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Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) waits for the snap from offensive linesman Matt Sparks (78) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Notebook: Josh Bruns, Matt Sparks center of attention for UMass football team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Josh Bruns didn’t know he’d be moving to center when Matt Sparks went down. The UMass junior, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, thought he’d move to left guard with Fabian Hoeller, who played some center last year, sliding into the middle. But, after Sparks was injured on Oct. 9, two days …

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader likely to continue; annual UMass-BC game up in the air

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — If the coaches of the six Massachusetts teams playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic were being honest, the tripleheader that will be held Nov. 14 at TD Garden will likely become an annual event. The initial two-year contract for the event ends after this year, but there’s optimism that it will continue. Each coach praised the event and expressed …

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best football since upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012, Maynes wishes he was a sophomore …

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

MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two …

Tajae Sharpe has career highs in receptions, yardage in Minuteman win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After being held to two catches for 19 yards by a Kent State defense designed to smother him last week, UMass junior receiver Tajae Sharpe was eager to break out against Eastern Michigan. It didn’t take …

Balanced offense leads UMass football to second straight win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team will have a tough decision about who to nominate for Mid-American Conference offensive player of the week after Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan. The Minutemen could choose running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The …

Friday’s colleges: UMass can’t rally a second time, gets iced by Michigan State

Friday, October 17, 2014

After erasing an early two-goal deficit, the UMass hockey team couldn’t wipe out a three goal deficit late and fell to Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Minutemen answered with two early in the …

UMass aims for second straight win, hosts improving Eastern Michigan

Friday, October 17, 2014

AMHERST — As they’ve gone through their respective struggles in recent years, fans of UMass and Eastern Michigan have longed to see the other on their schedule. While the rest of the Mid-American Conference was being lauded nationally …

UMass freshman QB Ross Comis imitates Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell to prepare Minutemen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Through an odd coincidence of scheduling, Halloween week will be a rare time where Ross Comis isn’t pretending to be somebody else. Comis, UMass’ true freshman quarterback, has spent this season leading the scout team, doing …