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UMass wide receiver Tajae Sharpe cuts up the field for a first down before being taken down by Brad Koenig, of Miami (Ohio), second from left, in the third quarter Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

Record-breaking receiver Tajae Sharpe reflects as UMass career, season nears its end

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There is almost certainly more football in Tajae Sharpe’s future. The UMass senior receiver has been projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick and he knows it. But he’s spent most of the year trying not to think about it or focus on it. He’s deflected and changed the subject almost any time a reporter brings it up. He’s tried …

Matt Vautour: 2015-16 UMass Minutemen are turning into something to watch

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LAS VEGAS It wasn’t just the most pessimistic of UMass fans who thought the peak of the team’s season this year would be Nov. 11. On that day the much-ballyhooed recruiting class of DeJon Jarreau, Brison Gresham, Chris Baldwin and Unique McLean signed. Those guys had people excited about the program’s future. The …

Former UMass WR Julian Talley works out for Patriots

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The New England Patriots, who are searching for wide receiver depth to counteract their recent injury woes, brought in former UMass receiver Julian Talley for a workout, according to ESPNBoston.com. Talley was cut from the New York Giants’ practice squad on Tuesday, the second time that happened this season. Talley, who had 162 …

Amherst football caps perfect season, wins NESCAC title with win over Williams

Sunday, November 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — The singing could be heard throughout downtown Williamstown Saturday afternoon. The songs did not belong to the home team. Amherst College won its second consecutive NESCAC title and finished with a perfect 8-0 record after beating Little Three rival Williams 17-7 at Farley-Lamb Field. It was …

UMass Notebook: Seth Berger shines in return

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — It’s been almost a year since a foot injury prematurely ended UMass forward Seth Berger’s 2014-15 season. On Saturday he didn’t look like a player battling rust. He had a career-high 10 points, four rebounds and …

UMass football grinds down Eastern Michigan for second win of season

Saturday, November 14, 2015

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The UMass football team has struggled all season to hold onto leads and finish off games — but not Saturday. After an early field goal by Eastern Michigan, the Minutemen grabbed the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run from Marquis Young and never looked back. …

After visiting this summer, Paris tragedy resonates with UMass men’s basketball team

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — When he heard the news about Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Jabarie Hinds picked up his phone. Less than three months ago, Hinds and the UMass basketball team had been in the French capital as part …

UMass rallies to beat Howard in men’s basketball season opener

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — It took a small lineup to make a big comeback in the UMass basketball team’s season opener. Trailing Howard by 14 early in the second half, Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg went with a small, pressing lineup …

UMass comeback falls short as Merrimack skates away to 4-2 win

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass hockey team’s late comeback proved for naught. Merrimack turned a Minuteman turnover midway through the third period into the winning goal and the Warriors left the Mullins Center with a 4-2 win Friday. After …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst advances in NCAA women’s volleyball tournament

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team cruised in its NCAA Division III Tournament opener on Friday. The Lord Jeffs swept Johnson & Wales 25-13, 25-9, 25-12 at MIT. Lizzie Ahern and Nicole Gould each had 11 kills, while Nicole Carter had 22 assists and Katie Warshaw 12 digs. …

UMass eyes Eastern Michigan, strong finish to 2015 football season

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — Since a bowl game slipped out of reach for the UMass football team, the Minuteman players have talked about finishing their season strong. They’re running out of chances. Saturday’s game pits UMass and Eastern Michigan, two teams that can look at each other as an opportunity …

UMass enters men’s basketball opener motivated by low expectations

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — For a lot of UMass men’s basketball fans, there’s a temptation to look ahead to the 2016-17 season. At that point, the much-anticipated recruiting class that signed Wednesday will have arrived. Current ineligible freshman Luwane Pipkins and transfer Zach Lewis will be eligible, and promising sophomores …

At smaller schools, reluctance to pay full cost for athletes

Friday, November 13, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — When North Dakota State announced in August it would boost its athletic scholarships to cover expenses beyond traditional tuition, board and books, it sent shivers through the so-called second tier of college sports. Stipends …