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QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday. Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was “insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.” Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar …

Patriots edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Emily Mital added eight points for UMass (5-6). …

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. …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst runs home win streak to 101 games

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak at home to 101 games Thursday. Ali Doswell scored 21 points as the No. 2-ranked Lord Jeffs beat Eastern Connecticut, 66-51, at LeFrak Gymnasium. Marley Giddins added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Amherst (5-0). Jaimie Renner added …

Notebook: Seth Berger’s uncertain availability throws UMass lineup a curve

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger missed Thursday’s men’s basketball practice with a left foot injury that left the UMass sophomore forward’s status uncertain for Sunday’s 2 p.m. game against Florida Gulf Coast at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. It was unclear when the injury happened to Berger, who is …

UMass hopes better play continues with a pair of home games against Notre Dame

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — UMass hockey coach John Micheletto didn’t want to call his team’s 11-1 loss to Vermont a line in the sand or rock bottom. But the Minutemen have played better since the Nov. 22nd blowout, a trend …