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Woodward gets his shot as UMass football assistant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Scott Woodward has returned to his college home. The Wendell native and UMass graduate has returned to the Amherst campus as an offensive assistant football coach. He said he will work primarily with the wide receivers alongside wide receivers coach/co-passing game coordinator Spencer Whipple — son of head coach Mark Whipple. Woodward, 28, said the chance to return to his alma mater and having familiarity with some of the coaches were the main factors in coming back after spending the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in Madison, N.J. “It’s certainly a special feeling coming back to Amherst,” he … 0

Minutemen tabbed among Pick 6 bowl upstarts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling. Here are six teams that missed out on the … 0

Freshman back aims at sticking with club

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s scrimmage was exactly three weeks from the Minutemen’s Sept. 12 season opener in the Rocky … 0

Ex-UM QB Doyle jumping out to tight end

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year with Blake … 0

Whipple high on UM ground game

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee … 0

UM confident in QB Frohnapfel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in Year 2 seems a little greedy. All he did last year was learn a system he’d never played in before and put up record-setting numbers for a previously awful … 0

Athletes are winners even on day they lost

Monday, August 17, 2015

The idea that a union shop leader would be able to schedule practice breaks or negotiate travel upgrades for Northwestern football players always seemed a bit preposterous. Football teams may be collective units but they are run by dictators, as anyone who ever watched Nick Saban in action … 0

Documents detail Hawkins’ payments in UNC case

Sunday, July 19, 2015

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts. Christopher … 0

A look back at some of the saddest own goals in soccer history

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Laura Bassett bent over, pulled her soccer jersey over her face and sobbed. Her teammates gathered around her, but nothing they said could make it better. Minutes earlier, the England defender had stretched out her leg to intercept a through ball in the last seconds of a Women’s … 0

Hard times toughened Virginia for title run

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Winning, and winning big, has been the standard for the Virginia baseball program since coach Brian O’Connor took over in 2004, and no excuses were allowed when the most trying circumstances cropped up. The Cavaliers entered the season without six everyday players and four key … 0

Denver beats Maryland 10-5 for 1st NCAA men’s lacrosse title

Monday, May 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism. Tierney won six titles in men’s lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with … 0

Maryland wins 2nd straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. — Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle led Maryland to its second straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title and record 12th overall, each scoring three goals in the Terrapins’ 9-8 comeback victory over North Carolina on Sunday night. … 0

Matt Rambo scores 4 goals, Maryland beats John Hopkins 12-11

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Maryland knows it has been 40 years since its last NCAA lacrosse title. The Terrapins will get a chance to end that drought Monday against Denver. Matt Rambo had four goals and two assists to help … 0