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Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer beats Bryant for season’s first win

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sophomore Megan Burke scored in the 111th minute as the UMass women’s soccer team beat Bryant 1-0 in double overtime Thursday for its first win of the season. Laura Johns had one assist and Danielle Kriscenski made one save for the Minutewomen (1-1-1). … 0

UMass needs a strong performance from a young line to pace its defense

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — At the end of Tuesday’s practice, UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo held a long impromptu meeting with his unit on the McGuirk Stadium turf. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said as his team prepared for Saturday’s 3 p.m. opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium. “We … 0

Mark Whipple’s new start at UMass comes against old friend Don Brown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — If it were up to him, UMass coach Mark Whipple would rather not play against his friends. While he’s gotten used to it over the years, he’d certainly prefer to play someone he doesn’t know or doesn’t like than someone he’s close to. But when Whipple returns to the UMass sidelines … 0

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis Winston

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him. No different this year. Florida … 0

Everett Golson regains job as Notre Dame’s starting QB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again. The senior has reclaimed the post he held while leading the Fighting Irish to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who … 0

Ohio State good but must patch O-line, secondary

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So Urban Meyer and his wife were coming back from the victory at rival Michigan last season, and he turned and asked a question. “In your wildest dreams, could you have imagined we’d win our … 0

Twitter campaign backfires on Florida St, Winston

Monday, August 11, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State social media campaign turned ugly Sunday when the university’s athletic department opened their Heisman-winning quarterback up to nationwide mockery. The department attempted to engage fans on Twitter by soliciting questions to be … 0

NCAA seeks clarification in O’Bannon ruling

Monday, August 11, 2014

The NCAA is going back to court in Oakland, California -- to clarify two points in U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s ruling. Attorneys for the governing body filed a three-page legal brief Monday in California, asking for clarification of which players will be eligible. Wilken wrote Friday, in … 0

Navy SEAL trying out for Northwestern football

Monday, August 11, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — A 32-year-old active Navy SEAL is hoping to earn a spot on Northwestern University’s football team. Tom Hruby, a junior at Northwestern and a father of three, is trying to walk on as a defensive … 0