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Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board. Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions and create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes in contact and non-contact sports …

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 for the second straight season. Oregon and Alabama each have two, including a couple of …

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 to be much else they’ll want to remember from Tuesday’s game as the Minutemen dug …

Part 46: UMass faces off against Jim Baron when Canisius visits Amherst

Friday, December 12, 2014

AMHERST — The coach on the other sideline Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Mullins Center ought to look familiar even to casual UMass fans. The Minutemen haven’t played Canisius since 1963, but they’re plenty acquainted with its …

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Friday, December 12, 2014

NEW YORK — It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy. The day before the Heisman Trophy presentation, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper answered …

Navy puts 12-game win streak on line vs Army

Friday, December 12, 2014

BALTIMORE — Navy’s unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams Saturday. The Cadets are desperate to snap a slide that began when the current crop of players were in grade school. The …

Chancellor upbraids UMass Faculty Senate for continued debate over football upgrade

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Thursday’s meeting was a blow to the cause of any University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate members who hoped to convince Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to join their opposition to the upgrade to Bowl Subdivision football. Subbaswamy appeared irritated at times when several senators again began …

Oregon QB Mariota big winner at awards show

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a …

Local colleges: Amherst men’s basketball drops second in a row

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The second-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team suffered its second straight home loss Thursday night, falling to Babson 68-49. Four Jeffs scored in double figures. David George had team highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayde Dawson, Johnny McCarthy and Connor Green each added 10 points. …

UMass G Jabarie Hinds growing more comfortable, ready to break out

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — During his first nine games as a Minuteman, Jabarie Hinds has shown flashes of the player he eventually expects to be, but the beginning of the junior point guard’s UMass career hasn’t quite gone as he …

Alvarez to coach Wisconsin in bowl vs Auburn

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1. Alvarez is replacing Gary Andersen, who abruptly accepted the job as Oregon State coach on Wednesday. Alvarez coached the Badgers …

Wisconsin RB Gordon seeks one more long run to win Heisman

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — The voice sounded a little weary. The steps were a bit slow, at least compared to Melvin Gordon’s usual gait around Camp Randall Stadium. Nearing the end of a memorable season, 17th-ranked Wisconsin’s star running …

Amherst College wins 102nd straight at home, beats RIC 74-35

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The second-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team cruised to its 102nd straight victory at home Wednesday. Rhode Island College was no match for the Lord Jeffs, who led by 32 at halftime en route to a 74-35 victory at LeFrak Gymnasium. Amherst held the Anchormen to 16.7 percent …