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Briefs: UMass women’s basketball team takes down North Texas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Minutewomen take down North Texas The UMass women’s basketball team beat North Texas, 56-46, Friday in the Hospitality Hill Challenge in Denton, Texas. Kim Pierre-Louis had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kymber Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Minutewomen (2-2). Emily Mital added nine points and three assists, while Amber Dillon chipped in with eight points. Rashida Timbilla had nine rebounds, while reserve …

UMass miscues prove costly in 5-3 loss to Boston College

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are no own goals in hockey. Somebody on offense has to get credit, but two of Boston College’s goals went in off UMass players and they proved to be the difference. BC eliminated an early UMass lead and held off the Minutemen for a 5-3 win in front of 5,939 …

UMass face weekend test with Notre Dame, Florida State in Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — After opening the season with wins against two MAAC teams and a rebuilding Boston College squad, the UMass men’s basketball team figures to face a tougher challenge with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. UMass (3-0) will play Notre Dame on Saturday and Florida State on Sunday. …

UMass notebook: Ball State, break fails to slow down receiver Tajae Sharpe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass’ 17 days off between games didn’t do anything to slow down Tajae Sharpe’s memorable season. Ball State couldn’t slow the junior receiver, who caught 13 passes for 239 yards and might have had more had …

Oregon up to 2 in playoff rankings; TCU to 4th

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oregon jumped undefeated Florida State and moved into second in the College Football Playoff rankings while TCU took over the fourth spot Tuesday night. Mississippi State remained No. 1. The Seminoles (9-0) slipped to No. 3. Oregon (9-1) …

Replacing Chaz Williams’ scoring ability key for UMass

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment Chaz Williams began his career, it was apparent to just about anyone who was at Curry Hicks Cage that day, that Williams was going to lead the UMass men’s basketball team in scoring for the next three years. With Williams gone, the scoring …

UMass football team returns to action, hosts Ball State Wednesday night at McGuirk

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — The wait is over. After 17 days off, the UMass football team is finally playing a game as Ball State visits McGuirk Stadium Wednesday night. It’s the Minutemen’s first ever Wednesday game as the Mid-American Conference regularly schedules mid-week games for television exposure. UMass coach Mark …

UMass football team excited to be on TV

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — With most of the countless number of the all-sports TV stations showing college football on a weekly basis and even more games available to watch live online, it’s easy to forget the impact that playing on …

Intangibles helped earn UMass forward Seth Berger the starting role

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — After he started UMass’ exhibition game against American International and the closed scrimmage against American University, the news that Seth Berger will be starting Friday night’s season-opener against Siena wasn’t a surprise announcement from coach Derek …

Despite being undefeated, Marshall’s weak schedule could send it to a weak bowl

Monday, November 10, 2014

Among the lesser publicized changes in college football’s postseason is that the best school among the non-power conferences is guaranteed a spot in one of the premiere bowl games if it doesn’t make the playoff. And let’s face it, it’s hard to picture a school outside of the …

SEC West survivors Mississippi State-Bama face off

Monday, November 10, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mississippi State and Alabama are the only Southeastern Conference teams that still control their fates in the playoff scramble. Guess what? Now, they play each other. In a Western Division where teams have been picking …

UMass center Tyler Bergantino suffers ‘light ankle sprain,’ Derek Kellogg otherwise pleased with closed scrimmage

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The first rule of closed scrimmages isn’t “don’t talk about closed scrimmages,” but it’s close. While the NCAA isn’t “Fight Club” strict about its crowdless, medialess preseason meetings between Division I teams, coaches aren’t allowed to give a score, a result, or any stats from the closed scrimmages. …

Amherst College senior class finishes perfect season, undefeated against Williams

Sunday, November 9, 2014

AMHERST — The senior class of the 2014 Amherst College football team did something Saturday that hadn’t been done since before any of them were born. Those seniors get to graduate without losing to Williams. The Lord Jeffs held their archrivals from Berkshire County without a touchdown until …