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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Ball as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called on the play is often is a point of contention for players and coaches. “What …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

John Calipari: Kentucky’s depth feels like 2 teams

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s John Calipari said the Wildcats are so deep it feels like he is coaching two teams. Besides returning six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, the Wildcats added four high school All-Americans and …

Men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg signs contract extension with UMass through 2018-19 season

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After leading the UMass men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tournament since 1998, coach Derek Kellogg has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Amherst at least through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst soccer shuts out Keene State

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Amherst College women’s soccer team used four scorers to knock off Keene State 4-0 on the road Wednesday. Emma Rothkopf and Hannah Guzzi scored in the first half, while Quinn Phillips (assist) and Megan Kim added second-half goals for the Lord Jeffs (10-2-0). Holly Burwick made two …

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst men’s soccer blanks Drew

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team used a 1-0 shutout of Drew on the road to remain undefeated on Tuesday. Christopher Martin scored off a pass from Nico Pascual-Leone in the 19th minute for the Lord Jeffs (10-0-2). Thomas Bull made three saves in the victory. Women’s soccer …

UMass picked 4th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll; Cady Lalanne named all-conference second team

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the second straight season, UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. After losing three key seniors, coach Derek Kellogg took being picked that high as a sign of respect. “It’s nice …

Matt Vautour: Midseason firing of Buffalo coach an odd move

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maybe there’s another shoe to drop. Maybe Buffalo found out that football coach Jeff Quinn, whom it fired Monday, was secretly selling Todd Gurley’s autograph, smuggling prescription drugs from Canada, eating chicken wings without sauce or trying to …

Notebook: UMass coach Mark Whipple hopeful about availability of injured players

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass football coach Mark Whipple was hopeful that his collection of injured players, who weren’t available at the end of Saturday’s win at Kent State, will be ready to play in Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Eastern Michigan. Starting center Matt Sparks (ankle) and backup freshman …

Mississippi State rises to No. 1 in AP Top 25

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll. The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s soccer team snaps four-game skid

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-1 tie against VCU, Saturday in Amherst. Matt Keys scored in the first half to give the Minutemen an early lead. Amherst native Brandon Vazquez had the assist on the goal. It was the freshman’s first …