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MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, the home of the NFL’s Lions. The MAC has been holding its conference championship game …

As SEC dominates rankings, calls of #SECBias rise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause. As the Southeastern Conference was trending last weekend after becoming the first league to hold four of the top five spots in the AP Top …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible …

Friday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s in field hockey

Friday, October 10, 2014

The UMass field hockey team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-2, in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, Friday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Hailey Cockrum scored consecutive goals in the second half to give the Minutewomen (6-7, 4-1 Atlantic 10) a 2-1 lead. Nicole Miller added one goal, while Sam Carlino made …

Thursday’s colleges: Marissa Vara nets two as Smith College blanks WNEU in field hockey

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marissa Vara scored twice as the Smith College field hockey team shut out Western New England, 4-0, in Springfield Thursday. Mariah Ollive and Julia Hamilton each had one goal, while Casey Rau and Caroline Labriola each had one assist. Nora Demick made six saves in net for the …

NCAA president has wish list for Power 5

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DANBURY, Conn. — Now that the Power Five conferences have their autonomy, NCAA President Mark Emmert has a wish list he’d like them to tackle right away. Emmert, speaking after a lecture at Western Connecticut State University, said …

UMass football shakes things up as it tries to break into win column

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — In an effort to help end UMass’ season-long six-game losing streak, coach Mark Whipple put a halftime in the middle of Tuesday’s practice to shake things up a little. After the Minutemen scored 41 first-half points …

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

NCAA clears Daisha Simmons to play at Seton Hall

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daisha Simmons has been cleared by the NCAA to immediately play basketball Seton Hall, the school’s coach Tony Bozzella said Thursday. Simmons’ ability to play immediately was held up by Alabama refusing to support a waiver that would have granted her the chance to compete this year. The …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst college men’s soccer remains undefeated, shuts out Elms, 3-0

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team remained unbeaten after shutting out Elms College, 3-0, in Chicopee on Tuesday. Cameron Bean scored twice and Kieran Bellew added a tally for the Lord Jeffs (8-0-2). Both of Bean’s goals came off corner kicks by Forest Sisk. Bellew scored the first …