’t always be the case, of course. So very quietly, and for several years now, Miami … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer beats Bryant for season’s first win

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sophomore Megan Burke scored in the 111th minute as the UMass women’s soccer team beat Bryant 1-0 in double overtime Thursday for its first win of the season. Laura Johns had one assist and Danielle Kriscenski made one save for the Minutewomen (1-1-1). … 0

UMass needs a strong performance from a young line to pace its defense

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — At the end of Tuesday’s practice, UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo held a long impromptu meeting with his unit on the McGuirk Stadium turf. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said as … 0

Mark Whipple’s new start at UMass comes against old friend Don Brown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — If it were up to him, UMass coach Mark Whipple would rather not play against his friends. While he’s gotten used to it over the years, he’d certainly prefer to play someone he doesn’t know or … 0

College Football Playoff era begins

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, as was the case with the old system, will probably … 0

UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass … 0

USC’s Josh Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school … 0

Transfer QB Tyler Murphy gives BC hope in Addazio Year 2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams is gone. So is top receiver Alex Amidon, and the top two tacklers from Boston College’s defense last year, Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Even quarterback Chase Rettig, a four-year starter, … 0

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people … 0