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JERREY ROBERTS
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James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I ‘pop’ out of there and score,” Oliphant …

UMass field hockey beats Boston University for first win

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nicole Kuerzi scored her first collegiate goal and Melanie Kreusch added a penalty stroke as the UMass field hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss on Saturday to beat Boston University, 2-1, Sunday in Boston. Izzie Delario had one assist and Sam Carlino made five saves in the victory for UMass (1-1-0). On Saturday, UMass twice held a two-goal lead in the …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for an athlete. For decades, universities and colleges have been …

Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

Monday, August 3, 2015

DALLAS — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. The former running back for Southern Methodist University …

Easthampton’s Chris Starcun makes the most of first season with Valley Blue Sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE — Chris Starcun had reached the point in his baseball career where he needed the greatest possible challenge, especially coming off a breakthrough sophomore season at American International College. He found it just down the road from …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference …

Jamaica stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the …

Miami, UNC, Virginia Tech look to get rolling again

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Some of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s sleeping giants hope this is the year they return to prominence. Neither Miami nor North Carolina has ever been to the ACC championship game. And lately, once-frequent division winner …

Pan Am medical head says 8 positive tests so far

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TORONTO — The head of the medical commission for the Pan Am Games says there have been eight positive doping tests so far, a figure he puts “in the average range” for what would be expected at the multi-sports event. Dr. Eduardo De Rose, in an interview with …

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles working on problems

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PINEHURST, N.C. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the Seminoles are “stepping up” their process of educating players about domestic violence and other issues, after a pair of high-profile allegations overshadowed the program in recent weeks. Fisher …

Sun Belt commissioner: Cut back on ‘money’ games vs. Power-5

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league’s football programs to work on shedding their “addiction” to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs. More non-league games with “peer conferences” would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and …

Bowlsby doesn’t believe Big 12 disadvantaged with 10 teams

Monday, July 20, 2015

DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the conference has to be constantly improving after getting left out of the first College Football Playoff. That doesn’t necessarily mean making the 10-team league bigger through expansion. “We have …