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Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that UAB would bring the sport back in 2016, Brackett tweeted: “Yo I’m 17 hours away !!! Because they cancel football program 3 …

UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

Monday, June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart. He said donors have pledged …

Women’s college softball grows as exposure, crowds increase

Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and little television exposure. This year, her Wolverines advanced to the Women’s College World Series earlier …

Bob Baffert is loaded with 2 blazing colts for Kentucky Derby

Friday, May 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert hopes he’s celebrating in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby. He just doesn’t know which horse or owners would join him. After all, the trainer has the two top favorites for Saturday’s …

UMass men’s lacrosse knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn — A week ago, when UMass was losing to Delaware, the worst team in the Colonial Athletic Association, Minuteman goalie Zach Oliveri wasn’t even on the field for the second half following a benching at intermission. But against the best team in the CAA, the junior …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s lacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team cleaned up at the awards from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Junior attack Erika Eipp was named offensive player of the year for recording a league-best 61 points (34 goals, 27 assists). Sophomore Hannah Murphy was named midfielder of the year for her team-high …

Wednesday’s colleges: Quinnipiac shuts out UMass baseball team

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The UMass baseball team was shut down by Quinnipiac on Wednesday, collecting three hits in a 3-0 loss at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst. Paul Yanakopulos went 2 for 4, while Brett Evangelista had a pinch-hit single for the Minutemen (11-22). Tim Cassidy struck out six, walked one …

UMass notebook: Women’s lacrosse looking to extend its Atlantic 10 dominance

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMHERST — George Mason wasn’t even in the Atlantic 10 the last time UMass failed to win the league’s women’s lacrosse championship. In the six years since 2008, the Minutewomen have been UMass’ most successful team and the Atlantic 10’s most consistent team. Through a coaching change and …

Former UMass tight end Jean Sifrin eager to get pro career started

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The start of Jean Sifrin’s professional football career feels like the start of his college career. He’s ready to start practicing, learning the playbook and playing, but circumstances are once again making him wait. At UMass, it was …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball takes down Division I Dartmouth

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team collected 18 hits as it knocked off Division I Dartmouth, 15-4, in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Conner Gunn (two RBIs, two runs) was 4 for 6, while Yanni Thanopoulos (three RBIs, three runs) and Tyler Jacobs (two runs) each had three hits …

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members …

Weekend college recaps: UMass women’s lacrosse send seniors off with 18-11 win over George Washington

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team was powered by Amy Tiernan’s four goals in an 18-11 win over George Washington on Sunday. Tiernane added three assists while Erika Eipp had three goals and four assists. Kattie Ott and Nicole Troost each scored twice in the senior day victory. Rachel …

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that …