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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' J.T. Blyden, center left, runs for a gain as DuVaughn Beckford, center right, approaches during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” said Whipple, who put his squad through … 0

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks’ new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 0

Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid 3-1

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal — and even Cristiano Ronaldo’s unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid. Ashley Young scored twice in the first half, and United beat … 0

Plenty of questions heading into UMass football training camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

On Monday, the UMass football team will start its first day of training camp of the second Mark Whipple coaching era. The combination of new players, new systems and schemes, in addition to the new coaches, means there … 0

Brian Kelly: Notre Dame quarterback competition isn’t artificial

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it’s not the foregone conclusion many believe. “I’m not playing a game where we’re trying … 0

UMass ‘clam bake’ nets football recruits

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UMass football’s annual “clam bake” continues to be a recruiting boon for the Minutemen. According to the Maroon Musket, UMass added two more verbal commitments Thursday. Michael Yerardi, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Suffield Academy, and Jack Driscoll, a 6-4, 247-pound defensive end/offensive tackle from Connecticut, attended … 0

UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged … 0

Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the … 0

Kentucky basketball legend Wah Wah Jones dies

Monday, July 28, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school’s greatest all-around athlete, has died. He was 88. Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats’ “Fabulous Five” … 0

Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star. Like many wannabe actors, she found herself waiting tables after college. And had it not been for her getting to know … 0

NCAA enforcement director defends investigators

Friday, July 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won’t catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the … 0

NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IRVING, Texas — The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement … 0