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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility a possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called on the play is often is a point of contention for players and coaches. “What …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

NCAA president has wish list for Power 5

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DANBURY, Conn. — Now that the Power Five conferences have their autonomy, NCAA President Mark Emmert has a wish list he’d like them to tackle right away. Emmert, speaking after a lecture at Western Connecticut State University, said …

UMass football shakes things up as it tries to break into win column

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — In an effort to help end UMass’ season-long six-game losing streak, coach Mark Whipple put a halftime in the middle of Tuesday’s practice to shake things up a little. After the Minutemen scored 41 first-half points …

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

NCAA clears Daisha Simmons to play at Seton Hall

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daisha Simmons has been cleared by the NCAA to immediately play basketball Seton Hall, the school’s coach Tony Bozzella said Thursday. Simmons’ ability to play immediately was held up by Alabama refusing to support a waiver that would have granted her the chance to compete this year. The …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst college men’s soccer remains undefeated, shuts out Elms, 3-0

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team remained unbeaten after shutting out Elms College, 3-0, in Chicopee on Tuesday. Cameron Bean scored twice and Kieran Bellew added a tally for the Lord Jeffs (8-0-2). Both of Bean’s goals came off corner kicks by Forest Sisk. Bellew scored the first …

UMass notebook: Tajae Sharpe added to watch list for Biletnikoff Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — UMass junior Tajae Sharpe was named to the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, while Logan Laurent was added to the unofficial watch list for the Minutemen’s starting place-kicker job for Saturday’s game against Kent …

After eventful offseason, UMass guard Derrick Gordon is focused on basketball

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — The last whistles of practice had blown more than 30 minutes before and all of his UMass teammates had already headed to the locker room, bound for dinner, night classes and whatever else awaited them Monday …