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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 …

NCAA lifts Penn State’s postseason ban

Monday, September 8, 2014

Penn State is back in the bowl business. The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more …

Syracuse suspends Monson’s Hanna Strong for slur

Monday, September 8, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has suspended a women’s soccer player for using a homophobic and racial slur. Hanna Strong, a senior from Monson, Massachusetts, was suspended indefinitely after she was identified as the person speaking toward someone else in a video posted on Instagram. Athletic director Daryl …

College weekend roundup: UMass women’s soccer survives double overtime, 2-1

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team picked up an overtime victory thanks to Jackie Bruno’s goal in the 103rd minute to beat New Hampshire, 2-1, on Sunday. The Minutewomen (2-3-1) struck first, breaking a scoreless game open in the second half as Megan Burke made the most of a …

Matt Vautour: UMass tight end Jean Sifrin catches on quick

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Last Monday, UMass coach Mark Whipple downplayed Jean Sifrin’s potential for short-term impact. “Maybe in a couple of weeks.” Whipple was either being coy with a secret weapon or didn’t know how quick Sifrin could adapt. Either …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …

Mo’ne Davis ‘sad’ about UConn NCAA violation

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Little League star Mo’ne Davis says she’s “sad” Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last …

Whipple family reunited in Amherst as they try to rebuild UMass football a second time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — As she was unpacking in her new Amherst home during July, Brenda Whipple opened a blue Rubbermaid bin, with 1998 scrawled in a fading black Sharpie on the side. Inside were programs, notebooks, pictures and other …