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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

Mini-Manny on a mission

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Manny Ramirez Jr.’s hair looked a tad long when University of San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano offered a good-natured wisecrack about his dreadlocked dad. “Probably just a hint I need to cut the hair,” Ramirez said with a smile. At times when Ramirez might need … 0

Big Ten’s Delany lays out plan for freshman ineligibility

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says making freshmen ineligible in college football and basketball could help correct the imbalance between athletics and academics. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany … 0

Friars stun Terriers, 4-3

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Providence defenseman Tom Parisi thought he was just dumping the puck in from the red line so the Friars could get some fresh skaters on the ice. Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor thought he had it. … 0

Friars, BU move to all-Hockey East championship

Thursday, April 9, 2015

BOSTON — The Providence Friars didn’t even know if they’d make it to the NCAA Tournament. Now, they are a victory away from the first title in school history. Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski scored second-period goals, Jon Gillies made 25 saves and Providence beat Nebraska-Omaha 4-1 on … 0

Meyer, Buckeyes keeping an eye out for potential problems

Thursday, April 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes are busy these days. Of course, they’re working their way through 15 spring practices. But in the wake of last season’s national championship, they’re also in demand and … 0

Record seven Kentucky players off to NBA draft

Friday, April 10, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A record seven players are leaving a mighty Kentucky team after a season that fell two wins short of a championship. They can look forward to a possible reunion in a couple of months at the NBA draft. The soon-to-be-former Wildcats gathered at their practice … 0

Huskies capture 3rd straight title

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10. The Hall of Fame coach joined some elite company in UCLA’s John Wooden after tying the Wizard of Westwood with his 10th NCAA Tournament title. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson each scored 15 points Tuesday … 0

Badgers’ Ryan not first to let emotions run hot after loss

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Minutes after Seton Hall lost the 1989 NCAA championship game in overtime, with a debatable blocking foul sending Michigan’s Rumeal Robinson to the line for the winning free throws, Pirates coach P.J. Carlesimo did the unimaginable when he met with reporters. He complimented the official who made the … 0

Huskies, Irish shooting for title tonight

Monday, April 6, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — The women’s basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year. Unlike last season’s game when much of the conversation building up to the matchup of undefeated teams was about … 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