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Minutemen pilfer win from Fordham, 82-74

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — No one will look at Saturday’s result and reasonably claim that UMass stole a basketball victory from Fordham, but the Minutemen used a rash of steals early in the second half to turn the game in their favor. The Minutemen trailed by five points before coming up with no fewer than six steals in the span of 2:19 and converted each Fordham giveaway into points, creating a 13-0 … 0

Pac-12 has several teams on NCAA bubble

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Pac-12’s NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to pulsate. No. 7 Arizona and No. 13 Utah are virtual locks to make the bracket, at this point fighting for higher seeds. After that, the Pac-12 has three teams that could have a good shot with a strong finish and two others that will really … 0

Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes’ name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and “Pistol” Pete Maravich. They’re on a short list of players to get into such an offensive “zone” that their performances led to memorable scoring outbursts. Rathan-Mayes, a little-known freshman guard from … 0

Ducks crush Florida State

Thursday, January 1, 2015

PASADENA, Calif. — Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal … 0

Meyer’s goal of SEC North gets test in Big Easy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — When Urban Meyer got back into coaching at Ohio State, he made it clear what kind of program he wanted to build. SEC North. Well, he’ll get a chance to see just how that plan is going when the Buckeyes take on the Southeastern Conference … 0

Ducks vs. FSU Rosy indeed

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES — For years, college football fans pleaded for a playoff. Now it’s here and it starts at the sport’s most hallowed venue, with two Heisman Trophy winners and the defending national champions. Welcome to the College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl, where the past and … 0

Fighting Irish boot down LSU, 31-28

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Notre Dame and senior kicker Kyle Brindza got the finish they had missed too often the last half of the season. Beating a Southeastern Conference team in southern territory only made it that much sweeter. Brindza hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and … 0

Saban and Meyer can see no room for satisfaction

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — They rose to the top of their profession from different sides of the line. Nick Saban, the defensive mastermind. Urban Meyer, the offensive genius. The areas of expertise may be different, but their coaching principles are cut from the same cloth. A demanding quest for … 0

UMass dumps Iona

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

AMHERST — The fast-moving, high-scoring flow of Tuesday night’s game demanded a defensive stop in the final seconds, and Donte Clark provided it for UMass. With the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead over Iona, the freshman guard picked off a pass near midcourt and took it in … 0

UMass posts 5-1 victory

Monday, December 29, 2014

Frank Vatrano had a hand in three goals Monday as UMass completed play in the Catamount Cup hockey tournament with a 5-1 non-conference victory over Air Force in Burlington, Vt. The Minutemen (5-13-0, 1-9-0 Hockey East) snapped a five-game losing streak, which spanned back to Nov. 28. Henry … 0

All signs point to Harbaugh as new Michigan coach

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Unless negotiations fall apart, all signs indicate that Jim Harbaugh will be the next football coach at Michigan by Monday or Tuesday. A deal between Harbaugh and Michigan has not been signed, but that … 0

Top-ranked Kentucky heads into 9-day layoff

Sunday, December 28, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Top-ranked Kentucky players’ euphoria over beating No. 4 Louisville had barely set in before they faced the obvious question of how far they can go. Expectations of the Wildcats (13-0) going unbeaten have risen through … 0

Duke Johnson makes it official: He’s going pro

Sunday, December 28, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Duke Johnson remained committed to Miami even as an NCAA investigation loomed as a threat to the program, made an immediate splash in his Hurricane debut and spent three seasons rewriting the school’s record … 0