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Team UMass running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) looks for an open lane past Team Minutemen linebacker Adam Richard (90) during the Massachusetts spring game on Friday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst.

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was recruited as a punter and he’ll likely …

Matt Vautour: A.J. Doyle willing to switch positions to be a part of something special for UMass football

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST A.J. Doyle is still a quarterback. Despite not playing the position in Friday’s UMass spring game and being listed as a tight end on the final spring roster, Doyle is still playing the position that he was recruited to play in Amherst. But there’s only going to be one quarterback on the …

Friday’s colleges: UMass aces Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal win over Duquesne

Friday, April 17, 2015

The UMass women’s tennis team advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over Duquesne, Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Minutewomen (16-4) will face No. 2 Richmond at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. No. 1 VCU and No. 5 Fordham meet in the other semifinal. The championship is Sunday. Ana Yrazusta clinched the match with her win at No. 2 …

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

UMass linebacker Shane Huber healthy and ready to fulfill high expectations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — The initial bending was the worst. Shane Huber would lay face down on a table after the surgery to repair his torn left knee, as a physical therapist would work to help return the range of …

Seeds of Calipari’s coaching success were planted here

Monday, April 6, 2015

Walking around the court prior to a February UMass home game, a fan, whose name I never got, stopped me for a few minutes to talk about whether I thought Kentucky would go undefeated. He then proceeded to …

Former UMass coach John Calipari makes Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When the call came telling him he had been voted into the Hall of Fame, Kentucky coach John Calipari had an immediate reaction. He steered his car to the curb, and let the reality of basketball’s …

Friends, colleagues celebrate Calipari’s election to Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

Years before his friend and former boss was ever even nominated, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was telling John Calipari he’d eventually be in the Hall of Fame. “I always used to tease him when he’d be complaining about stuff, ‘What are you worried about, you’re going to be …

Weekend colleges: Amherst baseball slugs Middlebury, twice

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team exploded for 38 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Middlebury, Saturday in Auburn. Amherst won 18-2 in seven inning and 20-10. Andrew Vandini finished 5 for 7 with 11 RBIs and five runs to power the Lord Jeffs. Mike Odenwaelder was 7 for …

Friday’s colleges: Smith College tennis rallies past Colby-Sawyer

Friday, April 3, 2015

Badriyyah AlSabah outlasted Marissa Ulmer in straight sets to earn her first collegiate victory and give the Smith College women’s tennis team a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Colby-Sawyer, Friday in Northampton. The Pioneer (5-9) trailed 2-1 after doubles play. Amherst 9, Babson 0 — Vickie Ip and Sue …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling a little harder for John Calipari, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 2015

This is the fourth Final Four Derek Kellogg has gone to as a Kentucky fan. But the UMass coach acknowledged that this year is special. His friend, mentor and former boss John Calipari has the Wildcats on the …

UMass softball splits doubleheader with George Washington

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, George Washington pitcher Sarah Costlow threw a pitch over the outstretched glove of catcher Samantha Dos Santos, allowing UMass senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson to sprint in from …

Rodney Mills is ‘Mr. Utility’ for UMass football team

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — Rodney Mills was listed as a fullback on the UMass football team’s roster last year. And he did, from time to time, line up back there. But pigeonholing the junior there or really anywhere doesn’t accurately …

Notebook: UMass spring venues slowly open; softball home opener Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — After a cancellation Monday and a venue switch Tuesday, there will be softball on campus Friday as UMass spring venues gradually begin opening. The warmer weather in the middle of the week helped thaw Sortino Field enough to be playable. The risk of rain Friday night …