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Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is the best player in the conference. The league’s coaches might not agree on that unanimously, but the Saint Joseph’s sophomore would get …

Seton Hall ranked again; UConn still No. 1 in women’s AP poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

It’s been an incredible last 24 hours for the Seton Hall women’s basketball team that almost didn’t happen. Coach Tony Bozzella’s squad was faced with a nine-point deficit with 67 seconds left against Butler. Hopes of the first Big East championship in school history and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament were fading quickly. The Pirates had scored just 13 points …

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 men’s poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets. Kentucky, Division I’s only undefeated team, remained entrenched at No. 1 after two routs. The Wildcats (29-0) were a unanimous choice for the fifth straight week after receiving all 65 first-place votes from a media panel Monday. Two more weeks …

UMass notebook: Reserve Demetrius Dyson sparks Minutemen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — For many players, especially guards, when they play at VCU for the first time, the combination of the crowd noise and the Rams’ relentless pressure can be overwhelming. Trey Davis struggled badly at VCU in …

UMass comes up short in 78-72 loss at No. 25 VCU

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But at the end …

Friday’s colleges: Providence storms back to ice UMass in overtime

Friday, February 20, 2015

The UMass hockey team was eight seconds away from beating No. 12 Providence Friday. But the Friars tied the game late then won in overtime to skate away with a 3-2 victory in Providence. Shane Walsh and Zack LaRue each scored for UMass (9-20-2, 4-15-1 Hockey East), which …

UMass faces tall task with No. 25 VCU and its ‘havoc’ defense

Friday, February 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Not that long ago VCU looked vulnerable. The unquestioned preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 lost Briante Weber, the heart and soul of its “havoc” defense, for the season with a torn knee, while leading …

Jeff Gordon to lead the field in his final Daytona 500

Friday, February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a …

UMass notebook: URI AD Thorr Bjorn turns down chance to return to UMass

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — From the moment John McCutcheon’s candidacy for the California-Santa Barbara athletic director job became public knowledge, UMass fans, alumni and even some administrators began speculating on whether Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn might replace …

Wednesday’s colleges: Kim Perre-Louis nets 1,000th career point as UMass beats Davidson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kim Pierre-Louis scored 27 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the UMass women’s basketball team beat Davidson, 60-49, Wednesday at the Mullins Center. Rashida Timbilla added seven points and 15 rebounds, while Pierre-Louis had 11 rebounds. Smith College 45, WPI 40 — Lauren Weston (Florence) had …

UMass falls flat in 75-59 loss to Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. On Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game …

Back at No. 1, Huskies rout Houston 85-26

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn coach Geno Auriemma equates fouls with turnovers and free throws as free points for his team’s opponents. The Huskies committed just eight fouls Tuesday and held a second consecutive opponent without a free-throw attempt …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst rolls past Wesleyan in women’s basketball

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The ninth-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Wesleyan 83-53 in Middletown, Connecticut, Tuesday night to end it regular season. Megan Robertson had 20 points, while Cheyenne Pritchard added 13 off the bench for Amherst (22-2, 8-2 NESCAC). Hannah Hackley and Jackie Nagle each had 10 points in …