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Boston Globe writer Allen Lesells spoke with former University of Massachusetts field hockey midfielder Nicole Phelan recently. Phelan, who now goes by the married last name Sabatier, lives in Oregon and spoke highly of the sport she started playing in eighth grade as well as her experiences at UMass.

Catching Up With ... Nicole (Phelan) Sabatier, North Andover/UMass field hockey | Allen Lessels, Boston Globe

Globe: Billerica's Whiteway cranks up scoring for UMass

Boston Globe correspondent Peter Cappiello wrote a feature on four UMass men's lacrosse standouts who all hail from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Check out Cappiello's feature, which focuses on Grant Whiteway along with Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Matt Whippen, below:

"It wasn't the first time that Grant Whiteway had left an opponent a bit stunned.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst junior from Billerica entered Tuesday's matchup against visiting Providence with five goals for the men's lacrosse team in its 4-1 start.

After the game's final whistle, the attack walked off Garber Field with 12 on the season, after powering the Minutemen to a 16-11 victory with a seven-goal performance.

Teammate James Fahey, a former rival at St. John's Prep, recalls a Billerica Memorial High-St. John's matchup in May 2010, when Whiteway ran up 10 yards from the goal line and extended before launching a shot 180 degrees into a corner of the net..."

The completion of the story is available through the Boston Globe website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through

UMass baseball alum Mike Gedman was featured in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Gedman was recently hired as the head coach of Framingham State University in his hometown of Framingham, Mass.

Read: Gedman right at home as Framingham State's new coach

Boston Globe: Pochini, Sikalis still leaders in their field

Boston Globe correspondents Marvin Pave and Lorenzo Recupero caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente and Minutewomen senior co-captain and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School graduate Alexa Sikalis for a story recently. Sikalis was a co-captain of the Acton-Boxborough team that won the 2009 Division I Massachusetts Title, along with current Babson field hockey standout Julia Pochini, and both have found success on the field since their high school graduation that year.

As senior captains, Julia Pochini and Alexa Sikalis led the field hockey team at Acton-Boxborough Regional to the Division 1 state title in 2009.

The two are captains once again, as starters in the midfield -- Sikalis at the University of Masschusetts Amherst, the 14th-ranked program in Division 1, and Pochini at Babson College, the defending regular-season champion in the NEWMAC.

Pochini, who has started every game since her freshman year for the Division 3 program in Wellesley, enhanced her role as a go-to player at center-mid with six goals and seven assists last season.

Sikalis, who set the career scoring mark at A-B her senior season, started all 24 games at UMass last season, finishing with three goals and six assists in a march to the NCAA tourney...

The full story is available to Boston Globe/ subscribers here. More information on UMass field hockey, including a 2013 season schedule and team statistics, can be found through here.

Boston Globe Chats With Charley Molnar

UMass football head coach Charley Molnar will be in Boston on Wednesday, May 22, for a chat with Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan and sports editor Matt Pepin. Molnar will sit down with Sullivan and Pepin at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the Minutemen and the squad's approaching second season at the NCAA Division-I Football Bowl Subdivision level.

Fans interested in following along and submitting questions can track the discussion through here.

Boston Globe Features Rowing Head Coach Jim Dietz

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John Powers of the Boston Globe previews the Head of the Charles Regatta Weekend with a feature on decorated UMass rowing coach Jim Dietz.  The Minutewomen will row alongside their famed coach this weekend at the prestigious regatta. 

Recaps Of Basketball's 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.

  • UMass men's basketball pulls away from Northeastern - Hampshire Gazette
  • Gary Forbes checks in on Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette
  • A double-double by Chaz Williams leads a double-digit UMass win - Springfield Republican
  • Offense in full swing as Minutemen cruise to 83-67 victory - Daily Collegian
  • Sloppy play plagues UMass despite win - Daily Collegian
  • Williams points way for UMass - Boston Herald
  • UMass basketball beats Northeastern - Boston Globe
  • UMass pulls away with game on line - Worcester Telegram
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  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
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  • Boston Globe: Leadership with Brooklyn accent

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    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has a terrific feature in Wednesday's issue on redshirt-sophomore point guard Chaz Williams and what the transfer from Hofstra brings to the Minutemen going into the 2011-12 season. Washburn talks about how head coach Derek Kellogg needs a floor general to lead his new up-tempo attack with "fearlessness and heart that exemplified those 1990s teams."

    "He may have found such a conductor in Chaz Williams, a 5-foot 9-inch sophomore transfer from Hofstra, whose Brooklyn upbringing is apparent from the moment he speaks. He brings a New York bravado to Amherst, and his leadership and passion are exactly what Kellogg believes will push the Minutemen back among the elite teams of the Atlantic 10."

    Leadership with Brooklyn accent: Point guard Williams feels up to the challenge - Boston Globe
    Victor Cruz was center stage again for the New York Giants in their 36-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The former UMass wide receiver led the Giants with eight receptions for 161 yards, including a juggling one-handed 68-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Cruz was also involved in a pair of late turnovers by the Giants. All of that leads to lots of Cruz headlines today:

    New York Times
    New York Daily News
    Wall Street Journal
    New York Post

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    James Ighedibo made the first start of his career at safety for the New England Patriots, helping lead them to victory over his former team, the New York Jets, 30-20. The Amherst Regional High and UMass alum played the first four seasons of his career with the Jets, so Sunday's first start took on extra meaning. Ighedibo finished with six tackles on four solos and two assists.

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    Boston Herald
    ESPN Boston (written by UMass alum Mike Reiss)

    Boston Globe: UMass Football giving its level best

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    Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe has a preview of Saturday's game at Boston College focusing on the confidence built from past performances against FBS programs, including last year's narrow loss at Michigan.

    But this is a new era for football at UMass, which will move up to the Bowl Subdivision next season and join the Mid-American Conference. Narrow defeats at Navy (21-20, in 2006), Kansas State (21-17, in 2009), and Michigan (42-37, in 2010) indicate UMass can compete at the next level.  

    "In the last two years, in particular those games against Kansas State and Michigan, we certainly had our chances in big-time atmospheres,'' Morris said. "Our players haven't played at Boston College but as a staff we have, and we know what to expect from Boston College football. We'll be ready to go. On paper, they are our best opponent, the strongest team we'll play.  

    "If you go by the Michigan, Kansas State, and Navy games, those are good indicators of where you are as a program. I think we're a very competitive program but we still haven't recruited a truly FBS recruiting class. We're going to go out and play and compete with anybody we play against and our goal is to win the game."

    Recaps Of Football's Opening Win At Holy Cross

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    Check out all of the stories on UMass' 24-16 season-opening win on Thursday night in the first ever night game at Holy Cross' Fitton Field.

  • Springfield Republican: UMass football rides Jonathan Hernandez to opening win at Holy Cross
  • Hampshire Gazette: Jonathan Hernandez strong for Minutemen in return home
  • Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback Kellen Pagel helps UMass beat Holy Cross in opener
  • Matt Vautour Blog: Three Stars - UMass-Holy Cross
  • Worcester Telegram: UMass' Hernandez crashes Holy Cross party
  • Worcester Telegram: 15,942 Fans Watch UMass Beat Holy Cross
  • SB Nation: Jonathan Hernandez carrie Minutemen in win
  • Boston Globe: UMass runs past Holy Cross
  • Boston Herald: UMass football shines bright
  • Washington Post: Hernandez helps Massachusetts to 24-16 win over Holy Cross
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  • Former Kicker Koepplin Signed By Patriots

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    Former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin (2006-07) was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots on Wednesday. He is the third former Minuteman to be signed since the free agent signing period opened this week, joining undrafted free agents Greg Niland (Cardinals) and John Griffin (Bengals).

    Koepplin, who transferred to UMass after two years at Nassau Community College, was a Honorable Mention All-American in both 2006 and 2007 with the Minutemen, while also earning All-Conference honors both years. He holds the UMass record for PAT percentage (98.0) on 99-of-101 and ranks second in field goal percentage (71.0) on 27-of-38.

    Koepplin's most memorable field goal was the 43-yarder he hit at No. 2 Montana on Dec. 8, 2006 in the NCAA Semifinals which proved to be the game-winner and send the Minutemen on to the Championship game for the first time since 1998.

    Koepplin played two seasons of arena football for the Manchester Wolves in 2008-09.

  • Hampshire Gazette: Koepplin signs with the Patriots
  • Boston Globe: Patriots sign 2 draft picks, 12 rookie free agents
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  • It was a matchup of soon-to-be Minutewomen in the Massachusetts Division 1 State Softball Championship on Saturday as Anna Kelley (pictured, far left) and King Philip High School of Wrentham edged out Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Amherst Regional High School, 1-0 at Worcester State's Rockwood Field. The Warrriors, also the alma mater of current UMass player Maggie Quealy, finish the season with a perfect 26-0 record, while the Hurricanes finish 2011 with a 23-2 mark.

    The terrific game received lots of media attention. Check out the coverage below, including a pair of features on Kelley.

  • ESPN Boston (with video): King Philip Takes 2nd Straight D1 State Title
  • CBS 3 Springfield (with video): Amherst Loses 1-0 Heartbreaker
  • Boston Globe: King Philip Wears Crown
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst Regional Softball Falls Just Short
  • Springfield Republican: Amherst Loses State Division 1 Title Game
  • Wrentham Patch: KP Wins State Softball Championship Again
  • The Sun Chronicle: Another Title For KP
  • Kelley Feature in Sun Chronicle: Kelley On Fire At Hot Corner
  • Kelley's Class in Sun Chronicle: Three Cheers For King Philip Trio
  • UMass: Krafting a better football team 

    April 25, 2011

    Patriots' owner Robert Kraft deserves credit for bringing more big-time college football to New England when he struck a deal that allows the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to play all their home games rent-free at Gillette Stadium starting in 2012. Having the high-class Foxborough facility as a home field enables UMass to join the Division I Mid-American Conference and lure bowl-bound football powers onto its schedule.

    The move is already building excitement among UMass graduates, for whom Saturdays in Foxborough could be a great bonding experience, and it could pay off for the university in some other respects, too. If Massachusetts residents come to see the UMass team as an expression of Bay State pride, it will help build greater political and community support for the state's leading public university.

    Welcome as the UMass ascent to collegiate football's Mt. Olympus may be, policymakers should be aware that the costs in athletic scholarships and expanded coaching staffs will be considerable. UMass anticipates that its football expenditure will jump from $4.4 million in 2010 to $6.9 million for the 2013 season. Purely as an economic venture, or as a means of enhancing a university's national standing, a top-tier football program is no panacea -- and certainly no substitute for enhanced academic resources.

    But pride doesn't come with a pricetag, and watching UMass match up against national powerhouses will provide an extra point of identity to fans of the sometimes neglected university -- that is, as long as the Minutemen make a good showing on the field.

    © Copyright 2011 Globe Newspaper Company.

    Globe Feature On Gurley's NBA Bid

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    Anthony Gurley fell in love with basketball as a 7-year-old, playing ball in the Pee Wee league at the Roxbury YMCA. "I've never looked back since then,'' said Gurley, a fifth-year senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who was recently honored with the George "Trigger'' Burke Award as the team's MVP. "There's always room for improvement, and I'm working hard every day to reach my dream . . . the NBA,'' he said. Read the full story in the Boston Globe: Newton North grad Gurley bids for NBA.

    Football Media Coverage On Move To FBS, MAC

    Here are various stories on UMass' elevation to the FBS and MAC.

    • Sporting News: UMass To The MAC
    • Boston Globe: Kraft rose to occasion
    • Boston Herald UMass moves up to FBS
    • Hartford Courant: UMass Makes Move To FBS Official
    • Attleboro Sun-Chronicle: Kraft: UMass to be boon
    • College Football Talk: MAC officially adds UMass as newest member
    • ABC40: McGuirk No More

    Here are video interviews from the event:

    Stories On UMass' Players At BC Pro Day

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    Here are various stories on the Pro Day that was held at Boston College on Wednesday as five former UMass football players took part. They included John Griffin, Kyle Havens, Mike Mele, Anthony Nelson and Greg Niland. The lineman Niland is quoted in many of these stories.

    • Boston Herald: Futures cloudy at BC pro day
    • Boston Herald: Linemen get battle Scar
    • Boston Globe: Going through motions
    • NFL coaches & scouts in town

    KNOWING THE DRILL: UMass offensive...

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Dayton In The A-10s

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    Take a look back at the 78-50 defeat to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round on Tuesday night.

    • Boston Globe: Flyers race past Minutemen
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen out in ugly fashion
    • Daily Collegian: Lack of offense spells Minutemen
    • Dayton Daily News: Flyers blow by UMass 78-50

    Look Back At UMass' Hoop Loss At Fordham

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 77-73 loss at Fordham on Saturday as the Rams snapped a 41-game conference losing streak.

    • Worcester Telegram: UMass hits bottom with loss
    • Boston Herald: UMass bottoms out against Rams
    • Wall Street Journal: Fordham edges Massachusetts 77-73

    UMass will host Dayton on Tuesday at the Mullins Center at 9 p.m., here are stories on the Flyers, who lost at George Washington Saturday.

    • Springfield News Sun: Staten good to the last block
    • Springfield News Sun: Flyers rally, fall in final seconds

    Recaps Of UMass' Near-Upset Of Temple

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    UMass basketball battled the three-time defending A-10 Champions, but lost 73-67 in overtime on Wednesday. Still, the Minutemen hold fate in their own hands when it comes to hosting a first-round A-10 Tournament game. A win on Saturday at Fordham OR several other scenarios would result in a home game to start the postseason. Read about the Temple game and the postseason situation here:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Atlantic 10 home game within reach for Minutemen
    • Philadelphia Inquirer: Owls get by UMass in overtime
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A quick look at the Atlantic 10 race

    Recaps Of Sunday's Loss At La Salle

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    Here are the recaps from Sunday's loss at La Salle.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen get 'outtoughed' by La Salle
    • Springfield Republican: UMass gets blasted by La Salle, 72-51
    • Boston Globe: No-show job by UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen fall flat in Philly

    Sully's Court In Boston Globe Focuses On UMass

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    Sully's Court: UMass fans should be optimistic

    Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff February 24, 2011 12:04 PM

    Considering UMass: I saw UMass in person Wednesday night as they pummeled St. Joe's. A reasonable goal for this team is to get a home game for the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, then win to advance to the quarterfinals in Atlantic City.

    The record is better than last season, there is improvement, but what about the future?

    I realize my observations come the day after UMass played well against a bad team but I think there's a reason for optimism. IT it revolves around four players, sophomores Javorn Farrell, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson and redshirt freshman Raphial Putney. Farrell has the makings of a excellent slashing scorer. Riley didn't play Wednesday night but he's a legit 3-point threat. Putney is really intriguing, a stick figure in basketball shorts who has 3-point range on his outside shot and long, long arms that can be used effectively at both ends of the court. I think he's got all sorts of potential. Vinson is a riddle. He has to become an assertive inside player and he can do it. Not sure he will though.

    The obvious question here: where will the guard play come from? The answer was sitting on the bench in 5-foot-9-inch point guard Chazz Williams. Williams played at Hofstra in 2009-2010 and was all-rookie in the CAA after averaging 7.1 ppg and 4.2 apg. He's actually just what the other four players need, someone who can facilitate.

    So I say, have hope, UMass fans. And how about showing up for the games? The Sign Man is getting lonely.

    Interesting reflection: UMass absolutely pounded St. Joe's on the glass, 45-24. The Hawks need some inside players. Sitting out right now is another Hofstra transfer, 6-8 forward Halil Kanacevic, who was also on the All-CAA rookie team after averaging 8.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Phil Martelli will be ecstatic to have a player who will attack the glass on the defensive end. Both players left Hofstra when Tom Pecora moved over to coach Fordham. Pecora, winless in the Atlantic 10, could have used both players at Rose Hill.

    Recaps Of The Hoop Win Over St. Joe's

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    Take a look back at the 69-51 win over Saint Joseph's with these articles.

    • Boston Globe: UMass puts it all together
    • Daily Collegian: Minutemen trounce Saint Joseph's
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Gurley shakes slump to lead Minutemen
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen thrive with complete game

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Duquesne

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    Here are the stories from the media about the Minutemen's 81-63 loss to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: With playing time, Morgan delivers for UMass
    • Boston Herald: Poor start KOs UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Reeling UMass drubbed by Duquesne
    • Daily Collegian: Freshman Morgan shines in UM loss
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne wins at Massachusetts, 81-63
    • WWLP NBC22: Dukes down UMass, 81-63

    Look Back At UMass' 59-51 Hoop Loss To GW

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    Recaps Of UMass' Hoop Loss At SLU

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    Here are the news stories on the loss:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Billikens bury UMass behind barrage of 3-pointers in St. Louis
    • Daily Collegian: Billikens rain 3's on Minutemen
    • St. Louis Post Dispatch: SLU defeats UMass
    • Boston Herald: UMass loses in St. Louis
    • Boston Globe: UMass bored to death

    Stories On UMass Football Signings

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    Here are the news stories from across the nation about UMass' football signings

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback among 17 signees for UMass football
    • Boston Herald: Thinking big, UMass bulks up

    News Recaps Of UMass' 64-54 Win Over URI

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    Recaps Of UMass' 71-54 Basketball Win Over BU

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    Take a look back at the basketball victory over BU on New Year's Eve in these stories.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen end losing streak with win over BU
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Carter rebounds in second half
    • Worcester Telegram: Gurley looks grand as Minutemen win
    • SportsPages Magazine: UMass Pulls Away from BU in, 71-54, Win

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To No. 24 UCF

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    Take a look back at the UMass 64-59 loss to No. 24 UCF at the Mullins Center in front of the largest home crowd of the season.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen rally but fall to Central Florida
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette Notebook: Strong game delivered by UMass freshman Putney
    • Worcester Telegram: Feeble offense dooms UMass
    • Boston Globe: UMass comes up short
    • Fox The new MJ
    • Central Florida Future: Knights defeat UMass Minutemen, 64-59

    Swimming Signee Recognized By Boston Globe

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    Zoe Judd, one of UMass head coach Bob Newcomb's women's swimming NLI signees for the 2011-12 season was honored by being named Boston Globe All-Scholastic. The Acton-Boxborough High School senior is a repeat All-Scholastic honoree. Judd won both the 50 free and 100 free at the Division 1 state meet this fall and will be a freshman at UMass next season.

    Recaps Of UMass' Hoop Loss To Seton Hall

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    Recaps Of The Hoops Loss To Maine

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    Take a look back at what the media is writing after UMass' 68-56 loss to Maine at the Mullins Center on Wednesday.

    • Worcester Telegram: Black Bears apply chill on Minutemen
    • Boston Globe: UMass reaches new low
    • Morning Sentinel: Black Bears win at UMass
    • Bangor Daily News: UMaine men's basketball stuns UMass

    Boston Globe: Forbes Time Has Come In NBA

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    In his two-year journey to the NBA, former UMass swingman Gary Forbes soaked in the experience of being a basketball nomad. He traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America, playing with several teams, some stable, some near collapse. He returned to the United States to play in the NBA D-League, then headed back overseas for more résumé building.

    His quest to reach the NBA was completed last month when he was a surprise addition to the Denver Nuggets, and the team's only rookie has seized the opportunity, averaging 6.2 points in 12.7 minutes per game.

    Forbes will make his return to the Bay State Wednesday with the Nuggets, looking to show the region that UMass remains capable of producing NBA-caliber players.

    The Boston Globe has a great story on Forbes.

    Basketball Stories Heading Into Garden Game

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    Here's a look at the stories heading into the Boston Tip-Off Classic as the 7-0 Minutemen take on Boston College at 6:30 p.m. at the TD Garden.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen get first real hoop test in BC
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Declaring for draft helped Gurley improve
    • Boston Herald: Anthony Gurley better with age
    • Boston Herald: UMass has its Mr. Right

    Recaps Of The Basketball Win At The Cage

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    Take a look back at the media stories on the 83-76 win over Holy Cross at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen hold on to defeat Holy Cross
    • Worcester Telegram: UMass keeps Purple caged
    • Boston Herald: UMass will take it

    Recaps Of The Basketball Win Over TCU

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    Here are stories on UMass' basketball's 67-48 win over TCU on Monday night in Springfield.

    • Boston Globe: UMass races to 4-0 start
    • Worcester Telegram: Farrell sparks UMass in Classic
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen dominate TCU at Tip-Off Classic
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen stomp 'em
    • SportPage Magazine: Minutemen Dominate TCU in, 67-48, Win

    Recaps From Saturday's Football Loss

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    Take a look back at Saturday's 45-27 loss to Delaware at McGuirk Stadium. 

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Violette plagued by kicking woes for UMass
    • Boston Globe: UMass drubbed by Delaware
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen Hen-pecked
    • Worcester Telegram: Griffin is stellar, but UMass falls
    • Wilmington News Journal: Delaware Blue Hens football quick hits
    • Philadelphia Inquirer: Devlin on target as Hens top UMass

    Globe: Kellogg, UMass On Point

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    The Boston Globe has its season preview of the UMass basketball season. Check out Marty Dobrow's story

    . The Globe also has Atlantic 10 season capsules.

    Coach Derek Kellogg is hoping to produce smiles on the faces of Minutemen fans -- no matter their size -- everywhere.

    Coach Derek Kellogg is hoping to produce smiles on the faces of Minutemen fans -- no matter their size -- everywhere. (File/Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe)

    Globe: UMass Has An Eye On UConn Play Book

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    The Boston Globe has a front page story comparing the football programs at UMass and UConn. It has lots of detail and information. 

    Boston Stories On Tip-Off Classic At Garden

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    Even with what was at stake, UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg never had to think twice. Stay home while Boston College makes the 80-minute journey to Amherst for an early-season game, or brave the Mass Pike to play their in-state rival at the Celtics' pad.

    The 2010 Boston Tip-Off Classic was announced yesterday at TD Garden, which will host the Dec. 4 doubleheader featuring three local teams. Northeastern will face Drexel, followed by UMass going up against BC. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital Boston.

    Here are the stories from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Recaps From UMass' Football Win At Towson

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    Former Football Player John Enos Passes Away At 79

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    The Boston Globe has an obituary on the passing of former UMass football player John Enos. A 40-year veteran reporter for the Gloucester Daily Times, Enos scared new reporters with his intensity in the Gloucester High School press box that is named in his honor.

    Sports had always played a big role in Mr. Enos's life. Playing football as UMass, he held the record for the longest kickoff return for about 30 years, his son said. He also wrote two books on Gloucester High School football, "100 Years of Fishermen Football'' and "Nate,'' which was about Nate Ross, a longtime Gloucester football coach.


    Boston Globe: Wild Weekend In Remote Regions

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    In his Monday round-up of college football in the Boston Globe, Mark Blaudschun leads off with the UMass near-victory at Michigan.

    Among the bits from this column: Michigan safety John Kovacs was more explicit. "They came out and smacked us in the mouth,'' he said.

    UMass didn't get the win, but it got more than a little respect. Perhaps the Big East, which is searching for some additions, should consider adding UMass as a New England partner for UConn.

    Globe: Moving Tribute For Camby, UMass

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    Marty Dobrow of the Boston Globe has a tremendous story on Marcus Camby and his induction to the UMass Hall of Fame on Friday night.

    From ESPN's First Cup this morning, "Tonight, perhaps, the past will finally be reclaimed. John Calipari will be back in the house for a ceremony inducting Marcus DeWayne Camby into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame. 'He deserves it,' said Calipari, now the coach at the University of Kentucky. 'We were a top 25 [team] before he got there. He took us to the next level. We became No. 1 in the country.' 'It's a great feeling,' said Camby, who is now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, his fifth NBA team. 'I'm excited to be recognized for my contributions.'

    Globe: Griffin Already Has The Moves

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    How about living in 13 places in 21 years? Meet tailback John Griffin. Check out this great profile feature on Griffin in the Boston Globe. Here's a partial list... Germany. St. Louis. Nevada. New Mexico. Northern and Southern California. Texas. Maryland. Massachusetts.

    John Griffin had a decision to make after Northeastern ended its football program.

    Globe: Igwenagu In Right Position To Lead

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    The Boston Globe has a great feature story on UMass junior captain Emil Igwenagu. A preseason all-CAA selection, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Igwenagu was recruited as a linebacker after a stellar career at Holy Name High School in Worcester, spent a year on the UMass scout team and was eventually switched to the H-back position (combining the duties of a receiver, blocker, and runner) last season, when he finished third on the team with 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown.

    Football Frosh Delaney In Boston Globe

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    Check out this story in the Boston Globe on UMass freshman football player Mike Delaney, who joined UMass after a standout career at Foxborough High School.

    The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Delaney only played one season with the Warriors after transferring from New Jersey, but rushed for 1,643 yards, the 13th-highest total in state history, and found the end zone 22 times in his team's 7-4 finish.

    Delaney said his Minutemen coaches gave him a workout manual with lifting and running exercises alternated each day. UMass opened its camp Aug. 9, and it's already clear to Delaney the college game requires a rigorous workload.

    "It's a big difference from the high school game,'' Delaney said. "There's competition at every position, and there is so much preparation that goes into it before you even step on the field.''

    The Boston Globe has a softball story that, though centering on Cassidy Clayton, mentions other players from the Concord Raiders AAU softball team that will be playing at Division I schools. The story mentions UMass incoming freshman Paige Hansen. The 5-10 pitcher/outfielder from Concord, N.H. was the state's 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year. She is part of head coach Elaine Sortino's incoming class of seven.

    Curreri Named Cranberry League MVP

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    Former UMass catcher Frank Curreri who is currently playing for the Braintree White Sox, was named the Cranberry league MVP after hitting .400 with five home runs and 18 RBI, helping the squad to a league title. Curreri was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 41st round of the 2004 MLB Draft and spent six years in the Diamondbacks organization before joining Braintree. By winning the Cranberry League, the White Sox qualified for the Stan Musial Tournament, a division of the American Amateur Baseball Association.
    Former field hockey player Deborah Jackson is featured in the Boston Globe. Jackson, now 59 and serving as Salem's chief city assessor, this past weekend pushed her physical limits even further as part of a 12-member team participating in The Jimmy Fund's Mass Dash, a 206-mile running relay race across Massachusetts from the Berkshires to Boston.

    Gaffney Starts NBA Summer League With Celtics

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    Today's big news is the start of the NBA Summer League as UMass' Tony Gaffney finally gets to suit up in Celtics green and play for his favorite team. The C's take on Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Watch on  UMass' Tony Gaffney is mentioned as a player to watch by several outlets: Boston Herald, Opposing Views, Ridiculous Upside, Boston Globe, and Springfield Republican.

    Boston Globe Features Mike & Matt Gedman

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    The Boston Globe has a great July 4th story on the Gedman family including sons Mike and Matt, who play baseball for the Minutemen.