College Sports

Keeping Score: Whipple effect

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple Show debuts today at Gillette Stadium, where the UMass Minutemen are 17-point underdogs against Boston College. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon took his mulligan the day after Christmas when he fired Charley Molnar with three years and $836,000 remaining on his contract. “There wasn’t the sense we were where we needed to be,” said McCutcheon, who two years earlier had hired Molnar because his “... … 0

College Football Playoff era begins

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, as was the case with the old system, will probably cause plenty of complaining since … 0

‘Robot march’ to protest Iowa’s pink locker room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school’s famous quirks: the visiting team’s pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium. Kembrew McLeod is organizing what he jokingly calls a “Million Robot … 0

UMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Div. I men's college basketball player

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball. Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. Gordon said he gained confidence by seeing an … 0

Huskies dominate Irish

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women’s college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning … 0

Huskies again star in the role of underdog

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies lost their coach, their teammates, their chance to play at the NCAA tournament for a year. They were castoffs, unwanted mutts without a home, told they had no chance. Well, look who’s … 0

NBA rumors swirl around Coach Cal

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s talented freshmen shed a shaky regular season and then showed why the Wildcats were picked No. 1 in the preseason with an impressive run to the NCAA championship game. After falling short in a … 0

UConn, Irish eye historic battle

Monday, April 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women’s basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. Well, the wait is over. UConn … 0

UConn beats Kentucky, 60-54, for title

Monday, April 7, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night. Napier is among three UConn seniors who were … 0

UConn rolls into title game, 75-56

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and undefeated Connecticut continued its march toward an unprecedented ninth national championship with a 75-56 win against Stanford on Sunday night. The Huskies (39-0) also did their part in setting … 0

UConn and Kentucky lock horns for national title

Sunday, April 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Connecticut and Kentucky couldn’t have met in last year’s championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year’s. Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet tonight in one of the unlikeliest … 0

College athletes’ union could put billions of dollars at stake

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Last month, a National Labor Relations Board director ruled that college football players at Northwestern could unionize. Many believe the ruling, if it stands up, could force schools and the NCAA to share more of the revenue from … 0

Bulletin board: Towson laxmen beat UMass, 6-5

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Greg Cuccinello and Joe Seider each scored twice to lead Towson to a 6-5 upset victory Saturday over 11th-ranked UMass in a men’s lacrosse game at Garber Field in Amherst. UMass (7-3 overall, 1-1 CAA) netminder Zach Oliveri did his best to keep the game close with a … 0