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Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee in 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

With new contract, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg highest paid state employee

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — In a new contract released by the University of Massachusetts Friday, Minuteman men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg will become the highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts. Kellogg is guaranteed make $994,500 per season through the 2018-19 season, an amount that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on performances by players on the court and in the classroom. Kellogg, …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst shuts out Smith in field hockey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The seventh-ranked Amherst College field hockey team pulled away from Smith College for a 4-0 win in Amherst Thursday. Katie Paolano (two assists), Annika Nygren, Ellie Andersen and Madeline Tank each scored for the Lord Jeffs (12-2), who led 1-0 at halftime. Emily Horwitz made one save in the shutout. Nora Demick made a career-high 19 saves for the Pioneers (4-11). Mount Holyoke …

Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …

As SEC dominates rankings, calls of #SECBias rise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause. As the Southeastern Conference was trending last weekend after becoming …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two …

SEC is 1st league to go 4 for 5 at top of AP poll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good luck, selection committee. The first season of the College Football Playoff is a little more than halfway in the books and there are just four unbeaten teams left in FBS. Two play each other (No. 1 Mississippi …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and …

Late penalty kills Notre Dame’s bid to upset FSU

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the defending national champions from Florida State. As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated an apparent …

Top 25 recaps: Ole Miss shuts down Tennessee in 34-3 win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. — Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes and No. 3 Mississippi had another dominating defensive performance in a 34-3 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night. Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 3-0 early in …

Tajae Sharpe has career highs in receptions, yardage in Minuteman win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After being held to two catches for 19 yards by a Kent State defense designed to smother him last week, UMass junior receiver Tajae Sharpe was eager to break out against Eastern Michigan. It didn’t take …