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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) does a Salsa dance as he celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game in Philadelphia. Celebrations that used to be part of the game are under increased scrutiny and, though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today’s NFL. Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever. Take, for example, Husain Abdullah’s drop to his knees after returning an interception for …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, …

Florida State suspends QB Jameis Winston for entire game against Clemson

Friday, September 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State will face Clemson without Jameis Winston — for the entire game and not just the first half. Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said late Friday …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf …

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current …

Harvard football coach Tim Murphy begins 21st season with new approach, same passion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tim Murphy has always been a do-it-yourself coach. With a hands-on approach, he has built an Ivy League empire during two decades at Harvard. The Crimson’s first league championship under Murphy came in 1997. Last year, they won …

Troubling trends lead to Big Ten hitting bottom

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The numbers don’t lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape. Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it’s done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if …

Coach K: Coaching US is no unfair edge at Duke

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski says his side job as coach of U.S. national team does not give him an unfair advantage at Duke. Krzyzewski met with media in Durham Thursday for the first time since leading the …