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Jamaica’s Rudolph Austin, facing camera, celebrates with teammates Joel McAnuff, left, and Je-Vaughn Watson, right, as United States’ DeAndre Yedlin walks off the pitch after Jamaica defeated the United States 2-1 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jamaica stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held on for a 2-1 victory …

Miami, UNC, Virginia Tech look to get rolling again

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Some of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s sleeping giants hope this is the year they return to prominence. Neither Miami nor North Carolina has ever been to the ACC championship game. And lately, once-frequent division winner Virginia Tech has been no better than mediocre. Those three big-name Coastal Division programs have …

Pan Am medical head says 8 positive tests so far

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TORONTO — The head of the medical commission for the Pan Am Games says there have been eight positive doping tests so far, a figure he puts “in the average range” for what would be expected at the multi-sports event. Dr. Eduardo De Rose, in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, said games officials would carry out 1,500 urine tests and …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …

UMass to cover cost of attendance for basketball teams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Like the rest of the Atlantic 10, UMass will cover the increased cost of attendance of its basketball teams for the 2015-16 seasons. Which other UMass athletes will immediately benefit financially from the NCAA rule change that allows …

University of Texas to review all academic support services for athletes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — In the wake of allegations of misconduct within the men’s basketball program, new University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered a sweeping review of all academic services in the athletic department. “Academic integrity is the core of everything we do,” Fenves said Tuesday. Fenves …

Former Amherst Regional, UMass softball standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson to play for Puerto Rico national team

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson didn’t know what to expect when she clicked “answer” to an unknown phone number with a Florida area code last year. She’s glad she picked up. The caller’s name was Ivan Rivera. He was calling on …

Miami, Florida will play for 242nd time, but 1st at CWS

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Miami and Florida have met 241 times on the baseball diamond, but never at the College World Series. That changes Saturday night when the powerful programs from the Sunshine State square off at TD Ameritrade …

Red Sox draft pick, Arkansas star Benintendi ready for College World Series

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas star Andrew Benintendi has no doubt he can hit a ball out of TD Ameritrade Park. He has already done it. The Razorbacks visited the cavernous stadium a month ago for a game against …

UMass’ Quianna Diaz-Patterson named ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year; Orioles draft Amherst College OF Mike Odenwaelder

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Former UMass shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson was named the ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The Amherst native bookended her career after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012. Diaz-Patterson is the fourth Minutewomen to earn the award, joining legends Danielle Henderson …

Derek Kellogg thinks NCAA rules changes should help UMass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thinks his team will be well-prepared for the NCAA’s rule changes that will debut in 2015-16. They’re designed to promote faster play, something the Minutemen have already been doing. The rules are: …

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become …