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University of Massachusetts Head Coach Mark Whipple shouts instructions during a scrimmage Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium.

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 sophomore, who was … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 0

Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts football program wasn’t trying to simulate a midweek Mid-American Conference game when it scheduled the annual spring football game for Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time Mark Whipple coached UMass, there were neither lights, nor turf at McGuirk Stadium. Having both available now, Whipple made spring practice earlier in the calendar and later on the clock. … 0

John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats meet Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in Bluegrass showdown

Monday, March 24, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s Kentucky and Louisville, one more time. One of college basketball’s fiercest rivalries takes center stage Friday night when the Wildcats and defending national champion Cardinals meet in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. The Bluegrass … 0

Friday’s college recaps: UMass baseball wins via comeback in extras, 7-6, over La Salle

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team took La Salle to extra innings and won 7-6 on Friday afternoon. The Minutemen (2-12) came from behind in the 10th inning, after allowing a run in the top half. Nik Campero, who had reached base with a single earlier in the … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass future has a lot of pieces to sort

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. At the end of the University of Massachusetts’ loss to Saint Louis in the 1998 NCAA tournament, Minuteman fans felt about that season a lot like they do right now about 2013-14. Back then, UMass was … 0

UMass notebook: Chaz Williams closes career for Minutemen

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — On the sideline for the final two minutes, University of Massachusetts senior point guard Chaz Williams tossed a towel over his head and sat in stunned disbelief as the final seconds ticked off the Minutemen’s … 0

UMass falls in NCAA tourney to Tennessee, 86-67

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — After a long wait to get back to the NCAA tournament, the University of Massachusetts was competitive for just a short time. The No. 6-seeded Minutemen couldn’t counter No. 11 Tennessee’s size and smothering defense. … 0

UMass, Cady Lalanne look to size up Tennessee in NCAA tournament

Thursday, March 20, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — From the moment Tennessee held on to beat Iowa in the NCAA tournament play-in game, Cady Lalanne’s importance for the University of Massachusetts’ grew significantly. Lalanne was a huge part of UMass’ early season success. … 0

UMass notebook: President Obama picks Minutemen for one round

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — The president likes the University of Massachusetts ... for one round. Filling out his annual bracket on ESPN, President Barack Obama picked the Minutemen to beat the winner of Iowa and Tennessee, but lose in … 0

Mike Moran: NCAA tournament guide to victory

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first — I have not won an NCAA tournament pool since 1995. Tyus Edney saved me that year. His length-of-the-floor dash in under five seconds beat Missouri in the second … 0

Tennessee rallies, cruises past Iowa in OT; will face UMass in NCAA first round

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa … 0

Wednesday’s colleges: Hartford pitches shutout against UMass

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team was shut out at Hartford, 3-0, on Tuesday. The Minutemen (1-12) outhit the Hawks 6-5, but a three-run fifth inning for Hartford (6-7) was enough for the win. Andrew Grant struck out three, walked three and allowed three runs on four hits … 0