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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.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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 …

Matt Vautour: Buried on depth chart, tailback Lorenzo Woodley breaks through for UMass

Sunday, October 12, 2014

KENT, Ohio The days when tailback Lorenzo Woodley was supposed to be a cornerstone for the UMass football team had started to feel like a long time ago. As a freshman in 2013, injuries prevented him from developing any kind of consistency. As a sophomore, at one point …

Notebook: Backup punter Logan Laurent gives UMass a leg up in place-kicking game

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — Logan Laurent is listed on the UMass roster as a punter, but he always hoped to eventually work his way back into the place-kicking mix. With former starter Blake Lucas struggling to find consistency and backup Matthew Wylie battling an injury, UMass coach Mark Whipple …