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Massachusetts wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (1) gains yardage as Temple defensive back Sean Chandler tries to slow him down in the first half of an NCAA college football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.,  Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at 2 p.m., they’re unlikely to win their …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he might eventually become. Before the first official practice of the season Monday, the sophomore wing …

Let him play: Age rule keeping Fournette out of NFL next year is wrong

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leonard Fournette is good enough to play in the NFL right now. Of course he is. Not since Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma has a running back looked so fiercely dominant. The LSU running back not only looks good enough to play in the NFL, but good enough to shine. More than 20 …

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

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tuesday’s colleges: Quianna Diaz-Patterson returns to UMass softball program as volunteer assistant coach

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Former UMass and Amherst Regional standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson has joined the UMass softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Diaz-Patterson played for the Puerto Rico national team this summer. “I am very excited and proud to announce Quianna will be joining our coaching staff this season,” Minutewoman coach …

UMass notebook: Offensive line preparing for Temple pass rush

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — The number jumps off the stat sheet — 10 sacks. In its season-opening upset of Penn State, Temple took down Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times. A week later, the Owls only sacked Cincinnati quarterback …

Matt Vautour: Schedule looms for UMass football team

Monday, September 14, 2015

Football season is only two weeks old, and UMass’ schedule is already looking a little tougher than originally expected. Forget for a moment the Colorado game. It was bad and if the Minutemen play like they did against …

Weekend colleges: UMass field hockey races past Dartmouth

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Junior Nicole Miller scored three goals as the UMass field hockey team cruised by Dartmouth, 6-1, at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. Kim Sistermans, Hannah Farrell and Sarah Hawkshaw each had one tally as the Minutewomen improved to 4-2. Farrell and Izzie Delario chipped in two assists …

Matt Vautour: Colorado douses UMass’ preseason optimism

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. If that’s as good as UMass can play, the preseason bowl chatter is going to seem silly as Colorado threw a wet blanket on the Minutemen’s optimism with a 48-14 win Saturday. There’s reason for UMass …

Notebook: UMass QB legend Todd Bankhead is a Blake Frohnapfel fan

Saturday, September 12, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Todd Bankhead is rooting for his records to be broken. The quarterback who led UMass to the 1998 Division I-AA Championship knows that if current Minutemen quarterback Blake Frohnapfel hadn’t missed the final two games …

Rocky Mountain low: UMass overmatched by Colorado in opener

Saturday, September 12, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Much of the preseason talk from both teams heading into the UMass season-opener at Colorado Saturday was about the challenges of stopping each others’ quarterbacks. But the Buffaloes kept the ball on the ground and …

UMass field hockey opens new facility with win over Lowell

Friday, September 11, 2015

The UMass field hockey program debuted its new home facility and retained ownership of the Kennedy Cup with a 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Friday night. Izzie Delario recorded a goal and two assists, while Sarah Hawkshaw, Melanie Kreusch and Shauna Rankin-Byrne scored …

Productive quarterbacks should highlight UMass vs. Colorado

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Going into last year’s UMass-Colorado game, Blake Frohnapfel was still mostly an unknown. The UMass quarterback was coming off an underwhelming performance against Boston College and hadn’t yet found his rhythm. He won’t sneak up on the Buffaloes this year. Against Colorado in Foxborough, Frohnapfel threw …

John Calipari’s Hall of Fame career spurred by his mother’s dream

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD On his many trips back to western Massachusetts, former UMass coach John Calipari likes to drive past his old house. The Shutesbury home fulfilled one of his late mother’s dreams for her three children. Donna Calipari wanted …