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Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels (90), bottom, and defensive tackle Tarow Barney (91), top, pressure Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) as he tries to pass in the fourth quarter of  NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. Penn State won 48-7. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. The Minutemen carried the ball 28 times for 3 yards. True freshman J.T. Blyden started the game and had 10 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Broadnax had five carries for -7 yards. After praising his performance last week, Whipple didn’t go to Lorenzo Woodley until the game was well out of reach. He had one carry for 3 yards. Senior receiver Alex Kenney, who began his career …

Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It’s not quite that simple, but it was certainly an appropriate way to look at what No. 1 …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming off an assist from Pascual-Leon. Thomas Bull allowed one goal and recorded four saves to …

UMass notebook: Minutemen look to get running game going vs Vanderbilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — While the UMass football team’s passing attack took big steps forward in Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Colorado, the Minutemen’s ground game has yet to really gain any rhythm through the first two weeks of the season. …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts out Mount Holyoke in women’s soccer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rachael Abernethy scored three goals as the Amherst College women’s soccer team beat Mount Holyoke 5-0, Wednesday in Amherst. Hannah Guzzi added two goals for the Lord Jeffs (2-0). Sarah Zuckerman had one goal, while Megan Kim and Quinn Phillips each had two assists. Mel Stier and Emily …

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College field hockey shuts out Mount Holyoke, 2-0

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Amherst College field hockey team shut out Mount Holyoke, 2-0, at home on Tuesday. Annika Mygren scored both goals in the first half. Annie Turnbull assisted on the first off a corner penalty at the 15:41 mark and Elizabeth Turnbull helped on the second at 33:35. Rachel …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

Former UConn QB to become coach-in-training

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran has accepted he will never again play football, but his coach is making sure he doesn’t have to give up the game. The sophomore decided to end his playing career after he suffered his third concussion since entering college during a …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

NCAA lifts Penn State’s postseason ban

Monday, September 8, 2014

Penn State is back in the bowl business. The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more …

Syracuse suspends Monson’s Hanna Strong for slur

Monday, September 8, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has suspended a women’s soccer player for using a homophobic and racial slur. Hanna Strong, a senior from Monson, Massachusetts, was suspended indefinitely after she was identified as the person speaking toward someone else in a video posted on Instagram. Athletic director Daryl …

College weekend roundup: UMass women’s soccer survives double overtime, 2-1

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team picked up an overtime victory thanks to Jackie Bruno’s goal in the 103rd minute to beat New Hampshire, 2-1, on Sunday. The Minutewomen (2-3-1) struck first, breaking a scoreless game open in the second half as Megan Burke made the most of a …