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UMass puts win streak on the line against MAC leader Toledo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — After gathering momentum by beating a winless Kent State team and an Eastern Michigan team that’s been annually near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference standings, UMass will try to keep its recent success going when it moves up a weight class. After proving it can dominate against bad teams, the Minutemen will get a chance to try to hang with a good one when it plays at …

UMass hockey confident heading to Boston for weekend matchups with NU, BC

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — Patrick Lee is only three games into his career, but the UMass freshman hockey player, whose first goal with 9 seconds left pushed the Minutemen past Michigan State Saturday, is already deflecting and sharing credit like a seasoned veteran. “Playing with Ray (Pigozzi) and (Steven) Iacobellis has made it easy. They’ve given me more confidence than the goal has,” Lee said …

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 …

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 …

Matt Vautour: Midseason firing of Buffalo coach an odd move

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maybe there’s another shoe to drop. Maybe Buffalo found out that football coach Jeff Quinn, whom it fired Monday, was secretly selling Todd Gurley’s autograph, smuggling prescription drugs from Canada, eating chicken wings without sauce or trying to …

Notebook: UMass coach Mark Whipple hopeful about availability of injured players

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass football coach Mark Whipple was hopeful that his collection of injured players, who weren’t available at the end of Saturday’s win at Kent State, will be ready to play in Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Eastern Michigan. Starting center Matt Sparks (ankle) and backup freshman …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s soccer team snaps four-game skid

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-1 tie against VCU, Saturday in Amherst. Matt Keys scored in the first half to give the Minutemen an early lead. Amherst native Brandon Vazquez had the assist on the goal. It was the freshman’s first …