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Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at 2 p.m., they’re unlikely to win their second straight. “I think red-zone defense and red-zone offense is …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he might eventually become. Before the first official practice of the season Monday, the sophomore wing …

Let him play: Age rule keeping Fournette out of NFL next year is wrong

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leonard Fournette is good enough to play in the NFL right now. Of course he is. Not since Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma has a running back looked so fiercely dominant. The LSU running back not only looks good enough to play in the NFL, but good enough to shine. More than 20 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey holds off Saint Louis

Friday, October 2, 2015

The UMass field hockey team held off a late charge by Saint Louis to pull out a 3-2 victory at Scott Gallagher Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri, Friday afternoon. Anne Dijkstra, Sarah Hawkshaw and Nicole Miller each scored as the Minutewomen (6-4, 2-1 Atlantic 10) took a 3-0 …

Talk surrounding NFL game in London is about toilet paper

Friday, October 2, 2015

LONDON — Call it the Toilet Bowl. Much of the talk surrounding the first of three regular-season NFL games in London has been hijacked by the news that the New York Jets flew to England with their own …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer extends win streak to four with double overtime win

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team extended its winning streak in dramatic fashion in its Atlantic 10 opener. Julia Weithofer scored the game winner with 46 seconds left in double overtime to give the Minutewomen a 1-0 win over La Salle on Thursday at Rudd Field. After starting the …

Charan Singh stepping into big shoes in a big game for UMass

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple liked seeing Charan Singh walk into the Football Performance Center with Khary Bailey-Smith before practice Wednesday. With Bailey-Smith, who had been one of the Minutemen’s best playmakers on defense, out for the year with a knee injury, Singh is being counted on …

UMass, FIU battling injuries heading into Saturday’s game

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AMHERST — As the UMass football team tries to procure its first win of the season and some momentum going into Mid-American Conference play, the Minutemen will need contributions from players, for whom little was expected entering the …

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara back on skates, Dennis Seidenberg still recovering

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is already in midseason form when it comes to talking — or not talking — about injuries. The Bruins’ captain returned to the ice this week after sustaining an undisclosed upper …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst men’s soccer needs double OT to remain perfect

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greg Singer scored in double overtime for the second game in a row as the Amherst College men’s soccer team beat WPI 2-1 Wednesday night in Worcester. Christopher Martin picked up an assist on the tally. He sent a low cross from the right of the box to …

Jerry Sandusky wants subpoena power to look into 2011 case leaks

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants a judge to let him explore contacts between prosecutors and a judge who oversaw the grand jury that recommended he be charged with child molestation. Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting boys but maintains his innocence, …

Court strikes down possible payments to college athletes

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A federal appeals court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention that the athletes are students and not professionals. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court …

Better, more mature Chris Baldwin commits to UMass

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

According to his high school and AAU coaches, the Chris Baldwin that will be coming back to western Massachusetts next year is a much more mature and polished product than the one who left a year ago. Improved …