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Top of men’s AP basketball poll the same, but not the bottom

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Week usually shakes up the Top 25 and this year was no different. There are five newcomers to the poll and since there was a tie for 25th last week, six teams dropped out. All the new teams were ranked as late as last season, and two of those that fell had long streaks of being in the Top 25. Syracuse was the highest of the newcomers at 14th. …

UConn remains No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tony Bozzella didn’t want Seton Hall to just be a one-hit wonder. After one of the most successful seasons in school history last year, Bozzella has the Pirates off to their best start in 26 years, winning their first seven games. Buoyed by that success, the Pirates have found their way back into the Top 25 for the second straight season, entering the …

No. 2 Alabama faces Florida as SEC’s last hope for playoffs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The once-unstoppable Southeastern Conference is down to one national title contender. Predictably, it’s No. 2 Alabama. If No. 18 Florida pulls off the upset in Saturday’s SEC championship game in the Georgia Dome, the league that trumpeted a seven-year national title stranglehold not so long ago won’t even get an invitation to the …

Trey Davis, UMass looking for different ending with Harvard this season

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — Last year’s Harvard game still bugs Trey Davis. UMass executed the play perfectly and Davis got a really clean look at the would-be game-winning shot. It looked good out of his hands, but the ball touched …

No. 1 UConn opens with a 100-56 win against No. 7 Ohio State

Monday, November 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Breanna Stewart scored 24 points and Moriah Jefferson added 21 to lead top-ranked UConn to a 100-56 win over No. 7 Ohio State on Monday night. The Huskies (1-0) opened their season in style with …

Matt Vautour: Already the Atlantic 10 looks like it could be wide open

Monday, November 16, 2015

The season was barely two hours old, still a month and a half away from the start of conference play and the Atlantic 10 pecking order was already flipped on its ear. E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island’s junior guard …

Weekend colleges: UMass hockey rallies in third period to tie Vermont, 3-3

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The UMass ice hockey team bounced back from its loss to Merrimack on Friday, rallying to tie Vermont, 3-3, Sunday in Burlington. Trailing 3-0 and with the goalie pulled, Ray Pigozzi capped the comeback with a game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play in the third period. Patrick …

Amherst football caps perfect season, wins NESCAC title with win over Williams

Sunday, November 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — The singing could be heard throughout downtown Williamstown Saturday afternoon. The songs did not belong to the home team. Amherst College won its second consecutive NESCAC title and finished with a perfect 8-0 record after beating Little Three rival Williams 17-7 at Farley-Lamb Field. It was …

UMass Notebook: Seth Berger shines in return

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — It’s been almost a year since a foot injury prematurely ended UMass forward Seth Berger’s 2014-15 season. On Saturday he didn’t look like a player battling rust. He had a career-high 10 points, four rebounds and …

UMass football grinds down Eastern Michigan for second win of season

Saturday, November 14, 2015

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The UMass football team has struggled all season to hold onto leads and finish off games — but not Saturday. After an early field goal by Eastern Michigan, the Minutemen grabbed the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run from Marquis Young and never looked back. …

After visiting this summer, Paris tragedy resonates with UMass men’s basketball team

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — When he heard the news about Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Jabarie Hinds picked up his phone. Less than three months ago, Hinds and the UMass basketball team had been in the French capital as part …

UMass rallies to beat Howard in men’s basketball season opener

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — It took a small lineup to make a big comeback in the UMass basketball team’s season opener. Trailing Howard by 14 early in the second half, Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg went with a small, pressing lineup …

UMass comeback falls short as Merrimack skates away to 4-2 win

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass hockey team’s late comeback proved for naught. Merrimack turned a Minuteman turnover midway through the third period into the winning goal and the Warriors left the Mullins Center with a 4-2 win Friday. After …