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University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham & the Canadian National Team started Pan Am Games competition with a 101-38 thrashing of Venezuela on Thursday, July 16. Read about the win and Tatham's contributions (10 points, five rebounds, three steals) below.

Women's National Team Beats Venezuela 101-38 | Team Canada
Box Score: Canada 101, Venezuela 38 | Pan Am Games Website
Canadian women's basketball team eviscerates Venezuela | Waterloo Region Record
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Pan Am opener slam dunk for Canadian women | Doug Smith, The Star
Canadian basketball women open with win | Durham Region Media Group

Game two for the Canadian side happens Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

In addition to UMass Sports Network's coverage of former UMass hockey forward Frank Vatrano at Boston Bruins Development Camp, Kevin Dillon of MassLive also made the trip to Wilmington, Mass., on Thursday and wrote this piece on the East Longmeadow, Mass., native.

READ: Boston Bruins Development Camp: East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano in shape, looking to impress

Toronto Sun: Canadian Hoops Women Optimistic

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University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham and the Canadian women's basketball team begins Pan Am Games competition with round robin games from July 16-18. Read up on the pulse of the program as Canada begins play at home against Venezuela on Thursday, July 16.

Canadian hoops women optimistic | Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

The Average Joe Show out of Springfield recently interviewed UMass Hall of Famer, former UMass and USA women's soccer netminder Briana Scurry, following Team USA's 2015 World Cup victory.

Listen here to the podcast of the interview

Congratulations to the four members of the UMass women's soccer program, Megan Burke, Julia Weithofer, Georgia Gibson and Madison Smith, who have helped the New England Mutiny of the WPSL clinch the top spot in the Power 5 Division and finish the regular season with a record of 7-1.

MassLive had coverage of the Mutiny's 2-0 weekend and the success of their season thus far. Weithofer, a East Longmeadow, Mass., native, was interviewed for the piece.

Read: Well-balanced New England Mutiny defeat BuxMont Torch FC, finish regular season atop Power 5 Division

Former UMass hockey defenseman, free agent Matt Irwin signed with the Boston Bruins on Friday morning. Irwin, who played 153 career NHL games over the past three seasons with the San Jose Sharks, scored a career high eight goals in 2014-15, contributing to a total of 19 points and a +3 rating.

Official release from the Boston Bruins
ProHockeyTalk: B's sign former Sharks d-man Irwin: one year, $800,000 Bruins Sign Defenseman Matt Irwin To One-Year, $800K Contract

Rising sophomore Dennis Kravchenko closed out his week at Anaheim Ducks prospect development camp with a hat trick in the final scrimmage of the week, helping his team, "Team Black" to a 5-2 victory.

The Anaheim Ducks had a recap of the scrimmage as did the Orange County Register, both highlighting Kravchenko's performance.

Kravchenko was also interviewed by Ducks Daily in their video recap.

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.