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UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full practice with the Minutemen. The junior college transfer needed to complete summer classes and have his eligibility cleared by the NCAA and … 0

Matt Vautour: The College Football Playoff field isn’t going to stay at four for long.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The squawking will start around 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, if not sooner. The four-team field for the first college football playoff will be out and lots of people will be mad. Fans, administrators and representatives from at least two of the big five conferences are going to be mad. Supporters of whichever … 0

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke 0 — Mackenzie Randall made one save but the Lyons dropped their season opener at … 0

ASU player gets plenty of support after coming out

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. — Chip Sarafin watched the others before him break down the barriers, athletes like Jason Collins and Michael Sam who let the world know they were gay. The Arizona State offensive lineman had already told … 0

UConn hoping Diaco can raise football profile

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — First-time head coach Bob Diaco takes over a UConn a program that is coming off consecutive three-win seasons and was left without a seat in the five power conferences after the demise of the Big … 0

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis Winston

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him. No different this year. Florida … 0

Everett Golson regains job as Notre Dame’s starting QB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again. The senior has reclaimed the post he held while leading the Fighting Irish to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who … 0

Ohio State good but must patch O-line, secondary

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So Urban Meyer and his wife were coming back from the victory at rival Michigan last season, and he turned and asked a question. “In your wildest dreams, could you have imagined we’d win our … 0

Twitter campaign backfires on Florida St, Winston

Monday, August 11, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State social media campaign turned ugly Sunday when the university’s athletic department opened their Heisman-winning quarterback up to nationwide mockery. The department attempted to engage fans on Twitter by soliciting questions to be … 0