College Sports

TCU head coach Gary Patterson points to fans as he runs off the field after an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 41-20. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Playoff Era, College Football Polls … Do What, Exactly?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

College football polls lived a largely static, uncomplicated life for the better part of eight decades. The Associated Press rankings debuted in 1936 with the intent of concentrating national perception and proclaiming a national champion at season’s end. It fended off the intrusion of the UPI poll and the oddity of the Harris Poll. It struck a comfortable peace with …

These Teams Could Go From Bad to Bowling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling. Here are six teams that missed out on the …

Don’t Forget ...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype. Just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton, who won it as first-time starters. This season even the players considered the front-runners are not …

Playing Time Not Key to Blaiklock’s Value

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In an era when players complain and transfer schools because of a real or perceived lack of playing time, Emma Blaiklock stands out. A former three-sport athlete at Woodstock Union High School, the 20-year-old now suits up for the Castleton State softball team. And even then, she usually …

Upper Valley Athletes in College

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Here’s a look at what some graduates of Upper Valley high schools did this spring as members of collegiate varsity teams: Baseball Holy Cross was 24-26 with sophomore pitcher Joe Cravero appearing three times as a reliever and …

Mistrial Granted in Football Players’ Rape Case

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — A judge has granted a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student, saying “bias has been clearly shown.” Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Tuesday ruled in favor of defense attorneys who said a …

Defending Champ Back in CWS Finals

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Omaha, Neb. — Defending national champion Vanderbilt returned to the College World Series finals after Walker Buehler and John Kilichowski combined on a five-hitter and Rhett Wiseman homered in a 7-1 victory over TCU on Friday. The Commodores (50-19) move to the best-of-three finals starting Monday against the …

John David Crow, 1957 Heisman Winner, Dies

Friday, June 19, 2015

College Station, Texas — John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79. The university said Crow died …

TCU Eliminates LSU

Friday, June 19, 2015

Omaha, Neb. — Trey Teakell pitched 4 1⁄ 3 innings of no-hit relief, Dane Steinhagen drove in three runs and TCU defeated LSU 8-4 in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night. The Horned Frogs (51-14), who beat the No. 2 national seed for the second time …

Gators Blast Canes

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Omaha, Neb. — Harrison Bader led off the game with the first of Florida’s four home runs, Alex Faedo and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the Gators knocked Miami out of the College World Series with a 10-2 win Wednesday night. It was the second time …

Morrison, TCU Letter-Perfect

Monday, June 15, 2015

Omaha, Neb. (ap) — Preston Morrison limited LSU to five hits and a run in seven innings, and TCU capitalized on LSU starter Jared Poche’s middle-inning struggles in a 10-3 victory at the College World Series on Sunday. The Horned Frogs (50-13), in the CWS for the second …

Leslie Leads Hall of Fame Class

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Knoxville, Tenn. — Lisa Leslie wants today’s generation of players to respect the game and its history. While entering the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, the four-time Olympic gold medalist thanked the women who preceded her …

Virginia Takes CWS Opener

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Omaha, Neb. — Kenny Towns hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning after Daniel Pinero stole second and third base, and Virginia opened the College World Series with a 5-3 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. The Cavaliers (40-22), the 2014 national runners-up, will play Monday against …