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Valley Blue Sox first baseman Christopher Starcun stretches for the out to end the top of the sixth inning Thursday against the Keene Swamp Bats at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London and Paris from Aug. 17-24. After missing most of last year with knee problems, rising …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …

UMass to cover cost of attendance for basketball teams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Like the rest of the Atlantic 10, UMass will cover the increased cost of attendance of its basketball teams for the 2015-16 seasons. Which other UMass athletes will immediately benefit financially from the NCAA rule change that allows …

University of Texas to review all academic support services for athletes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — In the wake of allegations of misconduct within the men’s basketball program, new University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered a sweeping review of all academic services in the athletic department. “Academic integrity is the core of everything we do,” Fenves said Tuesday. Fenves …

Former Amherst Regional, UMass softball standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson to play for Puerto Rico national team

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson didn’t know what to expect when she clicked “answer” to an unknown phone number with a Florida area code last year. She’s glad she picked up. The caller’s name was Ivan Rivera. He was calling on …

Miami, Florida will play for 242nd time, but 1st at CWS

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Miami and Florida have met 241 times on the baseball diamond, but never at the College World Series. That changes Saturday night when the powerful programs from the Sunshine State square off at TD Ameritrade …

Red Sox draft pick, Arkansas star Benintendi ready for College World Series

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas star Andrew Benintendi has no doubt he can hit a ball out of TD Ameritrade Park. He has already done it. The Razorbacks visited the cavernous stadium a month ago for a game against …