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UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to overcome low expectations from MAC coaches and …

Jamaica stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, …

Miami, UNC, Virginia Tech look to get rolling again

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Some of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s sleeping giants hope this is the year they return to prominence. Neither Miami nor North Carolina has ever been to the ACC championship game. And lately, once-frequent division winner Virginia Tech has been no better than mediocre. Those three big-name Coastal Division programs have …

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become …

Alum and wife give Holy Cross $32.5M gift

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WORCESTER (AP) — A 1974 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross who remembers his time as a student and varsity soccer player at the school as “transformational” has given the school its largest single donation in history, a $32.5 million gift that will be used to …

UMass to host Mississippi State in football in 2016

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last season, the Mississippi State football team was ranked No. 1 in the country. Next season, the Bulldogs will visiting Foxborough. According to multiple athletic department sources, UMass is expected to announce Monday afternoon a series between the …

UMass schedules home-and-home football series with Tulane

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UMass football team passed the halfway point for reaching the minimum number of available home games for the 2016 season as the school announced a home-and-home series with Tulane on Thursday. The Minutemen will face the Green Wave on Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. UMass …

John Calipari retools Kentucky roster after 7 players bolted for NBA

Thursday, June 4, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his overhauled roster can do something “crazy” like last season’s one-loss squad — once they finally get together. The new Wildcats have a tough act to follow after last year’s …

Former assistant accuses running coach Alberto Salazar of encouraging doping

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Long-distance running coach Alberto Salazar’s former assistant is among those accusing the American of violating anti-doping rules and encouraging doping by one of his top runners, Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. In a story Wednesday by ProPublica and BBC, former Salazar assistant Steve Magness accused …

Judge in case unsure how to pronounce FIFA

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — FIFA may be famous throughout the world. In the Brooklyn court room of U.S. District Judge U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, not so much. During the November plea hearing of former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, Dearie told the defendant: “There are …

Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that …

UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

Monday, June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students …

Women’s college softball grows as exposure, crowds increase

Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and …