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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

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, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

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 assured of winning the game. But the defense dug in. They wanted to win to …

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 assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

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

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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 …

From WMass to UMass, local soccer players join forces on men’s soccer team

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Recruiters for the UMass men’s soccer program didn’t need to travel far this offseason to scout four of their prospects. Sometimes they only needed to go to one game. Freshmen goalkeeper Mike Rock, defender Tyler Szymkowicz, midfielder Brandon Vazquez and midfielder Alex DeSantis all grew up …

John Calipari: Kentucky’s depth feels like 2 teams

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s John Calipari said the Wildcats are so deep it feels like he is coaching two teams. Besides returning six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, the Wildcats added four high school All-Americans and …

Men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg signs contract extension with UMass through 2018-19 season

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After leading the UMass men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tournament since 1998, coach Derek Kellogg has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Amherst at least through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director …

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …

UMass picked 4th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll; Cady Lalanne named all-conference second team

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the second straight season, UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. After losing three key seniors, coach Derek Kellogg took being picked that high as a sign of respect. “It’s nice …