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January 2011 Archives

With the men's basketball team leaving on Monday for the game at St. Louis due to the weather expected, the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show will not take place at the Hangar Pub & Grille as usual. It will be taped on remote while the team is travelling to St. Louis. 

Be sure to listen to the show on 100.9 FM in Western Mass.  and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass. or online here: Listen To Monday's MBB Radio Show.

You can also submit questions for Coach Kellogg: Ask Coach Kellogg

Coach Hodges' Wife Sue Passes Away

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We are sad to report the passing of Sue Hodges, the wife of former UMass football coach and longtime athletic department staff member Mike Hodges. 


Information on arrangements will be provided once they are available.

News Recaps Of UMass' 64-54 Win Over URI

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Happy Birthday: Jan. 31 - Conor Allen

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Hockey's Conor Allen celebrates his 21st birthday today on Jan. 31. 

Conor Allen

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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In his latest blog entries on MassLive.com, Dick Baker reviews the weekend that was for the UMass hockey team, has a mention of Justin Braun's performance at the AHL All-Star Weekend, and previews the challenge that is the last 10 games of the season for the Minutemen.

Recaps From Hockey's 2-2 Tie Against Northeastern

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After a back-and-forth flurry in the first 10 minutes on Saturday night, Northeastern managed to tie the game in the 2nd period and neither side could score for the balance of regulation or overtime as the Minutemen settled for a 2-2 tie with the Huskies. The Mass Attack heads out on the road this weekend with games at Boston College (Friday) and at Merrimack (Saturday).

UMassAthletics.com: Photo Gallery

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Sunday Morning Primer For UMass-URI

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As we prepare for the 135th meeting between old-time rivals UMass and URI, here are all the previews you need to be informed for the game at 4 p.m. Remember, doors open at 2 p.m., at the Mullins Center for Kid's Day with games, activities and rides on the concourse at the arena.

• Providence Journal: Capsule preview: URI at UMass
• Daily Collegian: Maturing Minutemen

Gazette, Republican Preview Hoops Vs. URI

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Here are the previews on the UMass-URI basketball game slated for Sunday at 4 p.m., Its Kid's Day so doors will open at 2 p.m., with festivities on the concourse at the Mullins Center.

• Springfield Republican: For the 135th time, UMass and Rhode Island renew their basketball rivalry

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Kellogg wants team to focus on URI game at hand

Republican Story On Football Additions

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The Springfield Republican has a story on the football team adding five players for spring ball.

Five mid-year transfers have joined the University of Massachusetts football team and will be eligible for the 2011 season whether the program moves up in status or not.

The new players could address needs at quarterback, wide receiver and running back, where key players from last year's 6-5 team will be lost through graduation.

UMass coach Kevin Morris announced that three of the five newcomers arrive from programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) - tailback Chris Burns from Pittsburgh, defensive back Ryan Campbell from Mississippi and quarterback Kellen Pagel from Bowling Green.

Recaps From Hockey's 3-0 Loss At Northeastern

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Northeastern's Chris Rawlings stood tall in goal for the Huskies handing the visiting Mass Attack a 3-0 loss on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston. The two teams will rematch tonight at the Mullins Center starting at 3 PM. The game can be watched live on CBS3 Now which can be found on Comcast Digital 293 and now on Charter Digital 230 throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northeastern blanks Minuteman hockey
Springfield Republican: Northeastern dumps UMass, 3-0

Hockey East/NESN Highlights:

Postgame Interview:

Alum Keron Williams Signs Extension With BC Lions

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Lions' Keron Williams  cheerleads after CFL win at Empire Field last season.

Former UMass star defensive lineman Keron Williams thinks his best football is yet to come -- and the B.C. Lions must have believed him, because they've extended his contract with the CFL team through the 2013 season. 


  • Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun
  • Charter Cable Now Carrying CBS 3 Now On Channel 230

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    Charter Cable is now carrying CBS 3 Now, which airs many UMass athletic sporting events. 

    You can watch CBS 3 Now on Channel 230 on Charter Cable systems in Massachusetts. 

    The first UMass game to air on CBS 3 Now and be available on Charter will be the UMass hockey game vs. Northeastern on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

    As always, CBS 3 Now will continue to be available on Comcast Channel 293. 

    Gazette Story On Football Transfers

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass' football additions at mid-year.

    The University of Massachusetts football program has added five midyear additions, including a highly-recruited running back and a new entrant into the starting quarterback competition. The group includes three transfers from Bowl Subdivision schools, one junior college transfer and one prep school player enrolling early.

    Republican: Things Looking Up For Hoops

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    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on the men's hoop team and how the Minutemen are playing better and moving in the right direction.

    In many respects, it was their best game of the year. First, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team put aside the unsettling nature of an emergency landing on the way to Olean, N.Y.

    The Minutemen then turned in a complete effort, winning 78-69 at St. Bonaventure Wednesday night in a game they controlled for most of the 40 minutes.

    "I wouldn't say it was the best we could play, but maybe almost,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.

    Daily Collegian Previews URI Basketball Game

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    Check out two stories from the Daily Collegian as the Minutemen prepare to take on rival Rhode Island on Sunday at 4 p.m.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker continues his preview of this weekend's Northeastern series with a look at the play of Holyoke's Kevin Czepiel. He also has mentions of Paul Dainton being a candidate for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and of Justin Braun being added to the AHL All-Star game alongside Matt Anderson.


    Childhood memories spur rise of outdoor hockey

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    Brion O'Connor of The Hockey Journal has a nice article on the rise of outdoor hockey tournaments including quotes from UMass hockey alum Scott Crowder who created the Pond Hockey Classic in New Hampshire.

    Previews For Hockey's Weekend Series Vs. Northeastern

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    The UMass hockey team heads to Northeastern tonight to kick-off a weekend series that returns to the Mullins Center tomorrow night to wrap up the regular-season series between the two clubs. Tonight's game will be live on NESN & NESN-HD beginning at 7:30 PM, while tomorrow's match-up will be televised live on CBS3 Now (Comcast Digital 293) beginning at 7 PM.


    Happy Birthday: Jan. 27 - Sara Plourde

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    Sara Plourde
    Happy Birthday to All-American softball pitcher Sara Plourde on Jan. 27! The 2010 A-10 Pitcher of the Year and NCAA strikeouts and wins leader turns the Big 2-1 today!

    Feature On Former UMass Women's Hoops Standout Kate Mills

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    If there is one thing Kate Mills has learned from playing professional basketball overseas, it's how to adjust.

    On Jan. 10, Mills was traded from a Portuguese team to one in Madrid. The deal had little to do with Mills' performance. She had been averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game.

    "During the Christmas break, the team hired a Portuguese point guard, who played in the WNBA," said Mills. "The coaching staff felt that with this new addition the team needed to make some changes with personnel. When I came back from Christmas break I was still able to practice with the team every day, but no longer participated in games. [They] found me a new team to play for and will still be honoring my contract while I play with the new team."

    Read more of Jack Ireland's Kate Mills adjusts to uncertain life of a pro player

    Daily Collegian Women's Basketball Coverage

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    The Massachusetts women's basketball team took on Temple on Wednesday at the Mullins Center in an Atlantic 10 conference battle.

    While tip off was moved up to 5:00 p.m. due to inclement weather, the University of Massachusetts was unable to advance in the A-10 standings. The Owls remained undefeated in A-10 play with a 76-48 victory.

    To read more of the Daily Collegian's recap, click here.

    Michael Wood also has a sidebar in the Collegian on the increased roles of younger players off the bench against Temple.

    Recaps From UMass' Win Over St. Bonaventure

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    Sampson Carter remembers flying on a faulty airplane that was spitting smoke in the cockpit as it cruised above the clouds.

    "Your brain becomes a collage, thinking of good times and bad times,'' the University of Massachusetts men's basketball player said. "Looking down ... that's a hard fall.''

    Carter and the rest of the UMass entourage made an emergency landing Tuesday in Albany, N.Y. Thus ended a harrowing 15 minutes that, according to UMass personnel, saw flight attendants running through the aisles and thumbing through procedural manuels, after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    Read the detailed and graphic stories in the Springfield Republican and Daily Hampshire Gazette.


    A record 25 players have been unveiled as the nominees for the 2011 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

    The list includes returning nominees Sam Kuzyk of Adrian, Mario Mjelleli of Augsburg and Brigid O'Gorman of Connecticut College.

    Finalists will be announced in mid-February, with the award scheduled to be presented on Friday, April 8 at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

    The full list of nominees follows:

    Jenni Bauer, sr., Niagara
    Jackie Berglass, sr., Williams
    Stephane Boileau, sr., Union
    Joseph Calvi, sr., Bentley
    Isaiah Carlson, so., Salve Regina
    Ryan Corry, sr., Plattsburgh State
    Paul Dainton, sr., Massachusetts
    Brooks Dyroff, so., Boston College
    Kristin Faber, jr., Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Alyssa Grogan, jr., Minnesota
    Alex Higgins, sr., St. Michael's
    Tanner House, sr., Maine
    Aleca Hughes, jr., Yale
    Sam Kuzyk, sr., Adrian
    Ciara Lee, sr., Wayne State
    Mario Mjelleli, sr., Augsburg
    Ron Meyers, jr., Alaska
    Scott Moser, jr., Canisius
    Tucker Mullin, so., St. Anselm
    Trevor Nill, jr., Michigan State
    Whitney Pappas, sr., Robert Morris
    Brigid O'Gorman, sr., Connecticut College
    Cody Reichard, jr., Miami
    Ben Ryan, sr., Notre Dame
    Paul Zanette, sr., Niagara

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    In Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog, he continues to preview the upcoming series with Northeastern, mentions Darren Rowe's ability to play defense without taking penalties, and looks at the schedule for 2011-12.

    USCHO.com Feature On Hockey's Recent Success

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    Massachusetts: Back to square one? Absolutely not

    They're almost certainly not going to earn home ice in the playoffs, but you've still got to like the way the Massachusetts Minutemen have performed this year. After an offseason which saw them lose a staggering amount of talent, they've dealt with the ups and downs well enough to be in seventh place, just two games under .500 in league play.

    Of late, they've been playing particularly well, winning three of their last four. They swept sister school Massachusetts-Lowell two weekends ago before splitting a two-game set this past weekend at Vermont. Even better is the way they played in the split. After a 2-1 loss on Friday night, they took no prisoners on Saturday, thumping their hosts, 6-0.

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    Collegian Feature On Hockey's Eric Filiou

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    In the last 10 years, Massachusetts' hockey player Eric Filiou has lived in Canada, Europe and the United States, but the one place he hasn't lived during that decade is the only place he can truly call home.

    When he was 11-years-old, Filiou left his home in Montreal and everything he knew behind to learn English and develop his hockey skills in a setting completely different from what he was accustomed to.

    He found himself at Athol Murray  College of Notre Dame for high school in Saskatchewan, Canada where everything was new to him. The language, the people and in particular, the lifestyle were all foreign. All Filiou had known was the hustle-and-bustle of Montreal and the immense cityscape. When he arrived in Wilcox, a small village in Saskatchewan, he was greeted with vast farmlands and a population just over 300 people.

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    Republican: Morgan Eases Into UMass System

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    UMass freshman Jesse Morgan is the subject of a feature in the Springfield Republican. 

    • Patience is the watchword as Jesse Morgan eases into the UMass basketball system

    As he waits patiently each game, hoping for a few minutes of playing time. One month into Morgan's men's basketball career, the impact expected of the 6-foot-5 guard is yet to be in evidence.

    Morgan became eligible in late December, when the second semester began. He was preceded by his reputation as one of the best high school players in Philadelpia, a scoring talent good enough to be signed to a letter of intent by Seton Hall, a Big East program.


    The UMass basketball team, which was travelling to St. Bonaventure for a basketball game on Wednesday night, made an emergency landing with its charter plane in Albany, N.Y. The Minutemen had left Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee heading to Bradford, Pa., on its flight for the game against the Bonnies. 

    The flight was diverted after smoke was coming from the cockpit on the team's charter jet airplane. The plane landed safely around 4:30 p.m., in Albany and the team, coaches and support staff are safe and sound. The team boarded a new charter plane -- one that carried the Villanova basketball team to Providence earlier in the day -- at 11 p.m., and landed in  Bradford at 12:10 a.m., before heading to the hotel for sleep.


    Here are various stories on the situation.

    • CBS 3 Springfield UpdateNews and Weather for Western Massachusetts
    • Daily Collegian: UPDATED: Minutemen safe in Albany

    Game Previews For UMass At St. Bonnies

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    Here are game previews of UMass' pivotal game at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.




    Photo: SBU opens key stretch for UMass

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 26 - Gina Perno

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    Happy Birthday to UMass senior runner Gina Perno of the track team on Jan. 26. 

    Gina Perno
    After missing last week's UMass Sports Luncheon due to weather, we are back in the full swing of things today. Tyler Cotto, Danny Hobbs, and Paul Dainton will all be honored as last week's and this week's Athletes of the Week. Hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley will be the featured guest speakers. The luncheon starts at 12:15 PM in Room 1009 of the Campus Center.

    Looking forward to next Wednesday, softball head coach Elaine Sortino and swimming & diving coaches Russ Yarworth and Bob Newcomb will be the featured speakers.

    Justin Braun Added To AHL All-Star Team

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    Former UMass All-American Justin Braun has been added to the AHL All-Star Team as announced by the league on Tuesday. He joins fellow Minuteman alum Matt Anderson on the All-Star Squad. Info from the AHL release is below:

    The American Hockey League today announced seven additions to the team rosters for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to take place Sunday and Monday, Jan. 30 and 31, in Hershey, Pa. 

    Braun, a 2007 draft pick by San Jose, has tallied two goals and 13 assists in 27 AHL games with Worcester along with one goal and eight assists in 15 NHL contests with the parent Sharks. 

    Indoor Track: Algonquin Gains Bakanowski

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    Check out Telegram.com's article on UMass track and field alum Kristin Bakanowski getting hired at Algonquin Regional High School as an assistant track and field coach. 

    "Danielson's departure gives former Algonquin and UMass star Kristen Bakanowski an opportunity to fulfill a dream by coaching at her alma mater. 

    A T&G Super Team pick in indoor and outdoor track, the 25-year-old Bakanowski set the Algonquin record in the pole vault (12 feet) and competed on the national stage more than once before continuing her storied career for the Minutewomen, where she set their school record at 12 feet, 11-3/4 inches."

    Stop by any pond hockey tournament, and you'll witness a frosty tableau of giddy, puck-loving weekend warriors reliving glory days, enjoying the great outdoors and knocking back a few carbonated beverages. Draw composite pictures of those players, and the images would break into two distinct camps. First is the grizzled 35-year-old or 40-plus hockey veteran, who grew up on the ponds, with a quaint beer belly stretching his jersey but still with good wheels and a good idea of how to use them. The second is the under-30 player raised on indoor ice, drawn more by the sheer novelty of the event.Pond Hockey

    That's what roughly 500 participants and another 1,500 or so spectators found on the seven "rinks" that dotted New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee during the inaugural New England Pond Hockey Championships on a sun-splattered weekend last winter. At the center of this perfect pond hockey storm, corralling these two disparate groups, was a 24-year-old University of Massachusetts graduate, Scott Crowder.

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    Members of the Nobles boys and girls hockey teams unveiled special camouflage jerseys on Saturday for their respective games in a fundraiser to benefit the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.Nobles boys hockey co-captains Matt Harlow and Andrew Doane show off the jersey they wore on Saturday against Andover in a fundraiser for children of troops that died in war.

    The fund helps children of fallen members of the Armed Forces.

    Boys co-captain Matthew Harlow said he went to his coach, Brian Day, with the idea of a charity game and game across the MSL.

    "This is truly a great cause to raise money for soldiers and their families.  This is the least we can do for the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us," Harlow said.

    The fund was started by Peter Trovato in 2004.

    Proceeds from donations at the games, a 50-50 raffle, the snack bar and other fund-raisers all benefited the MSL.

    "He's a regular guy who has done an extraordinary thing," coach Day said. "Our government is asking a lot from our soldiers, but not much from our citizens. There are two things that we can give our kids and that is unconditional love and the best education possible."

    Link To Full Story


    Quick Shuts Out Bruins

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    Jonathan Quick must have been inspired by Paul Dainton as he turned in a 34-save shutout win against the Boston Bruins last night.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    In his MassLive.com Hockey Blog today, Dick Baker mentions Paul Dainton earning Hockey East Defender of the Week honors and has a very nice, informative piece on Paul's parents and one of his brothers making the long trek from Nunavut to Vermont this past weekend to see his shutout performance. Dick also has a post about how a sweep over Vermont this weekend could propel the Minutemen into sixth-place in the league standings.

    Republican: Putney's Potential Is Clear

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    The Springfield Republican has a feature story on UMass redshirt freshman Raphiael Putney. Ron Chimelis writes: as UMass approaches Wednesday night's game at St. Bonaventure, Putney is not the best of the Minutemen. But he might be the most intriguing.

    Kellogg likes to compare the styles of current players with familiar players of years past. He was asked if Putney's style reminds him of any previous Minutemen.

    "Not yet. But I think he's a good example of the value of redshirting,'' said Kellogg, whose player used the inactive 2009-10 season to add strength to his still-willowy, 180-pound frame.

    UMass takes an 11-7 record (3-2 Atlantic 10) to St. Bonaventure (10-8, 2-3).

    Gazette's College Basketball Notebook

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a college basketball notebook. He leads with the latest projections for the NCAA Tournament field which do not favor many fan-favorite smaller schools. He also touches on the 10-year anniversary of the Oklahoma State plane crash and the Atlantic 10 Game of the Week.

    Atlantic 10 Coaches Teleconference

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    Listen to the comments of UMass head coach Derek Kellogg as well as this week's opponents' coach Mark Schmidt of St. Bonaventure and Jim Baron of Rhode Island.


  • Listen Here.

  • Tonight's UMass Men's Basketball Radio Show is set for 7 PM tonight at the Hangar on University Drive in Amherst. This evening's guest will be sophomore Terrell Vinson. Be sure to join TV, Head Coach Derek Kellogg and the Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer in less than 90 minutes. The show will be broadcasted on 100.9 FM WRNX, the Flagship Station of UMass Athletics.

    Season Ends For UMass Alums With Jets

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    UMass alums with the New York Jets including safety James Ihedigbo, offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, general manager Mike Tannebaum and assistant general manager Scott Cohen saw their football season end on Sunday with a 24-19 loss to the Steelers. Here are a few stories with mentions of Ihedigbo, who received much TV time. Ducasse was also shown on the sidelines during the game.


    2011 AFC Championship game


    Happy Birthday: Jan. 24 - Sonny Gamble, Darren Rowe

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    Best birthday wishes to senior track runner Sonny Gamble and sophomore hockey defenseman Darren Rowe

    Sonny Gamble  Darren Rowe

    NESN Preview Of Friday's Hockey Game At Northeastern

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    Quick To Face Bruins

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    Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings will host the Boston Bruins on Monday night at 7:30 PM. Here's the game preview from the Kings' website.

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Richmond

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    Take a look back at the UMass' 84-68 loss to Richmond on Saturday.

    • Boston Globe: UMass meets match
    • Worcester Telegram: UMass gets stuck in Spiders' web
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen entangled
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Spiders beat Minutemen 84-68
    • Daily Collegian: Spider-bitten

    MAULING AT MULLINS: UMass forward...

    More Coverage From Hockey's Weekend At Vermont

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    The Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, and MassLive.com all have more coverage of hockey's split weekend at Vermont.

    Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hockey routs Vermont

    Berkshire Eagle: Calipari Supports Kellogg

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    The Berkshire Eagle has a story on how former UMass coach and mentor John Calipari gives his full support to Derek Kellogg, in his third year as the head coach at UMass.

    "The thing that people don't understand is that he loves the job. It's a dream job for him," said Calipari. "He wants to build it. He wants to raise his family there. It's what he wants."

    Recaps From Hockey's 6-0 Win At Vermont

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    It was a dominating performance at both ends of the ice last night as the hockey team bounced back from Friday's loss for a 6-0 win at Vermont on Saturday. It was just the 2nd career shutout for goalie Paul Dainton and the first ever for the Minutemen at Gutterson Fieldhouse since 1964. Four skaters had multi-point nights led by T.J. Syner's 2 goals and 1 assist.

    Springfield Republican: UMass hockey team blasts Vermont, 6-0
    Burlington Free Press: UMass mauls Vermont

    Highlights:

    Postgame Interview:



    Gorneault Trading In Glove For Radar Gun

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    Garry Brown leads off his latest column in the Springfield Republican with an update on UMass baseball alum Nick Gorneault:

    It's time for Phase Two in the professional baseball career of Nick Gorneault.

    This former Cathedral and UMass star gave it his best shot for 10 years in the minors. Now he's ready to move into a new role as northeast scout for the Los Angeles Angels.

    "It was a blessing that I was able to play as long as I did," he said. "I had my dream, I reached the big leagues, if only for a short time, but I got there, and not many people can say that."

    Read more of Brown's column on MassLive.com


    Happy Birthday: Jan. 22 - Benson, Gordan, Thellen

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    Happy birthday to a trio of UMass student-athletes on Jan. 22: baseball senior Charlie Benson  rowing sophomore Tory Gordan  and football sophomore Darren Thellen.

    Charlie Benson  Tory Gordan  Darren Thellen

    Recaps From Hockey's Loss At Vermont On Friday

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    Despite having several good looks for game-tying and game-winning goals, UMass wasn't able to crack the Vermont defense settling for a tough 2-1 loss at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night.

    Springfield Republican: Vermont downs Massachusetts in Hockey East
    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Vermont hockey holds on to edge Minutemen
    Burlington Free Press: Special teams spark Vermont's win


    Postgame Interview:

    Previews Of UMass Hosting Richmond On Saturday

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    Here are the game previews on stories leading up to the UMass-Richmond game on Saturday at 12 Noon


    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hoop welcomes a tough Richmond team
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Triangle-and-two in store for UR?
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Camp experience helped UR's Harper

    Gazette Features UMass Alum James Ihedigbo

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a tremendous feature profile on UMass alum, Amherst native and New York Jets player James Ihedigbo. Check it out.

    Ihedigbo is only in his fourth NFL season and on Sunday he'll play in his second AFC Championship game as he and the New York Jets will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 6:30 p.m.

    But the 27-year-old defensive back needs only to look across the locker room to realize that opportunities like this aren't necessarily abundant.

    Previews For Hockey At Vermont Series

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    As the Minutemen prepare for their pregame skate this morning, here's a look at some of the headlines featuring the series at Vermont this weekend.

    MassLive.com: Minutemen hope to give 'em one in The Gut
    Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass Hockey Looks To Continue Success At Vermont
    Daily Collegian: UMass hockey looks for a winning streak
    Daily Collegian: Special teams responsible for highs and lows
    Burlington Free Press: UMass matchups key to Vermont's playoff hopes

    The Daily Collegian's Jackson Alexander has a preview of the swimming & diving teams' Senior Day meet against Boston College. In the story, Jackson points out how the Minutemen and Minutewomen are carrying a lot of momentum after sweeping the Rhode Island Invitational against Atlantic 10 opponents last week as they prepare for next month's Conference Championships.

    The Senior Day meet begins at 4 p.m. at the Joseph Rogers Pool with Senior Day festivities taking place approximately 15 minutes prior. The meet will be televised on CBS 3 Now and online on UMass All-Access. At 2 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held as the new Nowak Dryland Facility will be dedicated at Boyden Gym.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 21 - Anthony Gurley

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    Best wishes for a great birthday to senior basketball star Anthony Gurley  on Jan. 21. He turns 23 today.

    Anthony Gurley

    Gazette: Riley Dedicates Game To Slain Friend

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great story on guard Freddie Riley.

    It would have been a big game under any circumstance for Freddie Riley. The University of Massachusetts sophomore guard has had a difficult time finding an offensive rhythm all year so 18 points in any game would certainly have been welcomed.

    But it meant more Wednesday. Late Tuesday night, Riley's brother told him that their friend Antonio "T.J." Gordon had been shot and killed in an incident outside of a bowling alley in Riley's hometown of Ocala, Fla. Before Wednesday's game with Charlotte, Riley quietly dedicated his performance to the memory of his friend.

    "I decided to dedicate the game to him after one of my younger friends called me (Wednesday afternoon) and was crying," he said. "It hurt him really bad because they were really close."

    Daily Collegian Coverage Of Basketball Team

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    Check out these two stories from the Daily Collegian about the UMass basketball team. 

    Republican's Stories On Freddie Riley; Traynham Update

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    Ron Chimelis has three stories on the men's basketball team including a column on Freddie Riley and all of the personal adversity he has dealt with since Tuesday. The Republican also has an update on the Daryl Traynham suspension.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker has two updates today in his MassLive.com Hockey Blog as he continues his weekly look into the pair of games at Vermont on Friday & Saturday. Dick's first blog mentions Vermont's leading goal scorer Wahsontiio Stacey quitting the team yesterday. In his second blog he takes a historical perspective looking at two famous NHLers who played for Vermont against the Minutemen in the mid-90's - Tim Thomas and Martin St. Louis.

    Kellogg Coaches Barefoot For Samaritan's Feet

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    Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg shouts to his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. , Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Kellogg was barefoot to support the charity Samaritan's Feet during the game.

    Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg shouts to his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Kellogg was barefoot to support the charity Samaritan's Feet during the game. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


    Recaps From UMass' 73-54 Win At Charlotte

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    Camby Out With Knee Surgery

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    UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby will undergo knee surgery and be out of action with the Portland Trail Blazers. He will need arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

    Camby hurt his knee in Portland's victory Monday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team says an MRI exam was initially clear, but closer examination revealed a partial meniscus tear.

    There is no timetable for Camby's return. His surgery has not yet been scheduled. The news came as the Blazers prepared to play in Sacramento Wednesday night.

    Mauldin Re-Assignment Mentioned In Denver Post

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    Greg Mauldin was reassigned from the Colorado Avalanche to the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, but he is expected to make a return appearance at some point soon. Here's the take from the Denver Post.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Blog

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    Best wishes for a great day today on Jan. 19 as women's cross country/track runner Kristin Darling and softball freshman Maggie Quealy celebrate birthdays.

    Kristin Darling  Maggie Quealy

    Daily Collegian Piece On Justine Sowry

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    Nick O'Malley of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a nice story on former field hockey coach Justine Sowry. The column focuses on how Sowry, now the head coach at Louisville, took the UMass program to the next level in her four years at the helm of the program.

    Sowry was replaced on Jan. 7 when UMass announced the hiring of Northwestern Associate Head Coach and former US National Team member Carla Tagliente as field hockey head coach.

    UMass Sports Luncheon Cancelled

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    Due to the late opening of UMass' campus at 10 a.m., the UMass Sports Luncheon scheduled for 10:45 a.m., has been cancelled. Please join us next week at 12:15 p.m., when the luncheon returns to its normal time. For more information call 413-577-0267.

    Previews Of UMass At Charlotte Basketball Game

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    Here are some looks at UMass' return to Charlotte for a Wednesday night game vs. the 49ers.

    • Charlotte Observer: 49ers' hard worker now a high scorer

    Gazette's College Basketball Notebook

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    Matt Vautour has his weekly college basketball notebook in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    He writes about seniors dominating the game this year as well as the winless and perfect teams in the nation.

    Gazette's UMass Winter Football Notebook

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has an update on the UMass football team as school began on Tuesday in Amherst.

    University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris said the players the Minuteman coaching staff is recruiting have heard all the rumors. They know that UMass is exploring the possibility of an upgrade to Bowl Subdivision football.

    But Morris said until a decision is officially announced, the coaching staff is being careful not to oversell that potential to players they're recruiting.

    Leveille To Play For Team USA In Champion Challenge

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    UMass All-American Kevin Leveille will be playing for Team USA in the Champion Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, in an exhibition game against Notre Dame. The Champion Challenge is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 with the game set to re-air on ESPNU at 10 p.m. that evening.

    Here is a complete release of the entire roster on Inside Lacrosse.

    UMass Sports Luncheon Still Slated For 10:45 a.m.

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    Despite the change to the women's basketball game time from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., the UMass Sports Luncheon will still take place as scheduled at 10:45 a.m. in Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

    Those attending the sports luncheon will receive tickets to tomorrow night's women's basketball game between the Minutewomen and the Saint Louis Billikens.

    Republican: Whipple Sees Coaching In His Future

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    The Springfield Republican has a story on former UMass head coach Mark Whipple, who was the runner-up for the UConn head coaching job.

    "I knew it was between myself and Paul Pasqualoni,'' Whipple said by phone Monday night. "I knew I had a good interview at UConn. But they told me they would not announce anything until (last) Thursday at the earliest, and that's what they did. I'm doing well. I just have to move forward.''

    Daily Collegian Returns With Two Hoops Stories

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    With UMass classes back in session the Daily Collegian is printing again. Here are two stories on the men's basketball team.

    Republican: UMass Has Variety Of Tempos

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    Maybe by the end of this men's basketball season, the University of Massachusetts will establish its true identity and skill level. Then again, maybe not. The next stop on this roundabout journey is in Charlotte, where UMass has a chance to make some Atlantic 10 headway Wednesday night.

    "Charlotte is like us. They have been very good at times, and struggled at other times,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "But they're dangerous. They can fill it up (offensively).''

    Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

    Weekly Atlantic 10 Basketball Teleconference

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    Listen to what UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and all of the Atlantic 10 coaches had to say about their teams on the weekly Atlantic 10 Conference Call. Charlotte's Alan Major also talks about the upcoming game with the Minutemen.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 18 - Samantha Gray

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    West wishes for a great birthday to softball freshman Samantha Gray.

    Samantha Gray

    Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Loss To #8 Xavier

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    Women's basketball's 81-55 loss to #8 Xavier at home on Sunday was covered by several media outlets. Check out the recaps.

    Springfield Republican: UMass falls in women's basketball to nationally-ranked Xavier
    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Xavier overpowers Minutewomen
    Fox News: Xavier's inside play leads to rout of UMass

    Putney To Guest On Monday's Radio Show

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    Be sure to join us for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show on Monday night at 7 p.m., at the Hangar Pub & Grille. Redshirt freshman Raphiael Putney will be the player guest. Listen on 100.9 FM WRNX If you can;t make it to the Hangar.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 17 - David McKenna, Ryan Delaire

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    Best wishes for a Happy Birthday on Jan. 17 to men's track thrower David McKenna and football linebacker Ryan Delaire

    David McKenna  Ryan Delaire

    Gazette: Carter Stands Tall In Key Match Up

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    Check out the Daily Hampshire Gazette's sidebar after the La Salle win on junior center Sean Carter.

    "We got a great performance tonight from Sean Carter," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "He looked like a man in the paint finishing balls around the rim... I've been waiting for Sean to break out because he's practiced very hard as of late. "

    Carter had a season-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds and two blocked shots while limiting Murray to 12 points and eight rebounds, both below his averages.

    The New York Jets and their UMass alums are off to the AFC Championship game after the green and white pulled off the 28-21 upset win at New England. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, assistant GM Scott Cohen along with players James Ihedigbo and Vladimir Ducasse all earned degrees from UMass.  Ihedigbo served as a team captain for the game in carrying out a No. 90 Dennis Byrd jersey. Coach Rex Ryan had invited former defensive end Byrd to address the players at the team hotel Saturday night to convey to them the urgency of seizing the opportunity that was ahead of them.

    Here are stories mentioning Ihedigbo.

    • USA Today: Rex Ryan's Jets shock Tom Brady, Patriots with 28-21 win

    • FanHouse: Dennis Byrd's Inspirational Message Reached Jets in New England Upset

    • Canadian Press: Former Jet Dennis Byrd, whose career ended with broken neck, inspires team.

    • ESPN: Jets' D stomps 'unstoppable' Brady

    • ESPN: Boy, were we wrong about the Jets

    • New York Times: For a Second Week, the Jets Make an Elite Quarterback Look Ordinary

    • Asbury Park Press: Borden Column: Rex Ryan deserves credit for victory

    Freshman Robbie Bergquist of the men's soccer team is featured on the main University web site for the work he and his sister have done by creating Cell Phones For Soldiers.

    Six years ago Robbie Bergquist '14 and his sister, Brittany, created an initiative that has worked wonders in keeping warriors in combat zones in touch with their families back home. Cell Phones for Soldiers, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has thus far raised some $8 million in donations and distributed more than 1.5 million prepaid calling cards to American soldiers serving overseas.

    In John Connolly's Boston Herald hockey notebook, he looks at the success UMass had this past weekend over Lowell and has extensive quotes from Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon about the make-up of the team. Cahoon mentions some strengths of the team and says "We need to learn to play together and play well together, even if it means suffering a few losses, so that we can learn to win together. That's what we're in the midst of right now.''

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    In Dick Baker's latest MassLive.com Hockey Blog, he looks at the momentum built by UMass after a weekend and series sweep of UMass Lowell which pushed the Minutemen up the Hockey East standings into 7th place. He also examines the role Michael Lecomte has played in the recent success of the penalty kill unit which has blanked opponents on the last 14 straight extra-man advantages.

    Recaps From Hockey's 4-1 Win Over Lowell

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    The UMass hockey team earned a sweep over UMass Lowell with a 4-1 win on Saturday night to move up the Hockey East standings into 7th place. Adam Phillips scored twice for the Minutemen, while Paul Dainton carried a shutout into the midway point of the third period.

    The Minutemen will head to 9th place Vermont for a weekend pair this Friday and Saturday.


    Highlights:

    Postgame Interview:

    Ihedigbo & Jets Ready For Patriots

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    There are several great stories on UMass alum James Ihedigbo, who is ready to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Sunday at 4:30 pm. Check out these features.


    Recaps From UMass' 74-71 Win Over La Salle

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    Here are stories from the win in Springfield.

    • Springfield Republican: Gurley's 20 points lead UMass basketball to win in Springfield

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen survive last-minute mistakes to defeat La Salle at MassMutual Center

    • Boston Globe: Minutemen locate their comfort zone

    • Boston Herald: BC beats buzzer, not the U

    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen craft a total team effort

    • Philadelphia Inquirer: La Salle falls at Massachusetts

    • ESPN.com: Massachusetts 74, La Salle 71

    • WWLP NBC22: UMass bounces back, beats LaSalle

    • Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: NCAAB Wrap: Penn State falls just shy vs. No. 2 OSU

    Tannenbaum Feature In New York Times

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    New York Jets' General Manager and UMass alum Mike Tannenbaum is featured in the New York Times.

    The binder that explains Mike Tannenbaum is filled with dozens of pages, with spreadsheets and data analysis and a "comprehensive report" of every free agent signed during the 1994 off-season.

    He compiled it after law school at Tulane, in his spare time, while interning for the New Orleans Saints. He mailed one to every N.F.L. team. The binder is classic Tannenbaum -- dry, smart, focused, filled with numbers.

    Fifteen years later, Tannenbaum, now the Jets' general manager, sometimes thinks of his neighbor, a brain surgeon. The neighbor, Tannenbaum is certain, has always been the smartest man in the room. Yet in some ways, Tannenbaum is still the child immersed in the sports section, who parlayed that obsession into N.F.L. binders and a lucrative career in sports.

    Gazette: Minutewomen Hoop Team Awaits No. 8 Xavier

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    On Sunday, the UMass women's basketball team will face its highest ranked opponent at home since 1998. Matt Vautour has a preview of the matchup in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.


    UMass sophomore center Jasmine Watson was expecting quite the challenge.

    "They're the biggest team we have in our conference," said Watson, who leads UMass with 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. "They're two of the greatest players in the country right now. It's definitely a challenge for us. We're willing to step up and take it."

    "We hope they take us lightly. There's nothing wrong with being an underdog," Watson said. "Underdogs win games too."

    Continue reading Minutewoman hoop team awaits No. 8 Xavier

    UMass Track & Field Season Preview In Boston Herald

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    With the indoor track & field season opening up this weekend for the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the Boston Herald has a nice preview of both UMass teams.

    Like the United States Postal Service, the UMass indoor track and field team delivers on time, no matter what the weather is.

    Wednesday's mammoth nor'easter hardly was a hurdle for the Minutemen as they prepared for this weekend's season-opening Sorlien Memorial Invitational in Kingston, R.I.

    Continue reading UMass track set for run at glory

    Recaps Of Hockey's 5-4 Win At Lowell

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    UMass' 5-4 win at UMass Lowell was covered by several media outlets last night. Danny Hobbs tallied the game-winning goal with 11.6 seconds left in the 3rd period with the game televised live on NESN.

    The two teams will rematch tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM). Fans in Western Mass who can't make it to the game can watch live on CBS 3 Now (Comcast Digital 293).

    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hobbs nets winner for UMass
    Boston Herald: Hobbs sparks Minutemen

    Hockey East/NESN Highlights:

    Postgame Interview:

    Drexel's Flint Uses UMass Experience With Dragons

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    The Philadelphia Inqurier has a story about how former UMass head coach and current Drexel head man Bruiser Flint is using some knowledge to help him with the Dragons.

    "He said, 'If you can't get length, get girth,' " Flint said with a laugh as he thought about the wisdom Jack Leaman imparted.

    Gary Forbes: Diary Of An NBA rookie

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    On NBA.com, UMass' Gary Forbes is keeping a diary about his first season in the NBA. Check it out.

    Forbes is making a name for himself after arriving at training camp as a relative unknown. The former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year started four times early in the season while filling in for injured big men Carmelo Anthony and Nene, and he entered the weekend averaging 5.4 points despite playing just 12.2 minutes per game. Using Nuggets.com as his forum, Forbes will periodically share his thoughts on life as an NBA rookie.


    Saturday's Previews Of UMass-La Salle

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    Game previews of the UMass-La Salle game at the MassMutual Center

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 15 - Morgan Brandso

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    Happy Birthday to men's soccer sophomore: Morgan Brandso on Jan. 15. 

    Morgan Brandso

    Boston Herald Blog Entry On Jets/UMass' Ihedigbo

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    Check out UMass alum Dan Duggan's Boston Herald Blog Entry on fellow alum and New York Jet James Ihedigbo.

    Earlier this week, I caught up with an old friend, James Ihedigbo. You may know James as the hard hitting safety and special teams ace from the Jets; I know him best from our battles on the intramural courts at UMass. He didn't seem overly interested in reliving the time my squad beat him and his football teammates. Apparently he has more important things on his mind...whatever.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 14 - Katie Florence, Ryan Young

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    Wishing Happy Birthday greetings on Jan. 14 to women's lacrosse junior goalie Katie Florence and football freshman lineman Ryan Young.

    Katie Florence  Ryan Young

    Newark Star-Ledger Feature Connects UMass With Jets

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    The Newark Star-Ledger has a feature story on how UMass has so many connections with the New York Jets.

    Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and assistant general manager Scott Cohen are both graduates of UMass. In recent years, the addition of guard Vladimir Ducasse and safety James Ihedigbo, also Minutemen, further advanced a pipeline that seems to grow by the year.

    Republican: UMass Hopes For Quick Turnaround

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    The Springfield Republican has this story on the basketball team: 
    UMass basketball team hopes for a quick turnaround against La Salle in Springfield.


    The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team has traditionally played well in Springfield. This would be a good time to draw upon that karma now.

    "We play again Saturday. It's not a football season We have to regroup and get ready for La Salle,'' coach Derek Kellogg said in response to Wednesday's 79-50 loss at Xavier.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 13 - Arikian, Waldie, Zeimetz

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    Happy Birthday on Jan. 13 to Assistant Athletic Trainer Lacy Gunn along with soccer's Ben Arikian, softball's Candace Waldie and swimmer Eric Zeimetz

    Ben Arikian  Candace Waldie  Eric Zeimetz

    Also, best wishes for a happy birthday to Assistant Athletic Trainer Lacy Gunn.

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss At Xavier

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    Recap stories:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Xavier overpowers UMass in Cincinnati

    • Boston Globe: Minutemen are rattled by Xavier

    • Springfield Republican: Xavier runs away from UMass with 79-50 basketball victory

    • WWLP NBC22: Xavier drops UMass, 79-50

    • Cincinnati Enqurier: Xavier rolls to 79-50 win over Massachusetts

    • Fox Sports Ohio: Xavier rolls to 79-50 win over UMass

    Jeremy Horne Signed To Chiefs Future Roster

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    Former UMass receiver Jeremy Horne signed with the Kansas City Chiefs agreeing to a reserve/future contract with the team he played in three games with this season.

    WR Jeremy Horne (3 games played): An undrafted rookie out of UMass, Horne made the Chiefs Opening Day roster following an impressive training camp. He played in three games this season, mainly on special teams, and was inactive for two games.

    Here are a few stories mentioning Horne's signing.
    • National Football Post: Chiefs sign eight to offseason roster


    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker has a couple of updates on his MassLive.com Hockey Blog including a note on Justin Braun being recalled by the NHL San Jose Sharks, freshman Mike Pereira being ranked n the NHL Central Scouting List and Merrimack jumping Boston University in this week's polls.



    Hockey East's Five Minute Major With Paul Dainton

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    UMass senior captain Paul Dainton is featured this week in Hockey East's Five Minute Major video series.

    Zywicki Goes On IR With Wash. Stealth; Conn Signed

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    The Washington Stealth announced today that three-time NLL All-Star forward Jeff Zywicki will be placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a lower body injury in the Stealth's season opener in Colorado on January 8. The Stealth also announced that seven-year National Lacrosse League veteran Craig Conn, a former UMass lacrosse player, will replace Zywicki, a UMass All-American, on the active roster, Conn signing a contract for the 2011 season that is pending league approval. 

    Zywicki was a major contributor is the Stealth's 11-10 overtime win over the Mammoth last weekend, recording three goals and two assists. Last season, Zywicki missed three games due to injury, but still managed to tally 71 points on 30 goals and 41 assists during the regular season. He was instrumental in the Stealth's postseason success with nine goals and four assists in three games.

    "Obviously losing a player of Jeff's caliber is a serious blow to our team," said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. "He's a huge part of our offense as he demonstrated in Colorado, and he's a respected leader in our locker room. Our hope is that his recovery goes smoothly and we'll have him back in six weeks for the remainder of the season." 

    Conn joins the Stealth for his eighth NLL season. The 5'11", 205-pound forward has played for five teams prior to joining the Stealth, most recently playing for the Calgary Roughnecks a year ago. With the Roughnecks, Conn appeared in all 16 regular season games, scoring 19 goals and adding 23 assists. In his career, Conn has appeared in 84 games and accumulated 298 points (137g, 161a) including back-to-back years with the Arizona Sting with 60-plus points. In 2006, he tallied a career-high 44 goals and added 23 assists with 91 loose balls. A year later, he set career-highs with 55 assists, 76 points and 106 loose balls. Conn was originally drafted in the first round (4th overall) by the Vancouver Ravens in the 2033 NLL Entry Draft. 

    "You can't replace a Jeff Zywicki, but we needed to go out and get a goal scorer and we did just that with Craig Conn," added Hall. "It was a quick and easy decision to get him signed and we are very fortunate to be able to get a proven goal scorer to step in and fill the void left with Zywicki out of the lineup."

    Previews Of UMass' Game At Xavier

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    Happy Birthday: Jan. 12 - Conor Casey

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    Happy Birthday to lacrosse freshman Conor Casey of the men's lacrosse team. 

    Conor Casey
    The Springfield Republican has a feature on the UMass basketball team as the Minutemen are installing a new slower and steady style of play.

    Gary Correia knows time is running out. "I haven't beaten Xavier yet. This is personal for me,'' the University of Masschusetts senior point guard said as his team headed to Cincinnati for a difficult Atlantic 10 Conference game.

    A little momentum follows the Minutemen (9-5, 1-0 A-10), who outlasted Dayton 55-50 Sunday. Doing it with defense and ball control, UMass neutralized its flaws, most of which can be traced to the offense.

    "We ran down the shot clock a few times. Sometimes we went a little overboard on that, but at least we weren't firing up shots in the first four seconds,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.

    Former UMass Coach Whipple Favorite For UConn Job

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    Former University of Massachusetts football coach Mark Whipple is said to be the frontrunner in the search for a new coach at Connecticut, with an announcement possible in the next 24 hours. Read about it in the following papers:

    • Waterbury American: Whipple to UConn?
    • Palm Beach Post: Reports: UConn set to name Mark Whipple as head coach

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    Alum Matt Anderson Named To AHL All-Star Team

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    Former UMass hockey standout Matt Anderson of the AHL Albany Devils was named to the All-Star Team today and will play for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

    Here is the complete release:
    http://theahl.com/2011-all-star-rosters-unveiled-p168718

    Gazette Update On Sean Carter

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Sean Carter, who not only can see, he can play.

    Neither of those seemed like a definite for anyone who saw the University of Massachusetts junior center writhing in pain on the floor late in the second half of Sunday's 55-50 win over Dayton.

    Carter, who was poked in the eye during a scrum for a loose ball, immediately brought both hands to his injured eye and spent several moments squirming in pain. But he was back at practice Monday and other than a couple of stitches around the eye and a blood spot on the white of it, he proclaimed himself no worse for wear and ready to play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Xavier.

    Great Feature On UMass Alum Barbee, Facing Coach Cal

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    The Lexington Herald-Leader has a must read feature on UMass alum Tony Barbee facing his former coach John Calipari on Tuesday night.

    As John Calipari prepared to speak to reporters in the Craft Center on Monday, Auburn Coach Tony Barbee walked by on his way to Kentucky's practice. Huh?

    Isn't Kentucky playing Auburn on Tuesday night?

    "I told him he's welcome to stay," Calipari said. "It seems like we're running about the same thing. It's not like we're going to confuse him."

    Barbee stayed for less than an hour. Then he had to leave to get to Auburn's practice later in the afternoon.

    "I don't think it'd make a difference whether I was at (Kentucky's) practice or not," Barbee said.

    "We're about helping each other," Barbee said. "I'm running what he's running. He's running what I'm running. Tomorrow when his team calls a play, our team will know what it is because we run the same thing."

    Sean Carter OK To Play Wednesday

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    The Springfield Republican has an update on UMass' Sean Carter.

    Fresh from a victory over Dayton Sunday, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team received more good news when Sean Carter appeared to sustain no lingering effects from an eye injury.

    The 6-foot-9 center left the game with 1:41 to play, Poked in the right eye during a loose-ball scramble, Carter was in severe pain, twisting and writhing on the Mullins Center floor as trainers attended to him.

    He left with an ice pack on his eye, which was swollen after the game. A team spokesman said Monday that Carter had recovered well, however, and was expected to play Wednesday night at Xavier.

    Major Tony Gaffney Alley-Oop In D-League Showcase

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    Check out Tony Gaffney's sensational alley-oop dunk as part of the D-League Showcase in Texas on Monday. Gaffney scored nine points and added six rebounds in a 95-93 loss to the Iowa Energy.

    Sean Carter To Guest On Hoops Radio Show

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    Tonight's UMass Basketball Radio Show guest is junior bigman Sean Carter. Join us as the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m., for the show or listen on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass or 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass or online: Listen.

    Also, if you have a question for Coach Kellogg send it in: Ask Coach Kellogg A Question For Monday's Radio Show

    Gaffney Grabs 10 Boards In 2nd D-League Game

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    UMass' Tony Gaffney played a great all-around game for the Utah Flash in his second D-League game. He scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds, handed out five assists and had three steals in 36 minutes in 101-100 OT win over the Reno Bighorns on Saturday. Check out the highlights from the game, Gaffney is wearing No. 32 in grey.

    You can watch Gaffney on NBA TV on Monday at 2:45 p.m., as part of the D-League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 10 - Euiler, Schwartz, Westcarr

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    A trio of UMass birthdays today. Best wishes for a great day on Jan. 10 to rowing's Elizabeth Euiler, men's trackster Daniel Schwartz and football lineman Vincent Westcarr.

    Elizabeth Euiler  Daniel Schwartz  Vincent Westcarr

    Swimming Blog From Puerto Rico: Snooze You Lose?

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    SNOOZE YOU LOSE?

    Another day has found its way to evening which means that the team gets a little bit of time before another early practice tomorrow. For this blogger that means that I have 10.5 hours to watch the playoff game before the most annoying alarm clock goes off at a crisp 6:05 AM. At this morning's recovery practice numerous other attacks occurred, teammates are getting hit like crazy, by now you are wondering what could possibly be wrong, the answer: BEES! the casualty count is up to 5 and the potential for more attacks is always present as it seems we are swimming in their homeland.  Aside from the near death experiences that happen each time we jump in the water the practice ended smoothly which means we got to go home to eat bagged cereal and nap by the pool.  Of course the sun went dormant right as we decided make our way towards the pool which meant there was more reason to watch the first half of the Ravens game before practice.

    We started practice with a good abs set which as usual included doing everything we could not to do what Russ said but then we hit the pool and the pain began. The D-Crew did a non stop IM set that did not look like any fun and the Mid-D crew did a pace 200s set that everyone really got into. The team left the pool in pain but that was nothing a car ride of reggae tone and a trip to subway would not cure. Now I am off to find the best hot tub in this resort to spend a few of my remaining 10.5 hours of rest in.

    Side Story: Today something happened that I for one have never seen since I have been a member of this team. Russ always threatens to leave members behind that are not in the vans on time for practice and today... IT HAPPENED. Pete Sacco was sooooo tired from our morning recovery practice that he passed out in a hammock for 5 HOURS! that is 1 hour less than most of the team is getting every night! He went to his room and wondered why everyone was gone and than noticed that the vans left 15 minutes earlier. A punishment is still pending votes have been made for A) Distance Lane for a day B) 100s fly C) Cleaning the bathrooms at the pool or D)Nothing... results to come later.

    Random thoughts:

    -DO NOT watch the wild card round of the playoffs with any patriot fan while their team has a bye...friends can't be turned on mute like the TV can.

    -It is pointless to fill up your water bottle with ice before practice as it will be warm before practice even starts

    -Why don't I ever see the Puerto Rico quarter in the United States?

    -Tang is an equal or better substitute for Powerade.

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    Zywicki Scores 3 Goals In NLL Opener

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    UMass alum Jeff Zywicki scored three goals and assisted two more as the Washington Stealth downed the Colorado Mammouth 11-10 in OT on the National Lacrosse League's opening day, Saturday.

    Here are a few stories on the game with mentions of Zywicki:

    • Seattle Times: Washington Stealth opens lacrosse season with victory

    • Denver Post (with quotes from Zywicki): Mammoth lose home opener as power play lifts Stealth

    • Everett Herald: Stealth win on Duch's OT goal

    • Bleacher Report: Stealth Begin Championship Defense With 'Mammoth' Win: NLL Week 1 Recap

    Zywicki was hurt in the opener and didn't play in Sunday's loss to Calgary. Zywicki took a hard knock during that game and was scratched from Sunday's contest. "We're not quite sure what's happing there yet," Coach Chris Hall said of Zywicki's injury. "... He's so key to our power play at times and our power play was pretty average tonight at best." 

    With the Boston Blazers, Jack Reid had a groundball and won a face-off in a 10-6 road win at the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday.

    Recaps From UMass' 55-50 Win Over Dayton

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    Swimming Blog From Puerto Rico: Para(dice)

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    PARA(DICE)

    Para(dice)

    As the seventh day of  our training trip draws to a close, we find ourselves rapidly approaching our return to Amherst. With the second cycle of of our three-cycle training program complete, the team has maintained the same consistency in our workout intensity. This morning, during our only practice of the day, we completed a long warm-up and played a game much like the the Three Kings Game. This particular game also revolved entirely upon chance so naturally we didn't allow Brian Schmidt within a 10 foot radius of the various factors that decided what our set would be. In addition to rolling dice to determine how much we swam, we also had to pick a number from a stopwatch and select a card from a deck of cards. Despite it being the end of another intense cycle, we once again grinded it out in anticipation of our afternoon off.

    After practice the entire team packed up and drove out to the picturesque Luqillo Beach. I think it's safe to say that this place makes me never want to go back to Cape Cod or any beach for that matter ever again (even you, Jersey Shore). We have no sympathy for Tom Hanks in Castaway because yes, he was stuck on a similar type of island by himself but he atleast had a volleyball to play with. We were stuck throwing a coconut around like a football for a half hour. Actually, we threw it around for about 2 hours and it was probably the most fun we had all day. But I digress, besides playing catch we participated in normal, mature activity; throwing sand at eachother, a no-holds-barred battle royal in the water (complete with drop-kicks and powerbombs galore), and of course, splashing the girls team and running away giddily. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are the future leaders of America. Embrace it.

    After the obligatory taking (and inevitable ruining) of pictures we finally headed back to San Juan where most of us had a quick dinner and got back just in time to watch the NFL playoff games. Spending all that time in the sun today naturally takes a lot out of us so it looks like another quiet night of recovery to prepare for the next and final training cycle before we head back to Amherst.

    That is all.

    Random Observations:

    -"We ice bro's, not shoulders." -Eric Zeimetz

    -There is never an inappropriate time for Men at Work

    -Seahawks? Really?

    -It's much harder for swimmers to enjoy themselves at the beach than normal people (a lot of awkward and confused standing around is usually involved).

    -Seriously...7-9??

    By Trevor Ziegler

    Another tough loss for the UMass hockey team last night as #4 New Hampshire needed a pair of late goals to overcome the tough playing Minutemen.


    HIGHLIGHTS:

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    Tagliente Named Field Hockey Head Coach

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    Carla Tagliente has been named the head coach at UMass after two seasons as associate head coach at Northwestern.

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    On Friday, UMass announced the hiring of Carla Tagliente as field hockey head coach. Tagliente takes over a program that has won the Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three out of the last four years. Below is coverage:

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Springfield Republican
  • Ithaca Journal
  • NUsports.com
  • Three Former Minutemen On NLL Lacrosse Rosters

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    The National Lacrosse League season gets underway on Saturday as the premier professional indoor lacrosse league in North America. Three former Minutemen are on rosters for the start of the 2011 season. The Boston Blazers feature a pair of stars from the 2006 UMass National Finalist team in attackman Sean Morris and defenseman Jack Reid. Both players have played with the Blazers for the last few years in addition to the outdoor Boston Cannons.

    2005 grad and All-American Jeff Zywicki is back with the Washington Stealth after winning the NLL title last season. He finished the 2010 regular season with 30 goals and 41 assists for 71 points and grabbed 41 loose balls. He scored nine goals and added four assists and eight loose balls in the playoffs.

    Boston plays at the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday while Washington hosts Calgary on Sunday.

    Tough night at the Mullins Center as Northeastern scored 3 goals in 38 seconds to defeat the Mass Attack. Today's a new day, however, as the Minutemen will welcome No. 4 New Hampshire at 7 PM. It will be Youth Hockey Night and Kid's Club Day at the Mullins Center so be sure to come out to support your Minutemen!




    Gaffney Makes D-League Debut In Utah

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    Former UMass star Tony Gaffney made his D-League debut last night with the Utah Flash in a 95-82 loss to the Reno Bighorns. Gaffney played 19 minutes and scored two points while grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot.

    Utah plays Reno again on Saturday.

    Republican Looks At Sunday's Hoop Game Vs. Dayton

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    The Springfield Republican has a look ahead to Sunday's game vs. Dayton.

    It's not every day that a men's basketball team enters conference play with an 8-5 record, trying to convince its fans the sky isn't falling. But that is what the University of Massachusetts will try to prove, starting with Sunday's Atlantic 10 opener against Dayton at the Mullins Center.

    "Our backs are against the wall, but guys have been coming to practice with unbelievable intensity,'' UMass senior guard Anthony Gurley said. "The chips are stacked against us, but we have to put the last game behind us. We're a family, we lose together and we win together.''

    Gazette Previews UMass-Dayton Game

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the UMass-Dayton game on Sunday at 2 p.m.

    After the toughest week of the season so far, University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Gurley knows little is expected of the Minutemen as they start Atlantic 10 play at the Mullins Center.

    "We know we're pretty much all we got. No one's really expecting us to do much in conference play. But we're going to go out there and surprise some people this year," Gurley said. "I think everyone has a chip on their shoulder. We're all kind of embarrassed about what happened the other night. That was uncharacteristic of us. We still think we have a lot to prove."

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    GRINDTIME/PRIMETIME

    Hola muchachos y muchachas. This is the B of the B&O blogging from sunny (ish) San Juan. Thursday night was unusually quiet around the team hotel. From what I saw, the majority of the team made good use of the hotel's hot tubs, beds, and tv's in order to rest up for Thursday morning practice. After finishing this morning's practice, I'm sure none of us regret being lazy for one night. Today looks like the first actual beach day of the trip and we plan on taking full advantage of it (after a quick nap, of course). Two more practices left until our next single-practice day and the team is making plans to visit one of the nicer beaches around the island.

    As the trip progresses it seems as though the sanity level of our team is rapidly decreasing. Though it may cause concern to outsiders, this is a normal trend around this time of year. It's the most identifiable on the pool deck where we could easily be mistaken for a team of four year olds jacked up on endless cans of Mountain Dew. I, for one, have come to terms with my temporary immaturity and have recently learned to embrace my gift (curse?).

    Throughout the trip, Russ has been giving cryptic hints and ambiguous answers when we ask him about what the next practice will be and today was no different. Therefore, I am off to take a nap in order to maintain at least some level of sanity before tonight's inevitable grind.

    Random Observations:

    -The George Foreman Grill is the greatest thing to happen to the Earth since oxygen.

    -Bagged cereal tastes better.

    -The maximum number of laptops in one room during a training trip should be 1 (not four, freshmen).

    -All reggaeton sounds exactly the same (seriously).

    Live long and prosper, UMass Aquatics.

    B&O OUT.

    By Trevor Ziegler

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 7 - Amber Henry

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    Happy Birthday to sophomore rower Amber Henry on Jan. 7. 

    Amber Henry

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker looks at this weekend's Northeastern and New Hampshire games in his MassLive.com hockey blog. One thing he notes is the physical size of Northeastern which the speedy Minutemen will have to contend with. He also mentions some discounted ticket prices and promotions that are going on for both games.


    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews Friday's hockey game against Northeastern and Saturday's tilt against No. 4 New Hampshire. He also looks at this key stretch of Hockey East games for the Minutemen.

    Swimming Blog From Puerto Rico: No Pain No Gain

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    NO PAIN NO GAIN

    We woke up today to hopes of terrific weather for the first time since we have been here and it seemed as though our dreams were going to come true. During the first practice of the day the sun was out and spirits were high and with good reason it was a semi recovery practice. The water was still colder than anyone wanted but that will happen when the sun hides for an entire week. Once we got back to the hotel and were ready to catch the rays and relax for the day the sun disappeared behind cloudy skies which just meant more reruns of sportscenter for most of the team.

    The second practice was a grind for all the practice groups, we did some IM work in the Mid-D and D groups. Everyone in the Distance lane left the pool in the most pain since we arrived and that will happen when the number in front of the IM is 400.

    On the ride back the question was asked to Russ, "What is practice going to be like tomorrow?" and his response was "Get a good nights sleep and find out." With that being said, I'm Out.

    Be Great

    A B&O Production

    By Kyle Jennings

    Swimming Blog From Puerto Rico: Three Kings Day

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    THREE KINGS DAY

    Today was our annual Three Kings workout where we all get in teams and risk it all to swim a 50 meter sprint and usually end up losing and get the pleasure of swimming a 200 meter race instead. Brian Schmidt's trip continued to be unlucky as he and his group had to do the most 200s today at 5 which brought him to a total of 20 over his 4 year career (UMass Swimming Record). The other Senior Captain, Dan Backler, had the luckiest practice ever recorded as he and his group got all 50s. The angriest sprinter award goes to Beau Garufi this year as he was none to pleased with his team's continual gambling and losing thus giving him more 200s then a sprinter ever wants to do.

    After the workout we had the rest of the afternoon off, some of the guys went to the rain forest as others decided to stay around the poolside and lounge around taking fairly regular trips to the hot tub because the sun is rarely out and the wind is always blowing.

    The swim team would like to give a shout out to Richard Huntley and his family, he is an alumni of the program and while we are here we are using the Huntley gym to lift.

    When I was given access to this blog Russ had to give me a password, anyone care to guess at what he made it?

    A B&O Production

    By Kyle Jennings

    Holmes Finishes 5th In Buchanan Award Voting

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    UMass junior linebacker Tyler Holmes finished fifth in the Buck Buchanan Award voting. He finished with 189 votes. Its the highest finish for a UMass player since Kole Ayi was also fifth in 2000.

    A year after finishing runner-up in the Buck Buchanan Award voting, Eastern Washington's J.C. Sherritt reeled it in. The voting was tight, but on Thursday night, Sherritt was named the 2010 winner of the defensive player of the year award in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the 16th annual Buchanan Award.

    Sherritt, second last year to James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats (now a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills), captured 24 of the 130 first-place votes and 253 points. Wofford junior defensive end Ameet Pall and Western Illinois senior linebacker Kyle Glazier tied for second place with 234 points.

    New Hampshire sophomore linebacker Matt Evans (203) and Massachusetts junior linebacker Tyler Holmes (189) rounded out the top five.

    Click below for complete voting.

    Basketball News On Traynham's Suspension

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    On Thursday, UMass coach Derek Kellogg announced freshman Daryl Traynham had been suspended indefinitely. Here are stories.

    Rowing Heads To Florida For Winter Training

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    The UMass rowing team will travel to Deland, Fla. to begin its winter training trip on the St. John's River. The Minutewomen will be in Florida from January 6-16, where they will prepare for the 2011 season and the pursuit of the team's 14th Atlantic 10 title. Head Coach Jim Dietz will have his squad on the water to work on speed and technique for the upcoming season.

    During the ten-day trip, the Minutewomen will be sculling and sweep rowing in both big and small boats throughout the training sessions. The team will complete the week with a coxswain-singles race, when the coxswains race each other in single boats.

    UMass will kick off its season on March 26 when the team will head to Kingston, R.I. for the Yankee Cup.

    UMass' Matt Lawrence Connects Edsall & Maryland

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    In the Howard County (Md.) Newspaper, UMass alum Matt Lawrence is the subject of a story relating Maryland football an its new coach -- Lawrence's first college coach Randy Edsall.

    Before the Ravens' Matt Lawrence became an all-around back at the University of Massachusetts, he played at Connecticut from 2003-04 in his home state. His coach was Randy Edsall, who was named Maryland's coach on Monday.

    Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win At The Cage

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    For the first time since December 4, 2004, the UMass women's basketball team played a game at the Curry Hicks Cage on Wednesday night and trounced Holy Cross, 75-50.

    Dick Baker has a recap of the win over the Crusaders on MassLive.com. The victory was also covered by Paul Jarvey of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Forbes Gets Guaranteed Contract With Nuggets

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    The Denver Post is reporting that UMass' Gary Forbes has received a guaranteed contract from the Denver Nuggets. Here's the story:

    Not that it was any surprise, but Nuggets rookie Gary Forbes wasn't waived Wednesday. That means his contract will be guaranteed with Denver for the rest of the season.

    "I'm blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity," Forbes said before the Nuggets played the Clippers at the Staples Center. "A lot of guys got waived today. It's a testament to hard work."

    The hardworking, fun- loving Forbes has been a breath of fresh air for the Nuggets at shooting guard, averaging 5.9 points and 12.7 minutes entering Wednesday's game. Coach George Karl has become increasingly confident in calling on Forbes in spot situations. In the Nuggets' game Monday against Houston, Forbes didn't play until the fourth quarter and instantly provided a spark, scoring seven points in five minutes.

    Jets "Dig" Ihedigbo's Return For Playoffs

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    Here is a story on New York Jets Green & White Report about UMass alum James Ihedigbo returning to action for the team during the NFL playoffs. The Jets take on the Colts Saturday night at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

    On Tuesday, safety James Ihedigbo continued to make strides following a right knee and a high ankle sprain that has limited the player the last couple of games. The Jets held Ihedigbo out of Sunday's regular season finale against the Bills as a precaution.

    "If I needed to play, I would have been able to and could have," Ihedigbo said. "But the coaches wanted to hold me out and let me rest up and heal for the playoffs."

    Swimming Blog From Puerto Rico: Fun In The Rain

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    The UMass swimming teams are in Puerto Rico for their annual training trip. Periodically throughout the trip, members of the team will be posting blog entries to update fans on how the trip is going. Below is Kyle Jennings' first entry from Tuesday night. You can find more blog entries at UMassAquatics.org.


    FUN IN THE RAIN

    It all started with a hectic trip to the airport with our Captain, Brian Schmidt, losing his wallet minutes before we were supposed to be on the 4 AM bus to Logan. He apparently wrecked his apartment in minutes searching for it and then came on the bus late with his passport only to find his wallet in his book bag...the bus was quick to show their appreciation. Logan was a mess as usual but we got out eventually and landed in Puerto Rico safe and sound (sadly Russ made it with us as well so we will actually be doing some work while we are here).

    The Trip has opened with 2 days of successful practices. The sprinters did a pretty intense workout this afternoon from what I could see, it involved quite a bit of dry land along with wearing clothes in the pool. As a Distance/Mid-D swimmer I assumed it was just a game of dress up but from the looks on their faces after practice it must have been pretty tough. The D-Lane did a 2000 meter pull for time this morning which could not have been comfortable. The Mid-D group as has had a few very solid practices.  Eric "zippy" Zeimetz has put up a strong performance in the 100s sprint we have done Dan Backler has been no slouch in the Breaststroke department.

    It has never been harder to get in the water in the morning as the water is colder than Boyden, which I did not think was possible and the sun has yet to be seen while we are at practice. It has rained a decent amount since we arrived and the wind is blowing a strong cold breeze. Some of us have even worn sweatshirts by the pool during our off time.

    Everyone seems to be having a good time, the freshman have been running around with their heads cut off as its their first training trip but all is good with the rest of us. Tomorrow we have our annual Three Kings workout so look forward to an update tomorrow.

    That is all for now, I am off to go see Arkansas beat Ohio State.

    UUUUUUUUUUUUU

    A B&O Production

    By Kyle Jennings

    Tony Gaffney Joins D-League's Utah Flash

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    UMass alum Tony Gaffney has joined the D-League's Utah Flash an affiliate of the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks.

    "Tony brings a high level of energy and athleticism which will be a welcomed shot in the arm to our team," said  Flash Head Coach Kevin Young. "He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. We look forward to helping him get back to the NBA."
      

    The team confirmed the move with CBS 3 Springfield Wednesday afternoon. Gaffney told CBS 3 Springfield Sports he decided to leave his team in Turkey in December in order to pursue his dream of returning to the NBA.

    He was on the Celtics' roster towards the end of the last season, before being cut in the preseason in 2010.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 6 - Alexandra Daggy

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    Happy Birthday: Jan. 6 to freshman rower Alexandra Daggy from Nine Mile, Washington.

    Alexandra Daggy

    Camby Rips Down 20 Rebounds For Blazers

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    UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby continues to play great for the Portland Trailblazers as he posted 10 points and a season-best 20 rebounds in an 84-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

    Camby is fifth in the NBA in rebounds per game 11.6 per game. He has at least 10 rebounds in 23 of his 32 games this season. He also had 20 rebounds vs. Utah last week.

    Former Hoop, Baseball Star Eichorn Passes Away At 72

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    Former UMass basketball and baseball player Bob Eichorn passes away on Jan. 3, 2011 at the age of 72 in North Adams. He averaged 14.2 points as a senior basketball player in 1959-60. Eichorn was back on campus as recent as Nov. 27 for the Return to the Cage men's basketball game vs. Holy Cross. Here is his obituary.

    Robert Richard Eichorn 1938-2011 NORTH ADAMS Mr. Robert Richard Eichorn, 72, of 22 Classic Ave., North Adams, died suddenly Monday, January 3, 2011 at North Adams Regional Hospital after being stricken earlier at home. He was born in Adams, MA on October 7, 1938, son of Robert F. and Ella Kosche Eichorn. He attended Adams schools and graduated from Adams High School with the class of 1956. Bob was an outstanding athlete and was All-Berkshire and All-Western Mass in three sports. Bob continued his athletic career at UMass-Amherst where he played football, basketball, and baseball until his graduation in 1960. After college, he was signed by the New York Yankees and played minor league baseball on their farm team. Bob was named one of the "Top 50 Athletes" in the history of Berkshire County by The Berkshire Eagle as number 15. He was a veteran of the Navy and later served in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a commander He was last employed by Morrison-Berkshire where he was vice-president of international sales and marketing until his retirement. Before that, he worked at the former James Hunter Machine Co. Bob was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his cats, "Fred" and "Bella". The first love of his life was the former Marie Patricia Canale, who died on January 9, 1991. They were married on June 8, 1963. He later shared his life with Marie Evans, whom he loved dearly. He also leaves two daughters; Kim Champagne, and her husband, Peter, of Brookfield, Conn.and Bonnie Eichorn-Lee, and her husband, Jeff, of Pittsfield; and Marie Evans' daughter, Michelle Rosier and her husband, James, of Dalton; four grandchildren, Devon and Cody Champagne, Matthew Eichorn, and Jordan Rosier; and nieces and nephews. A sister, Susan Eichorn, is deceased. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Bob Eichorn will be Friday January 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams. Burial will be in the spring in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Eichorn Memorial Scholarship in care of the funeral home

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Scott Crowder Adds Third Pond Hockey Classic Event

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    UMass hockey alum Scott Crowder's Pond Hockey Classic organization has added a third event this year teaming of with the New Hampshire Monarchs of the AHL. Last season saw Crowder start the Pond Hockey Classic which was hailed a success by local New Hampshire tourism bureaus. 

    Sports Luncheon Today At 12:15 pm

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    Please join us every Wednesday for the UMass Sports Luncheon. This week's event takes place at the Marriott Center on the 11th floor of the Campus Center. On Wednesday, the guest speakers will be coach Toot Cahoon and Executive Associate Athletic Director Tim Kenney. The luncheon starts at 12:15 p.m., Please call 1-413-545-4930 for more information.

    The luncheons run from 12:15 p.m., to 1:15 p.m., and are $11 per person with a salad-to-dessert buffet. Enjoy great food and a friendly atmosphere while learning the latest about UMass Athletics. Come Join Us!

    Pick up a two hour Campus Center parking pass for only $2.00 when you pay for your meal.

    Rower Wendy Wilbur Story On Boxscore

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    The Massachusetts rowing team recognized former UMass rower and current Radcliffe coaching assistant Wendy Wilbur last month with the dedication of a racing shell in her honor. Read the story in Boxscore.


    Former UMass football head coach Don Brown is staying at Maryland as defensive coordinator for new coach Randy Edsall, the former UConn head coach. Here are a few stories.

    • ESPN.com: Maryland staff changes

    Also, another former head coach at UMass is in the news as a possible replacement for Edsall at UConn. The Boston Globe has this story: Interest high on the Huskies' hire and the Hartford Courant report this: Who Will Replace Edsall At UConn?

    Hockey Radio Show At The Hangar Pub & Grill Tonight

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    The UMass Hockey Radio Show returns to the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight at 7 PM. Be sure to join us to talk hockey and enjoy a few of the best wings in town! Player guests tonight will be a pair of locals as Holyoke's Kevin Czepiel and Springfield's T.J. Syner join us.

    If you can't make it, you can always listen online, listen on the radio (100.9 FM WRNX), or check out the PodCast tomorrow morning.

    Forbes Sings Happy Birthday To Kenyon Martin

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    In what will go down as one of the more creative rookie hazings in NBA history, Gary Forbes was made to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin. The video is entitled "The Rookie Sings to K-Mart". Martin turned 33 on December 30th and was serenaded by rookie forward Gary Forbes as teammates took video with their cell phones. Coach George Karl can be seen giggling in the background.

  • Watch the video.

  • Gaffney Returns To US, Could Join D-League

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    Turkey

    Tony Gaffney to return to NBDL

    Sources confirms that Tony Gaffney has been cut by Turk Telekom Ankara and will likely join the D-League player pool according to Sportando.
    Gaffney was averaging 6 points per game in 8 games played in Turkish TBL.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 4 - Anthony Raiola

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    Happy Birthday to redshirt freshman hockey player  Anthony Raiola on Jan. 4.

    Anthony Raiola

    Recaps Of UMass' 92-63 Loss At Central Connecticut

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    Review the UMass-CCSU game from Monday night.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen quite miserable after 29-point loss
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Lack of scoring options looms large for UMass
    • Boston Globe: It's a horror show for UMass
    • New Britain Herald: Blue Devils rout UMass
    • New Britain Herald: Ptacek scores career-high 26 points


    Ducasse Gets Tons Of Playing Time

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    In the New York Jets win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, UMass product Vladimir Ducasse played a significant amount in the 38-7 victory. Here are various articles that mentioned Vlad.

    New Britain Herald Preview Of UMass At CCSU

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    The New Britain Herald has a preview of the UMass-CCSU game tonight at 7 p.m.

    The Blue Devils will need to be good tonight to beat the Minutemen (8-4), who have won the last two meetings between the teams by an average of nearly 19 points. Central had won the two prior meetings early in the decade, however, by a point each. Central has fallen by two points or less three times this year, but is on a three-game winning streak. This is the fourth of six straight at home for Central, which won the first three.

    "We had a couple of close losses that we probably should have won, but you take that as a learning experience," junior forward Ken Horton said. "You try and correct those mistakes."

    A quartet of birthdays on Jan. 3. Best wishes to women's track sophomore Christina Chapman, women's swimming freshman Colleen Hespeler, field hockey All-American Alesha Widdall and men's swimming freshman Jake Wingfield.

    Christina Chapman  Colleen Hespeler   Alesha Widdall  Jake Wingfield

    Kellogg Says Its Time To See Where UMass Stands

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    The Springfield Republican has a preview of Monday's game at Central Connecticut.

    For the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, November was busy and encouraging. December was light on games, and sobering on results. But January will be serious and revealing.

    "I think the guys are ready to start playing games and stop listening to me talking in practice,'' coach Derek Kellogg said. "But the reality is, it's time to get into a regular schedule, play some games and see where we stand.''

    Monday night's game at Central Connecticut State is the last non-conference test for UMass (8-4). The Minutemen have played only four games in the last four weeks.

    Gazette: UMass Finishes Non-Conference At CCSU

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the UMass-CCSU.

    After getting nine and 11-day breaks before its last two games, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will have just two days between Friday's win over Boston University and tonight's 7 p.m. game at Central Connecticut.

    "We had so much time off in December," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "It's not bad to be playing some games and letting some of these guys mature to see where we're at."

    The game is UMass' last nonconference game. Kellogg is hoping for a good effort to use as a launching pad toward Atlantic 10 play, which begins Saturday against Dayton at 2 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

    Masslive: Former Football Coach Don Brown In News

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    On Masslive.com, Scott Coen has a story on former UMass head coach Don Brown: Randy Edsell set to lead Maryland but what about Former UMass Football coach Don Brown.

    Among the quotes come from Brown's agent Gary O'Hagan: "Don would like to go back and be a head coach," O'Hagan said. "I've got to believe he'd be a good candidate for Pitt and UConn at this point." Brown declined comment Sunday night.

    Ducasse Expected To See More Time With Jets

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    With the final day of the NFL regular-season here, UMass alum Vladimir Ducasse is expected to see the most playing time of his young career with the New York Jets as they take on the Buffalo Bills with a playoff spot secured. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Fellow Jet and UMass alum James Iheidgbo is out with an injury. Here are a few stories mentioning Ducasse and his additional time on the offensive line.


    Other UMass alums in action including Jeromy Miles with the Cincinnati Bengals in their final game against the Baltimore Ravens. Miles could see more time in the secondary in addition to his duties on special teams. 

    Also, Jeremy Cain will snap for the Jaguars against Houston in their finale at 4:15 pm. The Jags could clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Colts loss to the Texans earlier in the day.

    Happy Birthday: Jan. 2 - Robbie Bergquist

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    Our first birthday of the new year for UMass student-athletes is freshman soccer player Robbie Bergquist. Happy Birthday on Jan. 2 Robbie.

    Robbie Bergquist

    Recent Gary Forbes News With Nuggets

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    UMass product Gary Forbes has been playing with the Denver Nuggets. Several recent stories out of Denver mention Forbes, here is a sampling.

    • Denver Post: Anthony back practice with Nuggets, mentions hos Carmelo Anthony wore Forbes' No. 0 practice jersey in his return to the Nuggets after his sister's death. 

    • Pueblo Chieftain: Paging 'Mr. Big Shot' has Forbes quoted, talking about the Nuggets: "We have been through so much this year and we're still in a good spot," Forbes said. "If we have everybody healthy, we will win even more games. It's just a matter of time for us to get this ball rolling and it will just be a snowball effect."

    •  In The Denver Post: Nuggets' Gary Forbes takes a stab at being a journalist ... Check out the story here:

    It was your typical post-practice media scrum. Guys and gals from print media, online, TV, radio. Oh, and Gary Forbes, the 6-foot-7 Nuggetsguard.

    Forbes had wandered over from the Nuggets locker room, noticed the huddle around coach George Karl and figured he'd join in. So he pretended his water bottle was a microphone and stuck it in Karl's face.

    Benjamin Hochman, one of our Nuggets writers, couldn't resist.

    "What about Forbes?" he asked Karl. "What are you thoughts on Gary Forbes?"

    Karl looked up, saw Forbes, and smiled. "He took two of the crappiest shots I've ever seen him take in the Philadelphia game," Karl said.

    "Ever?" Forbes asked.

    "Ever," Karl said. He sighed, and let out a wry smile. "I don't know. I thought about waiving him afterward."

    "Those are some strong words. 'Ever'?" Forbes asked.

    "Ever," Karl reiterated with a straight face.

    "Coach, you've won a thousand games," Forbes said. "And I took the two crappiest shots ever?"

    "Ever," Karl said, smiling, "and I think (the assistant coaches) would agree."

    Herald News Mention Of Tony Gaffney

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    In its Year In Review: the Fall River Herald News has a mention of UMass' Tony Gaffney as one of the highlights of the year.

    Tony Gaffney. The Somerset High grad and the last preseason cut of the champion Lakers in 2009, signs with the Celtics in the spring in time to practice with Boston and to sit on the Celtics' bench (in spiffy street clothes) for the NBA Finals against the Lakers. Tony gets released from the C's during the 2010 preseason and plays pro ball in Turkey.

    Recaps Of UMass' 71-54 Basketball Win Over BU

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    Take a look back at the basketball victory over BU on New Year's Eve in these stories.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen end losing streak with win over BU
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Carter rebounds in second half
    • Worcester Telegram: Gurley looks grand as Minutemen win
    • SportsPages Magazine: UMass Pulls Away from BU in, 71-54, Win

    Gazette: Rage In Cage Worth All The Praise

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has an opinion piece on how wonderful the return to the Curry Hicks Cage was back on Nov. 27 as UMass beat Holy Cross. Read his story: Rage in the Cage worth all the praise.

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