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Hard times toughened Virginia for title run

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Winning, and winning big, has been the standard for the Virginia baseball program since coach Brian O’Connor took over in 2004, and no excuses were allowed when the most trying circumstances cropped up. The Cavaliers entered the season without six everyday players and four key relief pitchers from the team that was College World Series runner-up to Vanderbilt. But with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes … 0

Denver beats Maryland 10-5 for 1st NCAA men’s lacrosse title

Monday, May 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism. Tierney won six titles in men’s lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with the Pioneers. On Monday, he reached his destination and Denver won its first NCAA lacrosse … 0

Maryland wins 2nd straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. — Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle led Maryland to its second straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title and record 12th overall, each scoring three goals in the Terrapins’ 9-8 comeback victory over North Carolina on Sunday night. Maryland (21-1) overcame a three-goal halftime deficit, the largest halftime deficit ever for a winning … 0

Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, Wisconsin No.1’s

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976. Oh, but there were surprises when the bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did … 0

Tough outs: Top seeds would rather avoid Ducks, Friars

Friday, March 13, 2015

There are several upset-minded teams lurking around the NCAA Tournament, just waiting to ruin the championship dreams of a high seed. It’s what makes the annual sporting event a spectacle and some of most-watched reality TV on the … 0

Oklahoma football condemns racist video

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — Saying they were committed to curing the “disease” of racism, Oklahoma football players called Thursday for the expulsion of fraternity leaders tied to a racist video and vowed to help the mostly white campus end its “culture of exclusivity.” “Our hope is to shed light … 0

A tourney loss not that bad for No. 1 Kentucky in SEC

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — These Kentucky Wildcats have the chance to reach heights no team in the program’s history has ever achieved — become undefeated national champions. Losing seems unthinkable. On the other hand, a loss in this week’s … 0

Doton BC field hockey coach

Monday, March 9, 2015

CHESTNUT HILL — Greenfield native Kelly Doton already has an illustrious field-hockey resume. United States Olympian, two-time NCAA Division I National Champion, NCAA National Player of the Year, even Massachusetts State champion are all titles Doton could go by. On Monday afternoon, she added one more title. Eagles … 1

Fightin’ Irish ousts UM, 7-0

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A playoff series that got off to a historic start ended with a thud for UMass hockey Sunday night, when the Minutemen fell to Notre Dame, 7-0, in the third and deciding game of their first-round matchup in the Hockey East tournament in South Bend, Ind. UMass, the … 0

No. 1 Kentucky looks to sidestep recent finishes by unbeatens

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Top-ranked Kentucky is the fifth team to finish the regular season undefeated since Indiana ran the table in the 1975-76 season. The Wildcats are also trying not to come up short like the others did in their quest to duplicate the Hoosiers’ perfect championship campaign. The Wildcats knocked … 0

UMass no match for Colonials, 87-65

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After skidding for the past two weeks, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team crash-landed in its season finale. At the Smith Center, the same building where the Minutemen overcame foul trouble and injury for a huge win last year, UMass delivered its worst 2015 … 0

Orange squeezed by NCAA sanctions

Friday, March 6, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The NCAA denounced one of the country’s most decorated basketball programs Friday, suspending Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine league games next year and outlining a decade-long series of violations that included improper benefits, academic … 0

After damning NCAA report, time for Boeheim to go

Friday, March 6, 2015

Here’s some real March Madness. For the better part of a decade, Jim Boeheim oversaw a college basketball program that broke all sorts of rules — from not following its own drug-testing policy to doing whatever it could … 0