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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 required by the U.S. Department of Education …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of …

Randall Jette vs. Tajae Sharpe practice matchup helping both players shine for UMass

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST In less than three weeks, Randall Jette will likely be assigned to cover Nelson Spruce, the Colorado wide receiver who is a candidate for several honors, including the Maxwell Award for national player of the year. Two …

After a rocky freshman year, UMass CB Jackson Porter is improved, confident

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The key, according to Jackson Porter, is to learn from the past without dwelling on it. A year ago, he was learning to play cornerback on the fly after spending his redshirt season practicing at safety. …

UMass freshman RB Sekai Lindsay making a bid to get on the plane

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s …

Sunday’s women’s soccer: UMass, UNH tie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sophomore Cassidy Babin made three saves in her first start of the season as the UMass women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 double-overtime draw at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen moved to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-0-2. New Hampshire put the Minutewomen …

Former QB A.J. Doyle catching on as a tight end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year as Blake …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …