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Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star. Like many wannabe actors, she found herself waiting tables after college. And had it not been for her getting to know a high school coach at the sports grill where she worked, she wouldn’t be among the four women who will be on-field … 0

NCAA enforcement director defends investigators

Friday, July 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won’t catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and “broken,” the NCAA’s top cop fired back by defending his … 0

NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IRVING, Texas — The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions, on Wednesday … 0

Boston city council talks college athlete rights

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BOSTON — Local universities expressed concern Tuesday that a proposed College Athletes Bill of Rights would cost them scholarships and commit them to lifelong health insurance for players who are injured during games. Testifying at a Boston City Council committee hearing, representatives from the area’s Division I schools … 0

NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice

Monday, July 7, 2014

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year. Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines … 0

UMass’ Yevenko invited to Bruins rookie camp

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A week after Oleg Yevenko was honored as Hockey East’s co-Top Scholar Athlete for his 4.0 grade point average, the UMass rising senior defenseman got another indication that he might not need to put his management degree to … 0

UMass gets commitment from Mississippi big man

Thursday, July 3, 2014

UMass continues to find success recruiting in the south. Malik Hines, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Jackson, Mississippi, who played the 2013-14 season at Life Center Academy in New Jersey committed to the Minutemen, Thursday according to TheRecruitScoop.com. Hines had an offer from LSU and interest from Louisville, … 0

College presidents say no to unions for athletes

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics … 0

John Calipari excited about returning Kentucky players

Monday, June 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari is “excited” having familiar faces on the Wildcats roster next season. It hasn’t happened that often during his tenure in Lexington. But the Wildcats return six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, and as usual will be in a cadre … 0

Has conference realignment at last reached a lull?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The latest wave of major conference realignment lands ashore this week, bringing with it geographical contradictions, upended traditions and financial gains. Welcome to the Atlantic coast, Louisville. Time to get to know the Great Lakes, Maryland and Rutgers. … 0

UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brandon Montour will enter UMass as the highest drafted hockey player in school history. The Anaheim Ducks selected Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, in the second round, 55th overall, in the NHL draft Saturday. Under NHL draft rules, a team that selects a player retains that player’s … 0

UMass promotes Kristi Stefanoni to permanent head softball coach

Saturday, June 28, 2014

AMHERST — The search at the University of Massachusetts for the first new softball coach in 34 years ended where it started. Athletic director John McCutcheon announced Saturday that Kristi Stefanoni, who led the program as the interim head coach in 2014, will be the permanent replacement for … 0

UMass eyes also on NHL draft

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When the NHL has its draft Friday and Saturday one current UMass player and one future Minuteman could have their names called. Brandon Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, who’ll begin his freshman year at UMass this fall, is ranked at the No. 92 among North American skaters … 0