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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

Breanna Stewart has more titles at UConn in her sights

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma breezed past Pat Summitt by winning his record ninth championship. With sensational sophomore Breanna Stewart back at UConn for two more seasons, winning a 10th or 11th title is a real possibility. That would move Auriemma and Connecticut past UCLA men’s coach John … 0

‘Why not me?’ UMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — When Jason Collins became the first American male team-sport athlete to announce he was gay April 29, 2013, University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon praised the NBA center on Twitter: “Jason Collins comes out...Much respect...Just be … 0

UConn women rout Notre Dame 79-58, win 9th title

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women’s college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: UMass softball mercy-rules UConn, 11-0

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team scored early to shorten the matchup against UConn, winning 11-0 in five innings Tuesday. A seven-run first and three-run third sandwiched a single run in the second. The Minutewomen (8-14) outhit the Huskies 11-5. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) went 3 for 3 with … 0

NBA rumors swirl around Kentucky coach John Calipari

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s talented freshmen shed a shaky regular season and then showed why the Wildcats were picked No. 1 in the preseason with an impressive run to the NCAA championship game. After falling short in a … 0

UConn men’s basketball team again stars in the underdog role

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies lost their coach, their teammates, their chance to play at the NCAA tournament for a year. They were castoffs, unwanted mutts without a home, told they had no chance. Well, look who’s … 0

Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year. UConn won it all anyway. Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift … 0

Matt Vautour: John Calipari’s case for the Hall of Fame a tricky one

Monday, April 7, 2014

Is Kentucky coach John Calipari a Hall of Famer now? A win Monday might have clinched it, but even with the 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the final, the former University of Massachusetts coach has been to five … 0

Notre Dame, UConn set for historic title game

Monday, April 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women’s basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. Well, the wait is over. UConn … 0

UConn back in title game, beats Stanford 75-56

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship. They’ll be going for an unprecedented ninth national championship after Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and the Huskies … 0