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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

Gonzaga snaps drought, Cards get past Wolfpack

Friday, March 27, 2015

HOUSTON — Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 win over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the … 0

Boston U. beats Yale 3-2 in OT in NCAA opener

Friday, March 27, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Danny O’Regan was starting to wonder about his aim when every shot he took seemed to hit the post, miss or was smothered by Yale goalie Alex Lyon. O’Regan didn’t miss in overtime when a … 0

Gamecocks hold off Tar Heels

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for … 0

Notre Dame, Wisconsin advance to Elite Eight

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight … 0

Kentucky prepared to combat ‘Press Virginia’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season. They’re 36 for 36 in their run at hoops immortality. An interesting test awaits. Big Blue is about to face something it hasn’t seen — a relentless, choking … 0

New UMass AD meets the press

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — The promise of a return to New England held great appeal for New Hampshire native Ryan Bamford, who was introduced Tuesday as UMass’ new athletic director. The 36-year-old Bamford comes to Amherst after spending four years … 0

Gordon seeking greener pastures

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players supported him when he became the first openly gay Division … 0

Maryland ends Princeton’s unbeaten season

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maryland ended Princeton’s undefeated season in College Park, Md., and Tennessee remained perfect at home Monday night. Both teams advanced to the Sweet 16. The Lady Vols improved to 56-0 in NCAA Tournament games at home with a win over Pittsburgh. North Carolina let a huge lead slip … 0

UMass hires AD

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mike Bobinski was still getting his feet underneath him at Georgia Tech, but he knew right away he liked Ryan Bamford. The former Xavier athletic director inherited Bamford when he took the same role at the Atlantic Coast … 0

Flyers keep dancing with upset of ’Cats

Sunday, March 22, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Once again Gonzaga showed that 11 is it’s favorite number. The Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years as an 11 after knocking off No. 3 Oregon State on the Beavers’ home court. Gonzaga will return home to play … 0