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As Cady Lalanne makes his final preparations for the upcoming NBA Draft (Thursday night), he spoke with Daily Hampshire Gazette beat writer Matt Vautour (@GazetteUMass) about his experience over the past few weeks working out for NBA scouts and coaches.


Draft Express Analysis of Cady Lalanne

With the NBA Draft less than a week away, the various mock drafts have been popping up more frequently. The latest to hit the circuit is Draft Express, which has former UMass big man Cady Lalanne projected to go to Philadelphia with the 60th selection at the end of the second round.


Here is a pre-draft interview from last week in Las Vegas.



University of Massachusetts alumni Will Manny and Tim Soudan took part in Major League Lacrosse's 2015 All-Star Game festivities at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, Saturday night. Manny was coached by Soudan on the MLL Gladiators squad, which outpaced the Cowboys all-star team, 27-15 for the win.

Manny recorded a hat trick with three assists dished out for six total points during the event. He assisted on two goals during the first quarter as the Gladiators built a 5-4 lead by the first break. Manny dished out his final assist in the second quarter and netted each of his three goals during the third as the Gladiators turned their slim lead into an 18-11 margin by the start of the final quarter.

Soudan, the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year, was tabbed as one of the two MLL All-Star Game team leaders after he took the Rochester Rattlers to the league's championship game during the 2014 season.

Photos: 2015 MLL All-Star Game | Erik Williams, Lacrosse Magazine

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Highlights

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Top-10 Plays

Today in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a feature on former UMass baseball right-hander Dennis Torres who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie as a member of the Baltimore Orioles' organization.

Read: Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

UMass baseball alum Dennis Torres made his first Double-A start Wednesday night for the Bowie Baysox on the road vs. the New Britain Rock Cats. Torres threw four scoreless, allowing one hit with four walks and no strikeouts as part of a combined 1-0 shutout victory for the Baysox.

Since earning the call up to Double-A, Torres is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over five appearances, 10.1 innings. Opposing batters are hitting just .114 against him.

Dennis Torres' MiLB stats & profile
UMass Sports Network feature on Torres

Today on Huffington Post, Nancy Redd has a video interview with former U.S. women's soccer player, UMass alum Briana Scurry. She joins Redd to discuss the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and #WhatsWorking to prevent concussions.

Cheshire vs Southington   Former UMass star Davina Hernandez (at right holding the Connecticut state championship trophy with her team) recently led Southington High School to its third-consecutive state title and extended its winning streak to an amazing 70-straight games.
   But she has lupus, it does not have her, and you can read a nice story by Jeff Jacobs (@jacobscourant) of the Hartford Courant.


Here's Davina's page from the 2014 West Hartford Walk To End Lupus:

And here are a couple of stories about the Class LL title game and where the 70-consecutive victories put Southington in the record books.

Recent Massachusetts graduate and softball extraordinaire Quianna Diaz-Patterson spent a couple of weeks in Puerto Rico playing for a semi-pro team and then trying out for the national team. Well, she did it! QDP (@QuiBaby4) made the squad that will compete this summer in the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia and the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

She is part of a select group of former UMass players to play for their national teams, joining Brandice Balschmiter (USA). Davina Hernandez (also with Puerto Rico in the summer of 2007), Danielle Henderson (USA), Kaila Holtz (Canada), Candice Molinari (Italy) and Sara Plourde (Canada).


She also got some love from her team on twitter:


Millon Named Inside Lacrosse MLL 15-For-15 All-Time Great

University of Massachusetts alumnus Mark Millon was featured in a recent Inside Lacrosse article by Kyle Devitte covering the top 15 players in Major League Lacrosse history spanning the first 15 years of the league's existence. Millon was spotted eighth on the list. Below is a breakdown of why:

8. Mark Millon

Career: 251G, 112A

Titles: '02

The most fundamental player in the history of lacrosse, Millon was MLL's John Stockton -- if Stockton were a better shooter. The originator (inventor?) of the question mark dodge, Millon tempered his legendary drive with a mastery of technique that allowed him to take on the most accomplished defensemen in the game and come out on top. Millon is living proof that practice makes nearly perfect.

Memorable Moment: During one of his final seasons on the Bayhawks, Millon was outfitted with a heart monitor for a TV game. The commentators monitored his heart rate throughout the game and found that even after the conclusion of the contest, Millon's heart beat was relatively even despite never leaving the field of play. The mark of a true assassin, Millon controlled everything when he was at his peak in MLL.

Read Devitte's entire list through the Inside Lacrosse website.

Recapping Cady Lalanne's Workout With The LA Lakers

2015 Lakers Draft Workouts: Day EightFormer UMass center Cady Lalanne went through another pre-draft workout Monday, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif.

Other prospects in attendance included Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Jonathan Holmes (Texas) and Jordan Mickey (LSU).


The Lakers have three selections in this year's NBA Draft - No. 2, No. 27 (from Houston in a trade for Jeremy Lin) and a second round choice at No. 34.

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