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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, Kansas State guard Leticia Romero (10), right, shoots over Baylor forward Nina Davis (13), left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas. Basketball isn't all that Breanna Stewart, Kia Nurse and Romero have to worry about while playing in the women's basketball world championship. They also need to focus on academics as all three are in college and classes are well underway. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte, File)

College players in Turkey focus on hoops, class

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ISTANBUL — UConn star Breanna Stewart and freshman teammate Kia Nurse have had more than basketball to focus on at the women’s world championship. They also have to keep up with school work from nearly 5,000 miles away. Both will have missed about a month of college to play for their national teams — Stewart with the U.S.; Nurse with Canada. This is the third straight world championship in which the Americans have had a college player on the team. Candace Parker was on the 2006 squad while still playing at Tennessee. Stewart, who is beginning her junior year, has three of her classes online …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College comes back in second half to beat WNEU

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The 15th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to beat Western New England, 2-1, Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow. The Lord Jeffs (6-0-2) held a 31-3 shot advantage and a 13-4 edge in corner kicks. Gabriel Wirz (assist) and Christopher Martin each scored, while Andrew Orozco had an assist for Amherst. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. …

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in the game after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused, what was later determined to be, …

Football notebook: UMass will play at Tennessee in 2017

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST —After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that the Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in November, 2017 …

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. …

Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It’s not quite …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming …

UMass still confident with conference play on deck

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even though the nonconference portion of its season ended with a thud after Saturday’s 48-7 trouncing by Penn State, the UMass football team was confident the beginning of Mid-American Conference would launch success. The …

Duzyk, Jeffs’ defense deliver as Amherst holds off Bates in NESCAC opener

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College defensive back Ryan Duzyk intercepted a 2-point conversion pass attempt by Bates’ quarterback Matt Cannone late in the game and the NESCAC defending champion Lord Jeffs held off the upset-minded Bobcats, 14-6, at Pratt …

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, …

Florida State suspends QB Jameis Winston for entire game against Clemson

Friday, September 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State will face Clemson without Jameis Winston — for the entire game and not just the first half. Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said late Friday …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …