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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

Notre Dame, UConn win to set up title showdown

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — All-American Jewell Loyd scored 22 points and Madison Cable’s only basket of the game lifted Notre Dame to a 66-65 victory over Final Four newcomer South Carolina in the national semifinals on Sunday night. The … 0

Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in NCAA title game

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a … 0

Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison apologizes for inexcusable obscenity, slur

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized Sunday for directing an obscenity and a racial slur at Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky during a postgame news conference at the Final Four. Harrison muttered “F--- that n----” into a live microphone … 0

Kentucky tries to keep things perfect vs Wisconsin

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Next in the way of Kentucky’s perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates. Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers were so loose they were giggling on the podium during their interviews Friday, answering questions about what they eat … 0

Blue Devils, Spartans take on undercard feel at Final Four

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. On one bench sits top-seeded Duke and its record-setting coach, Mike Krzyzewski. On the other is upstart Michigan State and Tom Izzo, … 0

UConn’s Stewart halfway to goal of 4 national titles

Friday, April 3, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Breanna Stewart made it very clear from the start that her ultimate goal is to win four national championships at UConn. That’s more than just being bold, confident or ambitious — it’s downright unheard of, even at Connecticut. Or maybe it isn’t so far-fetched. The … 0

When free throws turn foul: Spartans shaky from the line

Thursday, April 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Final Four comes down to free throws, Tom Izzo may want to cover his eyes. Michigan State made it this far in spite of its poor foul shooting, but despite his best efforts, the … 0

Coach K adapts to ‘one-and-done’ world

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — There was a time when Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans. No longer, not in today’s one-and-done world in which top players rarely stick around long. The Blue Devils enter this week’s … 0

Big Ten shines brightly with Final Four in its own backyard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had … 0

UConn makes 8th straight Final Four

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are back in a familiar place — the Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national … 0