College Sports

Ranking the Bowl Games, From No. 38 to No. 1

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The postseason is one “Kokomo Bowl” from becoming the next verse in a Beach Boys song: “Miami, Bahamas, come on pretty mama, Camellia, and Boca, this is not a joke-a.” Four new bowl games, plus the extra championship game means the process of picking winners has become a title of a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock: The 39 Steps. Or is it Psycho ? I had a good picking year …

For UNH Football, Delight in the Dungeon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Durham, n.h. — Last year they reached the FCS semifinals for the first time ever. Last week they hosted a quarterfinal game for just the second time in school history. Today’s game will be a mashup of those two feats as No. 1 UNH (12-1) hosts No. 5 Illinois State (12-1) for the …

Better Late Than ... Mitola Comes Through for Big Green

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hanover — It hadn’t been Alex Mitola’s night. And then, suddenly, the Dartmouth College junior owned the evening, sinking a quartet of 3-point shots during overtime to send the Big Green past Northern Illinois, 58-55, on Friday night at Leede Arena. Mitola’s final trey was still sailing through the air when the horn went off, giving Dartmouth its second buzzer-beater ending of the …

Playoff Castoffs: Let It Go

Monday, December 15, 2014

OK, it happened. On college football’s biggest and (I hesitate briefly here) “best” stage ever, Baylor and TCU were ying-yang stuffed by a 12-member national committee of, so they say, unbiased observers. OK, I still like the committee concept and, really, I still like this committee, although I …

Big Green Hockey Drubs Sacred Heart

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hanover — Several large bags of bagels rested on a counter outside the Sacred Heart men’s hockey locker room Sunday at Thompson Arena, the fodder of pre- and postgame snacks for the Pioneers. However, once Dartmouth heated up …

Girlfriend: Auburn Player Killed After Argument

Monday, December 15, 2014

Auburn, Ala. — The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire. Redshirted freshman football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell, 18, died after being shot in the chest early Sunday …

Illinois St. Next for UNH

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cheney, Wash. — Marshaun Coprich ran for 258 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois State to a 59-46 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday in the FCS quarterfinals. Tre Roberson passed for 206 yards and two touchdowns and added for 62 yards rushing another score for the …

Navy Makes It 13 Straight Over Army

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Baltimore — Navy extended its winning streak over Army to 13 games, using a strong defensive performance and the versatility of quarterback Keenan Reynolds to carve out a 17-10 victory Saturday. After Army turned a blocked punt into …

Men’s Basketball: Kentucky Pounces on UNC

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lexington, Ky. — Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 15 points, and top-ranked Kentucky shook off the shock of losing junior Alex Poythress by rolling past No. 21 North Carolina 84-70 on Saturday. Buoyed by Poythress’ pregame …

Women’s Basketball: Aggies Improve to 11-0

Sunday, December 14, 2014

College Station, Texas — Courtney Walker scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half and No. 4 Texas A&M routed Houston 94-55 on Saturday to improve to 11-0. The Aggies are 11-0 for only the second time in school history, following a 12-0 start in 2008-09. …

Duck Soars To Top Prize

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York — Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner. The Ducks’ understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college …

Heisman Ceremony Focused On Football

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New York — It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy. The day before the Heisman Trophy presentation, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper answered …

Navy Looks To Rule Army

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Baltimore — Navy’s unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams today. The Cadets are desperate to snap a slide that began when the current crop of players were in grade school. The Midshipmen are determined to maintain the upper hand in a …