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Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s goal, tied the game 3-3 on a …

Coach K goes for 1,000th career win at St. John’s

Friday, January 23, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski is on the verge of yet another coaching milestone. The Duke coach will become the first men’s coach in Division I history with 1,000 wins on Sunday if his fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat St. John’s. That milestone could come in the same arena where three seasons ago he became the winningest men’s coach in college basketball’s top tier. …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (12-4). David George added 16 points, while Jacob Nabatoff and Michael …

UMass notebook: Zach Coleman steps off bench, assists Minutemen in win over George Mason

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va.— When Maxie Esho picked up his second foul with 9 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first half and UMass leading George Mason by four, Patriot fans were excited when Esho jogged to the bench. Esho entered the game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer and was …

Ohio State, Oregon title game will crown a ‘true champion’

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DALLAS — Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised. The winner Monday night in North Texas can be called the truest champion in …

Oregon’s Carrington, Forde benched after positive drug tests

Saturday, January 10, 2015

DALLAS — Oregon was forced to bench two players because of failed drug tests days before the team competes in the first College Football Playoff title game, the latest hit to a roster already depleted by injuries. Wide …

Friday’s colleges: Shane Walsh’s late goal pushes UMass hockey past Maine

Friday, January 9, 2015

After trailing to start the third period, the UMass hockey team scored two unanswered third period goals to upend Maine, 3-2, Friday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak at the Mullins Center. Steven Iacobellis tied the game just over halfway through the third period. The teams played …

UMass looks to build momentum at George Mason

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — Moving UMass freshman wing Donte Clark into the starting lineup for Jabarie Hinds was the biggest attention-grabbing personnel move in Wednesday’s win over La Salle. Easily overlooked, however, was a significant minutes bump for C.J. Anderson. UMass coach Derek Kellogg’s trust continues to grow for the …

Which matchups will decide the first playoff championship?

Friday, January 9, 2015

DALLAS — The first College Football Playoff national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State will be all about the O — as in offense. The Ducks rank second in the nation in yards per play (7.39) and …

Oregon capitalizes on championship run with brand campaign

Thursday, January 8, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — In the days leading up to the Rose Bowl, Oregon sent customized football jerseys to some of its famous fans, including guitarist Tommy Thayer of Kiss, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and retired boxer Lennox Lewis. The jerseys were part of a social media campaign …

Buckeyes don’t believe they’re underdogs against Oregon

Thursday, January 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Offensive tackle Taylor Decker doesn’t believe that Ohio State is an underdog to Oregon in the national championship game on Monday. In fact, Decker refuses to recognize that anything so outlandish is even possible. “I …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg shakes up lineup as Minutemen hold off La Salle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After the offensive struggles in Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure, UMass coach Derek Kellogg shuffled his lineup and started freshman Donte Clark, his best natural scorer, in place of junior guard Jabarie Hinds. In his first career start Wednesday against La Salle, Clark had seven points …

UMass holds off La Salle, 71-65, for first road win of season

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Before his team left for La Salle, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said he thought the practices following Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure had made his team better. The Minutemen’s performance Wednesday night backed him up as …