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Happy Birthday: April 3 - Fox, Panciocco

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Happy Birthday to women's soccer player Meredith Fox and field hockey's Nikki Panciocco.

Also, football alum and current Arizona Rattler Kyle Harrington also celebrates on April 3. 

Meredith Fox  Nikki Panciocco

The Salem News has a nice feature on UMass alum Kyle Harrington as he is in his first season in the Arena Football League with the Arizona Rattlers. Harrington, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman, is still getting accustomed to life in the AFL, but he likes everything about it so far. The climate in the southwest is pleasant at this time of year, he's playing a sport he's loved since he was a kid, and getting expert coaching from the Rattlers assistant head coach, Kani Kauahi, who played in the NFL for 11 years. He's also broken through as a starter in the last two games for the Rattlers, who are currently 3-0. "I love playing out here," said Harrington. "I'm grateful for the opportunity. 

Salem's Harrington settles in with Arena League's Arizona Rattlers

Gazette: Harrington Living The Life In UFL

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Another story on a UMass alum in the UFL comes from Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Kyle Harrington is playing on the defensive line while Sean Smalls is in the secondary.

"I'm living the life," Harrington said sporting a freshly-grown beard and a sweat-soaked black UMass T-shirt that he'd been wearing under his shoulder pads. "Playing football, instead of getting a job behind the desk."

Shipp, Harrington, Smalls, Baylark In UFL Camps

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All-time UMass legend Marcel Shipp is beginning his second season in the UFL with the Las Vegas Locos. Read about the team's training camp in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

With the Hartford Colonials, recent grad Kyle Harrington and 2008 grad Sean Smalls are in training camp.

Steve Baylark, UMass' second all-time leading rusher, is in camp with the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

The UFL regular-season starts on Sept. 18.