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Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year. Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where ex-players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible. Undergrads already are required …

Weekend college recaps: UMass women’s lacrosse send seniors off with 18-11 win over George Washington

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team was powered by Amy Tiernan’s four goals in an 18-11 win over George Washington on Sunday. Tiernane added three assists while Erika Eipp had three goals and four assists. Kattie Ott and Nicole Troost each scored twice in the senior day victory. Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in net for the Minutewomen (16-1, 8-0 Atlantic 10). Middlebury 9, …

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Siena

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Brandon Walsh’s two-run double capped a five-run eighth-inning rally as the UMass baseball team beat Siena, 6-5, Tuesday in Loudonville, New York. Kevin Hassett earned the win in relief, while Mike Geannelis picked up a two-inning save for the Minutemen (6-10). Adam Picard and Rob McLam each went …

UMass linebacker Shane Huber healthy and ready to fulfill high expectations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — The initial bending was the worst. Shane Huber would lay face down on a table after the surgery to repair his torn left knee, as a physical therapist would work to help return the range of …

UConn vs. Notre Dame: Rivalry brings attention to sport

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — There are few teams in women’s basketball that have been able to challenge Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies during their unprecedented 20-year run atop the sport. First it was Pat Summitt and Tennessee. Now …

Coaching Lauren: Dying player’s coach reflects on year

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball coach Dan Benjamin shares his thoughts about his time with Lauren Hill, a freshman who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor before joining the team and made two layups in …

Duke tops Wisconsin 68-63 for national title

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Call them freshmen. Please, do not call them kids. Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters played like salty old pros down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points over the …

NCAA looking for ways to speed up game, increase scoring

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA may be ready to spice up college basketball. After a feeding frenzy of complaints over reduced scoring and longer games, rules committee members told a small group of reporters Monday that next season’s potential …

Seeds of Calipari’s coaching success were planted here

Monday, April 6, 2015

Walking around the court prior to a February UMass home game, a fan, whose name I never got, stopped me for a few minutes to talk about whether I thought Kentucky would go undefeated. He then proceeded to …

Former UMass coach John Calipari makes Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When the call came telling him he had been voted into the Hall of Fame, Kentucky coach John Calipari had an immediate reaction. He steered his car to the curb, and let the reality of basketball’s …

Friends, colleagues celebrate Calipari’s election to Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

Years before his friend and former boss was ever even nominated, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was telling John Calipari he’d eventually be in the Hall of Fame. “I always used to tease him when he’d be complaining about stuff, ‘What are you worried about, you’re going to be …

UConn, Notre Dame set for women’s championship game rematch

Monday, April 6, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — The women’s basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year. Unlike last season’s game when much of the conversation …