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Alabama quarterback Blake Sims throws as he works through drills during an Alabama NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

College Football: Alabama rolls to No. 1, race for No. 4 heats up

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances. Keeping winning and the Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles should be in. The race for the fourth and final spot in the playoff is shaping up to be a tussle between four …

Chicago PG LuWane Pipkins signs with UMass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LuWane Pipkins is finally officially a future UMass men’s basketball player. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago signed his National Letter of Intent Monday and UMass officially verified it, Wednesday. “He’s a great addition to our team and family. He’s a guard who can push tempo and really guards the ball defensively. He can score from the point guard spot and can really …

Backup QB Austin Whipple, UMass struggle in cold conditions, fall 30-6 to Akron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — It was a tough assignment from the time UMass quarterback Austin Whipple stepped off the bus outside InfoCision Stadium. The redshirt freshman was making his first collegiate start on a foreign field. A steady wind was blowing at approximately 18 mph, dropping the 15-degree temperature to minus 1 with the wind chill. Plus, it was senior night for Akron. Not …

UMass ready for hockey rivalry with AIC

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — If the annual hockey game between UMass and American International College is going to become the rivalry that Minuteman coach John Micheletto is hoping for, AIC did a good job stoking the fire last season. In a January game at the Mullins Center, the Minutemen outplayed …

UMass freshman forward Zach Coleman set to suit up for Saturday’s scrimmage against American

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — UMass coach Derek Kellogg didn’t have the results yet from redshirt freshman Zach Coleman’s MRI Thursday, but he wasn’t worried about it. Coleman, who banged his knee during last week’s exhibition with American International College, practiced …

All-American Jahlil Okafor leads list of impact freshmen

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kentucky got to the national championship game last season with five freshman starters. Kansas and Duke were also bolstered by players who made smooth transitions from high school to college, and now are in the NBA. No longer …

UConn upsets BC 1-0 in Hockey East home opener

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut brought Hockey East to Hartford with a big upset Wednesday night. Playing their first season in one of the nation’s premier conferences, the Huskies stunned No. 3 Boston College 1-0 before 8,089 fans who turned out for the team’s home opener at the XL …

UMass notebook: Halfway through break, Minutemen eager to get back on football field

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AMHERST — After Wednesday’s practice, UMass football players acknowledged that the 11 days off since their Oct. 25th loss to Toledo have been good for them physically and mentally. But with another seven days until their Nov. 12th game against Ball State at McGuirk Stadium, the Minutemen were …

Slimmer Tyler Bergantino hoping to make a bigger impact for UMass

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

AMHERST — Few players in college basketball are as secure in their specific role as Tyler Bergantino. Barring an injury, the 6-foot-9 Floridian is unlikely to unseat Cady Lalanne as the starting center and as it is looking …

Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd headline AP preseason women’s All-American team

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are in a class by themselves. They are the first teammates to twice be honored as preseason All-Americans by The Associated Press. “The fact that this has never been achieved before by …

Matt Vautour: Bowl bids up for grabs among nine MAC squads

Monday, November 3, 2014

Not including the league championship, there are four weeks remaining in Mid-American Conference play. Three teams —Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Central Michigan — are already bowl eligible with six wins, while four others — UMass, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Michigan — have already lost too …

UMass notebook: Narrowing a rotation won’t be easy for Derek Kellogg

Monday, November 3, 2014

AMHERST — UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg is open to potentially using an 11-man rotation, but it’s more players than he’d like to use. He plans to have the Minutemen playing at a high tempo more than …

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor becomes latest freshman preseason All-American

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jahlil Okafor has yet to play a game for Duke. The hype surrounding his arrival is all pegged to potential and what he accomplished against high school players. Had he come up in another era, Okafor would have …