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Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald talks to the media during the Big Ten football media days Monday July 28, 2014, Sports Time Schedule/Planner     

Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed the past few months. As the Big Ten opened its annual two-day media event on Monday, some big story lines hung over the college landscape. A four-team playoff system to determine a national champion is being implemented and the conference would love to be represented in it. Ohio State, for one, hopes to be in the picture after going 24-2 overall and 16-0 … 0

Kentucky basketball legend Wah Wah Jones dies

Monday, July 28, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school’s greatest all-around athlete, has died. He was 88. Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats’ “Fabulous Five” that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim Olympic gold that year … 0

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 … 0

SEC’s Slive continues push for Big Five autonomy

Monday, July 14, 2014

HOOVER, Ala. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive is confident the NCAA reform he’s been pushing for years will take a big step toward becoming a reality in August. The longtime leader of the SEC gave his annual … 0

NCAA president calls for ‘scholarships for life’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports “scholarships for life” and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that … 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