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UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before New Year’s with games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Its exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass football team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gainesville, Florida, native is listed atop the depth chart at … 0

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that … 0

UMass notebook: Charley Molnar reportedly lands coaching job with Idaho

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Charley Molnar won’t spend 2014 away from football after all. According to CoachingSearch.com, the former UMass coach will be the wide receivers coach at Idaho. Molnar was hired in 2011 to lead the Minuteman program’s transition from the … 0

Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney begin quest to make it to the NBA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

On Monday morning before both embarked on significant days in their basketball careers, former UMass teammates Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney talked over Facetime. Later that day Williams worked out for the Boston Celtics and Putney for the … 0

Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The last time the Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup finals, Conor Allen was rooting for them. LA goalie Jonathan Quick was a former UMass hockey player and Allen was a current one in 2012. The … 0

UMass rowing finishes year with 21st at NCAA

Monday, June 2, 2014

The UMass women’s rowing team finished the spring season with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. In Sunday’s D final races, the Varsity 4+ of Emily Hajjar, Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller and Sam Wonderlin finished second in its heat, in 7:49.499, and … 0

UMass notebook: Minutemen to play in ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another morning at Mullins. UMass will host a weekday morning game as part of ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon for the third straight season. UMass sources confirmed the CBS Sports report that the Minutemen will play Manhattan on Nov. … 0

Weekend colleges: Amherst College advances to the women’s lacrosse final four

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Amherst College women’s lacrosse is back in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Krista Zsitvay had four goals and the Lord Jeffs advanced to their first final four in 10 years with an 8-5 win over The College of New Jersey Sunday on Sunday at Pratt Field. … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass baseball rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s 10-6, Thursday in Philadelphia. The Minutemen trailed 4-1 entering the seventh but a five-run inning gave them a 6-4 lead. The Hawks got one back in the … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass to the Sun Belt? It could happen

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told CBS Sports that his conference and the University of Massachusetts have had discussions about the Minutemen joining as a football-only member. It’s a pretty good bet that if it’s at the point … 0

Former UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower excited for pro start with Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rob Blanchflower knew that being drafted by one of the NFL’s iconic franchises was special from the moment the phone call came Saturday. But it really sank in on Tuesday as he walked through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offices … 0

UMass baseball enters final stretch seeking berth to Atlantic 10 tournament

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team has work to do if it’s going to qualify for the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen (13-30, 10-14 A-10) are tied with George Washington (18-29, 10-14) for eighth place and trail Fordham (21-27, 11-13) by one game. The top seven teams qualify … 0