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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

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a recap of yesterday's practice at Gillette Stadium for the UMass football team. Wide receiver Alex Kenney said it was a good feeling to be in the stadium, while quarterback Blake Frohnapfel stated that seeing the sightlines and where things were like the play clocks was advantageous.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a new installment of his "Five Questions With..." series that features freshman running back J.T. Blyden.

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on offensive lineman Fabian Hoeller and Josh Bruns who are both expected to play prominent roles this year for the Minutemen. The two will be key contributors on an offensive line that is replacing three starters from the 2013 campaign.

Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia has a story on the separation of the Frohnapfel twins, Blake and Eric, for the first time in their football playing careers. Eric is considered the starting tight end for Marshall and comments on what it will be like to cheer for his brother Blake who was recently named the starting quarterback after serving as a back-up for the last three seasons for the Herd.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican continues his countdown of the top 25 players to watch during the 2014 season with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe coming in at No. 2 on the list. Sharpe is the Minutemen's top returning wideout and considered one of the top players in the Mid-American Conference.


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