College Sports

UM escapes with 24-14 win over FIU

Sunday, October 4, 2015

AMHERST — It’s one measure of relief that UMass football fans could hardly celebrate their team’s first victory of the season without complaints that the final margin wasn’t nearly large enough. The Minutemen controlled the action throughout Saturday’s game but still endured a narrow scrape with a 24-14 win over Florida International before 13,525 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. It marked their first non-conference victory in 16 tries since becoming an … 0

Soggy showdowns and unnoticed unbeatens

Friday, October 2, 2015

The biggest Saturday of the college football season so far will feature a rare SEC showdown, a big-time drawing card in Death Valley and lots of rain. Five games matching ranked teams will provide some separation between the contenders and pretenders in the College Football Playoff race. Another three games between ranked teams … 0

UMass is no match for Fightin’ Irish, 62-27

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame fight song exhorts the university’s football team to “wake up the echoes.” Well, it took a spirited second-quarter UMass rally Saturday to rouse the Fighting Irish but good. The Minutemen rallied from a 14-0 deficit to twice pull within a point, 14-13 and 21-20, against the highest-ranked opponent they’ve ever faced, before the No. 6 Irish, … 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

Berg’s lacrosse goal lifts Denver past Notre Dame 11-10, OT

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in school history, Denver is headed to the NCAA lacrosse championship game. Senior attacker Wesley Berg scored his third goal 1:57 into overtime, lifting the Pioneers past top-seeded Notre Dame 11-10 in … 0