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Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer beats Bryant for season’s first win

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sophomore Megan Burke scored in the 111th minute as the UMass women’s soccer team beat Bryant 1-0 in double overtime Thursday for its first win of the season. Laura Johns had one assist and Danielle Kriscenski made one save for the Minutewomen (1-1-1). … 0

UMass needs a strong performance from a young line to pace its defense

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — At the end of Tuesday’s practice, UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo held a long impromptu meeting with his unit on the McGuirk Stadium turf. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said as his team prepared for Saturday’s 3 p.m. opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium. “We … 0

Mark Whipple’s new start at UMass comes against old friend Don Brown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — If it were up to him, UMass coach Mark Whipple would rather not play against his friends. While he’s gotten used to it over the years, he’d certainly prefer to play someone he doesn’t know or doesn’t like than someone he’s close to. But when Whipple returns to the UMass sidelines … 0

Hunted Auburn striving to be ‘13 seconds better’

Monday, August 11, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. — The theme around Auburn’s football building since January has been about being “13 seconds better.” Just being better than ‘13 is a lofty enough goal. The Tigers won’t be able to sneak up on anyone … 0

UMass football center Matt Sparks prepares to lead offensive line

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — On an offense with new players, new coaches and old players in new spots, Matt Sparks is a rarity for the UMass football team’s offense. The junior from Hawaii is a returning starter, playing the same … 1

Penn State trustees to discuss NCAA lawsuit status

Monday, August 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State’s trustees will meet by phone this week to discuss the status of state officials’ lawsuit against the NCAA over the use of a $60 million fine the university has been paying because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. There will be a … 0

ACC, Maryland settle legal dispute for $31.4M

Friday, August 8, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland have settled their legal dispute over the Terrapins’ exit from the league. Under terms announced Friday, the ACC will keep the roughly $31.4 million it had previously withheld from Maryland and the school will not owe … 0

Judge rules against NCAA in O’Bannon ‘likeness’ case

Friday, August 8, 2014

A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In … 0

UMass kicker Blake Lucas makes good on second chance

Friday, August 8, 2014

AMHERST — As Friday’s practice was drawing to a close, anyone within a few hundred yards of Gladchuk Field could hear the celebratory cheer that arose from the UMass football team when Blake Lucas’ field goal cleared the … 0

Athletic director John McCutcheon says UMass should be able to handle NCAA changes

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — If the increased control given to the NCAA’s five biggest conferences Thursday leads to added value to athletic scholarships, UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he expects the department to be able to handle the potential added cost. Increasing the value of a scholarship to better … 0

Wide receiver Marken Michel excited to be back with UMass

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — Marken Michel can’t stop thinking about Aug. 30. The UMass football team’s season opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium had been on his mind more than every waking moment. “When I go to sleep, I … 0

Northern Illinois hopes to bounce back after losing title

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A bump in the road or a changing of the guard? Northern Illinois arrived in Detroit for last year’s Mid-American Conference championship game with an undefeated record, but the Huskies lost 47-27 to Bowling Green, ending their shot at a third straight league title. Star quarterback Jordan Lynch … 0

Young UMass defensive line hopes to come together quickly

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AMHERST — Daniel Maynes raised his eyebrows and cracked a slight smile above his long goatee when asked about the low expectations for the UMass football team. It clearly wasn’t the first time he’d thought about it. “I … 0