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UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before New Year’s with games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Its exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass football team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gainesville, Florida, native is listed atop the depth chart at … 0

USC’s Josh Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a … 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

UMass running back Drew Harris excited to start football career

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — After a long route from high school to Division I, Drew Harris was glad to finally be a college football player as he walked off the field following his first practice at UMass. After amassing 4,977 … 0

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher eyes back-to-back titles

Monday, August 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he read books written by former NBA coach Phil Jackson in an attempt to discover the secrets of winning multiple championships. Jackson led teams to three consecutive titles on … 0

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson confident heading into camp

Monday, August 4, 2014

CULVER, Ind. — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is feeling calmer, more confident and just a bit more comfortable than he was in the spring, when he failed to reclaim the starting position he held before a season-long suspension. Golson admitted to feeling a tinge of anxiety Monday … 0

No Manziel? No Clowney? SEC says no problem

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Southeastern Conference finally got knocked off the mountaintop. Now, Alabama and other aspiring national contenders are trying to begin the climb back in a league that suddenly has a fresh feel. Gone are marquee names like Jadeveon … 0