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Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year. Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where ex-players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible. Undergrads already are required …

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I …

UMass falls to Delaware, backs into CAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — That good news for the UMass men’s lacrosse team is that the Minutemen will get another chance to fix their problems that have plagued them all season. Fairfield’s win over Hofstra Friday night meant that even though UMass fell to Delaware, 10-9, in the regular season finale Friday, the Minutemen will still play in the conference tournament. The bad news is …

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

Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball splits with Marist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The UMass softball team was nearly swept and nearly forced to settle for a tie due to darkness in the second game of a doubleheader against Marist. But after allowing the Red Foxes to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, the …

With stars on the sideline, UMass spring football game will showcase the program’s younger players

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Anyone hoping to see if Blake Frohnapfel and Tajae Sharpe hook up for more completions is going to have to wait until the fall. Same goes for someone examining whether Jamal Wilson’s healed knee will hold up against a Jovan Santos-Knox tackle. Seven of the UMass …

UMass eyes transferring Texas A&M big man Antwan Space

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UMass coach Derek Kellogg’s recruiting connections in Texas could prove fruitful again in the Minutemen’s hunt for a fifth-year transfer big man. Antwan Space, a 6-foot-8, 229-pound forward from Texas A&M, is taking advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, which allows players, who have completed their degrees, …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass baseball beats Hartford for fifth straight win

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The UMass baseball team withstood a late rally and won 4-3 over Hartford in Amherst on Wednesday. Mike Gaennelis went 1 for 2 with two RBIs, while Kyle Adie was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored for the Minutemen (11-11), who have won five straight. …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass softball belts seven homers in sweep of Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The UMass softball team’s bats exploded for seven homers and Caroline Raymond was solid on the mound as the Minutewomen swept Rhode Island, 14-0 in five innings and 7-3, Tuesday in Kingston. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) reached based eight times, finished 5 for 5 and scored five times for …

Monday’s colleges: UMass knocks off Harvard, reaches Beanpot final

Monday, April 13, 2015

The UMass baseball team overcame a three-run deficit to beat Harvard, 6-5, in the first round of the Beanpot, Monday at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst. The Minutemen (9-11) will play Boston College on April 22 at Fenway Park for the championship. A four-run fourth gave UMass a …

UMass has plenty of running backs competing for carries

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — After his team threw the ball over 100 times more than it ran it last year, UMass coach Mark Whipple hopes to have a more balanced offense in 2015. He’s not lacking for candidates willing to …

Notebook: UMass men’s basketball headed overseas for summer tour

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team will likely spend at least part of its summer overseas. At Thursday’s end-of-the-season banquet, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said the team plans on making a trip to an undetermined destination likely …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women’s lacrosse unloads in home win over Vermont

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hannah Murphy led an offensive explosion as the UMass women’s lacrosse team beat Vermont, 16-7, at home Wednesday. Murphy had four goals and two assists, while Amy Tiernan (two assists) and Holly Turner (assist) each added three goals. Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in goal for the Minutewomen …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Siena

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Brandon Walsh’s two-run double capped a five-run eighth-inning rally as the UMass baseball team beat Siena, 6-5, Tuesday in Loudonville, New York. Kevin Hassett earned the win in relief, while Mike Geannelis picked up a two-inning save for the Minutemen (6-10). Adam Picard and Rob McLam each went …