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Former UMass basketball center Luke Bonner plays major role in effort by Northwestern football players to join union

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It would have been easy for Luke Bonner to say no. He has a full-time job at the GYK Antler marketing firm in New Hampshire, runs a nonprofit foundation and is getting married this summer. He’s not lacking for things to fill his time. But when Ramogi Huma approached him about being a founding member of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) board of directors, the 29-year-old former University of Massachusetts basketball center could not say no. He believed too much in the cause. CAPA is the organization that submitted the petition on behalf of the Northwestern football team that led to the National Labor … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: Jackie Buechle throws 1-hitter for Amherst College

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jackie Buechler struck out 10 and allowed one hit as the Amherst College softball team shut out Elms College 5-0 on Wednesday. Tessa Cote (Granby) broke up the perfect game with a double to left-center in the fourth. Alena Marovitz went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Lord Jeffs (18-9). Donna Leet went 2 for 4 with … 0

Mark Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes — regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports’ first union, the NCAA … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: UMass reaches Beanpot baseball final with 5-3 win over Northeastern

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team is headed to the Beanpot championship after a 5-3 win over Northeastern at home Wednesday. A three-run sixth inning gave the Minutemen breathing room as the Huskies added two in the following inning. Kyle Adie walked, stole second and advanced to third … 0

Panel commends UMass, speaks on sexuality in sport

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — While speaking on a panel at the University of Massachusetts, You Can Play executive director Wade Davis commended the institution’s handling and enthusiasm toward gay and lesbian student-athletes on Wednesday. “To be honest, UMass was pretty flawless,” Wade said after the event. “To get the coaching … 0

Matt Vautour: Historic moment for Derrick Gordon signifies progress for gay athlete

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s hard to guess in 2034 if Derrick Gordon’s announcement Wednesday that he’s gay will be looked at as a red-letter day in social history or a footnote. Twenty years from now, it’s easy to imagine that openly … 0

Breanna Stewart has more titles at UConn in her sights

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma breezed past Pat Summitt by winning his record ninth championship. With sensational sophomore Breanna Stewart back at UConn for two more seasons, winning a 10th or 11th title is a real possibility. That would move Auriemma and Connecticut past UCLA men’s coach John … 0

‘Why not me?’ UMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — When Jason Collins became the first American male team-sport athlete to announce he was gay April 29, 2013, University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon praised the NBA center on Twitter: “Jason Collins comes out...Much respect...Just be … 0

UConn women rout Notre Dame 79-58, win 9th title

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women’s college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: UMass softball mercy-rules UConn, 11-0

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team scored early to shorten the matchup against UConn, winning 11-0 in five innings Tuesday. A seven-run first and three-run third sandwiched a single run in the second. The Minutewomen (8-14) outhit the Huskies 11-5. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) went 3 for 3 with … 0

NBA rumors swirl around Kentucky coach John Calipari

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s talented freshmen shed a shaky regular season and then showed why the Wildcats were picked No. 1 in the preseason with an impressive run to the NCAA championship game. After falling short in a … 0

UConn men’s basketball team again stars in the underdog role

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies lost their coach, their teammates, their chance to play at the NCAA tournament for a year. They were castoffs, unwanted mutts without a home, told they had no chance. Well, look who’s … 0

Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year. UConn won it all anyway. Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift … 0