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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

Big boys only in men’s Final Four

Friday, April 4, 2014

The invitation to this year’s Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only. Yes, we’re well aware that Kentucky was a No. 8 seed and UConn was a 7. But c’mon. These … 0

Women’s basketball Final Four loaded with stars

Friday, April 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The women’s basketball Final Four features Hall of Fame coaches, star players, fabulous freshmen and of course for the first time ever — two undefeated teams. Welcome to Music City, UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, and … 0

North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry renewed at Frozen 4

Friday, April 4, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series was a significant casualty of the football-driven conference realignment that interrupted so many classic rivalries across the country. As if prearranged to mollify fans frustrated by the first regular season in … 0

Scouts flock to see Hartford pitcher with 0.00 ERA

Friday, April 4, 2014

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Sean Newcomb says he doesn’t even notice them anymore — all the major league scouts pointing radar guns at him every time he winds up. It’s just become part of the background at Fiondella … 0

Contrasting Kentucky, Wisconsin meet at Final Four

Friday, April 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — They play the same game, though they come at it from opposite sides of the court. Kentucky has a coach labeled a renegade, a rotating stable of McDonald’s All-Americans and sky high expectations every year. … 0

Thursday’s college recaps: Mount Holyoke lacrosse at .500 after home win

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Mount Holyoke lacrosse team used a strong second half to pull away from Western Connecticut State, 21-14, Thursday at home. The Lyons (5-5) scored 13 goals, including nine unanswered, after intermission. Naomi Miller led all Mount Holyoke scorers with five goals and one assist. Liz Randolph (four … 0

Boston College hires former Ohio U coach Jim Christian

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOSTON — Boston College is turning to another small conference coach to make the Eagles competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. BC hired Jim Christian of Ohio University on Thursday, hoping the coach who has led his teams to eight postseason berths in 12 years can get the … 0

Kelvin Sampson introduced as Houston’s basketball coach

Thursday, April 3, 2014

HOUSTON — Houston introduced Kelvin Sampson as their men’s basketball coach on Thursday, confident that he can bring the once-proud program back to prominence and undeterred by his past improprieties with the NCAA. Sampson committed numerous NCAA violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana, … 0

Wichita coach Gregg Marshall, Creighton’s Doug McDermott take home AP yearly awards

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is growing accustomed to being center stage at the Final Four. He just wishes his team was with him this time around. After leading the Shockers to the national semifinals … 0

UConn point guard Shabazz Napier trying to shed Kemba Walker’s shadow

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent Connecticut star: Kemba … 0