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Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two years and each time the game was decided on the last shot. The first time came in Puerto Rico in 2012 when …

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic issues up to the individual campuses. “If we’ve needed his assistance, he’s been supportive. He’s …

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in recent years, the final minute arrived and UMass trailed by a margin too big to …

UMass G Jabarie Hinds growing more comfortable, ready to break out

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — During his first nine games as a Minuteman, Jabarie Hinds has shown flashes of the player he eventually expects to be, but the beginning of the junior point guard’s UMass career hasn’t quite gone as he …

Alvarez to coach Wisconsin in bowl vs Auburn

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1. Alvarez is replacing Gary Andersen, who abruptly accepted the job as Oregon State coach on Wednesday. Alvarez coached the Badgers …

Wisconsin RB Gordon seeks one more long run to win Heisman

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — The voice sounded a little weary. The steps were a bit slow, at least compared to Melvin Gordon’s usual gait around Camp Randall Stadium. Nearing the end of a memorable season, 17th-ranked Wisconsin’s star running …

Amherst College wins 102nd straight at home, beats RIC 74-35

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The second-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team cruised to its 102nd straight victory at home Wednesday. Rhode Island College was no match for the Lord Jeffs, who led by 32 at halftime en route to a 74-35 victory at LeFrak Gymnasium. Amherst held the Anchormen to 16.7 percent …

AD Barry Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said he hopes to have a replacement for coach Gary Andersen before the 17th-ranked Badgers’ bowl game Jan. 1. Andersen’s departure for Oregon State on Wednesday stunned Madison. Alvarez said …

Freshman Donte Clark filling sixth-man role for UMass

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Most of the crowd at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion was on its feet at the end of the closely contested first half as UMass looked for the last shot. With four seconds left, Donte Clark didn’t hesitate. …

Big Ten Commissioner: 5 conferences comfortable with 4 football playoff slots

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff. The leagues knew that when they helped create the new postseason system. Now administrators, coaches, players and fans are living it for the first time. …

Cooper posts numbers like no other ‘Bama receiver

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama receiver Amari Cooper blew past the defensive back on a deep post, and his offensive coordinator didn’t even wait until the ball was in the air to celebrate. Lane Kiffin raised his hands on …

NCAA chief: UAB cutting football is ‘troubling’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NEW YORK — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday that it was troubling to see the University of Alabama-Birmingham drop its football program, but he believes Olympic sports are more vulnerable to cuts as schools look at athletic …

Heisman finalists: Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper and Melvin Gordon

Monday, December 8, 2014

NEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York …