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University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt addresses members of the media regarding an investigation into academic irregularities at the University during a press conference following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lax oversight worsened NC academic fraud

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier. More … 0

UMass racks up second straight, 36-14

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After 28 losses in its first 30 games of Division I FBS football, winning — and doing it convincingly — is suddenly a contagious feeling for UMass. The Minutemen broke through last week with their first victory of 2014, by 23 points at Kent State, and turned it into a winning streak Saturday with another powerful two-way showing. Shadrach Abrokwah ran … 0

Jaywalking: Hall calls Doton

Monday, October 13, 2014

When she was in grade school, Kelly Doton had dreams of playing sports later in life just like any other young athlete. The Greenfield native excelled in the sport of ice hockey as a youngster and thought that if she worked hard and continued with it, she might be able to play in college. When she moved on to Greenfield Middle School, she … 0

UM breaks into win column, 40-17

Sunday, October 12, 2014

KENT, Ohio — With 15 seconds left in the game, Kent State ran a second-down play that resulted in an incomplete pass deep in UMass territory. The Minutemen were comfortably ahead, but when the clock didn’t move, coach Mark Whipple was leaving nothing to chance on Saturday. He’s … 0

UMass finds new way to taste defeat, 42-41

Sunday, October 5, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — With 3 seconds left, no timeouts, his team down by a point and the clock stopped temporarily after a first down at the Miami 6-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple had two choices: either attempt a potential game-winning 22-yard field goal or call a … 0

NCAA needs to get rid of anti-celebration rule

Friday, October 3, 2014

The NCAA and its defenders are always blabbing about the student-athlete, how much they care for these kids and only want to do right by them. Well, here’s an easy one. Drop the rule against excessive celebration in … 0

UMass sells out, goes down

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Records fell by the truckload Saturday afternoon at newly-reopened McGuirk Alumni Stadium — not even a rented video screen could stand the strain — but a thoroughly exciting back-and-forth football game ended once again in UMass frustration and disappointment. The Minutemen and Bowling Green combined for … 0

Penn State does a job on UMass

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Saturday’s football game at Penn State promised a definite step up in competition for UMass, but delivered several steps back in competitiveness. The Nittany Lions rocked the visitors with 28 points in the second … 0

UMass braces for sellout

Sunday, September 21, 2014

UMass officials are expecting a sellout for Saturday’s Homecoming Game against Bowling Green State University at renovated Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. “It’s not sold out yet,” said Associate Athletic Director John Sinnett. “A limited amount of tickets still remain. We do expect a sellout.” The last sellout … 0

Bulletin Board: Abramson shines on gridiron

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Deerfield’s Erik Abramson made the Northeast 10 Conference Football Honor Roll with his performance for Assumption College. Abramson, a senior defensive back, finished with a game-high 14 total tackles that included 10 assisted stops in a road loss at Division I FCS member Sacred Heart on Saturday. Abramson … 0

Missed field goal seals UMass’ fate, 34-31

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the University of Massachusetts football team gave away an 11-point second-half lead for the second straight week, it still had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a would-be game-clinching interception by Randall Jette was … 0

Bulletin Board: Townsley, Mt. Ida make history

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Greenfield’s Danielle Townsley recorded her first career point and was part of history Thursday afternoon in Nashua, N.H., where her Mt. Ida College field hockey team beat Daniel Webster, 4-0, for the Mustangs program’s first win. Townsley, a freshman midfielder, recorded an assist on Hayley Napier’s goal in … 0

Game UMass falls, 41-38

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — For a brief time in Saturday’s second half, UMass provided the kind of glimpse into FBS football success that its fans have hungered for over the last three seasons — a double-digit lead over a Pac-12 … 0