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Massachusetts' Kymber Hill (31) guards Holycross' Raquel Scott during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. in Amherst, Mass.

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 overcome. In fact, a year earlier against …

Stress fracture to sideline UMass’ Seth Berger at least four weeks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — An MRI on Wednesday revealed a stress fracture in Seth Berger’s left foot. The UMass men’s basketball sophomore forward is expected to be unavailable for at least four weeks. Berger, who started the first eight games of the season, was averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. …

Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board. Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions and create a $70 million fund to test current and …

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 …

Changes may be ahead for college football conference championships

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trophies will be awarded. Champions will be crowned. A confetti cannon or two will likely be fired. And after all the celebrating is done, there is a good chance at least one conference this weekend is going to …

Notre Dame, UConn meet in women’s hoops showdown

Friday, December 5, 2014

When Notre Dame and UConn last played, a national championship was on the line in a historic matchup of two undefeated teams. The Huskies came away with a 79-58 victory to win their ninth title this past April. …