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UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full practice with the Minutemen. The junior college transfer needed to complete summer classes and have his eligibility cleared by the NCAA and … 0

Matt Vautour: The College Football Playoff field isn’t going to stay at four for long.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The squawking will start around 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, if not sooner. The four-team field for the first college football playoff will be out and lots of people will be mad. Fans, administrators and representatives from at least two of the big five conferences are going to be mad. Supporters of whichever … 0

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke 0 — Mackenzie Randall made one save but the Lyons dropped their season opener at … 0

Miller’s injury sting Big Ten’s playoff hopes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is bigger than the Buckeyes. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is done for the season because of a shoulder injury. The senior needs surgery to repair of torn labrum. It’s a crushing blow on a few levels: … 0

As season opener looms, questions at tight end remain

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMHERST — With less than two weeks until UMass’ Aug. 30 season opener against Boston College, the tight end scenario remains in a state of flux. Brandon Howard and Rodney Mills, who if healthy would be No. 1 … 0

Notre Dame rallying around loss of players

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quarterback Everett Golson said the adversity of abruptly losing four teammates while Notre Dame investigates whether they were involved in academic dishonesty is bringing the Fighting Irish together. “I guess I can go back … 0

MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. — Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics. The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal, which runs through the 2026-27 season, on Tuesday. The … 0

NFL expands practice squad to 10

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — NFL teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players’ union agreed Tuesday to increase the number of practice squad members from eight to 10. “It’s the No. 1 way for teams to develop players … 0

Transfer Blake Frohnapfel UMass starting quarterback

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Blake Frohnapfel had no guarantees when he decided to transfer to UMass. Stuck behind Conference USA MVP quarterback Rakeem Cato at Marshall, Frohnapfel just wanted a legitimate opportunity to compete to be a starter. After a … 0

Philadelphia, Las Vegas roll in Little League World Series

Monday, August 18, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mo’ne Davis had a bloop RBI single in the first inning to became the sixth girl to get a hit in Little League World Series history, and her Philadelphia team rallied in the sixth … 0

FSU No. 1 in AP preseason poll

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Finish No. 1. Start No. 1. Even Bobby Bowden’s best Florida State teams never did that. Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles will. Jameis Winston and the defending national champions are preseason No. 1 for the sixth time. In two of … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0

ND looking at 4 football players in academic probe

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame barred four football players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. The group includes KeiVarae Russell, … 0