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Kentucky prepared to combat ‘Press Virginia’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season. They’re 36 for 36 in their run at hoops immortality. An interesting test awaits. Big Blue is about to face something it hasn’t seen — a relentless, choking West Virginia press that has buckled teams and forced them to tap out. The Mountaineers are in your face for 40 minutes. … 0

New UMass AD meets the press

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — The promise of a return to New England held great appeal for New Hampshire native Ryan Bamford, who was introduced Tuesday as UMass’ new athletic director. The 36-year-old Bamford comes to Amherst after spending four years at Georgia Institute of Technology, the last two as the Yellow Jackets’ senior associate athletic … 0

Gordon seeking greener pastures

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players supported him when he became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player last year, he’s leaving Amherst in hopes of finding a school … 0

Big Ten’s NCAA tournament bubble fluctuating

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Ten teams have been beating up on each other all conference season, leaving more than half of them dancing on the NCAA tournament bubble. No. 5 Wisconsin is a lock to get into the bracket. The Badgers … 0

Few’s fortitude fuels No. 3 Gonzaga’s rise in college hoops

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mark Few arrived at Gonzaga as an unpaid graduate assistant for a nondescript basketball program at a small Catholic university barely known outside the Pacific Northwest. In the 26 years since, Few has transformed Gonzaga into a national … 0

Minutemen fall to URI on road, 75-59

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game heroics. UMass had too many fouls, too many misses and too … 0

Bulletin Board: Forest-Bulley NAC hoop Player of Week

Monday, February 16, 2015

Uriah Forest-Bulley was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Monday for his play on the University of Maine at Farmington men’s basketball team. The former Turners Falls High School player and current senior helped the Beavers to a 2-0 record by averaging 25 points, 6 rebounds, … 0

Aztecs retiring Gwynn’s No. 19 before opener

Thursday, February 12, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Eight months after Tony Gwynn died of cancer, it’s time to play baseball again at San Diego State. The mourning will never fully go away because of how beloved Gwynn was in his adopted hometown. He played basketball and baseball at SDSU, had a 20-year, … 0

UMass outlasts Bonnies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips in the Reilly Center, the UMass basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made two big steals in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds and … 0

New flat-seam baseball in college game should be plus for hitters

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. — Tim Corbin sounded more like a philosopher than Vanderbilt’s coach as he talked about the new flat-seam baseball designed to bring a little more scoring back to the college game. Finally, he hopes, after decades of tweaks and trying to figure out the correct balance … 0

Unbeaten ’Cats survive again, outlast LSU, 71-69, on road

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and top-ranked Kentucky stayed unbeaten with another tough road win, 71-69 over LSU when the Tigers missed a 3-pointer that could have won it at the buzzer Tuesday night. Devin Booker added 14 and Aaron Harrison had 13 for … 0

UConn buries Gamecocks

Monday, February 9, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and Breanna Stewart added 22 to help No. 2 UConn beat top-ranked South Carolina 87-62 on Monday night. Moriah Jefferson had 16 points for the Huskies (23-1), who improved to 17-3 in matchups between the top two teams in the … 0

Bulletin Board: Conference salutes Valley for big week with Owls

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jill Valley of Orange earned a spot on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll in women’s basketball for her performances this past week. Valley averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins for Westfield State University. A sophomore guard, Valley poured … 0