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UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back at practice Sunday and is expected to …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

Rondo: I want to stay a Celtic beyond this season

Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo wore a black sling on his left arm to help protect the surgically repaired bone in his hand. His relationship with the Boston Celtics appears healthy. Entering the final season of his contract, the only star on the rebuilding team had a simple answer Monday when asked if he …

Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back …

FSU benches QB Jameis Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline. The …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke pulls out double overtime soccer win

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cassidy Robinson scored the game-wining goal in the 107th minute as the Mount Holyoke soccer team beat Western New England 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday in South Hadley. Robinson gave Mount Holyoke (3-3) a 1-0 lead with an assist from Tori Shaffrey. Emma Norden (Belchertown) scored for WNEU …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly …

UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson’s return this season questionable

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson’s season might not be over after all. The UMass running back, who left Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt on a cart after suffering an apparent broken ankle, was originally thought to be done for the year, but UMass coach Mark Whipple held out hope that …

Sports briefs: Jessica Johnson tabbed softball coach at Amherst College

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jessica Johnson named Amherst College softball coach Jessica Johnson has been hired as the next Amherst College softball coach the school announced Monday. Johnson previously served as the head coach at Brandeis for eight years. She will replace Shannon Doepking, who accepted the head coaching position at Dartmouth. …

SEC dominating AP poll again

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s dominant status had taken a hit since Nick Saban wrapped his hands around the national championship trophy in 2013, following Alabama’s second straight title. The conference had its run of seven straight national championships end …

Matt Vautour: Breakthrough or breakdown coming for UMass?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Is the UMass football team moving closer to a breakthrough or a breakdown? This is an important time for the Minutemen. They’ve shown they’re good enough to play competitively with big conference opponents. Colorado and Vanderbilt figure to be the bottom of the Pac 12 and …

Weekend colleges: UMass field hockey claims Kennedy Cup

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sabia Brooke had a goal and an assist for the UMass field hockey team, which won the 2nd annual Kennedy Cup with a 3-1 win at UMass-Lowell Sunday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each added a goal for the Minutewomen (2-4). The cup is named in honor of …