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Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two years and each time the game was decided on the last shot. The first time came in Puerto Rico in 2012 when …

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic issues up to the individual campuses. “If we’ve needed his assistance, he’s been supportive. He’s …

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in recent years, the final minute arrived and UMass trailed by a margin too big to …

Kentucky unanimous AP No. 1; Kansas back in Top 10

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kansas coach Bill Self saw in one game just how bad and how good his Jayhawks can be. The Jayhawks (6-1) moved back into AP Top 10 on Monday, three days after an impressive 71-65 comeback victory over …

South Carolina rallies to stay atop AP women’s poll

Monday, December 8, 2014

A last-second putback kept South Carolina at No. 1 and dropped Duke out of the top 10 for the first time in six years. The Gamecocks trailed by four late to the Blue Devils on Sunday and appeared to see their run atop The Associated Press women’s basketball …

Matt Vautour: Transfer rule a sticking point amid NCAA governance change

Monday, December 8, 2014

There are no Atlantic 10 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for the second straight week. But the starting point guards on two top 25 teams should be familiar to Atlantic 10 observers. Arizona’s T.J. McConnell began …

Athletic director John McCutcheon could be on his way out at UMass

Sunday, December 7, 2014

AMHERST — With the tasks of finding a new conference for the football program, and maybe all sports, the UMass athletic department is in the midst of a time period that will likely affect it for years and maybe even decades to come. The university might soon be …

Hinds, UMass starters struggle in loss

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — With Seth Berger out due to a foot injury, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped the chance to start might ignite struggling guard Jabarie Hinds. But the junior guard remained in a funk after the Minutemen’s 84-75 …

UMass overpowered by Florida Gulf Coast, loses third straight

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — When a Derrick Gordon driving layup followed a Trey Davis 3-pointer to give UMass its first lead of the game, 1 minute, 39 seconds into the second half, it looked like the Minutemen, who’d been sloppy …

Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State are in playoff

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power. Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst pulls away from Middlebury

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mike Rowbotham scored two goals and added one assist as the Amherst College men’s hockey team beat Middlebury, 5-3, Friday in Vermont. Tied 3-3 entering the third, Keenan Hodgson scored the game winner on the power play. Andrew Fenwick added an empty-net goal. Dave Cunningham made 29 saves …

Notre Dame ices UMass with five third-period goals in 7-5 win

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — If Friday’s game had ended after two periods, the UMass hockey team could have left feeling enthusiastic. For 40 minutes, the Minutemen had energy, a couple of well-executed goals and reason for optimism. But a short …

Derek Kellogg hopes extra practice time pays off when Minutemen play Florida Gulf Coast

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Derek Kellogg had known for weeks what he was going to do when his UMass men’s basketball team finally got a few days to practice between games. The Minuteman coach had been eager to spend real …