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This undated photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information office shows defensive back Josh Shaw. The university is investigating his story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Head football coach Steve Sarkisian said USC has received calls contradicting Shaw's detailed claims about his two high ankle sprains.  (AP Photo/University of Southern California)

USC’s Josh Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.” The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team’s website Monday. In the account, Shaw described how he instinctively jumped from a balcony, with no one around, to rescue his 7-year-old nephew in a pool in his hometown … 0

Transfer QB Tyler Murphy gives BC hope in Addazio Year 2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams is gone. So is top receiver Alex Amidon, and the top two tacklers from Boston College’s defense last year, Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Even quarterback Chase Rettig, a four-year starter, will be missed. So when BC coach Steve Addazio thinks about his first year in … 0

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0

ND looking at 4 football players in academic probe

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame barred four football players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. The group includes KeiVarae Russell, … 0

ASU player gets plenty of support after coming out

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. — Chip Sarafin watched the others before him break down the barriers, athletes like Jason Collins and Michael Sam who let the world know they were gay. The Arizona State offensive lineman had already told … 0

UConn hoping Diaco can raise football profile

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — First-time head coach Bob Diaco takes over a UConn a program that is coming off consecutive three-win seasons and was left without a seat in the five power conferences after the demise of the Big … 0

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis Winston

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him. No different this year. Florida … 0

Everett Golson regains job as Notre Dame’s starting QB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again. The senior has reclaimed the post he held while leading the Fighting Irish to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who … 0