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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 at practice Sunday and is expected to …

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 …

Rondo: I want to stay a Celtic beyond this season

Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo wore a black sling on his left arm to help protect the surgically repaired bone in his hand. His relationship with the Boston Celtics appears healthy. Entering the final season of his contract, the only star on the rebuilding team had a simple answer Monday when asked if he …

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 …

Patriots defense steps up while offense finds its way

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — With the offense sputtering and looking for production, the New England defense has stepped up to lead the Patriots to wins the past two weeks. After getting hit with 23 unanswered points in the second …