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Massachusetts center Tyler Bergantino (22) and guard Donte Clark, right, try to block Creighton guard James Milliken during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Poor shooting night dooms UMass basketball in loss to Creighton

Thursday, November 26, 2015

LAS VEGAS — After Monday’s game when his team made 16 3-pointers in a victory over Clemson, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said his team was eventually going to have to figure out how to win when the shots weren’t falling. That mystery remains unsolved. The Minutemen did not shoot well and Creighton capitalized, beating UMass 97-76 Wednesday in the final …

Record-breaking receiver Tajae Sharpe reflects as UMass career, season nears its end

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There is almost certainly more football in Tajae Sharpe’s future. The UMass senior receiver has been projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick and he knows it. But he’s spent most of the year trying not to think about it or focus on it. He’s deflected and changed the subject almost any time …

Matt Vautour: 2015-16 UMass Minutemen are turning into something to watch

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LAS VEGAS It wasn’t just the most pessimistic of UMass fans who thought the peak of the team’s season this year would be Nov. 11. On that day the much-ballyhooed recruiting class of DeJon Jarreau, Brison Gresham, Chris Baldwin and Unique McLean signed. Those guys had people excited about the program’s future. The …

Like old times, Kentucky on top of men’s AP poll again

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kentucky, its star-filled roster decimated by the NBA draft, didn’t wait long to get back to the top of The Associated Press poll. The Wildcats, who again have a lineup full of freshmen who were high school All-Americans, …

Zach Coleman and Seth Berger help UMass basketball to 3-0 start ahead of Las Vegas tournament opener vs. Clemson

Sunday, November 22, 2015

LAS VEGAS — As he took stock of his team three games into the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said the play of redshirt sophomore forwards Zach Coleman and Seth Berger had played a big part of why …

UMass football notebook: ‘Private matters’ explanation for missing corner; senior day stirs emotions

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — UMass was without senior corner Randall Jette for the second straight game Saturday, a 20-13 loss to Miami (Ohio) at McGuirk Stadium. Jette isn’t injured, but no reason has been given for his absence. When asked …

UMass football certain to finish season in last place after loss to Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass football team’s last season in the Mid-American Conference will end in last place. Even if the Minutemen win next week’s season finale, with Saturday’s 20-13 loss to Miami (Ohio) at McGuirk Stadium they are …

UMass hopes a win begets another

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — With their five-game losing streak in the rear-view mirror, UMass football team was in a collective good mood this week as it hopes to win its second straight when they host Miami (Ohio) Saturday on senior …

College programs turning to virtual reality for recruiting

Friday, November 20, 2015

PHOENIX — College football teams have been using virtual reality as a training tool, putting players in an interactive 360-degree environment without having to be on the field. A handful of programs are using it for a new …

No. 5 Notre Dame makes itself at home at Fenway to play Boston College

Friday, November 20, 2015

BOSTON — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly grew up in the Boston area rooting for the Red Sox. Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. rooted against them. Hunter’s father and namesake was a major leaguer who played against Boston at …

Optimism surrounds Amherst College women’s basketball team

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst College women’s basketball team is in a good position to start the season. The Lord Jeffs are coming off a 25-4 record and a trip to the Sweet 16. They are also ranked No. 2 in the country, according to D3hoops.com’s preseason poll. The …

Former Celtics among college hoops Hall of Fame inductees

Friday, November 20, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It never occurred to Charlie Scott that he would make history when he accepted a scholarship offer from Dean Smith to play basketball at North Carolina in the late 1960s. He just wanted to …

UMass notebook: Walk-on Zach Turcotte picks up valuable playing time

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — When Zach Turcotte checked into the game for UMass with 4 minutes, 11 seconds left and the Minutemen up by 31 points, the crowd of 3,158 cheered. The arrival of a walk-on is the unofficial mark …