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Amherst College coach Jack Arena paces behind Austin Ho, front left, Conor Brown and David White during the Lord Jeffs' 6-2 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the NCAA Division III Frozen Four semifinals in Minnesota Friday.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point ices Amherst College in Division III Frozen Four semifinals

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Amherst College and goaltender Danny Vitale found out Friday night you can only stop a steamroller for so long. After blocking a fusillade of shots from everywhere imaginable over two periods, Vitale finally gave in to the relentless pressure from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Pointers spotted the Lord Jeffs a two-goal lead then pummeled them for five third-period goals …

Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

Friday, March 27, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga’s big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win …

South Carolina last-second shot helps avoid UNC upset

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the second straight year, South Carolina found itself trailing late against North Carolina and staring at an early NCAA Tournament exit despite its No. 1 seed. This time, Tiffany Mitchell and the Gamecocks found a way to regroup, rally and advance. Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left to help South Carolina edge North …

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 …

Nebraska blocks NCAA tournament live streaming at Capitol

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers will have to watch the Big Dance after work. Nebraska Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker told legislative and judicial administrators in an email that websites for streaming the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are blocked on the Capitol’s network. Sen. Bob Krist of …

Women’s NCAA Tournament attendance up in some locations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women’s NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places. Buoyed by two moves in particular — to once again have top teams host first …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Pat Connaughton’s ambition powers Notre Dame to Sweet 16

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pat Connaughton does whatever it takes to help Notre Dame win. Diving for a loose ball. Grabbing a rebound. Getting in the face of a teammate. The 6-foot-5 forward from Arlington, Massachusetts, has been …