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Running back Marquis Young rushed for over 200 yards as UMass beat Buffalo 31-26 Friday in its season finale.

Matt Vautour: Marquis Young gives UMass a glance at future

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST, N.Y. Coming out of nearby Fairport, New York, Marquis Young got some recruiting interest from Buffalo, but the Bulls never made him an offer despite 1,381 yards and 12 touchdowns as a high school senior. He didn’t forget and he didn’t forgive. While Young was celebrating and taking congratulations from anyone and everyone near the UMass locker room after …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel thankful for offensive line Dan DiNicola

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST, N.Y. — UMass senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel didn’t know what happened to the game ball after Friday’s 31-26 win over Buffalo, but if he had it, he’d have given it to Dan DiNicola. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound redshirt freshman offensive lineman had never taken a meaningful snap in a game, but the Minutemen were short-handed on the line coming in and got thinner …

No. 3 Quinnipiac hockey rides strong first period in win over UMass

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Marc Hetnik rocket had the Mullins Center rocking. The UMass hockey team’s junior defenseman blasted the puck past Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig 5 minutes, 11 seconds into the third period to cut the No. 3 Bobcats’ lead to two. Then junior captain Steven Iacobellis nearly deflected a second goal in …

UMass hopes a win begets another

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — With their five-game losing streak in the rear-view mirror, UMass football team was in a collective good mood this week as it hopes to win its second straight when they host Miami (Ohio) Saturday on senior …

College programs turning to virtual reality for recruiting

Friday, November 20, 2015

PHOENIX — College football teams have been using virtual reality as a training tool, putting players in an interactive 360-degree environment without having to be on the field. A handful of programs are using it for a new …

No. 5 Notre Dame makes itself at home at Fenway to play Boston College

Friday, November 20, 2015

BOSTON — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly grew up in the Boston area rooting for the Red Sox. Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. rooted against them. Hunter’s father and namesake was a major leaguer who played against Boston at …

Optimism surrounds Amherst College women’s basketball team

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst College women’s basketball team is in a good position to start the season. The Lord Jeffs are coming off a 25-4 record and a trip to the Sweet 16. They are also ranked No. 2 in the country, according to D3hoops.com’s preseason poll. The …

Former Celtics among college hoops Hall of Fame inductees

Friday, November 20, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It never occurred to Charlie Scott that he would make history when he accepted a scholarship offer from Dean Smith to play basketball at North Carolina in the late 1960s. He just wanted to …

UMass notebook: Walk-on Zach Turcotte picks up valuable playing time

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — When Zach Turcotte checked into the game for UMass with 4 minutes, 11 seconds left and the Minutemen up by 31 points, the crowd of 3,158 cheered. The arrival of a walk-on is the unofficial mark …

UMass cruises past Central Arkansas, heads to Vegas tournament 3-0

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — After Tuesday’s win at Harvard, UMass sophomore Seth Berger said the Minutemen’s next goal was to be 3-0 heading to Las Vegas. The final step to reaching that goal came easily. When UMass walked off the …

Deep Amherst College men’s basketball team eyes another strong year

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst College men’s basketball team is gearing up for the 2015-16 season. The Lord Jeffs return 12 players from last year’s team, which finished 21-8 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Ranked No. 5 nationally according to the D3hoops.com preseason …

Seniors look to go out on top when UMass host Miami (Ohio) at McGuirk in home finale

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — The goals are modest, simple and straightforward for the UMass football team when it hosts Miami (Ohio), Saturday at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. ■ Win its third game, which would match the Minutemen’s total for last year and the most wins since moving up to …

UMass sophomore Donte Clark looks to get going vs Central Arkansas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AMHERST — With his team at 2-0, UMass sophomore Donte Clark’s shooting slump is cause for extra work not panic. “You’ve just got to thank god for teammates,” he said before Wednesday’s practice. “If I was out there playing by myself, I’m sure we wouldn’t be winning right …