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FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Michael Phelps swims in a 100-meter butterfly heat at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif. For Phelps, there's one last chance to get ready for the races that really matter. The winningest athlete in Olympic history will swim in three events at the University of Georgia, his final tuneup for the national championships in Southern California next month.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Michael Phelps a bit miffed that he’s not going faster

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — Michael Phelps has never been the patient type. He wants to go faster — right now. The winningest athlete in Olympic history figured he would be putting up better times by this stage of his comeback. “That the hard part for him,” his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, said Thursday. Phelps will get a final tuneup before the … 0

NCAA president calls for ‘scholarships for life’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports “scholarships for life” and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: “I can’t tell whether you’re in charge or whether you’re a … 0

Boston city council talks college athlete rights

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BOSTON — Local universities expressed concern Tuesday that a proposed College Athletes Bill of Rights would cost them scholarships and commit them to lifelong health insurance for players who are injured during games. Testifying at a Boston City Council committee hearing, representatives from the area’s Division I schools balked at provisions that they said would put them at a competitive disadvantage on the … 0

UMass softball coaching search continues; Kristi Stefanoni, Danielle Henderson under consideration

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMHERST — The search for a permanent UMass softball coach is in its early stages, but interim head coach Kristi Stefanoni and associate head coach Danielle Henderson are each expected to be a candidate for the position. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he wouldn’t directly reveal any … 0

As football conference search continues, UMass explores possibility of independency

Monday, June 9, 2014

AMHERST — UMass is actively seeking a conference for its football program for when its Mid-American Conference affiliation ends after the 2015 season. But athletic director John McCutcheon said the school’s athletic department is beginning to prepare for … 0

Ed O’Bannon takes stand in landmark NCAA lawsuit

Monday, June 9, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest with former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon taking the stand in federal … 0

Washington Nationals draft UMass pitcher D.J. Jauss, son of former Red Sox coach Dave Jauss

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Washington Nationals like drafting UMass pitchers. For the third time since 2009, the Nationals selected a Minuteman pitcher in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft as senior right-hander D.J. Jauss was taken in the 29th round (874th overall) Saturday. Jauss follows Mitchell Clegg and Nick Serino in … 0

Kentucky gives John Calipari 7-year, $52.5 million deal

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the … 0

UMass notebook: Charley Molnar reportedly lands coaching job with Idaho

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Charley Molnar won’t spend 2014 away from football after all. According to CoachingSearch.com, the former UMass coach will be the wide receivers coach at Idaho. Molnar was hired in 2011 to lead the Minuteman program’s transition from the … 0

Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney begin quest to make it to the NBA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

On Monday morning before both embarked on significant days in their basketball careers, former UMass teammates Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney talked over Facetime. Later that day Williams worked out for the Boston Celtics and Putney for the … 0

Justin Williams puts LA Kings past Rangers in OT Stanley Cup opener

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener. Williams was left … 0

Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The last time the Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup finals, Conor Allen was rooting for them. LA goalie Jonathan Quick was a former UMass hockey player and Allen was a current one in 2012. The … 0

UMass rowing finishes year with 21st at NCAA

Monday, June 2, 2014

The UMass women’s rowing team finished the spring season with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. In Sunday’s D final races, the Varsity 4+ of Emily Hajjar, Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller and Sam Wonderlin finished second in its heat, in 7:49.499, and … 0