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Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, right, shakes hands with College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock during the NCAA college Conference USA football media day in Irving, Texas Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Banowsky seems to be settling in after a few years of significant change in the makeup of its league, at the same time the five power conferences seem so close to the autonomy they have sought. (AP Photo)

NCAA enforcement director defends investigators

Friday, July 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won’t catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and “broken,” the NCAA’s top cop fired back by defending his staff’s work and acknowledging the impossible mission … 0

NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IRVING, Texas — The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions, on Wednesday … 0

UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was simply the latest rite of passage in his return to being a head coach. But … 0

UMass notebook: Minutemen to play in ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another morning at Mullins. UMass will host a weekday morning game as part of ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon for the third straight season. UMass sources confirmed the CBS Sports report that the Minutemen will play Manhattan on Nov. … 0

Pat Connaughton tells MLB he will return to Notre Dame to finish degree

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame pitcher Pat Connaughton is telling major league teams interested in drafting him that he plans to return to campus to play basketball and earn his business degree. The 6-foot-5 swingman who was third on the basketball team in scoring last season at … 0

Duke beats Notre Dame 11-9 to win NCAA lacrosse title

Monday, May 26, 2014

BALTIMORE — Two straight NCAA men’s lacrosse championships. Three in the last five years. Eight straight trips to the Final Four, half of which ended in an appearance in the title game. If that’s not a dynasty, what … 0

5 SEC teams are hosts for NCAA baseball regionals

Sunday, May 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Five Southeastern Conference teams are among the 16 hosts for regionals in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. SEC tournament champion LSU and regular-season champion Florida are hosts, along with Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. … 0

Weekend colleges: Amherst women’s lacrosse doubled up in national semifinal

Sunday, May 25, 2014

With just under 14 minutes left in regulation Saturday, the Amherst College women’s lacrosse team stood within a goal of defending national champion and second-ranked Salisbury. But the Lord Jeffs allowed the next four goals and their season came to an end with an 8-4 loss in the … 0

Judge orders NCAA suit to go to trial next month

Friday, May 23, 2014

A federal judge on Friday denied motions by the NCAA that would delay trial on an antitrust suit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and others, ordering the trial to go forward next month in California. Judge Claudia Wilken ordered a June 9 trial in Oakland on … 0

UConn, Ollie ink $15 million, 5-year deal

Friday, May 23, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut basketball coach Kevin Ollie has agreed to a $15 million, five-year contract with the national champion Huskies, the university announced Thursday. “It’s a humbling experience to be around the UConn fans and the UConn … 0

Alabama’s Thomas voted into College Hall of Fame

Friday, May 23, 2014

The late great Derrick Thomas grew up in Miami and played his entire 11-year NFL career in Kansas City. In between he spent four years at the University of Alabama, dominating on defense as few players have ever … 0

Thursday’s college recaps: Naomi Bates wrangles another national title for Amherst College

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amherst College’s Naomi Bates is going out as a national champion. The Jeffs senior won the long jump at the NCAA Division III national championships at Ohio Wesleyan University. Bates won the event comfortably as her leap of 6.02 meters was over 8 inches better than Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lexis … 0

Kings rally past Blackhawks 6-2 in Game 2

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CHICAGO — Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles’ six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece. Tyler Toffoli and Jake … 0