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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

Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in NCAA title game

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a … 0

Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison apologizes for inexcusable obscenity, slur

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized Sunday for directing an obscenity and a racial slur at Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky during a postgame news conference at the Final Four. Harrison muttered “F--- that n----” into a live microphone … 0

Kentucky tries to keep things perfect vs Wisconsin

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Next in the way of Kentucky’s perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates. Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers were so loose they were giggling on the podium during their interviews Friday, answering questions about what they eat … 0

Blue Devils, Spartans take on undercard feel at Final Four

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. On one bench sits top-seeded Duke and its record-setting coach, Mike Krzyzewski. On the other is upstart Michigan State and Tom Izzo, … 0

UConn’s Stewart halfway to goal of 4 national titles

Friday, April 3, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Breanna Stewart made it very clear from the start that her ultimate goal is to win four national championships at UConn. That’s more than just being bold, confident or ambitious — it’s downright unheard of, even at Connecticut. Or maybe it isn’t so far-fetched. The … 0

When free throws turn foul: Spartans shaky from the line

Thursday, April 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Final Four comes down to free throws, Tom Izzo may want to cover his eyes. Michigan State made it this far in spite of its poor foul shooting, but despite his best efforts, the … 0

Coach K adapts to ‘one-and-done’ world

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — There was a time when Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans. No longer, not in today’s one-and-done world in which top players rarely stick around long. The Blue Devils enter this week’s … 0

Big Ten shines brightly with Final Four in its own backyard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had … 0

UConn makes 8th straight Final Four

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are back in a familiar place — the Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national … 0

Michigan St., Duke round out Final 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last … 0