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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on Tom Masella and his approach as the UMass football defensive coordinator. While Masella has several key veterans, he is also tasked with working in many new comers and first-year starters into the defensive schemes.

Matt Vautour had a special edition story in the Worcester Telegram on Saturday focusing on UMass football and the impact Coach Mark Whipple and his staff will have on the program. Vautour also breaks down the roster focusing on several key players from Central Massachusetts.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass football running back position which features several players who can play prominent roles for the Minutemen this season. Running backs coach Marcel Shipp says he like the groups depth and overall make-up.
Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a feature story on the return of all-time greats Liam Coen and Marcel Shipp to the UMass football sidelines as assistant coaches under Mark Whipple.

"It's really amazing" to be back, UMass running backs coach Marcel Shipp told me. "This is where my career started. I have a lot of love for UMass. To have this opportunity to come back and be a part of it, it was all hands on deck."

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican speaks with defensive end Peter Angeh as part of his "Five Questions With..." series. Angeh played in all 12 games as a freshman last year and is in the mix to be a starter in 2014.

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham provided a scoring presence for the Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team throughout the three-game Zafer Cup, but Canada was unable to secure victories in either of its final two contests, falling to Turkey, 51-33 on Saturday ahead of a 65-56 loss to Brazil on Sunday.

Tatham notched 10 points and five rebounds against Turkey before she scored a dozen more points versus Brazil. Read recaps of both contests below:

Canada Falls To Host Turkey At Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball
SWNT Fall To Bazil In Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an edition of his "Five Questions With..." series featuring freshman quarterback Ross Comis. The rookie signal caller is one the coaching staff was very excited about bringing into the program after he set nearly every West Virginia quarterback record during his prep career.

The Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team defeated Australia in the Zafer Cup exhibition tournament opener, 62-55 on Friday afternoon behind the strength of 14 points and seven rebounds from UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham.

The tournament is being hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, where Canada faces Turkey on Saturday before concluding tournament play on Sunday against Brazil.

Senior Women Best Australia 62-55 To Begin Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature on the UMass defense and how Kassan Messiah and Trey Seals are looking to play major roles as pass rushers in the new 3-4 scheme.

Kyle Devitte (@TheKyleDevitte) previewed the upcoming Major League Lacrosse Championship Game for Inside Lacrosse on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and featured UMass alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) in his post. Leveille is not the only former Minuteman vying for a title, as the Rattlers are coached by 2012 UMass Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Tim Soudan (1987-90). Read all of Devitte's thoughts on the game and Leveille below after you check out an excerpt from the story about the former Minuteman:

"...You don't need to get him to a spot and set up an offense around him; he IS the offense around him. It was he that led the Rattlers' amazing comeback in the semi-finals, scoring two of his game-leading six goals in the fourth quarter. It's not easy to finish the ball in MLL, in fact it's far easier to get your helmet knocked off (which incidentally Leveille has had happen to him multiple times in his career) and dirt in your teeth..."

MLL Championship Preview | Kyle Devitte, Major League Lacrosse