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Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that UAB would bring the sport back in 2016, Brackett tweeted: “Yo I’m 17 hours away !!! Because they cancel football program 3 …

UMass women’s rowing takes 20th at NCAAs

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 2014-15 UMass athletic season is finally in the books as the women’s rowing team concluded its season with 20th place at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California on Sunday. The Second Varsity 8+ was 18th overall, taking sixth in the “C” final in 7 minutes, 2.76 seconds. The Varsity 8+ and 4+ each competed in its respective “D” final. In the …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week of February. But in 2015, the Connecticut river wasn’t fit to row on yet. So …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass baseball beats Hartford for fifth straight win

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The UMass baseball team withstood a late rally and won 4-3 over Hartford in Amherst on Wednesday. Mike Gaennelis went 1 for 2 with two RBIs, while Kyle Adie was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored for the Minutemen (11-11), who have won five straight. …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass softball belts seven homers in sweep of Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The UMass softball team’s bats exploded for seven homers and Caroline Raymond was solid on the mound as the Minutewomen swept Rhode Island, 14-0 in five innings and 7-3, Tuesday in Kingston. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) reached based eight times, finished 5 for 5 and scored five times for …

Monday’s colleges: UMass knocks off Harvard, reaches Beanpot final

Monday, April 13, 2015

The UMass baseball team overcame a three-run deficit to beat Harvard, 6-5, in the first round of the Beanpot, Monday at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst. The Minutemen (9-11) will play Boston College on April 22 at Fenway Park for the championship. A four-run fourth gave UMass a …

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 …