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University of Massachusetts Head Coach Mark Whipple shouts instructions during a scrimmage Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium.

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 first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 sophomore, who was … 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 by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 0

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 available now, Whipple made spring practice earlier in the calendar and later on the clock. … 0

Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday night as the top Division I college hockey player, and signed with the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau, from Carney’s Point, N.J., won the award a … 0

Union-Minnesota for Frozen 4 title

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — It was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota — in overtime, in Minneapolis — for a win that pretty much put its program on the map. Back then, Union had yet to even appear … 0

Minnesota, Union to meet in Frozen Four final

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Holl scored a short-handed goal with 0.6 seconds left to give Minnesota a 2-1 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night in the NCAA hockey semifinals. Minnesota (28-6-6) will face Union College in the … 0

Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST — For a five-game stretch in 2012, University of Massachusetts linebacker Kassan Messiah looked like a future star. Then a true freshman, Messiah made 10 tackles in his first game and averaged 10.6 tackles in his first five contests, highlighted by 16 against Bowling Green. He was … 0

Thursday’s college recaps: Ex-Minutewomen Pam Bustin, Pam Hixon named to USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former University of Massachusetts field hockey player Pam Bustin and her coach Pam Hixon have been selected for the United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be inducted on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Hixon led the Minutewomen for 16 … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: UMass reaches Beanpot baseball final with 5-3 win over Northeastern

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team is headed to the Beanpot championship after a 5-3 win over Northeastern at home Wednesday. A three-run sixth inning gave the Minutemen breathing room as the Huskies added two in the following inning. Kyle Adie walked, stole second and advanced to third … 0

Panel commends UMass, speaks on sexuality in sport

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — While speaking on a panel at the University of Massachusetts, You Can Play executive director Wade Davis commended the institution’s handling and enthusiasm toward gay and lesbian student-athletes on Wednesday. “To be honest, UMass was pretty flawless,” Wade said after the event. “To get the coaching … 0

Matt Vautour: Historic moment for Derrick Gordon signifies progress for gay athlete

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s hard to guess in 2034 if Derrick Gordon’s announcement Wednesday that he’s gay will be looked at as a red-letter day in social history or a footnote. Twenty years from now, it’s easy to imagine that openly … 0

Breanna Stewart has more titles at UConn in her sights

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma breezed past Pat Summitt by winning his record ninth championship. With sensational sophomore Breanna Stewart back at UConn for two more seasons, winning a 10th or 11th title is a real possibility. That would move Auriemma and Connecticut past UCLA men’s coach John … 0

‘Why not me?’ UMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — When Jason Collins became the first American male team-sport athlete to announce he was gay April 29, 2013, University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon praised the NBA center on Twitter: “Jason Collins comes out...Much respect...Just be … 0