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Massachusetts' Stanley Andre (35) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts)

UMass seniors prepare for final football game as Minutemen take on Buffalo Friday

Thursday, November 27, 2014

AMHERST — Stanley Andre is not a crier by nature, but he admitted a tear or two could sneak out when he’s honored as part of senior day before his final career home game vs. Buffalo, Friday at 1 p.m. (McGuirk Stadium. Andre has been around. He played as a true freshman for Kevin Morris in 2011, for Charley Molar …

No. 19 Marshall looks to end regular season 12-0

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm figures his team’s best chance at ending No. 19 Marshall’s perfect season will come from forcing Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato to throw. Brohm doesn’t want to risk allowing Marshall’s running game to get untracked Friday. The Thundering Herd’s Devon Johnson has 1,573 rushing yards, …

Iron Bowl, Egg Bowl have huge stakes in SEC

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Some things to watch in the final weekend of the Southeastern Conference regular season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 15 Auburn at No. 2 Alabama. As usual, there is plenty on the line in the Iron Bowl when Alabama (No. 1 CFP) hosts Auburn (No. 15 CFP) on Saturday evening. The Tide can …

UMass turns it up in second half, beats Boston College 71-62

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — As it turned out 20 minutes of P.A.I.N. was enough for the UMass men’s basketball team. The Minutemen’s pregame highlight video promotes 40 minutes of their signature style to Pressure, Agitate, Interrupt and Neutralize. They did …

Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s soccer advances in NCAA Division III Tournament

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kieran Bellew’s goal in the fifth round of penalty kicks gave the 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team a victory over St. Lawrence in the NCAA Division III Tournament second round, Sunday in Canton, New York. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtime periods. Amherst …

Georgia blows out Auburn 34-7 in Gurley’s return

Saturday, November 15, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — Nick Chubb shared the spotlight in Todd Gurley’s return, with both backs rushing for more than 100 yards in No. 16 Georgia’s 34-7 victory over ninth-ranked Auburn on Saturday night. Georgia (8-2, 6-2, No. 15 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass women drop opener to Western Michigan

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 63-41 at Western Michigan on Friday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a team high 16 points and had eight rebounds for the Minutewomen (0-1). Women’s cross country NCAA Division I Northeast Regional — UMass placed 26th Friday as Rachel Hilliard …

UMass notebook: Derrick Gordon shines in historic game

Saturday, November 15, 2014

AMHERST — On a night Derek Gordon made history, he also made a whole lot of plays. By design there wasn’t much orchestrated fanfare for Gordon becoming the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player to play …

‘Big Four’ carry UMass in season-opening 95-87 win over Siena

Friday, November 14, 2014

AMHERST — When it came to crunch time in the season opener against Siena, UMass coach Derek Kellogg leaned on his veterans and they delivered. The Minutemen closed the game on a 12-4 run to pull away for …

UMass holding out hope QB Blake Frohnapfel can play; Austin Whipple takes first-team snaps

Friday, November 14, 2014

AMHERST — Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Whipple took all the first-team snaps at Friday’s practice, but UMass is holding out hope that junior Blake Frohnapfel would be able to play in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at Akron. Frohnapfel suffered a bone bruise in the third quarter of Wednesday’s …

Matt Vautour: Motivated Minutemen take first step in 2014-15 season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST Not long before the ball goes up at the Mullins Center Friday night, UMass will reveal its first NCAA tournament banner since 1998. The moment will be a metaphorical gate swing. Once it’s over, it will mark …

Freshmen to have big role as UMass tips with Siena to open season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass coach Derek Kellogg has always been a little reluctant to play freshmen, and never more so than a year ago when his three rookies played just 164 of the team’s 6,625 minutes. But in Friday’s …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel’s status unknown for Akron

Thursday, November 13, 2014

There was no update on injured UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Thursday, a day after the record-setting junior left UMass’ 24-10 win over Ball State on a cart with a leg injury. The Minutemen did not have practice or media availability Thursday. UMass director of athletic media relations John …