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UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I want to thank @UMass_Bball, my teammates, the fans, and the entire coaching staff for 2 great memorable …

UMass falls to Delaware, backs into CAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — That good news for the UMass men’s lacrosse team is that the Minutemen will get another chance to fix their problems that have plagued them all season. Fairfield’s win over Hofstra Friday night meant that even though UMass fell to Delaware, 10-9, in the regular season finale Friday, the Minutemen will still play in the conference tournament. The bad news is …

Friday’s colleges: UMass trumps Richmond to win Atlantic 10 women’s lacrosse regular season championship

Friday, April 24, 2015

There’s one game left in the regular season, but the UMass women’s lacrosse team clinched the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s tournament. The Minutewomen sent a message to the field as they crushed likely No. 2 seed Richmond, 12-3, Friday at McGuirk Stadium. The win was UMass’ 35th straight regular season conference win. UMass coach Angela …

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

Seeds of Calipari’s coaching success were planted here

Monday, April 6, 2015

Walking around the court prior to a February UMass home game, a fan, whose name I never got, stopped me for a few minutes to talk about whether I thought Kentucky would go undefeated. He then proceeded to …

Former UMass coach John Calipari makes Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When the call came telling him he had been voted into the Hall of Fame, Kentucky coach John Calipari had an immediate reaction. He steered his car to the curb, and let the reality of basketball’s …

Friends, colleagues celebrate Calipari’s election to Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

Years before his friend and former boss was ever even nominated, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was telling John Calipari he’d eventually be in the Hall of Fame. “I always used to tease him when he’d be complaining about stuff, ‘What are you worried about, you’re going to be …

Weekend colleges: Amherst baseball slugs Middlebury, twice

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team exploded for 38 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Middlebury, Saturday in Auburn. Amherst won 18-2 in seven inning and 20-10. Andrew Vandini finished 5 for 7 with 11 RBIs and five runs to power the Lord Jeffs. Mike Odenwaelder was 7 for …

Friday’s colleges: Smith College tennis rallies past Colby-Sawyer

Friday, April 3, 2015

Badriyyah AlSabah outlasted Marissa Ulmer in straight sets to earn her first collegiate victory and give the Smith College women’s tennis team a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Colby-Sawyer, Friday in Northampton. The Pioneer (5-9) trailed 2-1 after doubles play. Amherst 9, Babson 0 — Vickie Ip and Sue …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling a little harder for John Calipari, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 2015

This is the fourth Final Four Derek Kellogg has gone to as a Kentucky fan. But the UMass coach acknowledged that this year is special. His friend, mentor and former boss John Calipari has the Wildcats on the …

UMass softball splits doubleheader with George Washington

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, George Washington pitcher Sarah Costlow threw a pitch over the outstretched glove of catcher Samantha Dos Santos, allowing UMass senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson to sprint in from …

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 …