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The Real Score: May the best marketers take the golds
07-18-2024 2:25 PM

With the Summer Olympics in Paris upon us, expect the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to start complaining about ambush marketing. Ambush what, you ask? Ambush marketing – it’s a term unique to the business world of sport. History has it that...

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MAC to add women's rowing upon UMass’ entrance in 2025-26, men's lacrosse to stay in A-10
07-19-2024 3:31 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) will add women’s rowing as its 23rd sponsored sport when UMass joins the league in 2025-26. “We're extremely excited about the creation of the MAC Rowing Championships, beginning in the Spring of 2026,” said...


UMass lands $6.4M EPA grant to help steel industry shrink carbon footprint
07-18-2024 4:26 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than 37% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the billions of tons of concrete, asphalt, steel, glass and other construction materials used in buildings and other infrastructure projects, according to U.S....


Charged UMass protesters marshal defense: Question crackdown, cite ‘bad-faith’ chancellor negotiations
07-17-2024 4:51 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

BELCHERTOWN — Protesters who were arrested at the May 7 pro-Palestinian rally on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus filed out of the Eastern Hampshire District Courthouse Wednesday morning after pretrial proceedings to gather with...


UMass football: How do the Minutemen rate in the highly-anticipated EA Sports College Football 25?
07-16-2024 3:55 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Want to step into Don Brown’s shoes and try to rebuild the UMass football program? A new college football video game gives you that chance.EA Sports College Football 25 released to the public Monday afternoon, the highly anticipated revival of the...


NECBL: Granby’s Mike Toth living childhood dream with Valley Blue Sox
07-13-2024 6:44 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

It was mid-August of last summer, and Valley Blue Sox director of baseball operations John Raiola started the process of drafting the Blue Sox roster for 2024.His first call was in the same area code.After years of struggles with defense behind the...


Sunderland contractor fined over asbestos abatement violations at UMass
07-12-2024 5:32 PM

Staff Report

AMHERST — A Sunderland contractor is facing a state fine of almost $30,000 for violations that occurred during asbestos abatement work at the University of Massachusetts, authorities announced Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection...


Pakistani scholars in UMass program revel in multi-layered learning
07-08-2024 5:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Being on the University of Massachusetts campus for nearly a month, her first experience outside her native Pakistan, Mahan Aslam has found Americans courteous in not bothering her when she’s not wearing a traditional headscarf.“In the U.S.,...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program
07-08-2024 4:30 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


UMass prof’s monkey research at University of Wisconsin comes to a halt
07-01-2024 5:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is taking credit for ending an experiment on marmoset monkeys at a University of Wisconsin-Madison laboratory, led by a University of Massachusetts professor, in which animals were to be deprived of...


Former UMass star Heather MacLean finishes 7th in 1,500 meters at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-30-2024 8:22 PM

Former UMass star Heather MacLean was less than 400 meters away from a second consecutive Olympic berth on Sunday night.The 28-year-old from Peabody, who qualified for the 2020 Olympics after taking third place in the 1,500 meters at the previous U.S....


UMass basketball: Minutemen’s home, away Atlantic 10 opponents announced for 2024-25 season
06-26-2024 3:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

On Wednesday afternoon, the Atlantic 10 Conference released its 2024-25 men’s basketball opponent pairings. This season, which will be UMass’ last in the A-10, will again going to be an 18-game league slate for all 15 teams.For the Minutemen, their...


Greenfield native and former UMass basketball player Ross Burns training prospects ahead of Wednesday’s NBA Draft
06-26-2024 10:12 AM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The 2024 NBA Draft is on Wednesday and Thursday, and though no UMass men’s basketball players are likely to be selected, a former Minuteman has his fingerprints all over the pre-draft process.Ross Burns, a Greenfield native who walked on at UMass and...


UMass basketball: Minutemen to play at West Virginia on Nov. 8
06-25-2024 8:45 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team will play at West Virginia on Nov. 8 in the first week of the 2024-25 season. The first day the NCAA allows games is Nov. 4.UMass held on to beat West Virginia 87-79 last year on Dec. 16 at the MassMutual Center in the...


UMass hockey: Former Minuteman Brandon Montour hoists Stanley Cup with Florida Panthers
06-25-2024 2:41 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Former UMass hockey defenseman Brandon Montour became the fourth UMass player in program history to win the Stanley Cup as a player after the Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night.Florida scout...


UMass basketball: Minutemen tour Hadley’s Mapleline Farm as part of community service, outreach
06-24-2024 8:40 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HADLEY – Jessica Dizek pulled out a four-pint bottle of milk and posed a question to the barn: any takers? The UMass men’s basketball team was on a tour of Mapleline Farm, where Dizek is a co-owner, and they had reached the barn full of Mapleline’s...


UMass basketball: Minutemen to play Arizona State in Springfield on Dec. 21
06-24-2024 6:59 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team plans to play Arizona State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the MassMutual Center on Dec. 21, according to a source.OwlScoop.com was first to report the game. Temple will play Rhode Island in the first part of...


UMass women’s swimming: Maiya Otsuka named acting head coach
06-24-2024 3:38 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass named longtime assistant Maiya Otsuka the acting head coach of the women’s swim team on Monday, per release.Sean Clark had coached the men’s and women’s teams since his appointment in 2020 as director of men’s and women’s swimming and diving and...


The Real Score: College athletes are going to be paid
06-20-2024 7:09 PM

In mid-May, a development in college athletics was leaked: the NCAA and major athletic conferences were in settlement discussions that could upend college athletics as we know it. This landmark case, House v. NCAA, amalgamates three class-action suits...


UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-20-2024 12:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in 2022-23...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity
06-17-2024 4:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that lead to more than 100 arrests on campus...

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