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FILE - In this July 20, 2014, file photo, Florida State's Jameis Winston answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C.  Winston has made lewd comments about women and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he is deciding whether to bench the Seminoles' quarterback for his "derogatory" remarks. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FSU benches QB Jameis Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline. The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox. …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke pulls out double overtime soccer win

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cassidy Robinson scored the game-wining goal in the 107th minute as the Mount Holyoke soccer team beat Western New England 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday in South Hadley. Robinson gave Mount Holyoke (3-3) a 1-0 lead with an assist from Tori Shaffrey. Emma Norden (Belchertown) scored for WNEU (2-4-1). Zoe Marshall made five saves in the win. Women’s volleyball Smith College 3, Clark …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar could build his offense around. But as a true freshman last year, he got banged …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel share lead at Tour Championship

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ATLANTA — Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel have little in common except a clean card of 4-under 66 at the Tour Championship and their chances at the biggest payoff in golf. Kirk and Horschel, the top two seeds …

UMass, Vanderbilt desperate for a victory Saturday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight week, UMass is taking part in a battle of two winless football teams, the latest being Saturday’s noon game at Vanderbilt. Each week that passes without adding something to the win column has only made both teams more desperate for a win. …

UMass notebook: Minutemen look to get running game going vs Vanderbilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — While the UMass football team’s passing attack took big steps forward in Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Colorado, the Minutemen’s ground game has yet to really gain any rhythm through the first two weeks of the season. …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts out Mount Holyoke in women’s soccer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rachael Abernethy scored three goals as the Amherst College women’s soccer team beat Mount Holyoke 5-0, Wednesday in Amherst. Hannah Guzzi added two goals for the Lord Jeffs (2-0). Sarah Zuckerman had one goal, while Megan Kim and Quinn Phillips each had two assists. Mel Stier and Emily …

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College field hockey shuts out Mount Holyoke, 2-0

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Amherst College field hockey team shut out Mount Holyoke, 2-0, at home on Tuesday. Annika Mygren scored both goals in the first half. Annie Turnbull assisted on the first off a corner penalty at the 15:41 mark and Elizabeth Turnbull helped on the second at 33:35. Rachel …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

Former UConn QB to become coach-in-training

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran has accepted he will never again play football, but his coach is making sure he doesn’t have to give up the game. The sophomore decided to end his playing career after he suffered his third concussion since entering college during a …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …