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Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) runs past UMass defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (17) on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game on Saturday in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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, at Beaver Stadium. UMass coach Mark Whipple was angry after the game. “It was certainly our worst day. I don’t really know …

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 night that the star quarterback will be suspended for the entire game Saturday. The Heisman …

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 the passing of former coach Sam Koch. Ryan Buckingham made five saves in the win. …

Former UConn QB to become coach-in-training

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran has accepted he will never again play football, but his coach is making sure he doesn’t have to give up the game. The sophomore decided to end his playing career after he suffered his third concussion since entering college during a …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

NCAA lifts Penn State’s postseason ban

Monday, September 8, 2014

Penn State is back in the bowl business. The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more …

Syracuse suspends Monson’s Hanna Strong for slur

Monday, September 8, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has suspended a women’s soccer player for using a homophobic and racial slur. Hanna Strong, a senior from Monson, Massachusetts, was suspended indefinitely after she was identified as the person speaking toward someone else in a video posted on Instagram. Athletic director Daryl …

College weekend roundup: UMass women’s soccer survives double overtime, 2-1

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team picked up an overtime victory thanks to Jackie Bruno’s goal in the 103rd minute to beat New Hampshire, 2-1, on Sunday. The Minutewomen (2-3-1) struck first, breaking a scoreless game open in the second half as Megan Burke made the most of a …

Matt Vautour: UMass tight end Jean Sifrin catches on quick

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Last Monday, UMass coach Mark Whipple downplayed Jean Sifrin’s potential for short-term impact. “Maybe in a couple of weeks.” Whipple was either being coy with a secret weapon or didn’t know how quick Sifrin could adapt. Either …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …