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Weekend colleges: Injury stops UMass in Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Tournament championship

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chanel Glasper holds the all-time win record for a tennis player at UMass. An injury prevented her from adding to that total and it ended the Minutewomen’s shot at an Atlantic 10 Tournament championship. Glasper had the first set in hand and was leading in the second when she was forced to retire at No. 6 singles, giving VCU the clinching point in a 4-0 victory Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia. …

UMass lands Texas A&M transfer big man Antwan Space

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Antwan Space was optimistic about UMass before he arrived for his visit. The big man, who is transferring from Texas A&M, said his time in Amherst and on campus sealed his decision to commit to the Minutemen. Space is taking advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule that allows players, who have completed …

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was …

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

Rodney Mills is ‘Mr. Utility’ for UMass football team

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — Rodney Mills was listed as a fullback on the UMass football team’s roster last year. And he did, from time to time, line up back there. But pigeonholing the junior there or really anywhere doesn’t accurately …

Notebook: UMass spring venues slowly open; softball home opener Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — After a cancellation Monday and a venue switch Tuesday, there will be softball on campus Friday as UMass spring venues gradually begin opening. The warmer weather in the middle of the week helped thaw Sortino Field enough to be playable. The risk of rain Friday night …

Special teams coach Mark Michaels reunites with UMass, Mark Whipple

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — There wasn’t much of a get-to-know-each-other phase with the UMass coaching staff and new special teams coordinator Mark Michaels. Like so many Minuteman coaches Michaels is the new and old special teams coach. Not only did …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass softball bats come alive in rout of Yale

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The UMass softball team exploded in a 16-6 win over Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday. Six players had at least two hits as UMass (6-15) set season highs for runs and base hits. Olivia Godin, Gianna Hathaway and Tara Klee each had three hits each, while Taylor …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players …