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Former @UMassMSwimDive Graduate Woodward Cashing In

Former UMass men's swimmer Matt Woodward was a 3-year letterman for the Minutemen about a decade ago, qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Championship finals while swimming the breaststroke and individual medley. Now he is swimming in another realm that involves felt tables and card games.

Here's the story from the Portland Press Herald:

Lalanne Scores 12 In NBA Summer League Debut

Cady Lalanne played his first professional game on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four blocks in 26 minutes as the Spurs defeated Philadelphia 74-71 in Salt Lake City. Cady spent much of his time guarding No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor. Of note: The NBA plays 10-minute quarters in summer league.

San Antonio Express-News writer Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) had this brief recap/analysis of the contest.

Here's a photo gallery of the game: Summer League: Spurs vs Sixers 7/6/15 | Photos

Fans can catch upcoming Spurs games on NBA TV - tonight vs. Utah at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday against Boston at 7:00 p.m. ET. All of the games are available online at 

Coverage Of Minutemen At NHL Development Camps

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In case you missed it over the weekend, one current and one former Minuteman were featured in NHL development coverage by their respective clubs.

The Edmonton Oilers ran this feature on incoming UMass freshman defenseman, 2014 NHL fourth-round draft pick, William Lagesson.

Also, the Anaheim Ducks interviewed former Minuteman Brandon Montour about his whirlwind 2014-15 season playing in the USHL, Hockey East and the AHL.

Here's a look at the coverage of the signings of three UMass hockey alumni--Conor Sheary, Joel Hanley and Mike Kostka--who all inked NHL deals on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday.

University of Massachusetts senior, UMass football video assistant and athletic media relations intern Ryan Gallant was recognized for his hard-working nature and positive attitude recently with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Volunteer of the Week Award. A native of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, Gallant helps the Y-D Red Sox while he is away from campus during the summer. Read about his continued involvement with the program, which dates back to his high school days, through below:

Yarmouthport Native Gallant Named Y-D Red Sox Volunteer of the Week | Tori Cotnoir,

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Mark Millon will take the reigns of Team 91, one of the nation's premier youth and high school select club teams, as it expands into Maryland. Millon was a standout at UMass from 1990-93 and garnered three USILA All-America honors with 213 career points. Read more about Millon's new gig through the Inside Lacrosse news wire below:

Mark Millon to Head Team 91 in Maryland | Inside Lacrosse

Gaffney Leads Hapoel Jerusalem To Israeli Title

Hapoel Jerusalem    Former UMass Basketball star Tony Gaffney (@tonyjgaffney) did some celebrating in Israel over the weekend after helping Hapoel Jerusalem defeat Hapoel Eilat in a best of 3 series at a sold out Pais Arena for the Israeli title.
    Gaffney averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds in the finals.

WE. DID. IT. @dethompson9 #family #yallahapoel #champions

A photo posted by Tony Gaffney (@tonyjgaffney) on

Still has not sunk in. Making history in arguably the most historic city on the planet, leaves me at a loss of words. Heading back to the states tomorrow morning has such a bittersweet feeling. So excited to see my family and friends, yet it feels like we're just getting started here in Jerusalem. To the amazing fans throughout this city, this one was for you. You all deserve this more than anyone, and I'm just grateful to be on the team that y'all root for and not against. I've always prided myself on my relationships with fans, but this year, in Jerusalem, there was a particularly special bond, and I just want to thank each and every one of you. @brigade_malcha Until next time, so long Jerusalem! #yallahapoel #hapoeljerusalem #cityofchampions #greatestfansonearth

A photo posted by Tony Gaffney (@tonyjgaffney) on

He returned to Boston on Sunday where he made his first purchased back stateside.

Recapping Cady Lalanne's NBA Draft Night

UMass basketball post player Cady Lalanne realized a hoop dream Thursday night when he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 55th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Official News & Tweets from the San Antonio Spurs:

With the 55th pick, the Spurs select Cady Lalanne! #SpursDraft

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Cady's Highlights From 2014-15 Season

SB Nation Highights

UMass' NBA Draft Rewind: A Trip Down Memory Lane

With the NBA Draft tonight - and Cady Lalanne among those being considered a late second round selection, we've compiled some clips and news articles from when recent UMass standouts realized their dreams when they heard their name called. But first here's a list of the UMass draft history...

1968: Billy Tindall (Atlanta Hawks, 10th round)
1969: Pete Gayeska (Atlanta Hawks, 9th round)
1972: Julius Erving (Milwaukee Bucks, 1st Round - 12th overall)
1973: Tom Austin (Boston Celtics, 19th round)
1974: Al Skinner (Boston Celtics, 9th round)
1975: John Murphy (Chicago Bulls, 8th round)
1975: Bill Endicott (Boston Celtics, 10th round)
1977: Jim Town (Denver Nuggets, 6th round)
1978: Derick Claiborne (Kansas City Kings, 5th round)
1978: Mark Haymore (Philadelphia 76ers, 5th round)
1984: Edwin Greene (Milwaukee Bucks, 9th round)
1995: Lou Roe (Detroit Pistons, 2nd round - 30th overall)
1997: Marcus Camby (Toronto Raptors, 1st Round - 2nd overall)
1999: Lari Ketner (Chicago Bulls, 2nd round - 49th overall)
2007: Stephane Lasme (Golden State Warriors, 2nd round - 46th overall)
2008: Gary Forbes (NBA-D League Sioux Falls Skyforce, 1st round - 4th overall)
2009: Chris Lowe (NBA-D League Reno Bighorns, 3rd round)
2011: Anthony Gurley (NBA-D League Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2nd round - 31st overall)

And here are some links and videos to get you through this Throwback Thursday.

University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham will represent the Minutewomen as part of the Canadian women's basketball team during the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games. She is one of 12 competitors named to the squad. Check out coverage of the roster announcement below:

Tatham nominated for Pan Am team | Frank Juzenas, Cambridge Times
Canadian women hoopsters bring experience | Brian Swane, Edmonton Sun