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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks to his team late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Florida State won 31-27. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called on the play is often is a point of contention for players and coaches. “What you want to look for, is it …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

SEC is 1st league to go 4 for 5 at top of AP poll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good luck, selection committee. The first season of the College Football Playoff is a little more than halfway in the books and there are just four unbeaten teams left in FBS. Two play each other (No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Mississippi). One is No. 2 Florida State, which has spent a …

Top 25 recaps: Dak Prescott leads No. 3 Mississippi State past No. 2 Auburn

Saturday, October 11, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dak Prescott ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, leading No. 3 Mississippi State to a 38-23 victory over No. 2 Auburn on Saturday. Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) has won nine straight …

Notebook: Backup punter Logan Laurent gives UMass a leg up in place-kicking game

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — Logan Laurent is listed on the UMass roster as a punter, but he always hoped to eventually work his way back into the place-kicking mix. With former starter Blake Lucas struggling to find consistency and backup Matthew Wylie battling an injury, UMass coach Mark Whipple …

UMass snaps 12-game losing streak, beats Kent State 40-17

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — With 15 seconds left in the game, Kent State ran a second-down play that resulted in an incomplete pass deep in UMass territory. The Minutemen were comfortably ahead, but when the clock didn’t move, coach …

Third-string QB Max Lippe leads Amherst College to 35-10 rout of Colby

Saturday, October 11, 2014

AMHERST — He started the game on the bench, the third option at quarterback for Amherst College. Max Lippe finished the game as one of its heroes. Lippe sparked a tremendous second half surge Saturday, leading unbeaten Amherst to a 35-10 NESCAC triumph over Colby College. A crowd …

NHL prospect Jack Eichel helps Boston University skate past UMass

Friday, October 10, 2014

AMHERST — Entering the third period Friday night, the UMass hockey team owned the momentum, the man advantage and the opportunity to tie the score. Just over six minutes into the period, the Minutemen trailed Boston University by four goals and wound up getting blown out 8-1 in …

Former UMass center Lari Ketner finds love, peace before death

Friday, October 10, 2014

There was peace in Lari Ketner’s voice I didn’t recognize when I spoke to him in March. It had been almost 15 years since I last interviewed him. His UMass basketball career ended in 1999, but in his …

UMass defense preparing for the unknown with Kent State

Friday, October 10, 2014

KENT, Ohio — UMass coach Mark Whipple didn’t deny that Kent State potentially being without its top two quarterbacks could work in the Minutemen’s favor. Moments after Colin Reardon suffered an ankle injury last week against Northern Illinois, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s in field hockey

Friday, October 10, 2014

The UMass field hockey team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-2, in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, Friday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Hailey Cockrum scored consecutive goals in the second half to give the Minutewomen (6-7, 4-1 Atlantic 10) a 2-1 lead. Nicole Miller added one goal, while Sam Carlino made …

Thursday’s colleges: Marissa Vara nets two as Smith College blanks WNEU in field hockey

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marissa Vara scored twice as the Smith College field hockey team shut out Western New England, 4-0, in Springfield Thursday. Mariah Ollive and Julia Hamilton each had one goal, while Casey Rau and Caroline Labriola each had one assist. Nora Demick made six saves in net for the …

NCAA president has wish list for Power 5

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DANBURY, Conn. — Now that the Power Five conferences have their autonomy, NCAA President Mark Emmert has a wish list he’d like them to tackle right away. Emmert, speaking after a lecture at Western Connecticut State University, said …