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JERREY ROBERTS
McGuirk Stadium, home of the UMass Minutemen.

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I ‘pop’ out of there and score,” Oliphant …

UMass field hockey beats Boston University for first win

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nicole Kuerzi scored her first collegiate goal and Melanie Kreusch added a penalty stroke as the UMass field hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss on Saturday to beat Boston University, 2-1, Sunday in Boston. Izzie Delario had one assist and Sam Carlino made five saves in the victory for UMass (1-1-0). On Saturday, UMass twice held a two-goal lead in the …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for an athlete. For decades, universities and colleges have been …

UMass freshman RB Sekai Lindsay making a bid to get on the plane

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s …

Sunday’s women’s soccer: UMass, UNH tie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sophomore Cassidy Babin made three saves in her first start of the season as the UMass women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 double-overtime draw at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen moved to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-0-2. New Hampshire put the Minutewomen …

Former QB A.J. Doyle catching on as a tight end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year as Blake …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …

Petersen says he warned Baylor’s Briles about player’s past

Friday, August 21, 2015

Washington coach Chris Petersen says he “thoroughly apprised” Baylor coach Art Briles about the circumstances of Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from Boise State, long before the player’s sexual assault conviction this week. A jury in Texas district court found …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …