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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

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 …

UMass football shakes things up as it tries to break into win column

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — In an effort to help end UMass’ season-long six-game losing streak, coach Mark Whipple put a halftime in the middle of Tuesday’s practice to shake things up a little. After the Minutemen scored 41 first-half points …

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …