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UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring practice by the Dean of Students office, …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led UMass’ 1998 Division I-AA championship team, in consideration. “Fro is the best guy I’ve coached …

Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson hopes to win Florida State quarterback job

Sunday, August 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Everett Golson hopes to prove at Florida State that a difficult finish to his Notre Dame career was an anomaly. But first he has to beat out junior Sean Maguire, who has spent the last …

Colorado, UMass 1st opponent, looks to regroup in 3rd season under MacIntyre

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — The possibility of a bowl game stares the Colorado Buffaloes in the face each day at practice. Those waving flags are hard to ignore. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has taken to flying the logos from …

UMASS OPPONENT: Kelly says how Notre Dame comes together will determine success

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes the Fighting Irish have the pieces to challenge for a national championship. The question is whether the players will push one another to do the hard work and …

NCAA looking for new ways to help college athletes

Thursday, August 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA leaders are considering two new ways to help college athletes determine if they should turn pro and earn a degree after they go pro. Committee members will look for better ways to evaluate draft prospects and debate whether former college athletes should be allowed …

Louisville coach Rick Pitino takes jab at GOP candidate Donald Trump

Thursday, August 6, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is taking a jab at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The Hall of Famer will coach Puerto Rican junior and national teams in a six-day exhibition series against his Cardinals next week before preparing them for the FIBA Americas …

Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So …

Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

Monday, August 3, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday, the day Hernandez’s girlfriend was seen wearing a …

Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

Monday, August 3, 2015

DALLAS — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. The former running back for Southern Methodist University …

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London …