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DAN LITTLE
Team UMass running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) looks for an open lane past Team Minutemen linebacker Adam Richard (90) during the Massachusetts spring game on Friday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst.

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was recruited as a punter and he’ll likely …

Matt Vautour: A.J. Doyle willing to switch positions to be a part of something special for UMass football

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST A.J. Doyle is still a quarterback. Despite not playing the position in Friday’s UMass spring game and being listed as a tight end on the final spring roster, Doyle is still playing the position that he was recruited to play in Amherst. But there’s only going to be one quarterback on the …

Friday’s colleges: UMass aces Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal win over Duquesne

Friday, April 17, 2015

The UMass women’s tennis team advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over Duquesne, Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Minutewomen (16-4) will face No. 2 Richmond at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. No. 1 VCU and No. 5 Fordham meet in the other semifinal. The championship is Sunday. Ana Yrazusta clinched the match with her win at No. 2 …

NCAA looking for ways to speed up game, increase scoring

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA may be ready to spice up college basketball. After a feeding frenzy of complaints over reduced scoring and longer games, rules committee members told a small group of reporters Monday that next season’s potential …

Seeds of Calipari’s coaching success were planted here

Monday, April 6, 2015

Walking around the court prior to a February UMass home game, a fan, whose name I never got, stopped me for a few minutes to talk about whether I thought Kentucky would go undefeated. He then proceeded to …

Former UMass coach John Calipari makes Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When the call came telling him he had been voted into the Hall of Fame, Kentucky coach John Calipari had an immediate reaction. He steered his car to the curb, and let the reality of basketball’s …

Friends, colleagues celebrate Calipari’s election to Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

Years before his friend and former boss was ever even nominated, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was telling John Calipari he’d eventually be in the Hall of Fame. “I always used to tease him when he’d be complaining about stuff, ‘What are you worried about, you’re going to be …

UConn, Notre Dame set for women’s championship game rematch

Monday, April 6, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — The women’s basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year. Unlike last season’s game when much of the conversation …

UConn back in title game after 81-58 win over Maryland

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck have UConn back in the championship game for the third straight year. Now the Huskies are one victory away from a third straight title. Stewart scored 25 points and Tuck …

Notre Dame edges South Carolina 66-65 in women’s Final Four

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame keeps finding ways to win. One more victory and the Irish will be national champions again. A young team that lost three starters from last year’s squad is back in the NCAA title …

Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in national title game

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a …

Game within NCAA title game: Frank Kaminsky vs Jahlil Okafor duel in post

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Bo Ryan doesn’t want to face Duke center Jahlil Okafor. “There’s no way I could match up with him,” joked Wisconsin’s gray-haired coach. “He’d kill me.” Luckily, Ryan has 7-footer Frank Kaminsky on his side to …

Kentucky’s perfect season ends with 71-64 loss to Wisconsin

Saturday, April 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren’t undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could Saturday night — knocking off the Wildcats 71-64 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds …