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Inside Lacrosse staff writer Kyle Devitte previews the Major League Lacrosse semifinal playoff game between the Boston Cannons - including UMass alumnus Will Manny - and the New York Lizards. Manny is a leader on the attack for Boston in his third professional season with 28 goals (including a two-pointer) and 15 assists.

Devitte sees the individual battle between Manny, who owns 126 career points in only 36 professional games played, and Lizards close defenseman Joe Fletcher as a key matchup within the contest. Read Devitte's thoughts on Boston vs. New York and Manny vs. Fletcher below:

Hungry Lizards vs. Loaded Cannons, MLL Semifinal Preview | Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse

Canada Basketball: Post Up - Tamara Tatham

Canada Basketball spoke to University of Massachusetts women's hoop alumna Tamara Tatham recently to catch up with the former Minutewoman. Tatham spoke about Canada's international ranking and how the squad steadily improved over the course of the previous few years. Read her thoughts through the link below:

Post Up: Tamara Tatham | Canada Basketball Q & A With Cady Lalanne

Rachel Santschi (@RachelSantschi) of sat down with Cady Lalanne during the recent NBA Summer League and answered some questions from fans on Twitter.

Brampton Guardian: Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped the Canadian National Team to a gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday evening and the Brampton Guardian, her hometown paper, recapped the event Wednesday. Read about Tatham's performance, her summer successes and the outlook for her work with Team Canada this Summer and Fall below.

Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am | Brampton Guardian

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped Canada claim Pan Am Games gold over Team USA, 81-73, in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto Monday evening. The gold marks Canada's first in basketball on the men's or women's side and outperforms the squad previous best finish, a silver in the 1999 Games in Winnipeg. Coverage of Tatham and Team Canada follows:

Women's National Team Wins Gold At 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games | Canada Basketball Website
Box Score: Canada 81, United States 73
Mark Nadolny, Canada Olympic Team Website
Canadian Women's Basketball Team Wins First-Ever Gold Medal, Beats U.S. | Huffington Post Canada
Pan Am Roundup: Canadian Women Win Country's First Basketball Gold | Justin Piercy, 680 News
Nurse Simply 'Unbelievable' As Canada Wins Women's Gold | Ken Peters, Hamilton Spectator
Yahoo Photos of the Day
Women's Hoopsters Quickly Turn Focus To Rio Qualifier | Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun

Diaz-Patterson Tearing It Up With Puerto Rico This Summer

   Recent UMass graduate and softball alumnae Quianna Diaz-Patterson is continuing her strong play with the Puerto Rico National Team. After playing well at the World Cup of Softball, the team tied for third at the Canadian Open where 'Q' earned an award for her play at second base.
   She hasn't stopped yet, helping PR to a 1-1 record after two games of round robin play at the Pam Am Games in Toronto. On Monday, she went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI to lead the squad to a 11-5 win over the Dominican Republic.
   The team will play three more games before the semifinals begin on Friday.

Cady Lalanne & Spurs Win NBA Summer League Title

  Former UMass standout Cady Lalanne started all seven games in Las Vegas (and three in Utah before that) and helped the San Antonio Spurs capture the NBA Summer League title on Monday, defeating the Suns 93-90.
  Lalanne averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 boards in 19.2 minutes over the 10 games in the two summer events.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (July 20)

With one weekend left in the regular season and the four playoff contenders set, all that is left to be decided for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Ryan Izzo, Will Manny and Tim Soudan is postseason seeding.

Izzo is on the Ohio Machine's roster, but is part of the college in-actives list and has not played yet in 2015. Manny has 41 points via 27 goals, including a two-pointer, and 13 assists as the Boston Cannons' leading scorer. Soudan is the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers, who are making their second consecutive postseason appearance with Soudan as the team leader.

Information covering the previous week of MLL action follows:

MLL Playoff Field Set | Inside Lacrosse
Ohio Holds Advantage In Race For Second MLL Playoff Home Date | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
MLL Team Ranks: Week 13 | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse
Photos & Highlights: Boston 9, Chesapeake 8 | Inside Lacrosse
Boston Nips Bayhawks In OT To Clinch Playoffs | Lacrosse Magazine
Photos: Boston Clinches Playoffs With Win Over Bayhawks | John Strohsacker, Lacrosse Magazine

More information on the close of the MLL regular season & the playoff contenders can be found via the Major League Lacrosse official website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through

Alicia DelGallo (@OSAliciaD) of the Orlando Sentinel has a story on the path Cady Lalanne took from Haiti to America, back to Haiti and back to America. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 55th pick of last month's NBA Draft and will spend the upcoming season with the Austin Spurs in the NBA Development League. But for now, he is spending time with their NBA Summer League team, where he has averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in eight games, with the last five as the team has advanced to the semifinals of the Las Vegas event.