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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 …

Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that …

UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

Monday, June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students …

Women’s college softball grows as exposure, crowds increase

Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and …

Keflezighi runs fastest masters half marathon of 1:02:29

Sunday, May 31, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Meb Keflezighi won the USA Track & Field Masters Half Marathon title Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds, the fastest ever for a runner 40 or older. The race, part of the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, …

UMass women’s rowing takes 20th at NCAAs

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 2014-15 UMass athletic season is finally in the books as the women’s rowing team concluded its season with 20th place at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California on Sunday. The Second Varsity 8+ was 18th overall, taking sixth in the “C” final in 7 minutes, 2.76 …

Minority college coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. The National Association …

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst College eliminated from NCAA Division III Individual Tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team’s run at the national Division III individual tournament is over. Sue Ghosh fell to Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round Friday morning in Mason, Ohio. Ghosh and teammate Vickie Ip dropped their quarterfinal match to Bridget Etchegaray and …

UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

Friday, May 22, 2015

North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the “lengthy” notice and …