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Seattle Minuteman forward a Broncos fan

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — Seth Berger is not a Seahawks fan. Yes the sophomore forward on the UMass men’s basketball team is a football fan and yes he’s from Seattle. But he isn’t part of the 12th man and doesn’t root for the Legion of Boom. In fact he cheers against them. Vehemently. Berger is a proud and vocal Denver Broncos fan, a trait passed down by his father Bill, who was … 0

Coach K rings up 1,000th

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John’s in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden. Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to … 0

Minutemen go cold, fall to St. Joe’s, 62-56

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After an ugly 35-minute offensive performance by both teams, Saint Joseph’s found its shooting eye and UMass’ disappeared. The Minutemen gave up nine straight points in crunch time and couldn’t recover, falling 62-56, Wednesday at Hagan Arena. “That was tough,” UMass junior guard Derrick Gordon said. “We had a lot of missed opportunities. We’re not making our one-footers.” With 4:45 remaining, … 0

Typical NFL season: smiles for some, frowns for others

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smiling or frowning. “Woe is us” or “Wow for us.” Heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, hardly anyone has a neutral feeling about the 32 teams. There are success stories and there are flops. … 0

Minutemen drilled by Providence

Sunday, December 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — They came out flat at the start of Saturday’s game, and as a result, UMass proceeded to get flattened. The Minutemen didn’t reach double figures against Providence until 121/2 minutes of the first half were gone, and though they cut a 14-point deficit down to … 0

Penn State repeats as women’s champion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young 25-21, 26-24, 25-14 Saturday to win their second consecutive NCAA women’s volleyball championship. Micha Hancock had 36 assists and five … 0

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach. He wants to accomplish what is clearly hard to do — maintain a business-as-usual atmosphere following Bo … 0

39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here’s why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers … 0

Rose Bowl a familiar setting for Florida St.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl. The Seminoles, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, are riding a 29-game winning streak … 0

Title champs Kentucky, UCLA meet this week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only school with more national championships than top-ranked Kentucky’s eight is UCLA with 11. On Saturday, the Wildcats and Bruins play for the first time in eight years in the second half of an impressive doubleheader in … 0

Oregon QB Mariota big winner at awards show

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a … 0

Unassuming Mariota puts up brag-worthy season

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

About the flashiest thing quarterback Marcus Mariota has done off the field all season is wear a T-shirt boldly emblazoned with the word “Success.” His showy moments have instead come during games for the playoff-bound Oregon Ducks: His … 0

Top bowl games not in ‘New Year’s 6’

Monday, December 8, 2014

With nearly 40 bowl games looming, it can be difficult finding those postseason gems. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff are no-brainers. And the other matchups in the “New Year’s Six” — which includes the Peach, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta — also … 0