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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Patriots edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots can rest up during the first round of the playoffs. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and the Patriots clinched a bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Brady threw a …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Emily Mital added eight points for UMass (5-6). …

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen had a roster that figured to have a handful of players capable of leading the …

Big Ten Commissioner: 5 conferences comfortable with 4 football playoff slots

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff. The leagues knew that when they helped create the new postseason system. Now administrators, coaches, players and fans are living it for the first time. …

Cooper posts numbers like no other ‘Bama receiver

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama receiver Amari Cooper blew past the defensive back on a deep post, and his offensive coordinator didn’t even wait until the ball was in the air to celebrate. Lane Kiffin raised his hands on …

NCAA chief: UAB cutting football is ‘troubling’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NEW YORK — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday that it was troubling to see the University of Alabama-Birmingham drop its football program, but he believes Olympic sports are more vulnerable to cuts as schools look at athletic …

Heisman finalists: Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper and Melvin Gordon

Monday, December 8, 2014

NEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York …

Kentucky unanimous AP No. 1; Kansas back in Top 10

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kansas coach Bill Self saw in one game just how bad and how good his Jayhawks can be. The Jayhawks (6-1) moved back into AP Top 10 on Monday, three days after an impressive 71-65 comeback victory over …

South Carolina rallies to stay atop AP women’s poll

Monday, December 8, 2014

A last-second putback kept South Carolina at No. 1 and dropped Duke out of the top 10 for the first time in six years. The Gamecocks trailed by four late to the Blue Devils on Sunday and appeared to see their run atop The Associated Press women’s basketball …

Matt Vautour: Transfer rule a sticking point amid NCAA governance change

Monday, December 8, 2014

There are no Atlantic 10 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for the second straight week. But the starting point guards on two top 25 teams should be familiar to Atlantic 10 observers. Arizona’s T.J. McConnell began …

Athletic director John McCutcheon could be on his way out at UMass

Sunday, December 7, 2014

AMHERST — With the tasks of finding a new conference for the football program, and maybe all sports, the UMass athletic department is in the midst of a time period that will likely affect it for years and maybe even decades to come. The university might soon be …

Hinds, UMass starters struggle in loss

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — With Seth Berger out due to a foot injury, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped the chance to start might ignite struggling guard Jabarie Hinds. But the junior guard remained in a funk after the Minutemen’s 84-75 …

UMass overpowered by Florida Gulf Coast, loses third straight

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — When a Derrick Gordon driving layup followed a Trey Davis 3-pointer to give UMass its first lead of the game, 1 minute, 39 seconds into the second half, it looked like the Minutemen, who’d been sloppy …