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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts men's ultimate team head coach Tiina Booth, right, trades friendly jabs with co-captain Max Perham (7) before a practice behind McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on Monday. The squad, coached by Booth and Evan Johnson, is headed to the Division 1 tournament this weekend in Milwaukee.

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at Amherst Regional and was now on the club team at UMass. Earlier that day in September, 2013, Booth announced her retirement as …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big man Antwan Space among the Minutemen’s spring additions. Lewis, a 6-foot-3 wing from just over …

Calipari: ‘Not interested’ in vacant Pelicans coaching job

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he’s not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching job and is happy at Kentucky. The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team’s NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis. Calipari said in a statement issued Tuesday by the school that, “Even though Anthony …

UMass has plenty of running backs competing for carries

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — After his team threw the ball over 100 times more than it ran it last year, UMass coach Mark Whipple hopes to have a more balanced offense in 2015. He’s not lacking for candidates willing to …

Notebook: UMass men’s basketball headed overseas for summer tour

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team will likely spend at least part of its summer overseas. At Thursday’s end-of-the-season banquet, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said the team plans on making a trip to an undetermined destination likely …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women’s lacrosse unloads in home win over Vermont

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hannah Murphy led an offensive explosion as the UMass women’s lacrosse team beat Vermont, 16-7, at home Wednesday. Murphy had four goals and two assists, while Amy Tiernan (two assists) and Holly Turner (assist) each added three goals. Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in goal for the Minutewomen …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Siena

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Brandon Walsh’s two-run double capped a five-run eighth-inning rally as the UMass baseball team beat Siena, 6-5, Tuesday in Loudonville, New York. Kevin Hassett earned the win in relief, while Mike Geannelis picked up a two-inning save for the Minutemen (6-10). Adam Picard and Rob McLam each went …

UMass linebacker Shane Huber healthy and ready to fulfill high expectations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — The initial bending was the worst. Shane Huber would lay face down on a table after the surgery to repair his torn left knee, as a physical therapist would work to help return the range of …

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 …