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Stanley Andre, center, Jean Sifrin and Daniel Maynes participated at UMass pro day on Monday, hoping to catch the eyes of NFL scouts.

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes. Sifrin, who had a breakout season at tight end, was trying to use pro day …

Camp Cal the latest innovation in team building at Kentucky

Monday, March 30, 2015

It could’ve easily been called the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. The Kentucky coach invited NBA scouts and GMs to a first-of-its-kind workout before the start of the season, so they could get a look at what all these future pros can do. Calipari wanted to get feedback about his own players, as well. …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won …

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

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women beat St. Bonaventure to advance in Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team’s season remained alive as the 13th-seeded Minutewomen beat No. 12 St. Bonaventure, 55-49, in the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. Kim Pierre-Louis had 22 points and Cierra Dillard added 10. UMass (12-17) will play No. 5 Richmond at 2 p.m. Thursday. …

Notebook: UMass to play a first-round Atlantic 10 tournament game

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — UMass will play in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen entered Wednesday’s game with a slim chance to finish in the top four and earn the bye to the quarterfinals that comes with it. But their 56-53 loss to Richmond meant UMass …

UMass offense falters in 56-53 loss to Richmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Whether it was the referees ruling that Jabarie Hinds’ 3-pointer came after the shot clock had expired or his team’s sluggish play to open the second half, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was mad. He was tiptoeing toward the line for getting a technical foul, but didn’t …

Matt Vautour: Memories stir as a Roe shines at the Cage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST When he arrived in Massachusetts, Sam’i Roe knew his father had been a good player in college, but he didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the love affair western Massachusetts had with his father, Lou Roe, during …

Cady Lalanne, UMass host Richmond in key Atlantic 10 tilt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — As Cady Lalanne took his mother Bertha and younger sisters Betty and Ashley for a tour around the UMass campus Tuesday, they noticed the attention he received. “My little sisters were like, ‘Everybody is staring at …

Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey shut out by UConn in regular-season finale

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass hockey team will be the No. 12 seed in next week’s Hockey East playoffs. Friday’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut prevented any chance of moving up in the standings so they’ll play a best-of-three series at the No. 5 seed likely beginning Friday. The Minutemen are idle …

Slumping UMass looks to get back on track vs. Fordham

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — The last time UMass played Fordham the Rams were reeling. They’d lost eight straight and were winless in Atlantic 10 play. But on Feb. 4 in the Bronx, New York, the Minutemen saw why Fordham freshmen Eric Paschall and Christian Sengfelder are competing with each other …