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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

Irish beat Terps, 87-61

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kayla McBride wouldn’t let Notre Dame’s pursuit of a perfect season end. The All-American senior guard had one of the most impressive games of her career in Sunday night’s national semifinal, scoring 28 points to … 0

‘Billy the Builder’ has Gators in position to win NCAA title

Friday, April 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — He was “Billy the Kid” as a college player, then “Billy the Recruiter” as a young coach. Now, with his fourth team in the Final Four and in the midst of the longest winning streak … 0

Talented group of coaches lead Final Four teams

Friday, April 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer, Muffet McGraw and Brenda Frese have all won national championships, using their own styles to get the most out of their teams. Now, they all hope they can coax two more … 0

Napier trying to shed Walker’s shadow

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent Connecticut star: Kemba … 0

Sharp-shooting Frazier a Gator threat

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — It was 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday, more than four hours before tip-off against Mississippi, and Florida guard Michael Frazier II was in the visiting arena putting up shots. About 400 of them. By the … 0

Connecticut block party will make it difficult for Stanford around the hoop

Thursday, April 3, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Top-ranked Connecticut heads to the Final Four in Nashville as the best shot-blocking team in the history of women’s basketball. The defending national champions swat more than eight blocks a game and have sent back … 0

One-and-done working just fine for Coach Calipari

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DALLAS — Everyone has an opinion of John Calipari. He’s a pariah to some, successful only because of his ability to attract one-and-done stars destined for the NBA. They point to him as a scourge of college basketball, … 0

Badgered: Wisconsin tightens tourney D

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has been badgering opponents during its run to the Final Four. The talk at the start of the season was all about the new emphasis on rules to prevent college basketball from turning into … 0

Wilbekin improves on and off the court for Gators

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin waved off teammates, ignored signals from the bench and backed down his defender as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Wilbekin pulled up, swished a 3-pointer from well behind the arc and … 0

Final Four filled with good defensive teams

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Way back at the start of the season, amid all the whistles and fouls, the defensive-minded teams appeared to be in trouble, a seemingly dying breed hamstrung by the NCAA’s new hands-free rules. As the season progressed, the … 0