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Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan, left, and UMass defensive back Randall Jette go up for a 36-yard pass intended for Duncan in the fourth quarter on Sept. 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Jette made the catch, but Duncan ripped it away, setting up Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown on the next play. Vanderbilt won 34-31.

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly the only play that might have changed the result of that game. UMass’ 3-9 final mark might have been changed by reversing the result of a handful of plays. Jette struggles to remember the details on the many good plays he made that earned him all-conference status, but the mistakes remain vivid …

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year’s teams back in the national semifinals. UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance. It’s the third time in the history of the Final Four that …

’76 Hoosiers hoping Kentucky can pull off perfect quest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates aren’t chilling any champagne to uncork in celebration of a Kentucky loss. Instead, the nation’s last undefeated college basketball team is eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club — even if an old rival is trying …

Div. I pitcher Carter Smith excelling with one hand

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rick Robinson was settling into his new job as the baseball coach at Tennessee-Martin, moving some things around his office when he came across a few articles that had been written about the previous year’s team. He made …

Kentucky prepared to face “Press Virginia”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season. They’re 36 for 36 in their run at hoops immortality. An interesting test awaits. Big Blue is about …

Wednesday’s college recaps: Mount Holyoke lacrosse tops Emerson, 9-6

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catherine Ryan powered the Mount Holyoke lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over Emerson on Wednesday night in Boston. Ryan had five goals and one assist for the Lyons (4-3). Julia Bell added two more goals, while Charlotte Wagner and Katherine Guinee each added one. Wheaton 17, Smith …

6 teams with 10 or more losses most ever to reach Sweet 16

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The NCAA Tournament has never had so many teams with so many losses make it so far. Six of the regional semifinalists have 10 or more losses, including three with 13. The reaction around college basketball has been …

MLS expanding to Minnesota, but stadium yet to be built

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Major League Soccer has committed to Minnesota, awarding an expansion franchise to start playing in 2018 with the expectation an outdoor stadium will be built before then. Bill McGuire, the former health care executive and current owner of the Minnesota United club in the second-tier North …

Nebraska blocks NCAA tournament live streaming at Capitol

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers will have to watch the Big Dance after work. Nebraska Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker told legislative and judicial administrators in an email that websites for streaming the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are blocked on the Capitol’s network. Sen. Bob Krist of …

Women’s NCAA Tournament attendance up in some locations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women’s NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places. Buoyed by two moves in particular — to once again have top teams host first …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Pat Connaughton’s ambition powers Notre Dame to Sweet 16

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pat Connaughton does whatever it takes to help Notre Dame win. Diving for a loose ball. Grabbing a rebound. Getting in the face of a teammate. The 6-foot-5 forward from Arlington, Massachusetts, has been …