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Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So that’s usually their conversation starter. “It’s all right. It’s a cool animal,” said Reynolds, who likes to take advantage of the lack …

Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

Monday, August 3, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday, the day Hernandez’s girlfriend was seen wearing a wedding band. Prosecutor William McCauley said an attempt by Hernandez’s lawyer to question the tipster …

Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

Monday, August 3, 2015

DALLAS — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Fox hired him …

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel named to Davey O’Brien watch list

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Yet another UMass football player is being considered for a postseason award. Rising senior Blake Frohnapfel was one of 24 college quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list on Thursday. Frohnapfel and Western Michigan’s Zach …

Tajae Sharpe, Blake Frohnapfel named to watch lists for Biletnikoff Award, Wuerffel Trophy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Two more UMass football players landed on preseason watch lists for postseason awards Wednesday. Rising seniors Tajae Sharpe and Blake Frohnapfel earned official consideration for the Biletnikoff Award and Wuerffel Trophy, respectively. The Biletnikoff Award annually goes to the nation’s best receiver. While it usually goes to a …

UMass radio voice Josh Maurer excited for chance to fill in on Red Sox games

Monday, July 13, 2015

Josh Maurer isn’t thinking about what the next two weeks mean for his future. Trying not to anyway. Maurer, who is the play-by-play voice of UMass football and basketball radio broadcasts, is in his fourth year of calling …

Randall Jette on watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

Add Randall Jette to the growing list of UMass football players in contention for postseason awards. The rising senior cornerback was named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football’s best …

Tour leader Froome confident heading to Pyrenees mountains

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PLUMELEC, France — Race leader Chris Froome heads to the first mountain stages of the Tour de France in confident mood — and with an unexpected main rival. The British rider, seeking his second Tour win after his …

More watch lists for UMass' Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks

Friday, July 10, 2015

UMass rising seniors Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks each added another award watch list to their growing collections Friday. Santos-Knox, who was selected to the Bednarik Award watch list earlier in the week, was named to Bronko Nagurski …

Former UMass forward Ronell Blizzard mourned after unexpected death last week

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When former UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Geoff Arnold would talk to recruits or kids about the players he’d worked with, he’d always talk proudly about “Blizz.” So when Arnold, now an assistant at Saint Joseph’s, learned that Ronell Blizzard, 37, who was a Minuteman from 1997-2002, died …

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in …

Cady Lalanne scores in double figures in NBA summer league debut

Monday, July 6, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne had a solid outing in his first NBA summer league game for the San Antonio Spurs. Lalanne, who was taken in the second round of last month’s draft, had 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting, five rebounds and two blocked shots in the …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …