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Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple, center, stands with his players during a timeout in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Special teams coach Mark Michaels reunites with UMass, Mark Whipple

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — There wasn’t much of a get-to-know-each-other phase with the UMass coaching staff and new special teams coordinator Mark Michaels. Like so many Minuteman coaches Michaels is the new and old special teams coach. Not only did he work for Mark Whipple at UMass, Brown and New Haven, but he was an assistant coach under Tom Masella when the …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass softball bats come alive in rout of Yale

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The UMass softball team exploded in a 16-6 win over Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday. Six players had at least two hits as UMass (6-15) set season highs for runs and base hits. Olivia Godin, Gianna Hathaway and Tara Klee each had three hits each, while Taylor Carbone, Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Two RBIs, run) and Bridget Lemire had two apiece. Lemire and Anna …

UConn women not looking past opposition in Final Four

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Four No. 1 seeds are in the Final Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament for only the third time, yet there’s still a distinctive feel it’s really two-time defending champion Connecticut’s title to lose. Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland merely are a distant best of the rest. The coaches …

Nebraska blocks NCAA tournament live streaming at Capitol

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers will have to watch the Big Dance after work. Nebraska Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker told legislative and judicial administrators in an email that websites for streaming the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are blocked on the Capitol’s network. Sen. Bob Krist of …

Women’s NCAA Tournament attendance up in some locations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women’s NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places. Buoyed by two moves in particular — to once again have top teams host first …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Pat Connaughton’s ambition powers Notre Dame to Sweet 16

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pat Connaughton does whatever it takes to help Notre Dame win. Diving for a loose ball. Grabbing a rebound. Getting in the face of a teammate. The 6-foot-5 forward from Arlington, Massachusetts, has been …

West Virginia’s Bob Huggins looks for another win over Kentucky’s John Calipari

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has had his way against Kentucky’s John Calipari over the years. Huggins is 8-2 all-time against his close friend. Meeting No. 11 will be Huggins’ greatest challenge against a Calipari-coached team when West …

Xavier’s Jalen Reynolds will play vs Arizona

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CINCINNATI — Forward Jalen Reynolds accompanied Xavier to Los Angeles for its Sweet 16 game while the school looked into a complaint filed against him by another student. Coach Chris Mack said before the team left on Tuesday …

Derrick Gordon transferring from UMass, hopes to expand his role at new school

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players …

Tennessee advances to Sweet 16 with win over Pittsburgh

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bashaara Graves scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds as Tennessee withstood a late rally to defeat Pittsburgh, 77-67, and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The second-seeded Lady Vols (29-5) improved to 56-0 in NCAA Tournament home games and advanced to a Spokane Region …

Princeton’s unbeaten run ends in 85-70 NCAA loss at Maryland

Monday, March 23, 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As the final seconds of Princeton’s season ticked away, its unbeaten run ending against No. 1 seed Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, Tigers coach Courtney Banghart took a stroll along the sideline. She stopped …