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College Sports

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 a down year right?” Dekker asked. If anyone had that perception, it certainly isn’t the case with two teams in the Final Four — which is being in Indianapolis. The Badgers play … 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 semifinals for an eighth straight season. Now the Huskies stand two wins away from a … 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 year’s semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national … 0

Bulletin Board: Forest-Bulley NAC hoop Player of Week

Monday, February 16, 2015

Uriah Forest-Bulley was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Monday for his play on the University of Maine at Farmington men’s basketball team. The former Turners Falls High School player and current senior helped the Beavers to a 2-0 record by averaging 25 points, 6 rebounds, … 0

Aztecs retiring Gwynn’s No. 19 before opener

Thursday, February 12, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Eight months after Tony Gwynn died of cancer, it’s time to play baseball again at San Diego State. The mourning will never fully go away because of how beloved Gwynn was in his adopted hometown. He played basketball and baseball at SDSU, had a 20-year, … 0

UMass outlasts Bonnies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips in the Reilly Center, the UMass basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made two big steals in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds and … 0

New flat-seam baseball in college game should be plus for hitters

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. — Tim Corbin sounded more like a philosopher than Vanderbilt’s coach as he talked about the new flat-seam baseball designed to bring a little more scoring back to the college game. Finally, he hopes, after decades of tweaks and trying to figure out the correct balance … 0

Unbeaten ’Cats survive again, outlast LSU, 71-69, on road

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and top-ranked Kentucky stayed unbeaten with another tough road win, 71-69 over LSU when the Tigers missed a 3-pointer that could have won it at the buzzer Tuesday night. Devin Booker added 14 and Aaron Harrison had 13 for … 0

UConn buries Gamecocks

Monday, February 9, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and Breanna Stewart added 22 to help No. 2 UConn beat top-ranked South Carolina 87-62 on Monday night. Moriah Jefferson had 16 points for the Huskies (23-1), who improved to 17-3 in matchups between the top two teams in the … 0

Bulletin Board: Conference salutes Valley for big week with Owls

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jill Valley of Orange earned a spot on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll in women’s basketball for her performances this past week. Valley averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins for Westfield State University. A sophomore guard, Valley poured … 0

North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and … 0

Top-ranked South Carolina battles No. 2 UConn tonight

Sunday, February 8, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and UConn’s Geno Auriemma are quick to point out that tonight’s game between the top two programs in women’s basketball won’t decide the national championship. But a win would validate the Gamecock’s No. 1 ranking, and a loss would put … 0

UM optimistic about football recruits

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Not many coaches leave signing day excited about players they didn’t get. UMass coach Mark Whipple said Southeastern Conference schools swooped in and snared a “couple of kids” the Minutemen had hoped to sign shortly before signing day. While Whipple was disappointed not to get those players, he … 0