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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Ball 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

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in college football, on Tuesday. “I didn’t expect this. It’s pretty exciting. It’s nice to see that all my hard work has been …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year of eligibility left. His girlfriend, Kendra Gilchrist, was at UAB along with a lot of …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time lacrosse transfers aren’t required to sit out a season. “I wish him luck in his …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …

UMass to cover cost of attendance for basketball teams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Like the rest of the Atlantic 10, UMass will cover the increased cost of attendance of its basketball teams for the 2015-16 seasons. Which other UMass athletes will immediately benefit financially from the NCAA rule change that allows …

Former Amherst Regional, UMass softball standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson to play for Puerto Rico national team

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson didn’t know what to expect when she clicked “answer” to an unknown phone number with a Florida area code last year. She’s glad she picked up. The caller’s name was Ivan Rivera. He was calling on …

UMass’ Quianna Diaz-Patterson named ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year; Orioles draft Amherst College OF Mike Odenwaelder

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Former UMass shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson was named the ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The Amherst native bookended her career after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012. Diaz-Patterson is the fourth Minutewomen to earn the award, joining legends Danielle Henderson …

Derek Kellogg thinks NCAA rules changes should help UMass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thinks his team will be well-prepared for the NCAA’s rule changes that will debut in 2015-16. They’re designed to promote faster play, something the Minutemen have already been doing. The rules are: …

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become …