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Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a little harder than they normally would.” A year ago, he wasn’t just a regular student, but wasn’t a regular member of the …

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is contractually listed as being held in Amherst, but will likely be held at Gillette Stadium, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke blanks Bay Path

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kara Singleton had two goals as the Mount Holyoke College women’s soccer team beat Bay Path College, 3-0, Tuesday in Longmeadow. Cassidy Robinson had one goal, while Rebecca Levkowicz, Megan Irgens and Hannah Yee (Amherst) each had one assist fo the Lyons (5-6). Zoe Marshall made one save for the shutout. Brandeis 5, Smith College 0 — Camryn Biasin made 10 saves but …

UMass announces huge slate of future football games; will play BYU, Army and Hawaii in upcoming seasons

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — With independence on the horizon, the UMass football program officially announced games spanning the 2016-2022 seasons. The release was highlighted by four-game series with fellow independents BYU and Army, and a two-game series against Hawaii. UMass …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College field hockey takes down Springfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Amherst College field hockey team scored three first-half goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Springfield College on the road Tuesday. Annika Nygren led the Lord Jeffs (5-2) with three assists and a goal. Elizabeth Turnbull scored on two of Nygren’s assists, first to open …

UMass CB Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a rookie starter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter knows opposing quarterbacks are going to go after him. The UMass redshirt freshman cornerback has only been playing the position since the start of training camp after spending last year and the spring at …

Patriots defense steps up while offense finds its way

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — With the offense sputtering and looking for production, the New England defense has stepped up to lead the Patriots to wins the past two weeks. After getting hit with 23 unanswered points in the second …

John Toner, athletic director who brought Big East, Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma to UConn, dead at 91

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In any listing of important figures in Connecticut sports history, John Toner should hold a high place. Three decisions that elevated UConn from a competitive New England school to a national powerhouse were all Toner’s, made during his time as athletic director. Toner chose to leave the safety …

Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Moments before 12:30, not far from a sign that read “Team buses arriving at 1:30 p.m,” there isn’t space to be found along the roped route that those Penn State buses will pass through. Forty-five …

Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time since 1999 when UConn left the Atlantic 10 football conference, UMass and UConn will play a regular-season game with something tangible on the line in any sport. The epicenter of the long-standing, but dormant, rivalry between the two schools could move to …

Football notebook: UMass will play at Tennessee in 2017

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST —After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that the Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in November, 2017 …

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. …

Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It’s not quite …