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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Patriots edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots can rest up during the first round of the playoffs. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and the Patriots clinched a bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Brady threw a …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Emily Mital added eight points for UMass (5-6). …

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the …

Navy puts 12-game win streak on line vs Army

Friday, December 12, 2014

BALTIMORE — Navy’s unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams Saturday. The Cadets are desperate to snap a slide that began when the current crop of players were in grade school. The …

Chancellor upbraids UMass Faculty Senate for continued debate over football upgrade

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Thursday’s meeting was a blow to the cause of any University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate members who hoped to convince Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to join their opposition to the upgrade to Bowl Subdivision football. Subbaswamy appeared irritated at times when several senators again began …

Oregon QB Mariota big winner at awards show

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a …

Local colleges: Amherst men’s basketball drops second in a row

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The second-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team suffered its second straight home loss Thursday night, falling to Babson 68-49. Four Jeffs scored in double figures. David George had team highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayde Dawson, Johnny McCarthy and Connor Green each added 10 points. …

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. …