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John McCutcheon, shown at left in a Gazette file photo, will leave his post as athletic director at the University of Massachusetts within a month, according to sources.

John McCutcheon, AD at UMass, accepts job offer, expected to leave within the month

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon will leave UMass to take the same post at University of California-Santa Barbara, according to multiple sources on campus. The departure of McCutcheon, who was hired in 2004, means the UMass athletic department is looking for a new leader to guide it through an important time. He is expected to leave …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke holds off Smith in basketball

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Mount Holyoke basketball team snapped a 12-game losing streak to Smith College with a 54-52 win Wednesday night in Northampton. Amber Lagare scored a game-high 24 points and had 14 rebounds for the Lyons (6-12, 3-6 NEWMAC), while Kate Karraker added 13 points. Samantha Alakai had 12 points and Meghan Holland added 10 for the Pioneers (6-11, 2-7). Women’s squash Connecticut College …

Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last year’s surprise run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, expectations were high for …

Tuesday’s colleges: Connor Green scores 1,000th point, lifts Amherst College over Wesleyan

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Connor Green scored his 1,000th career point as Amherst College beat Wesleyan, 69-46, at home Tuesday. Green finished with 17 points and became the 28th Jeff to reach the milestone. Johnny McCarthy (11 rebounds) also scored 17 points. Jayde Dawson added 12 points, while David George had 10 …

UMass preparing to run with high-scoring Davidson

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — UMass isn’t shy about the fact that it likes to play against teams that are willing to run. Usually the Minutemen’s speed and athleticism is an advantage in a game played at a fast pace. But UMass figures to have its hands full against Davidson when …

Marcus Mariota: Final loss does not define the season

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DALLAS — Oregon’s season was so much more than the final game to quarterback Marcus Mariota. Just because his team ultimately came up short against Ohio State in the national championship, it doesn’t diminish what the Ducks accomplished …

With NFL talk buzzing, Cardale Jones says he’s ‘not ready’

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DALLAS — While Urban Meyer was doing most of the talking, Cardale Jones owned the room. Ohio State’s rising star quarterback was all big grins, silly smirks, rolling eyes and mischievous glances Tuesday, the day after he helped …

4th to 1st: Ohio State beats Oregon 42-20

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones. The Buckeyes’ third-stringer matched Oregon’s Heisman winner as Cardale Jones led …

Kentucky still No. 1 in AP Top 25 — though not unanimously

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kentucky survived a pair of overtime games to stay unbeaten, though those tougher-than-expected wins loosened the Wildcats’ hold a bit on the top spot in the AP Top 25. The top-ranked Wildcats (15-0) were atop 63 of 65 …

South Carolina, UConn hold strong atop AP women’s poll

Monday, January 12, 2015

South Carolina and UConn seem on a collision course for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown Feb. 9. The top two teams in The Associated Press women’s poll kept alive the chance of 54th matchup featuring No. …

UMass hockey forward Emerson Auvenshine suspended indefinitely after weekend arrest

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Emerson Auvenshine, a senior forward for the UMass hockey team, has been suspended indefinitely from the program after he was arrested during the weekend. Auvenshine was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction …

Monday’s colleges: Doswell sisters keep Amherst College hoops perfect

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Doswell twins led the Amherst College women’s basketball team to its 14th win of the season, beating St. Lawrence, 68-55, on the road Monday. Meredith and Ali Doswell scored 15 points apiece to lead the Lord Jeffs (14-0, 2-0 NESCAC). Megan Robertson added 14. Amherst had to …

UMass freshman Malik Hines ruled a partial qualifier; practice status uncertain

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — UMass freshman big man Malik Hines is officially on scholarship as a partial qualifier after months of waiting. Hines will receive a scholarship retroactively for the first semester and will have one going forward. It’s possible that Hines could be allowed to practice if he earned …