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Valley Blue Sox first baseman Christopher Starcun stretches for the out to end the top of the sixth inning Thursday against the Keene Swamp Bats at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from his hometown. And despite no guarantee of remaining on the roster for the entire season, he’s thrived on that bit of pressure …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London and Paris from Aug. 17-24. After missing most of last year with knee problems, rising …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to …

UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

Monday, June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students …

Women’s college softball grows as exposure, crowds increase

Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and …

Keflezighi runs fastest masters half marathon of 1:02:29

Sunday, May 31, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Meb Keflezighi won the USA Track & Field Masters Half Marathon title Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds, the fastest ever for a runner 40 or older. The race, part of the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, …

UMass women’s rowing takes 20th at NCAAs

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 2014-15 UMass athletic season is finally in the books as the women’s rowing team concluded its season with 20th place at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California on Sunday. The Second Varsity 8+ was 18th overall, taking sixth in the “C” final in 7 minutes, 2.76 …

Minority college coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. The National Association …

At Under-20 World Cup, you can’t go wrong with Argentina, Brazil

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — If you’re trying to pick a winner in the Under-20 World Cup, you may not need to look much further than Latin America. Argentina has won it six times. Brazil has won five, the …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst College eliminated from NCAA Division III Individual Tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team’s run at the national Division III individual tournament is over. Sue Ghosh fell to Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round Friday morning in Mason, Ohio. Ghosh and teammate Vickie Ip dropped their quarterfinal match to Bridget Etchegaray and …

UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

Friday, May 22, 2015

North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the “lengthy” notice and …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst native Mo Frank named softball All-American at Williams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former Amherst Regional standout Mo Frank finished her college career with an honor few Williams players have ever earned. Frank became just the fifth Eph softball player to earn All-America honors as she was named to the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team Wednesday. Frank led …