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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with new wide receiver Alex Kenney this week after practice and has short five-question Q&A posted from his interview.

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Zach Babo of Inside Lacrosse was on-site at Homewood Field in Baltimore for UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny's STX photo shoot. Manny recently signed with STX as a sponsor and will represent the brand with its "Surgeon" line of lacrosse gear.

Babo took a couple minutes to talk to Manny about a variety of things, including the Boston Cannon's playoff run, signing with STX and his continued presence in the New England lacrosse community.

Will Manny's STX Shoot | Zach Babo, Inside Lacrosse

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham returned to Edmonton, Ontario, to report to training camp for the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball National Team. Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun reports on the start of practices ahead of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey beginning in September.

Canadian women's basketball team returns to Edmonton for training camp | Edmonton Sun

The women's soccer website All White Kit released its rankings of the top 100 recruiting classes in Division 1 women's soccer with UMass at No. 60 on the list. The Minutewomen trail just two Atlantic 10 teams in the rankings, La Salle (36) and VCU (51).

Click here to view the full Top 100 on AllWhiteKit.com

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) is among five current Major League Lacrosse competitors named to the MLL's 2014 Most Improved Player Watch List. Manny, in his second professional season, ranks among the most successful attackman in MLL this year. Read more on Manny's successes courtesy of Major League Lacrosse's release below:

The sophomore attackman is a powerhouse on offense and a consistent goal scorer for the Boston Cannons. He falls right behind teammate Paul Rabil in team points (51) and ranks among the top five in the MLL for points, goals and assists (51pts, 32g, 19a). During his rookie season with the Cannons, he proved his ability to be a threat on offense, scoring 18 goals and tallying 12 assists in just 10 games. With one season under his belt, he's built upon his rookie success and continues to exceed expectations. He will have to step up to the plate this weekend against the Rattlers to give Boston a chance to nail a spot in the playoffs.

A complete watch list and more on MLL is available through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican caught up with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and junior wide receiver Tajae Sharpe recently to discuss the potential for a successful downfield passing game in 2014, something Malone sees as an aspect of the game the offense missed in 2013. Malone believes a corp of speedy wide receivers, such as current Minutemen Marken Michel, Alex Kenney and Sharpe, could make the difference for UMass football in 2014.

Minutemen expecting more opportunities to throw deep | masslive.com

Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple following a Tuesday, Aug. 5 team practice and wrote that the Minutemen will not wear the black uniforms used during some games over the previous two seasons in 2014. Instead, according to Whipple, Massachusetts will mix and match its maroon and white gear each week.

UMass football training camp 2014: Back in black (uniforms)? Not this year, says coach Mark Whipple | masslive.com

Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican is nearing the completion of his UMass football top-25 players to watch in 2014 countdown. Junior cornerbacks Randall Jette and Trey Dudley-Giles hold down the No. 4 spot on the list. Malone sees the duo as the likely starting cornerbacks in 2014 and expects Jette and Dudley-Giles to cause havoc for opposing offenses in the secondary.

UMass football top 25 players to watch in 2014: Randall Jette & Trey Dudley-Giles | masslive.com

Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse all-American Jack Reid (@GorillaMagilla) is nearing completion of an extended fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick's Foundation (@StBaldricks). The seven-week endeavor culminates in a St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving event follow the Boston Cannon's game against the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday, Aug. 9, when Reid and five additional members of the Cannons will get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.

As of Thursday, Aug. 7, Reid, along with teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill, Eric Hagarty and Boston head coach John Tucker, have combined to raise nearly $15,000 for St. Baldrick's and the battle against children's cancer.

Donations can be made online via the event's page available on the St. Baldrick's website.

Sarah Toland of Sports Illustrated has a feature on Detroit Lions safety and UMass alum James Ihedigbo as part of the Behind The Body series. Ihedigbo talks about what it takes to build a body which can withstand an NFL season while operating at peak performance. Along with his workout schedule, Ihedigbo also talks about the nutritional aspect of preparing for the season.



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