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Stanley Andre, center, Jean Sifrin and Daniel Maynes participated at UMass pro day on Monday, hoping to catch the eyes of NFL scouts.

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes. Sifrin, who had a breakout season at tight end, was trying to use pro day …

Camp Cal the latest innovation in team building at Kentucky

Monday, March 30, 2015

It could’ve easily been called the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. The Kentucky coach invited NBA scouts and GMs to a first-of-its-kind workout before the start of the season, so they could get a look at what all these future pros can do. Calipari wanted to get feedback about his own players, as well. …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won …

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

Friday’s college recap: UMass baseball opens Atlantic 10 play with season’s first win

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play with its first win of the season, taking down Dayton, 5-0, on the road Friday afternoon. Conor LeBlanc struck out seven while allowing two hits and two walks over eight innings for the Minutemen (1-5, 1-0). Ben Panuzio pitched the …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst baseball rolls past St. Norbert

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team’s offense exploded in a 20-7 win over St. Norbert in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday. Andrew Vandini went 3 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while four other players had two hits for Lord Jeffs (4-3). Sam Schneider started and …

Matt Vautour: If you want to be right, pick Kentucky. If you want to win your pool, gamble on somebody else

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are two real ways to win your NCAA tournament pool this year: 1. Pick Kentucky to win and pick very well in the rest of the games. 2. Correctly guess a team other than Kentucky to win …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College women’s lacrosse routs Haverford, 13-3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meghan Mills scored four goals and Claire Cagnassola added three as the Amherst College women’s lacrosse team routed Haverford, 13-3, at home Wednesday. Mia Haughton added two goals and two assists, while Christy Forrest made six saves in net. Amherst (5-1) scored nine goals in the second half …

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader off in 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The annual Bay State basketball tripleheader and subsequent UMass-Boston College game are off for 2015. Jason Beckett, vice president of operations for Boston’s TD Garden, which hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic the past two seasons, confirmed the event will not be held in 2015. “It’s off …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball sweeps Framingham State in doubleheader

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team swept Framingham State in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4 (7 innings), in Lakeland, Florida, on Tuesday. Harry Roberson went 5 for 6, while Andrew Vandini finished 3 for 7 with a double and solo home run for the Lord Jeffs (3-3). John Cook …

Sources: UMass athletic director candidates include Jim Fiore, controversial ex-Stony Brook AD

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, including one who figures to be controversial. Multiple sources familiar with the search confirmed that former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, who was fired …

Matt Vautour: If Cal succeeds, will he stay at Kentucky?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The main story dominating this NCAA Tournament is whether Kentucky can complete its undefeated season with a national championship. It figures to be captivating theater. But almost more interesting would be what would happen after that. Would John …

UMass freshman Brandon Montour signs with NHL Anaheim Ducks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another player the UMass hockey program had hoped would be a key piece of its future left to sign a professional contract. Four days after sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed with the Boston Bruins, freshman defenseman Brandon Montour …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s lacrosse rallies to beat Penn State

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nick Mariano scored three goals, while Peter Lindley and Andrew Sokol each had two as the UMass men’s lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to beat Penn State, 12-8, at home on Saturday. Sokol, Buddy Carr, Mariano and Grant Whiteway tied the game at 4 for the UMass, …