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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Ball as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and assured of winning the game. But the defense dug in. They wanted to win to …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

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

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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 …

UMass snaps 12-game losing streak, beats Kent State 40-17

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — With 15 seconds left in the game, Kent State ran a second-down play that resulted in an incomplete pass deep in UMass territory. The Minutemen were comfortably ahead, but when the clock didn’t move, coach …

Former UMass center Lari Ketner finds love, peace before death

Friday, October 10, 2014

There was peace in Lari Ketner’s voice I didn’t recognize when I spoke to him in March. It had been almost 15 years since I last interviewed him. His UMass basketball career ended in 1999, but in his …

NHL prospect Jack Eichel helps Boston University skate past UMass

Friday, October 10, 2014

AMHERST — Entering the third period Friday night, the UMass hockey team owned the momentum, the man advantage and the opportunity to tie the score. Just over six minutes into the period, the Minutemen trailed Boston University by four goals and wound up getting blown out 8-1 in …

UMass defense preparing for the unknown with Kent State

Friday, October 10, 2014

KENT, Ohio — UMass coach Mark Whipple didn’t deny that Kent State potentially being without its top two quarterbacks could work in the Minutemen’s favor. Moments after Colin Reardon suffered an ankle injury last week against Northern Illinois, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s in field hockey

Friday, October 10, 2014

The UMass field hockey team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-2, in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, Friday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Hailey Cockrum scored consecutive goals in the second half to give the Minutewomen (6-7, 4-1 Atlantic 10) a 2-1 lead. Nicole Miller added one goal, while Sam Carlino made …