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FILE - In this March 6, 2015, file photo, Texas Tech  head coach Tubby Smith points to his defense in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor in Waco, Texas. The National Association For Coaching Equity and Development, a group led by Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, Georgetown coach John Thompson III and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, issued a statement to The Associated Press on Friday, May 29, 2015, saying it applauds the NCAA's effort to better prepare students for the rigors of college but feels the changes disproportionately target minority and less affluent students. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson, File)

Minority college coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, a group led by Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, Georgetown coach John Thompson III and former Georgia …

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the last in 2011. The two countries have also been runners-up four times. France won the …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week of February. But in 2015, the Connecticut river wasn’t fit to row on yet. So …

UMass women’s lacrosse team’s season ends as Maryland proves too strong

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A historic upset wasn’t in cards for the UMass women’s lacrosse team. Top-seeded Maryland was as good as its seed and the Minutewomen couldn’t keep up as they fell 19-8, Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at College Park, Md. UMass completed its season at …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kane Haffey and Quinn Moroney each netted a hat trick to propel the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team further in the Division III NCAA Tournament with a 16-10 win over Middlebury on Saturday at home. Moroney added an assist for the Lord Jeffs (18-2) in the win. Charlie …

Friday’s colleges: UMass baseball edges Rhode Island in critical Atlantic 10 game

Friday, May 8, 2015

Needing conference wins to keep its chances of making the Atlantic 10 Tournament alive, the UMass baseball team edged Rhode Island, 4-3, Friday at Lordon Field. Adam Picard’s two-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be …

UMass women’s lacrosse dispatches Jacksonville, will face No. 1 Maryland in NCAA Tournament

Friday, May 8, 2015

After trading goal for goal for almost the entire first half, the UMass women’s lacrosse team scored three times in the last 76 seconds before intermission and took a stranglehold on its first round NCAA Tournament game with …

Thursday’s colleges: Upsets rule Atlantic 10 Softball Tournament

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Day two of the Atlantic 10 Softball Tournament in Amherst featured some surprising results as the top two seeds lost their first game of the event Thursday at Sortino Field at UMass. The top two seeds have never each lost their first game in the event. No. 4 …

Goalie Rachel Vallarelli, UMass look to make a run in NCAA Tournament

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST — As she sits on the bus from the team hotel to College Park, Maryland, senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli will be visualizing herself making saves. Using a mental cocktail from memories of saves she’s made, video of …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst advances in NCAA D-III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Quinn Moroney had one goal and 10 assists as the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team crushed Castleton State, 20-4, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Pratt Field. Kane Haffey had four goals and an assist for Amherst, while Chris Albanese added three goals. The Jeffs …

Jerry Sandusky appeal seeks to have molestation case thrown out

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky argued in a new appeal Wednesday that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his child sexual abuse …

Ex-Amherst Regional teammates Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Simone Frank earn softball nods

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It’s been four years since Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Mo Frank were teammates, but the two ex-Amherst Regional Hurricanes were honored by their collegiate conferences Tuesday. If UMass had a better year as a team, Diaz-Patterson might have been the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but with the …

Manny Ramirez Jr vows to make own baseball name for himself

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Manny Ramirez Jr.’s hair looked a tad long when University of San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano offered a good-natured wisecrack about his dreadlocked dad. “Probably just a hint I need to cut the hair,” Ramirez …