NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and Providence won its first Big East tournament title since 1994 with a great defensive effort against Doug McDermott and No. 14 Creighton in a 65-58 victory Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — For years, John Junker enjoyed the prestige of running the Fiesta Bowl organization, pulling in a six-figure salary, rubbing elbows with powerful people and taking advantage of the perks of the job such as spending $33,000 in bowl money on his birthday bash.
PHOENIX (AP) — A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison on Thursday after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.
BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston College running back Andre Williams burst onto the scene last season, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, he's hoping he impressed NFL scouts with a faster 40-yard dash than he had last month at the scouting combine.
LOWELL — The Catamounts got the puck right where they wanted it. Freshman Mario Puskarich took the rebound of H.T. Lenz’s shot and skimmed the puck past Connor Hellebuyck to end a tense standoff at 5:36 of overtime and lift Vermont over UMass-Lowell, 3-2, in Game 2 of their best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series before 4,017 at Tsongas Center Saturday.The series between second-seeded Lowell (22-10-4) and seventh-seeded Vermont (20-13-3) goes to a decisive Game 3 on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Tsongas. Puskarich leads the nation with seven game-winning goals.Neither team could hold a lead for long. It was the fourth one-goal contest between the teams in two weeks, including Lowell’s Game 1 victory and the split two-game series in the final weekend of the regular season.
Providence is bringing a six-game winning streak and a hot goalie to TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals.The third-seeded Friars scored a 4-2 victory over Maine Saturday night at Schneider Arena to conclude the quarterfinal series in two games. Sophomore Jon Gillies made 36 saves one night after stopping 34 shots by the Black Bears.Maine (16-15-4) managed to beat Gillies while skating with a man advantage 3:18 into the contest, but it put only one more puck in the net the rest of the way.Nick Saracino got Providence (21-9-6) rolling with two first-period goals, at 11:20 and 15:01, and the Friars made it four straight scores when Derek Army and Ross Mauerman pushed the lead to 4-1 in the second.
Travis St. Denis scored twice and Quinnipiac dominated Yale, 6-2, Friday night in the opener of the best-of-three quarterfinal round opener in Hamden, Conn. Tim Clifton’s goal at 5:10 got sixth-ranked Quinnipiac (23-8-6) on the board in the first period and the Bobcats took over early in the second. St. Denis scored four minutes in and Connor Jones made it 3-0 just 1:17 later. Bryce Van Brabant made it 4-0 at 10:33 and the Bobcats were never threatened. Alex Lyon made 29 saves before giving way to Patrick Spano for the final 20 minutes for Yale (17-10-5). The Bulldogs got two power-play goals — at 16:39 of the second period from Ryan Obuchowski and 2:19 of the third from John Hayden — to make it 4-2, but St. Denis sealed the win with his second tally at 7:32.
Boston College had 12 days to come up with a scheme to beat Notre Dame.After losing to the Fighting Irish, 2-1, March 1, ending a 19-game unbeaten streak, the Eagles had a long break to figure out how to counter the defensive job Notre Dame did against them.Guess they’re going to need a new strategy. And quickly. BC (25-6-4) gave up a one-goal lead and surrendered seven straight on the way to a 7-2 loss at Conte Forum Friday in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals. Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m., giving the hosts fewer than 24 hours to solve the puzzle.Notre Dame (22-12-2), which beat Boston University last Saturday in a one-game elimination, needs one win in the next two days to punch their ticket to TD Garden and the semifinals in its first season in Hockey East.
LOWELL — Moving quickly from the left boards toward the net, Adam Chapie took a cross-zone pass from Scott Wilson and slammed it past goalie Brody Hoffman at 18:43 of the third period to give the University of Lowell a 3-2 victory over Vermont in the first game of their best-of three Hockey East quarterfinal series before 3,888 at Tsongas Center Friday.
“First instinct is just get it to the net,’’ said Wilson, who collected the puck in the lower right circle. “But I just saw a 15-foot gap and [Chapie] was driving the far side, so I threw it across and it went home.”
DURHAM, N.H. — Just as he had done so many times this season, Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt tried his best to keep the Huskies within striking distance in Friday’s Hockey East quarterfinal opener against New Hampshire.
UNH pushed the throttle on Northeastern’s defense from the opening faceoff, attacking with a number of breakaway attempts.Witt made 14 saves in the opening period, but the Huskies’ offense never followed. They had five power-play opportunities in the second period, the last of which extended into the opening 1:20 of the final period, but only mustered six total shots.The Wildcats, having dodged a bullet, cranked up the pressure again in the third period, opening with an 11-2 shot advantage.Finally, freshman Tyler Kelleher found a seam and scored 4:49 into the final period, as UNH beat Northeastern, 1-0, to take a 1-0 lead in the the best-of-three series.
Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and Providence won its first Big East tournament title since 1994 with a great defensive effort against Doug McDermott and No. 14 Creighton in a 65-56 victory Saturday night in New York.
The Friars (23-11) used a 2-3 zone to hold the second-seeded Bluejays (26-7) 24 points below their season average and to an 8-for-30 effort from behind the 3-point line. McDermott finished with 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting.
It did not take Sean Newcomb very long to attract the attention of Major League scouts.
As a freshman at the University of Hartford in 2012, the hard-throwing lefthander from Middleborough no-hit Yale for his first win as a collegian.
Word spread quickly.
Now a junior, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Newcomb was unscored on in his first three starts this season, striking out 23 batters in 17⅔innings. And he is listed among the top 50 prospects for MLB’s amateur draft in June.
When Hartford held its annual Scout Day last September, every Major League team sent a representative to watch Newcomb work out of the bullpen. Scouts also kept an eye on him over the summer, when he pitched for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Ebony Rowe scored 23 points to help No. 22 Middle Tennessee cruise to an 84-55 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA title game Saturday night, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.