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UMass' Maxie Esho (1) throws down a two handed slam dunk in front of Providence's Carson Desrosier (33) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Providence, R.I.

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the team in scoring on a given night. But 11 games into the season, after the Minutemen have lost four of their last five games, scoring is one of the problems. It was one of the most glaring ones in Saturday’s 85-65 loss at Providence. But it’s more than just putting the ball …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every available stat category as the Minutemen floundered from the start and fell 85-65, Saturday at …

Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two years and each time the game was decided on the last shot. The first time …

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 …

AD Barry Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said he hopes to have a replacement for coach Gary Andersen before the 17th-ranked Badgers’ bowl game Jan. 1. Andersen’s departure for Oregon State on Wednesday stunned Madison. Alvarez said …

Freshman Donte Clark filling sixth-man role for UMass

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Most of the crowd at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion was on its feet at the end of the closely contested first half as UMass looked for the last shot. With four seconds left, Donte Clark didn’t hesitate. …

Big Ten Commissioner: 5 conferences comfortable with 4 football playoff slots

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff. The leagues knew that when they helped create the new postseason system. Now administrators, coaches, players and fans are living it for the first time. …

Cooper posts numbers like no other ‘Bama receiver

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama receiver Amari Cooper blew past the defensive back on a deep post, and his offensive coordinator didn’t even wait until the ball was in the air to celebrate. Lane Kiffin raised his hands on …