College Sports

Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) dunks as Elon's Austin Hamilton (10) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Duke won 75-62. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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 Chicago. Kentucky (11-0) is the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Wildcats are coming off an 84-70 win over No. 24 North Carolina, which is tied with Indiana for the third-most national championships at five each. The Tar Heels play No. 12 Ohio State in the first game Saturday in Chicago, one of only two games all week matching Top 25 teams. Three of … 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 perfect 3 for 3. Mariota opened the night by winning the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback … 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 touchdown flip against Wyoming, a creative on-the-run shovel pass against Michigan State, or a perfectly … 0

Game UMass falls, 41-38

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — For a brief time in Saturday’s second half, UMass provided the kind of glimpse into FBS football success that its fans have hungered for over the last three seasons — a double-digit lead over a Pac-12 … 0

LLWS star Mo’ne Davis ‘sad’ about UConn NCAA violation

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Little League star Mo’ne Davis says she’s “sad” Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last … 0

Questions for FSU, Bama after Week 1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overrated or over reactions? Maybe it’s a bit of the former, but probably far more of the latter after the first weekend of the college football season, which is notorious for setting off way-too-early alarms. No. 1 Florida … 0

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 … 0

Eagles take down Minutemen

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Any fan hoping to treat Saturday’s season opener as a barometer of how much UMass football had improved entering 2014 got to see a lot of the Minutemen’s defensive unit on the field, but far too … 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, … 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 … 0

Georgia, Clemson trying to make an early splash

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — College football’s inaugural playoff is more than four months away. Still, it’s never too early to start impressing the selection committee. For No. 12 Georgia and No. 16 Clemson, that opportunity comes the very first … 0

Ballot breakdown: FSU tops in preseason poll

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 is out. Take a look at how the ballots break down, and find out what to watch for when the college football season begins this month: ’Noles Nation domination Finish No. 1. … 0

Report: Notre Dame dismisses 4 players

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For decades, Notre Dame has tried to balance its desire to be one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country while still maintaining a football program that could compete on a national level. In the last year, those two dynamics have never … 0