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Daniel Malone writes about the progression of UMass football training camp from generalized practice to specific position-related work with his latest post for the Springfield Republican.

After using the first week of practice to, in-part, assess the development of each individual student-athlete, the UMass staff is advancing its teaching to include repetitions specific to certain on-field situations, such as goal-line plays and the two-minute drill.

Minutemen moving towards more situational work as season nears | Springfield Republican

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.

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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 |

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 |

Coverage of UMass' Upset Win Over Rutgers Women's Basketball

The University of Massachusetts women's basketball earned its first win of the 2013-14 season in stunning fashion with an upset victory over national powerhouse Rutgers, 64-63 on Wednesday evening. UMass led by five at halftime and held off a late charge by the Scarlet Knights for the win. Below are a few links for MinuteFans to check out regarding coverage of the contest:

Joey Saade covered the game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted the overall team effort that led the Minutewomen to earn the decision over Rutgers.

Thom Kendall was on-hand to snap photos of the game's progression and provided a gallery on here.

J. Anthony Roberts stopped by to capture the contest for the Springfield Republican. His photo album is available through their website here.

Postgame reactions from head coach Sharon Dawley, junior guard Emily Mital and sophomore forward Rashida Timbilla and highlights of the contest can be found on UMass Athletics' YouTube page.

Former UMass field hockey student-athlete Sarah Williams has been named the head coach at nearby Northampton High School recently. Williams played four seasons with the Minutewomen from 2006-09, playing in 31 games as a goalkeeper.

For the third time in as many seasons, the Northampton High School field hockey team has a new coach.

Former University of Massachusetts goaltender Sarah Williams takes the helm this season, a year after the Blue Devils made an underdog run to the finals of the Western Massachusetts Division I tournament.

While seven seniors graduated from that squad, a solid core returns as Northampton looks to contend for the Central Division championship and to perhaps make another run deep into November...

Read the whole story by Jason Remilliard through the Springfield Republican here. More information on UMass field hockey, including a schedule for the current season and recent releases related to the team, can be found through here.

Photo Galleries: UMass Field Hockey 6, UMass-Lowell 0

A pair of local photographers were present for the inaugural Kennedy Cup, in which the University of Massachusetts field hockey team defeated UMass-Lowell, 6-0 at Garber Field on Tuesday evening. To chronicle the evening, Thom Kendall provided a gallery on on while J. Anthony Roberts attended the event for the Springfield Republican and

The Minutewomen return to action on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. as Harvard visits Garber Field. Admission to all home games is free of charge.
Cameron McDonough highlighted the family tradition being continued by UMass lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith as the Longmeadow, Mass., native competes for the Minutemen on the Springfield Republican's

AMHERST -- For generation after generation, lacrosse has been a family affair in the Smith family.
The Smith family's love of lacrosse began with Neville, a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and continued on down to his son Norm. Now, that love has spread to Norm's son, Kyle, a senior attackman for the University of Massachusetts Amherst men's lacrosse team.
It was apparent from a young age that the family's lacrosse gene would not skip a generation. Kyle picked up a lacrosse stick and never let it go.

Continue reading the story on Kyle, his family ties to the sport and the Smith's history with UMass lacrosse here.

Men's Lacrosse Coverage From The Contest At Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-6 victory at Harvard on Saturday. Matt Whippen led the team with a pair of goals while six additional Minutemen notched a tally each as the squad used a balanced attack to earn the win. Zachary Oliveri, the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, had eight saves in net while the team defense held Harvard to just 23 shots. Below are a few links related to coverage of the contest:
  • Brian Foley was also at the contest and had a recap of play for Inside Lacrosse as part of the organization's "On The Scene" report.

Minutewomen Open 2012-13 With 30-Point Victory

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UMass women's basketball kicked off the 2012-13 campaign with an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. The Minutewomen were paced by four players scoring in double-figures, including senior center Jasmine Watson's game-high 21. Watson used her final basket of the game to become the 18th Minutewoman to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in program history. Freshman Rashida Timbilla tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards to help the winning effort, the only known Minutewoman to secure a double-double during her first contest as a true-freshman.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican focused his recap of the victory on Jasmine Watson's milestone.

Daniel Malone spoke of Watson's success throughout her tenure with the Minutewomen while covering the 30-point victory over Kent State for the Daily Collegian.

The Minutewomen continue their season with their first road trip and first midweek contest as UMass travels to New Britain, Conn., for a Tuesday, Nov. 13 contest against Central Connecticut. Full coverage of the contest can be found on UMass returns home the following weekend to take on Quinnipiac at the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., with tickets available through the UMass Ticket Central.
With their 2-1 overtime victory vs. Rider (15-6 overall) on Tuesday, the Minutewomen field hockey team earned the right to participate in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament. UMass will make its 23rd appearance in the event when the Minutewomen face #5 Syracuse (17-2) at host-Penn State University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Harry Plumer recounted the dramatic final moments of UMass' NCAA Tournament Play-In Game victory over the Broncs for the Springfield Republican.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks forward to the NCAA Tournament First Round contest with #5 Syracuse while reviewing the nail-biting victory over Rider that secured the Minutewomen their berth into NCAAs.

Peter Cappiello recapped the play-in game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted how team unity has helped the Minutewomen to secure its recent success on the field.

Check on to keep up-to-date on UMass' participation in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
With their 5-0 drubbing of #16 nationally ranked and #1 seed Richmond to earn the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon, the UMass field hockey team earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament play-in game against Rider University on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. on Garber Field.

Greg Cameron of the Springfield Republican recapped the championship victory while Harry Plumer previews the upcoming play-in contest with a look at the exceptional play of senior defender Thando Zono.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette was also present for UMass' 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and highlighted Zono and the scoring ability the Minutewomen possess.

Peter Cappiello highlighted the impact Zono had while discussing UMass' 5-0 victory over Richmond.

More coverage of the upcoming contest with Rider can be found through, including a link for live stats.

Field Hockey Ready To Host A-10 Tournament

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The UMass field hockey team and its home facility - Garber Field - will serve as the host for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. The Minutewomen enter competition as the No.2-seeded squad and will face No. 3 seed Temple during the semifinal round of play at 2 p.m. on Friday. Below are a few links related to the event...

The Atlantic 10 Conference has set up a page on its website with information related to the event for fans.

UMass, as the host of the event, will also provide coverage of the entire championship through and a tournament central page, including live statistics and web streaming.

Peter Cappiello spoke to the UMass field hockey team to preview this weekend's action for the Daily Collegian.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican stopped by practice this week to speak with a few members of the squad in anticipation of the championship.

Three-Game Weekly Sweep Earns Praise For Field Hockey

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After three games in four days, the UMass field hockey team recorded an undefeated week that included a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 Syracuse and a pair of A-10 Conference victories. The three-game winning streak earned the team and a few of its individual players considerable praise this week...

Mike Moran covered the victory over No. 1 Syracuse for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian recapped the hard-fought upset of No. 1 Syracuse, which included a goal for the ages from senior defender Thando Zono.

J. Anthony Roberts provided a photo gallery and Harry Plumer added a short recap for the Springfield Republican following the defeat of No. 1 Syracuse.

Matt Levine with the Daily Collegian had coverage of UMass' strong play against conference opponents this weekend.

The Atlantic 10 Conference named Zono to its players of the week listing for her efforts while sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed was named the UMass Athlete of the Week.
Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican recaps Thursday night's men's basketball victory at home over NJIT that improved the Minutemen to 3-0 on the season. UMass benefited from nine first-half 3-pointers on its way to a 79-58 victory. Chimelis also points out the emergence of Cady Lalanne inside, who had a career-high 14 rebounds in just 15 minutes.

"I don't know yet if Cady always knows what he's doing or where he's going,'' Derek Kellogg said.

"It's nice to see him accidentally bump into 14 rebounds in 15 minutes, though. That shows he can be a big-time rebounder here someday.''

A flurry of 3-point baskets lifts the UMass basketball team to a 3-0 start - Springfield Republican
Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews tonight's men's basketball game against NJIT at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. Chimelis points out how turnovers and fouls made Monday's victory over Northeastern more difficult and how Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen are looking to improve those areas against the Highlanders tonight.

UMass basketball team looks to keep up the energy but cut down the fouls - Springfield Republican

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
  • SB Nation Boston
  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
  • UMass 83, Northeastern 67 -
  • Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews tonight's men's basketball season opener at the Cage in today's issue. Chimelis points out how this season's opener is different than Derek Kellogg's previous three as head coach, as the team is comprised mostly of his players now and they are playing a new style offensively and defensively.

    Chimelis also mentions the signing of Tyler Bergantino to a NLI on Thursday.

    This year's opener is a new deal for the UMass basketball team - Springfield Republican
    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Minutemen using this week as a final tune-up as they adjust to a new up-tempo style of play. UMass opens the season on Friday at 9 p.m. against Elon at the Curry Hicks Cage.

    "We're trying to instill in our guys that they have to be the aggressors from the minute they get off the bus,'' head coach Derek Kellogg said.

    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican wrote over the weekend on the men's basketball team being a totally new look, or "brand", in 2011-12. He writes how the Minutemen have a new offense, new point guard, and new post player, combined with two closed scrimmages rather than open exhibition games, make what to expect from the Minutemen this season a bit of a mystery.

    Well, the mystery will be revealed on Friday when Derek Kellogg's Minutemen host Elon in the season opener at the Curry Hicks Cage at 9 p.m.

    UMass basketball is Brand X, a total mystery on the eve of a season - Springfield Republican
    Congratulations to former UMass basketball star Anthony Gurley, who was selected by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the second round of the NBA D-League Draft on Wednesday. The 6-3 shooting guard led the Minutemen with 18.7 points per game last season.

    Los Angeles D-Fenders select former UMass player Anthony Gurley in D-League draft - Springfield Republican

    Anthony Gurley selected in the NBDL - Boston Herald

    Republican: Staff Changes For Men's Basketball

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    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican and covers the announcement of changes to Derek Kellogg's men's basketball staff. With the departure of Vance Walberg, Shyrone Chatman becomes an assistant coach, Tom Doherty has been added as assistant operations coordinator, and Richard Hogans is the strength & conditioning coach.
    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass football team flying into Boston, and staying the night there, after their game in Richmond, Va. Thomas also has some notebook topics on Perry McIntyre being honored for leading the Minutemen in tackles, runner defense, kicking change, etc.

    UMass football team spent night in Boston after win over Richmond - Springfield Republican
    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a nice story in Monday's edition and on on redshirt sophomore Chaz Williams moving into the point guard role for the Minutemen this season. Chimelis points out how Williams will be relied upon by Derek Kellogg to run the team's new offense, based more on transition and playing up-tempo.

    "Everything coach tells me, I try to take into consideration and instill into my own game," said Williams, a redshirt sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., who sat out last season after transferring from Hofstra.

    Coverage Of Statewide Hoops Media Day

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    The first State of Massachusetts Basketball Media Day was held at Boston University's Case Gym on Tuesday. UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and senior bigman Sean Carter were there representing the Minutemen as head coaches and select players from all six Division I men's basketball teams in the Commonwealth were there. Dozens of local regional, and national media members came out to cover the event with the start of official practices coming on Friday. Check out some of the coverage below.

  • UMass basketball team enters a new year with a new offensive style - Springfield Republican
  • Massachusetts men's hoop coaches bounce around idea of tripleheader - Hampshire Gazette
  • Colleges hope to fill void - Boston Herald
  • State's hoop teams come together - ESPN Boston
  • VIDEO: Derek Kellogg & Sean Carter Interviews From Media Day
  • VIDEO: Complete Webcast With All 6 Coaches
  • UMass Fieldhockey vs Maryland

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a story today on UMass field hockey's 4-1 loss at home to No. 3 Maryland on Sunday. Baker points out in the story that, despite the loss, the Minutewomen played the National Champs tough, outplaying them for much of the first half. Baker says UMass has shown much improvement under first-year coach Carla Tagliente since the beginning of the season. 

      "It was two different games," Tagliente said. "I was proud of the way we stepped up in the first half. The second half was a little different story. But this is a game of momentum. If we had scored the first goal in the second half, or had the first corner, things might have been different."

    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
  • VIDEO: Highlights from Charter 3
  • Check out Dick Baker's great preview of the UMass field hockey season from over the weekend in the Springfield Republican and Baker looks at how new head coach Carla Tagliente is taking over a program that has had recent success, but is implementing a new system and the squad must adjust to the loss of three key senior starters from last season's team. Baker also points out that senior All-American goalie Alesha Widdall will play an integral role for the Minutewomen in 2011.

    UMass, after dropping its opener on Saturday to Boston College, looks to rebound today with a 2 p.m. game at Vermont. There will be free live video of the game online.

    Hoops To Face Siena In Springfield

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    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced on Monday the lineup for the inaugural Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. The event, which will be a tripleheader spanning all three NCAA Divisions, will be played at the MassMutual Center on Dec. 9 with the Minutemen taking on Siena in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

    Springfield College and Trinity will lead things off with a 4 p.m. Division III game before American International and Philadelphia University meet in a 6 p.m. Division II game, all leading up to the UMass/Siena game.

    Tickets will go on sale shortly at and Ticketmaster.

  • Springfield Republican: UMass men's basketball team will play Siena in Springfield
  • Albany Times-Union: Siena-UMass highlights Dec. 9 tripleheader in Springfield
  • Fox 23 News: Siena to face UMass in Holiday Hall of Fame Classic
  • Dick Baker Previews Field Hockey

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    Alexa Sikalis was named Most Outstanding Player at last season's A-10 Championship

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican in his Local College Notebook talks about UMass field hockey getting ready to begin its first preseason under new head coach Carla Tagliente. Baker points out that the A-10 regular season title could come down to the final conference game of the year, an Oct. 28 meeting between the Minutewomen and Richmond at Garber Field.


    UMass was picked first in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, ahead of Richmond, Temple, and Lock Haven.

    Football Preseason Underway

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    The 2011 UMass football season officially began on Friday with the first day of preseason practices for the Minutemen. Check out the stories below covering the first day of practice.

    UMass Training Camp Central.

    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Former UMass PG Correia turn to gridiron
    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Broken foot shelves Violette, Thompson at full speed
    Springfield Republican: UMass football turns attention to 2011 season

    Also, check out the photo galleries from the first two days of practice (Friday & Saturday).

    Day 1 Photo Gallery
    Day 2 Photo Gallery

    Brandon Collier Signs With Eagles

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    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican reports this morning on the Philadelphia Eagles signing former UMass defensive tackle Brandon Collier. The Eagles, who have made plenty of news with big free agent signings in the last couple weeks, have seen their defensive line decimated by injuries already in training camp, creating a good opportunity for Collier, who last played at UMass in 2009.

    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican touches on a variety of UMass football topics in today's edition. He covers John Griffin catching his coach's eye at Bengals training camp, James Ihedigbo reported nearing a deal with the Jets, Chris Koepplin at Patriots camp, and tickets going on sale for the Colonial Clash on Oct. 22 at Gillette Stadium.

    Syner Impresses At Capitals Development Camp

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    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a story on today about rising senior hockey player T.J. Syner impressing top brass at the Washington Capitals Development Camp. The Longmeadown native, who has not been drafted by a NHL team, took the opportunity to show off his terrific speed and skating ability to top executives.

    Syner had 27 points on nine goals and 18 assists in 2010-11 and will serve as co-captain for the Minutemen in the 2011-12 season.

    John McCutcheon Talks About FBS, MAC Move

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    On Tuesday, UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon attended Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit. The Minutemen begin the transition to the Bowl Subdivision this season, play a full FBS and MAC schedule in 2012, and will be eligible for post-season play in 2013.

    The Springfield Republican has coverage of McCutcheon's Media Day.

    UMass Football Media Day

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    The Colonial Athletic Association held its annual Football Media Day on Wednesday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. UMass Head Coach Kevin Morris, senior linebacker Tyler Holmes, and senior wide receiver Julian Talley all took part in the festivities. Two hours of Media Day was broadcasted live online at

  • Springfield Republican: University of UMass Football Team Prepares For Transition Year
  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette: Moot Point: CAA Ranks Departing Minutemen 5th
  • CAA Football 2011 Media Day Central
  • Both UMass and Indiana announced on Wednesday that the two football programs will meet on Sept. 8, 2012 in what will be the home opener for the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium that season. It will be UMass' first season of playing a full FBS and MAC schedule and be the first time it hosts a FBS team at Gillette. UMass will make a return trip to Bloomington in 2017.

  • Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen line up Indiana for first Bow Subdivision game at Gillette
  • Springfield Republican: UMass football will host Indiana Sept. 8, 2012 at Gillette Stadium
  • 1070 The Fan: Indiana releases football schedules through 2014
  • Griffin & Niland NFL SIgning Coverage

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    Former UMass football players John Griffin and Greg Niland benefitted quickly from the NFL lockout ending as both signed contracts as undrafted free agents on Tuesday. Griffin, a running back, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, the same team former Minuteman Jeromy Miles plays for, while Niland, a guard, signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Below is coverage of their signings.

  • Hampshire Gazette: Lockout's end opens door for ex-Minutemen Niland, Griffin
  • UMass football players Niland & Griffin signed by NFL teams
  • Worcester Telegram: Oakmont grad John Griffin signs with Bengals
  • Cincy Jungle: Bengals sign running back John Griffin
  • The Springfield Republican wrapped up its high school sports coverage for the academic year by naming its 2010-11 Athletes of the Year. Taking the Female Athlete of the Year honor is Amherst Regional High School star and soon-to-be UMass softball player Quianna Diaz-Patterson. 

    The shortstop and leadoff batter led the Hurricanes softball team to the Massachusetts Division 1 State Finals by batting .559 in her senior season with a .604 on-base percentage, eight homers, and 21 RBIs. She stole 105 bases in her three-year career without being thrown out a single time.

    Diaz-Patterson, one of five incoming freshmen for Elaine Sortino, was also a state champion in the swimming pool for Amherst, in addition to starring in field hockey.

    Kacey Schmitt, the Amherst Regional Head Coach had this to say about Diaz-Patterson: "Softball is her passion and it shows in the way she plays. Her athleticism is off the charts and that really stands out. She has quick hands and quick feet, and it's that kind of quickness that really sets her apart from any other player in Western Mass. And as a senior captain, she cared about everybody on the team. We're going to miss her on so many levels, but we look forward to seeing her play at UMass."

    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
  • Masslive Football Notebook On Tour, MAC Foes

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    Now that the decision has been made, it's time for the selling to begin.

    Dubbed the Together We're One Tour, UMass football is hitting the road to talk up its move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference, beginning Tuesday at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

    Other stops include New York City (May 26), Cape Cod (June 17), Boston again (June 223) and Providence, R.I. (June 27).

    Speaking of the MAC, the Minutemen have faced just three of the 13 teams in the MAC the way it is currently structured.

    UMass is 1-1 against Ball State, the 1984 victory the last win for the Minutemen over an FBS opponent.

    UMass is 5-4 against Buffalo but all those wins came before the Bulls made the jump to FBS.

    The Minutemen are 1-2 against Toledo, last playing the Rockets in 1999, the year after winning the national championship.

    Check out this fine story on Kent State's new coach Darrell Hazell from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sounds as if the former Ohio State wide receivers coach has his work cut out for him.

    One interesting note is is the guarantee the Golden Flashes will receive for facing Alabama this season - a mouth-watering $1.2 million.

    Recaps Of UMass' CAA Final Loss To Delaware

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    CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Previews

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    Republican With Pair Of Lacrosse Stories

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    Check out Dick Baker's coverage in the Springfield Republican from what he calls the greatest day in college lacrosse in Western Massachusetts history. 

    It's May Madness for local college lacrosse teams with conference titles and potential NCAA playoff berths at stake on home turf.

    Both the men's and women's teams at the University of Massachusetts and Western New England College along with the men's team at Springfield College highlight a Saturday slate that is composed of arguably the largest number of championship-type lacrosse matches ever to be played by Western Massachusetts college teams at home on the same day.

    In addition to the Saturday night Colonial Athletic Association men's title showdown between UMass and Delaware at Garber Field at 7, the UMass women, already Atlantic 10 champions, have a 1 p.m. NCAA play-in contest with Canisius at McGurk Stadium. In both contests, a UMass victory results in a berth in the NCAA tournament.

    Every king needs a castle. And now that the UMass football team will soon be playing at the highest level of college football, it only makes sense for them to have a home that will allow it to compete at the highest level.

    Welcome to the new UMass football headquarters, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts near McGuirk Stadium where the team currently plays its home games.

    Upon the announcement of the university's plans to upgrade it's football program to the Football Bowl Subdivision, it was revealed that the team would --- for the foreseeable future --- play its home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro when things became official in 2012.

    The Minutemen's home in between those games will be the new HQ, which you can take a virtual tour of in the gallery below.

    • After FBS announcement, UMass unveils new football headquarters

    Stories On The UMass Football Spring Game

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    The defense topped the offense 44-42 at the annual UMass Football Spring Game. Here are several stories and videos on the game.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass transfer quarterback Kellen Pagel has spring in his step

    • Springfield Republican: It will be up to the UMass team to supply its own meaning to 2011

    • WWLP NBC 22: UMass spring football game

    UMass spring football game:

    Videos, Recaps Of UMass' 11-5 Lax Win Over Delaware

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    Check out these game recaps from UMass' 11-5 win over Delaware on Friday night at Garber Field. The Minutemen will play at Penn State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in the CAA Semifinals.

    • Inside Lacrosse: Blog, Recap: UMass 11, Del 5

    Masslive Feature On Mullins Militia

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    Tuesday's Stories On UMass' Move To FBS, MAC

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    The national story of UMass' elevation to the FBS and MAC continue to generate media attention. Here's a look at several stories on Tuesday.

    • Berkshire Eagle: Smart move for UMass, region
    • Attleboro Sun-Chronicle: Good news for UMass and Foxboro

    Republican Follow-Up On UMass Facility Upgrades

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on the upgrades to McGuirk Stadium and how UMass will return to play several games at McGuirk Stadium starting in 2014. "We are in a transitional period. By 2014, the plan is to have an upgraded campus facility that could host some games,'' Athletic Director John McCutcheon said.

    Recaps Of Lacrosse's 14-5 Loss To Hofstra

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    Stories On UMass Hoops Playing In Bahamas

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    Here are a few stories on UMass basketball and the announcement that the team will take part in the Battle 4 Atlantic in the Bahamas this November.

    "It's an unbelievable opportunity to go against some of the top teams of the country and to be together as a family, as a basketball family, on Thanksgiving," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg. "It's a perfect opportunity. The setup they have down there rivals some of the best tournaments that are going, which is really the Maui tournament."

    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:

    Republican Feature On QB Kellen Pagel

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a feature on new quarterback Kellen Pagel, who has performed well in spring football. Pagel came to UMass after a season at Bowling Green.

    Videos, Recaps Of Men's Lacrosse's 3OT Win

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    Republican: Feature On Lacrosse's Kyle Smith

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    After a disappointing month of March, the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team needed to turn the page, so coach Greg Cannella held his own version of show and tell.

    "He ripped up the March page off the calendar and told us there were five games left in the season," recalled sophomore attack Kyle Smith of Longmeadow, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime in last Saturday's 9-8 win at Towson.

    And now it's a three-game season for the Minutemen, who are 7-3 and 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association entering Saturday's huge conference clash against Drexel (6-5, 2-2) at Garber Field at 1 p.m.

    Videos & Recaps Of Lax's 16-9 Win At St. Joe's

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    Stories On UMass Releasing Football Schedule

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    Here are a few stories on the UMass football team releasing its 2011 season schedule

    • Springfield Republican: UMass' 2011 football schedule is set

    Recaps Of #10 UMass Lax Falling To Penn State

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    Here are recap stories from #10 UMass lacrosse losing 8-7 to Penn State in a heartbreaker on Saturday at Garber Field. 

    • Springfield Republican: Plenty of shots, not enough goals: UMass lacrosse teams take tough home losses

    • Inside Lacrosse:  PSU 8, UMass 7

    • Daily Collegian: Minutemen drop CAA opener to Nittany Lions

    • PSU's Daily Collegian: Freshman Kaut leads men's lacrosse to upset of UMass

    • Centre Daily Times: Nittany Lions knock off No. 10 UMass in lacrosse

    • WWLP NBC22: Penn State nips UMass Lax

    Updates On The End Of The Basketball Season

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    Here are a few stories on the end of the men's basketball season. UMass wraps up 2010-11 with a 15-15 record and will not participate in postseason play.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen end hoop season, focus on next year

    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

    Previews For A-10 First Round Vs. Dayton

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    Recaps From #9 Lacrosse's 9-6 Win Over Brown

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    Here are the recaps from #9 UMass lacrosse's 9-6 victory over rival #20 Brown on Saturday. UMass is 4-0, its best start since being 7-0 in 2003.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass lacrosse stays unbeaten with 9-6 win over No. 20 Brown

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Defense key to unbeaten Minutemen's win over No. 20 Brown

    • Daily Collegian: Minutemen stay unbeaten, take down No. 20 Brown Bears

    • Daily Collegian: Defense, physicality big in UM's win over No.20 Brown

    • Brown Daily Herald: Bears suffer first loss of season to UMass

    • Lacrosse Magazine: Mooney's Hat Trick Keeps No. 9 UMass Unbeaten

    • Inside Lacrosse: UMass 9, Brown 6

    • LaxPower: No. 9 Massachusetts Holds off No. 20 Brown

    • Annapolis Capital: College Lacrosse Roundup

    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

    Previews Of UMass-Fordham Basketball

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    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

    Previews For Wednesday's Game Vs. Temple

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    UMass basketball faces perhaps its stiffest test of the season as the three-time defending A-10 Champion Temple Owls comes to the Mullins Center for a huge contest on Wednesday night. Here are the previews.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Win against Temple would boost Minutemen for home tourney game

    Recaps From UMass' Lax 11-9 Win Over Ohio State

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 11-9 win over Ohio State, the Minutemen's second win over a ranked team in three contests in 2011.

    • Lacrosse Magazine: Ohio Native Tyler Helps UMass Top Ohio State
    • Springfield Republican: Minutemen lacrosse team defeats Ohio State
    • Inside Lacrosse: Swezey's Sunday Column
    • Inside Lacrosse: UMass 11, OSU 9

    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

    Game Previews For UMass Hoops At La Salle

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    Here are previews of UMass' game at La Salle on Sunday in Philadelphia.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hometown next stop for Minuteman freshman Jesse Morgan
    • Daily Collegian: Defense decisive for Minutemen

    Previews Of #11 UMass Lacrosse Vs. #13 Ohio State

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    Here are previews about the #11 UMass vs #13 Ohio State men's lacrosse battle set for Saturday at Garber Field.

    • Inside Lacrosse: Quint Kessenich: What to Watch For, Feb. 25

    • Hoyas look to upset rival Terps

    • Lacrosse Magazine: Ten to Watch: LM Calls Fives on the Hot Seat

    • Springfield Republican: UMass lacrosse team, ranked No. 11, faces challenge Saturday against Ohio State

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass men's lacrosse takes aim at another ranked foe

    • Daily Collegian: UMass prepares for Ohio State

    • Daily Collegian: Kell returns to form for Gorilla Lax

    Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Hockey Blog

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    With this weekend's matchup with No. 2 Boston College fast approaching, Dick Baker has another entry in his UMass Hockey Blog, this time focusing on senior captain Paul Dainton, who needs just 19 saves to tie the all-time program record held by Brian Regan.

    Check out today's article by clicking here, or read previous entries here.

    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

    Game Previews Of UMass Hosting St. Joe's

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    Big game on tap at the Mullins Center on Wednesday as Saint Joseph's comes to Amherst for a 7 p.m., matchup. Here are all the previews.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass, Saint Joseph's face must-win hoop game

    Republican: Morgan, Putney Breathing Life Into UMass

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    Check out the Springfield Republican story by Ron Chimelis: Morgan and Putney are breathing new life into UMass basketball team.

    Morgan and Putney are offering new life to this roller-coaster ride of a University of Massachusetts men's basketball season. What they lack in experience, they are overcoming with their energy level, jarring a team that had seemed to be turning stale.

    "They are bringing a freshness with their play and demeanor,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said as the Minutemen got ready for Wednesday's home game against Saint Joseph's. "Their eyes are always on me, saying 'Put me in.' I like that.''

    Previews Of Saturday's Hoop Game At URI

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    Here are the previews of Saturday's 2 p.m., showdown at the Ryan Center

    • Providence Journal: MEN: UMass at URI
    • Daily Collegian: Rivalry with URI gets tense

    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

    Previews Of UMass-Duquesne On Wednesday Night

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    Here are the stories leading into Wednesday's game A-10 game for UMass, against Duquesne  at the Mullins Center. Both teams are looking to end losing streaks: UMass, three in a row and the Dukes, two in a row after an 8-0 A-10 start.

    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne's Clark picks up teammates

    Recaps Of #16 UMass Lacrosse Topping #12 Army

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    Check out these media recaps of the UMass 8-5 win over Army to open the 2011 season on Saturday.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass beats Army 8-5 in men's lacrosse

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass lax beats No. 12 Army in season opener

    • Daily Collegian: UMass upset Black Knights Saturday at Garber

    • LaxPower: #16 UMass Opens with an Upset of #12 Army

    • Inside Lacrosse: Sunday lacrosse brunch mentions UMass

    • Inside Lacrosse: Game Blog - UMass 8-5 Win.

    • Annapolis Capital: College Lacrosse Roundup

    • Army falls to UMass in lacrosse opener

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

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    UMass-GW Game Previews

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    Check out these articles previewing the UMass-GW basketball game on Sunday.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass basketball team hopes to erase the taste of a bad road trip

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hopes to start win streak against Colonials

    • Daily Collegian: Colonials March into Amherst for Leaman Legacy Game

    • Daily Collegian: Denying opponent's shots from beyond the arc key for UM

    Stories On Football's Final NLI Signee

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    The University of Massachusetts football program will hope that Elgin Long is faster than the mail. Snow in Texas last week slowed the journey of the National Letter of Intent from UMass to Long, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver from Arlington, Texas, and back to UMass. But it arrived Tuesday, completing the Minutemen's recruiting class.

    Read about it in the:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass football adds one more recruit

    • Springfield Republican: UMass football team adds Texas high school receiver Elgin Long

    Recaps From The UMass Loss At St. Joe's

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 67-64 loss at Saint Joseph's on Saturday.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen fall at Saint Joseph's

    • Springfield Republican: Minutemen fall to lowly Hawks, 67-64

    • Boston Globe: UMass rally falls short

    • Worcester Telegram: Rattling loss for UMass on road

    • Daily Collegian: Hawks soar past Minutemen Saturday, 67-64

    • WWLP NBC22: St. Joseph's nips UMass, 67-64

    • Fox News: St. Joseph's ends losing streak, beats UMass 67-64

    • Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: NCAAB Wrap: Penn falls to Harvard in double OT

    Saturday Stories Before UMass At St. Joe's Hoop Game

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    Here are stories on Saturday about UMass' finale of a two-game road trip as the MInutemen face Saint Joseph's at Hawk Hill.

    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

    Previews Of UMass-SLU Hoop Game

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    The game will go on. Both the Saint Louis University and UMass campuses are closed today due to the weather, but the UMass at SLU basketball game will be played tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it on CSN NE. Here are preview stories on the game.

    • Daily Collegian: Vinson adding numbers
    • Daily Collegian: UMass on the road again

    Traynham No Longer On UMass Basketball Team

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    Here are stories on Daryl Traynham, as he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Traynham no longer on UMass basketball team

    News Recaps Of UMass' 64-54 Win Over URI

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    Sunday Morning Primer For UMass-URI

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    As we prepare for the 135th meeting between old-time rivals UMass and URI, here are all the previews you need to be informed for the game at 4 p.m. Remember, doors open at 2 p.m., at the Mullins Center for Kid's Day with games, activities and rides on the concourse at the arena.

    • Providence Journal: Capsule preview: URI at UMass
    • Daily Collegian: Maturing Minutemen

    Gazette, Republican Preview Hoops Vs. URI

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    Here are the previews on the UMass-URI basketball game slated for Sunday at 4 p.m., Its Kid's Day so doors will open at 2 p.m., with festivities on the concourse at the Mullins Center.

    • Springfield Republican: For the 135th time, UMass and Rhode Island renew their basketball rivalry

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Kellogg wants team to focus on URI game at hand

    Republican Story On Football Additions

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    The Springfield Republican has a story on the football team adding five players for spring ball.

    Five mid-year transfers have joined the University of Massachusetts football team and will be eligible for the 2011 season whether the program moves up in status or not.

    The new players could address needs at quarterback, wide receiver and running back, where key players from last year's 6-5 team will be lost through graduation.

    UMass coach Kevin Morris announced that three of the five newcomers arrive from programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) - tailback Chris Burns from Pittsburgh, defensive back Ryan Campbell from Mississippi and quarterback Kellen Pagel from Bowling Green.

    Republican: Things Looking Up For Hoops

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    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on the men's hoop team and how the Minutemen are playing better and moving in the right direction.

    In many respects, it was their best game of the year. First, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team put aside the unsettling nature of an emergency landing on the way to Olean, N.Y.

    The Minutemen then turned in a complete effort, winning 78-69 at St. Bonaventure Wednesday night in a game they controlled for most of the 40 minutes.

    "I wouldn't say it was the best we could play, but maybe almost,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.

    Sampson Carter remembers flying on a faulty airplane that was spitting smoke in the cockpit as it cruised above the clouds.

    "Your brain becomes a collage, thinking of good times and bad times,'' the University of Massachusetts men's basketball player said. "Looking down ... that's a hard fall.''

    Carter and the rest of the UMass entourage made an emergency landing Tuesday in Albany, N.Y. Thus ended a harrowing 15 minutes that, according to UMass personnel, saw flight attendants running through the aisles and thumbing through procedural manuels, after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    Read the detailed and graphic stories in the Springfield Republican and Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Republican: Morgan Eases Into UMass System

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    UMass freshman Jesse Morgan is the subject of a feature in the Springfield Republican. 

    • Patience is the watchword as Jesse Morgan eases into the UMass basketball system

    As he waits patiently each game, hoping for a few minutes of playing time. One month into Morgan's men's basketball career, the impact expected of the 6-foot-5 guard is yet to be in evidence.

    Morgan became eligible in late December, when the second semester began. He was preceded by his reputation as one of the best high school players in Philadelpia, a scoring talent good enough to be signed to a letter of intent by Seton Hall, a Big East program.

    The UMass basketball team, which was travelling to St. Bonaventure for a basketball game on Wednesday night, made an emergency landing with its charter plane in Albany, N.Y. The Minutemen had left Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee heading to Bradford, Pa., on its flight for the game against the Bonnies. 

    The flight was diverted after smoke was coming from the cockpit on the team's charter jet airplane. The plane landed safely around 4:30 p.m., in Albany and the team, coaches and support staff are safe and sound. The team boarded a new charter plane -- one that carried the Villanova basketball team to Providence earlier in the day -- at 11 p.m., and landed in  Bradford at 12:10 a.m., before heading to the hotel for sleep.

    Here are various stories on the situation.

    • CBS 3 Springfield UpdateNews and Weather for Western Massachusetts
    • Daily Collegian: UPDATED: Minutemen safe in Albany

    Republican: Putney's Potential Is Clear

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    The Springfield Republican has a feature story on UMass redshirt freshman Raphiael Putney. Ron Chimelis writes: as UMass approaches Wednesday night's game at St. Bonaventure, Putney is not the best of the Minutemen. But he might be the most intriguing.

    Kellogg likes to compare the styles of current players with familiar players of years past. He was asked if Putney's style reminds him of any previous Minutemen.

    "Not yet. But I think he's a good example of the value of redshirting,'' said Kellogg, whose player used the inactive 2009-10 season to add strength to his still-willowy, 180-pound frame.

    UMass takes an 11-7 record (3-2 Atlantic 10) to St. Bonaventure (10-8, 2-3).

    Previews Of UMass Hosting Richmond On Saturday

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    Here are the game previews on stories leading up to the UMass-Richmond game on Saturday at 12 Noon

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hoop welcomes a tough Richmond team
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Triangle-and-two in store for UR?
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Camp experience helped UR's Harper

    Republican's Stories On Freddie Riley; Traynham Update

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    Ron Chimelis has three stories on the men's basketball team including a column on Freddie Riley and all of the personal adversity he has dealt with since Tuesday. The Republican also has an update on the Daryl Traynham suspension.

    Recaps From UMass' 73-54 Win At Charlotte

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