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Tuesday’s colleges: Charlotte Wagner paces Mount Holyoke past Nichols

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Charlotte Wagner scored four goals as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team opened its season with a 9-0 victory over Nichols College Tuesday night in Dudley. Kristina Ramsden of Northampton had a goal and two assists, while Julia Bell added two tallies for the Lyons (1-0). Women’s soccer Mount Holyoke 2, Southern Vermont 1 — Liz Rose scored the game winner late in the first half for the Lyons (1-0), …

How much will stipends affect college recruiting?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — An athlete has two offers to decide where to play for the next four years. One comes with considerably more cash than the other. It only sounds like free agency. These days, it’s college recruiting. A new stipend that scholarship athletes are receiving to pay for some of the …

Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. With just 11 days separating the end of Tuesday’s practice and UMass’ Sept. 12 opener …

Petersen says he warned Baylor’s Briles about player’s past

Friday, August 21, 2015

Washington coach Chris Petersen says he “thoroughly apprised” Baylor coach Art Briles about the circumstances of Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from Boise State, long before the player’s sexual assault conviction this week. A jury in Texas district court found …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …

New Notre Dame coordinator Sanford brings new ideas, energy to offense

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mike Sanford will drop into a lineman’s three-point stance, split out wide like a receiver and even break into a backpedal like a defensive back during quarterback drills at Notre Dame. The new Fighting …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …

Failed union bid won’t stop reforms in college athletics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With or without a union, more rights and benefits are coming for college athletes. Whether the NCAA schools that compete in big-time athletics can provide enough to keep at bay more ominous threats to …

No numbers, no problem. Anonymous UMass football team has a good first day of practice

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the huddle, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel found himself peering through the facemasks of his receivers to see who was who. During drills he squinted to determine which defensive back was covering which would-be pass catcher before throwing …

Labor board blocks effort to unionize college athletes

Monday, August 17, 2015

CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur …

10 questions in previewing the 2015 UMass football team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When the UMass football team takes the field for practice Monday, it will carry something the program hasn’t had in almost a decade and has never had in the Bowl Subdivision: Expectations. The Minutemen won just three games last year and just five games since becoming an FBS …