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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility a possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called on the play is often is a point of contention for players and coaches. “What …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

Vautour: Crazy Saturday leaves 10 unbeaten teams and alters playoff picture

Monday, October 6, 2014

By the time the clock ticked off the final games Saturday night, the contender list for college football’s first ever playoff looked a lot different than it did Saturday morning. Ranked teams were picked off up and down …

After sitting out, Zach Coleman and Jabarie Hinds looking to stand out for UMass men’s basketball

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — Even if he’d been healthy a year ago, Zach Coleman wouldn’t have gone into the season as a player the UMass basketball team was relying on. Even if transfer Jabarie Hinds had been eligible immediately, the Minutemen had enough backcourt depth that they wouldn’t have needed …

Magnolia State still celebrating memorable weekend

Monday, October 6, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. — The Magnolia State is still buzzing from arguably the most successful sports weekend in its history. Ole Miss rallied to topple Alabama 23-17 in Oxford a few hours after Mississippi State dominated Texas A&M 48-31 …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College football blanks Middlebury to stay perfect

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Amherst College football team remained unbeaten on the season following a 7-0 win over Middlebury on the road Saturday. One touchdown proved to be all that the Lord Jeffs (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) needed. At the start of the third quarter, Nick Kelly ran for a 59-yard score …

Mississippi tie: Rebels, Bulldogs third in AP college football poll

Sunday, October 5, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi’s Southeastern Conference teams have never been this good and this close. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied for third in The Associated Press college football poll after a wild day of unexpected results …

Notebook: Kicking woes plague UMass, Mark Whipple

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — During his previous stint as coach of the UMass football team, Mark Whipple was memorably quoted saying “I hate kickers.” He laughed when he said it, at least half-joking about the stress that part of the game caused him and his head coaching brethren. But …

UMass skirts game-winning field goal attempt, fails on last play in 42-41 loss to Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — With 3 seconds left, no timeouts, his team down by a point and the clocked stopped temporarily after a first down at the Miami 6-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple had two choices: either …

UMass, Miami put winless records on the line in Ohio

Friday, October 3, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — “We’ve been fine playing good football and being in games. We had a lead in the fourth quarter Saturday. Our deal is trying to finish and close out games and have enough in the tank. …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey strikes quickly to take down Lock Haven

Friday, October 3, 2014

The UMass field hockey exploded in the first half to beat Lock Haven, 3-0, Friday in Amherst. Izzie Delario (assist), Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each scored before halftime en route to the shutout. Hailey Cockrum, Brooke Sabia and Cliodhna Loughlin each had one assist. Sam Carlino made …

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel thrives for UMass thanks to relationship with Mark Whipple

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — When he decided to transfer from Marshall, Blake Frohnapfel wasn’t looking for a coach that would take his opinion and preferences into consideration when building a game plan. It never occurred to him that such a …