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UAB cornerback Kelton Brackett (21) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Rice wide receiver Donte Moore (81) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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 of eligibility left. His girlfriend, Kendra Gilchrist, was at UAB along with a lot of other friends and he had a degree to complete. He felt burned by college football and the fact that he and his teammates wouldn’t get to complete the building job they started. So the defensive back from Mobile, Alabama, was reluctantly leaning toward hanging up his cleats, spending his final year on …

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 lacrosse transfers aren’t required to sit out a season. “I wish him luck in his …

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 instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA. “It’s half …

Red Sox draft pick, Arkansas star Benintendi ready for College World Series

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas star Andrew Benintendi has no doubt he can hit a ball out of TD Ameritrade Park. He has already done it. The Razorbacks visited the cavernous stadium a month ago for a game against …

UMass’ Quianna Diaz-Patterson named ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year; Orioles draft Amherst College OF Mike Odenwaelder

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Former UMass shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson was named the ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The Amherst native bookended her career after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012. Diaz-Patterson is the fourth Minutewomen to earn the award, joining legends Danielle Henderson …

Derek Kellogg thinks NCAA rules changes should help UMass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thinks his team will be well-prepared for the NCAA’s rule changes that will debut in 2015-16. They’re designed to promote faster play, something the Minutemen have already been doing. The rules are: …

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become …

Alum and wife give Holy Cross $32.5M gift

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WORCESTER (AP) — A 1974 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross who remembers his time as a student and varsity soccer player at the school as “transformational” has given the school its largest single donation in history, a $32.5 million gift that will be used to …

UMass to host Mississippi State in football in 2016

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last season, the Mississippi State football team was ranked No. 1 in the country. Next season, the Bulldogs will visiting Foxborough. According to multiple athletic department sources, UMass is expected to announce Monday afternoon a series between the …

UMass schedules home-and-home football series with Tulane

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UMass football team passed the halfway point for reaching the minimum number of available home games for the 2016 season as the school announced a home-and-home series with Tulane on Thursday. The Minutemen will face the Green Wave on Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. UMass …

John Calipari retools Kentucky roster after 7 players bolted for NBA

Thursday, June 4, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his overhauled roster can do something “crazy” like last season’s one-loss squad — once they finally get together. The new Wildcats have a tough act to follow after last year’s …

Former assistant accuses running coach Alberto Salazar of encouraging doping

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Long-distance running coach Alberto Salazar’s former assistant is among those accusing the American of violating anti-doping rules and encouraging doping by one of his top runners, Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. In a story Wednesday by ProPublica and BBC, former Salazar assistant Steve Magness accused …

Judge in case unsure how to pronounce FIFA

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — FIFA may be famous throughout the world. In the Brooklyn court room of U.S. District Judge U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, not so much. During the November plea hearing of former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, Dearie told the defendant: “There are …