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UMass field hockey beats Boston University for first win

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nicole Kuerzi scored her first collegiate goal and Melanie Kreusch added a penalty stroke as the UMass field hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss on Saturday to beat Boston University, 2-1, Sunday in Boston. Izzie Delario had one assist and Sam Carlino made five saves in the victory for UMass (1-1-0). On Saturday, UMass twice held a two-goal lead in the first half, but fell, 4-3, in overtime …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for an athlete. For decades, universities and colleges have been …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …

Failed union bid won’t stop reforms in college athletics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With or without a union, more rights and benefits are coming for college athletes. Whether the NCAA schools that compete in big-time athletics can provide enough to keep at bay more ominous threats to …

No numbers, no problem. Anonymous UMass football team has a good first day of practice

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the huddle, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel found himself peering through the facemasks of his receivers to see who was who. During drills he squinted to determine which defensive back was covering which would-be pass catcher before throwing …

Labor board blocks effort to unionize college athletes

Monday, August 17, 2015

CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur …

10 questions in previewing the 2015 UMass football team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When the UMass football team takes the field for practice Monday, it will carry something the program hasn’t had in almost a decade and has never had in the Bowl Subdivision: Expectations. The Minutemen won just three games last year and just five games since becoming an FBS …

Derek Kellogg is hoping UMass benefits from its European trip on and off the court

Sunday, August 16, 2015

If the primary goal was to win three games during his team’s three-game tour of France and England, UMass coach Derek Kellogg would have prepared differently. In the 10 practices that the NCAA allows teams to have prior to Monday’s departure, Kellogg would have spent more time focused …

Notebook: UMass set for preseason football camp on Monday

Friday, August 14, 2015

AMHERST — Barring something unforeseen between now and Monday, when the UMass football team begins practice for the 2015 season, coach Mark Whipple will have a full and healthy roster. Before leaving for a short break between the end of summer session and the start of camp, Whipple …

UNC uncovers potentially more violations in academic scandal

Friday, August 14, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina uncovered possibly additional NCAA violations in women’s basketball and men’s soccer while preparing the response to its long-running academic scandal, the school announced Friday. Its response to the NCAA, due next …

Notebook: UMass adds South Florida, Maine to complete 2017 football schedule

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UMass has a complete football schedule for 2017 as the school announced two future series, Thursday. The Minutemen will play South Florida in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017, and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. UMass will host Maine, an FCS school and former league rival from the …

UMass big men eager for European basketball trip

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — The London Lions, one of the opponents the UMass men’s basketball team will play during its eight-day trip next week to Great Britain and France, billed the Minutemen as “NCAA Giants” in a promotion to sell …