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Former UMass basketball center Luke Bonner plays major role in effort by Northwestern football players to join union

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It would have been easy for Luke Bonner to say no. He has a full-time job at the GYK Antler marketing firm in New Hampshire, runs a nonprofit foundation and is getting married this summer. He’s not lacking for things to fill his time. But when Ramogi Huma approached him about being a founding member of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) board of directors, the 29-year-old former University of Massachusetts basketball center could not say no. He believed too much in the cause. CAPA is the organization that submitted the petition on behalf of the Northwestern football team that led to the National Labor … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: Jackie Buechle throws 1-hitter for Amherst College

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jackie Buechler struck out 10 and allowed one hit as the Amherst College softball team shut out Elms College 5-0 on Wednesday. Tessa Cote (Granby) broke up the perfect game with a double to left-center in the fourth. Alena Marovitz went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Lord Jeffs (18-9). Donna Leet went 2 for 4 with … 0

Mark Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes — regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports’ first union, the NCAA … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, … 0

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 3

Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts football program wasn’t trying to simulate a midweek Mid-American Conference game when it scheduled the annual spring football game for Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time Mark Whipple coached UMass, there were neither lights, nor turf at McGuirk Stadium. Having both … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: Amherst men’s lacrosse holds off Springfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 18th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team held off a late rally by No. 13 Springfield College to win 13-12 in Springfield Wednesday. Kane Haffey tallied three goals, while Dylan Park, Patrick Moroney and Aaron Mathias all chipped … 0

Former Easthampton, UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers stares down fight with cancer

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON When he’s got a baseball in his hand, it’s hard to tell Jeremy Demers has cancer. Most of the weight he originally lost from his 6-foot, broad-shouldered frame has come back and so far his hair has … 0

Mount Holyoke lacrosse team pays it forward — and reaps unexpected return

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It’s difficult for the captains of the Mount Holyoke College lacrosse team to explain why they cleaned up a mess they did not make while waiting for a flight at Bradley International Airport to spring … 0

Monday’s college recaps: Ex-UMass star Judy Strong named to USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Monday, April 14, 2014

Former University of Massachusetts field hockey player Judy Strong was named to the United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be inducted on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Strong joins former UMass player Pam Bustin and coach Pam Hixon in … 0

UMass notebook: Chaz Williams prepares for NBA draft with stop at Portsmouth Invitational

Monday, April 14, 2014

With his college career behind him, former University of Massachusetts guard Chaz Williams will get his next chance to impress professional scouts this week at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament, which begins Wednesday. Williams, who averaged 15.6 points … 0