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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) does a Salsa dance as he celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game in Philadelphia. Celebrations that used to be part of the game are under increased scrutiny and, though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today’s NFL. Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever. Take, for example, Husain Abdullah’s drop to his knees after returning an interception for …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Liam Coen used to look forward to the short bus ride from the Campus Center Hotel, where the University of Massachusetts football team stayed the night before games, down to McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen’s record-setting …

MAC Preview: Conference regresses from 2013, leaving championship up for grabs

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — For the past two years, the Mid-American Conference was on the rise. On the strength of strong play by several top-end teams, the conference hovered around the BCS discussion. But with several stars having graduated, including …

UMass avoids ADA compliance with McGuirk upgrade

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This article was previously published in Wednesday’s edition of the Valley Advocate. This Saturday, the UMass football team returns to play a home game at McGuirk Stadium for the first time in three years, since making …

Thursday’s colleges: Springfield sweep Smith College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Smith College women’s volleyball team was swept by Springfield College Thursday, falling 25-18, 25-17, 25-9 in Northampton. Samantha Danguilan and Allison Hardy each had 12 digs, while Julie Voorhes added 10 for the Pioneers (6-8, 1-3 NEWMAC). Dayra Diaz Marquez had 12 assists in the loss. Clark …

UMass looks to take advantage of Bowling Green’s struggles

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — After winning the Mid-American Conference last year with the league’s best defense, it would have been hard to picture Bowling Green being ranked last in most defensive categories four weeks into the season. After losing Matt …

Wednesday’s colleges: Westhampton’s Sarah Sypek nets winner in double OT for Westfield State

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sarah Sypek scored in double overtime as the Westfield State women’s soccer team beat Smith College, 1-0, Wednesday in Westfield. The Westhampton native scored in the 113 minute for the Owls (4-2-1). Shelby Hall made five saves for the Pioneers (3-2-1). …

UMass sophomore running back Shadrach Abrokwah excited for return to field

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — Shadrach Abrokwah’s time counting down days will finally end Saturday. While everyone on the UMass roster is looking forward to the start of conference play and the return to McGuirk Stadium, Saturday at 3 p.m. against Bowling Green, Abrokwah will just be glad to be back …

UMass announces huge slate of future football games; will play BYU, Army and Hawaii in upcoming seasons

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — With independence on the horizon, the UMass football program officially announced games spanning the 2016-2022 seasons. The release was highlighted by four-game series with fellow independents BYU and Army, and a two-game series against Hawaii. UMass …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College field hockey takes down Springfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Amherst College field hockey team scored three first-half goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Springfield College on the road Tuesday. Annika Nygren led the Lord Jeffs (5-2) with three assists and a goal. Elizabeth Turnbull scored on two of Nygren’s assists, first to open …

UMass CB Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a rookie starter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter knows opposing quarterbacks are going to go after him. The UMass redshirt freshman cornerback has only been playing the position since the start of training camp after spending last year and the spring at …