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Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan, left, and UMass defensive back Randall Jette go up for a 36-yard pass intended for Duncan in the fourth quarter on Sept. 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Jette made the catch, but Duncan ripped it away, setting up Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown on the next play. Vanderbilt won 34-31.

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly the only play that might have changed the result of that game. UMass’ 3-9 final mark might have been changed by reversing the result of a handful of plays. Jette struggles to remember the details on the many good plays he made that earned him all-conference status, but the mistakes remain vivid …

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year’s teams back in the national semifinals. UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance. It’s the third time in the history of the Final Four that …

’76 Hoosiers hoping Kentucky can pull off perfect quest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates aren’t chilling any champagne to uncork in celebration of a Kentucky loss. Instead, the nation’s last undefeated college basketball team is eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club — even if an old rival is trying …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and …

Kentucky overwhelms West Virginia 78-39 in NCAA Sweet 16

Friday, March 27, 2015

CLEVELAND — Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia’s press look pathetic. Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, rolled to a 78-39 victory over …

Thursday’s colleges: Michael Hixon places fifth on 1-meter at NCAA championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon fell short of defending his NCAA 1-meter diving championship Thursday. The Indiana sophomore placed fifth with 430.90 points at the Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, held at the University of Iowa. Purdue’s Steele Johnson won with 468.15, followed by Miami’s Sam Dorman …

Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight …

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs to beat North Carolina 79-72

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game. Frank Kaminsky got off to a slow start, his team couldn’t make a shot in the first half and then fell behind by seven …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players …

NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate …

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But …

South Carolina set to take next step in women’s NCAA tourney

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley believes her team is ready to finally push past the Sweet 16 and go deeper in the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks have reached the round of 16 three times in …