College Sports

Mini-Manny on a mission

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Manny Ramirez Jr.’s hair looked a tad long when University of San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano offered a good-natured wisecrack about his dreadlocked dad. “Probably just a hint I need to cut the hair,” Ramirez said with a smile. At times when Ramirez might need a little lift, some guidance on his swing, Giarratano need go no further than pulling out some old highlight videos of the … 0

Big Ten’s Delany lays out plan for freshman ineligibility

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says making freshmen ineligible in college football and basketball could help correct the imbalance between athletics and academics. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany reiterated why he believes a so-called year of readiness would be beneficial at this “critical … 0

Friars stun Terriers, 4-3

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Providence defenseman Tom Parisi thought he was just dumping the puck in from the red line so the Friars could get some fresh skaters on the ice. Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor thought he had it. Easy. But after the puck fluttered into his glove, more a blooper than a line … 0

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

SEC teams bobbling along NCAA Tournament bubble

Friday, March 6, 2015

Top-ranked Kentucky is chasing perfection and No. 18 Arkansas has all but locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Behind those two, the SEC has plenty of drama as the season winds toward Selection Sunday. Georgia, Mississippi, … 0

NCAA women’s tournament could be missing some familiar names

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some familiar names could be missing from the field when the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off later this month. Georgia has reached the tournament 20 straight years for the nation’s fourth-longest active streak, but a late-season slide has put the Lady Bulldogs’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy. … 0

Spiders trim UMass

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Nights bring plenty of emotion and not all players can handle it well, but the moment and the rock-solid defense of Richmond proved far too much for UMass to cope with Wednesday night. Plagued by turnovers and the opponent’s down-tempo style, the Minutemen went down … 0

Georgia looks to derail No. 1 Kentucky’s quest for history

Monday, March 2, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. — With a perfect regular season in sight, No. 1 Kentucky looks downright unstoppable. Georgia is the next team standing in the way, hoping to somehow trip up the Wildcats. Good luck with that. The team the Bulldogs will be hosting tonight has won its first … 0

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 … 0