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Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan, left, and UMass defensive back Randall Jette go up for a 36-yard pass intended for Duncan in the fourth quarter on Sept. 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Jette made the catch, but Duncan ripped it away, setting up Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown on the next play. Vanderbilt won 34-31.

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly the only play that might have changed the result of that game. UMass’ 3-9 final mark might have been changed by reversing the result of a handful of plays. Jette struggles to remember the details on the many good plays he made that earned him all-conference status, but the mistakes remain vivid …

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 …

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. …

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

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, …

Friday’s college recaps: Amherst College women’s hoop season ends in Division III Sweet Sixteen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Amherst College women’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of Salisbury, 63-58, in the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen in Montclair, New Jersey, on Friday. The Lord Jeffs led 33-25 at the half, but the Seagulls completed the comeback. Ali Doswell led Amherst (28-2) …

UMass’ Frank Vatrano signs free agent contract with Boston Bruins

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The optimism created by a strong finish to the 2014-15 season for the UMass hockey team suffered a bit of a blow on Thursday. Sophomore Frank Vatrano, the Minutemen’s top goal scorer, signed a free agent contract with …

Matt Vautour: Looming questions as UMass prepares for next season

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK When the UMass basketball team’s bus pulled out of the Barclays Center after Thursday’s season-ending 76-69 loss to La Salle, the Minutemen left an era behind them. With Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne graduating the Minutemen …

UMass season comes to crashing end with 76-69 loss to La Salle in A-10 tournament

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — On Feb. 14, UMass was tied for first place and looked to be in position to make some noise in the Atlantic 10. Less than a month later, the Minutemen exited the conference tournament quietly. …

Notebook: UMass coach Derek Kellogg to re-evaluate program after Atlantic 10 tournament loss

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — After Thursday’s 76-69 loss to La Salle ended his team’s season at the Atlantic 10 tournament, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said everything in the program will be under review in hopes of getting better in the future after fizzling down the stretch. “I’ll really sit …

UMass guard Gordon says coming out let him focus on game

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — UMass guard Derrick Gordon became a better basketball player and a better teammate this season, and he credits both to having the courage to play as an openly gay man. Gordon’s first season since coming …

UMass women’s lacrosse shuts down Yale, 9-3

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team continued its strong defensive start to the season with a 9-3 win over Yale, Wednesday in New Haven, Connecticut. It was the fifth time the Minutewomen (7-0) have allowed four goals or less this year. Erika Eipp outscored the Bulldogs herself with four …

Re-energized UMass opens Atlantic 10 tournament with La Salle

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — By the time Tuesday’s practice arrived, the UMass men’s basketball team had shed the doom and gloom and questions about commitment that swirled around it following its loss to George Washington on Saturday that capped a stretch of five losses in six games to close …

Notebook: Another NIT trip could be in UMass’ future

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — At least publicly, nobody at UMass is thinking about the National Invitation Tournament. If they’re thinking beyond Thursday’s Atlantic 10 Tournament second-round game (noon) against La Salle, it’s daydreaming about winning the conference title and going back to the NCAA tournament. But with an at-large bid …