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UMass' head coach Derek Kellogg reacts to a call made on the floor by the official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Providence, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Providence, R.I.

Derek Kellogg keeps status quo as UMass looks to bounce back at BYU

Monday, December 22, 2014

Despite being frustrated at his team’s recent play, UMass coach Derek Kellogg isn’t changing his starting lineup when the Minutemen face BYU in Utah. “I’m going to keep it as it is,” said Kellogg, whose team has had minimal practice time between Saturday’s loss to Providence and Tuesday’s 2 p.m. EST game. The Minutemen will have a week, albeit one that includes a break for Christmas, in between BYU and their Dec. 30 game against Iona. Kellogg challenged his team to prove that the 85-65 loss to the Friars isn’t who they are. “I’m looking for the guys to come out and play well and …

Kentucky unanimous No. 1, Big 12 has 7 ranked

Monday, December 22, 2014

There is no doubt so far about Kentucky’s standing as the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll. The Wildcats (12-0) got every first-place vote for the third week in a row Monday, the latest balloting coming two days after their 83-44 romp over UCLA. Kentucky scored the game’s first …

South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stanford had an unsuccessful trip east while Oregon State stayed unbeaten. The Cardinal lost at Chattanooga and Tennessee to fall to 16th in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday. It’s the lowest Stanford has been in the Top 25 since Jan. 2, 2009 when the Cardinal were also 16th. Oregon State buoyed by a big win at then-No. 6 North Carolina climbed …

Playoff participants stack AP All-America team

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American …

Northeastern ices UMass 8-3 as Brandon Montour debuts for Minutemen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — If Brandon Montour lives up to the stardom that’s been predicted for him, the 1,080 UMass fans in the Mullins Center Tuesday will be able to say they witnessed his first college game. There isn’t likely …

Without dwelling on mistakes, Demetrius Dyson focuses on helping UMass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — In the first half of the UMass men’s basketball team’s second game of the season, Demetrius Dyson caught the ball behind the 3-point line, turned and threw a not-crisp-enough pass toward left corner. As Boston College’s …

UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — The expectations on Brandon Montour probably aren’t fair. The 20-year-old freshman hasn’t played in a college hockey game yet and will have had just two practices under his belt when he makes his UMass debut Tuesday …

South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

Monday, December 15, 2014

With most teams on exam break, there wasn’t much movement in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The first 14 teams in the Top 25 remained unchanged this week. Top-ranked South Carolina won its lone game by 62 points with a rout of Savannah State. The Gamecocks did …

Kentucky still No. 1 in AP Top 25 after big loss

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it. Now the Wildcats (11-0) finally get a bit of a break. The Wildcats, still the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll …

UMass women’s hoops rolls to win over Holy Cross

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team picked up a 72-61 win over Holy Cross, powered by two 20-point scorers on Sunday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored 27 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Cierra Dillard had 21 points for the …

No. 7 Villanova routs Temple to move to 10-0

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead No. 7 Villanova to an 85-62 win over Temple on Sunday. The Wildcats are 10-0 for the second straight year and have won all three games against their Philadelphia rivals. They started 11-0 last …

Auburn football player in argument before deadly shooting

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. — The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire. Redshirted freshman football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell, …

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing …