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Valley Blue Sox first baseman Christopher Starcun stretches for the out to end the top of the sixth inning Thursday against the Keene Swamp Bats at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London and Paris from Aug. 17-24. After missing most of last year with knee problems, rising …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to …

Randall Jette on watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

Add Randall Jette to the growing list of UMass football players in contention for postseason awards. The rising senior cornerback was named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football’s best …

Tour leader Froome confident heading to Pyrenees mountains

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PLUMELEC, France — Race leader Chris Froome heads to the first mountain stages of the Tour de France in confident mood — and with an unexpected main rival. The British rider, seeking his second Tour win after his …

More watch lists for UMass' Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks

Friday, July 10, 2015

UMass rising seniors Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks each added another award watch list to their growing collections Friday. Santos-Knox, who was selected to the Bednarik Award watch list earlier in the week, was named to Bronko Nagurski …

Former UMass forward Ronell Blizzard mourned after unexpected death last week

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When former UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Geoff Arnold would talk to recruits or kids about the players he’d worked with, he’d always talk proudly about “Blizz.” So when Arnold, now an assistant at Saint Joseph’s, learned that Ronell Blizzard, 37, who was a Minuteman from 1997-2002, died …

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in …

Cady Lalanne scores in double figures in NBA summer league debut

Monday, July 6, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne had a solid outing in his first NBA summer league game for the San Antonio Spurs. Lalanne, who was taken in the second round of last month’s draft, had 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting, five rebounds and two blocked shots in the …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in …