St. John’s rallies for returning Lavin
CollegesGod’sgift Achiuwa had 21 points and eight rebounds and St. John’s rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit for a 78-73 victory over Lehigh last night at New York to give coach Steve Lavin a win in his return to the bench a month after prostate cancer surgery. The Red Storm were down, 60-46, with 11:09 to play, then turned on the defensive intensity in holding the Mountain Hawks scoreless for almost six minutes to get back in the game . . . Jordin Mayes scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, Jesse Perry had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 16 Arizona pulled away from Duquesne for a 67-59 victory in Tucson . . . Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M cruised past Liberty, 81-59, in College Station, Texas . . . Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble is resigning amid allegations of recruiting violations in the school’s football and basketball programs.
Missing All-American is found alive
RunningMarko Cheseto, an All-America cross-country runner from the University of Alaska-Anchorage who disappeared over the weekend just as two snowstorms moved into the city, was found alive early yesterday with severe hypothermia. Cheseto, 28, disappeared a day after the university cross-country team’s triumphant return to Anchorage after the NCAA Division 2 West Region championships in Spokane, Wash., where the Seawolves won every championship up for grabs. He was last seen shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, and his roommates reported him missing Monday morning. Authorities looked for signs of him on every major trail in Anchorage, and divers were preparing to search lakes around the campus when he walked into a hotel near campus at about 3:30 a.m. Cheseto, a long-distance runner from Kenya working toward a nursing degree, was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center and treated for severe frostbite on both feet, according to the Anchorage Daily News. He is expected to remain hospitalized for about 10 days . . . IAAF council member Helmut Digel said the governing body will keep Paula Radcliffe’s world record marathon mark from 2003 in the books despite an August decision to only recognize records achieved in all-women races from now on. In a stunning performance, Radcliffe ran a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds at the London Marathon in 2003 in a men’s race.
No hard evidence found of Gatti murder
BoxingA Quebec coroner says there is no “hard evidence’’ that boxer Arturo Gatti was murdered, but criticized the way Brazilian authorities handled evidence. Jean Brochu said in a report the Brazilians’ missteps make it difficult to conclude with absolute certainty what happened when Gatti died in 2009. Brochu concluded that Gatti died a “violent death’’ but not at someone else’s hands. The probable cause of death was listed as asphyxiation by neck constriction. An investigation by Brazilian authorities had ruled the death a suicide. A private investigation ordered by one of his handlers concluded that Gatti’s death was a homicide. Gatti’s family and friends have rejected the suicide conclusion. The family also has become engaged in legal disputes in Canada and the US with Gatti’s widow, Amanda Rodrigues, over his inheritance.
Recovering Djokovic is money at Paris
TennisNovak Djokovic dismissed Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3, in the second round of the Paris Masters, showing no signs of the shoulder injury that bothered him last weekend at the Swiss Indoors. If Djokovic hadn’t played in Paris, he would have lost a $1.6 million bonus paid to the year-end No. 1 player for appearing in seven of the eight mandatory Masters events. Djokovic didn’t play in the Shanghai Masters last month because of injury. He will play Viktor Troicki, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-4, 6-4. Andy Murray and Roger Federer also moved into the third round. Murray improved to 16-0 since the US Open by beating Jeremy Chardy, 6-2, 6-4, and Federer cruised past wild card Adrian Mannarino, 6-2, 6-3. Mardy Fish is one win away from securing his spot for the ATP World Tour Finals after routing Florian Mayer, 6-1, 6-2. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer beat Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-4, and will take on Alexandr Dolgopolov, who downed Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
NESN and Hockey East extend pact
MiscellanyNESN and Hockey East extended their television rights agreement for four years through the 2014-15 season. NESN will air at least 16 games per season with a flex scheduling plan that will allow the best game during the closing weeks of the regular season to be broadcast. Four games will air after the Bruins’ Saturday afternoon games and five Hockey East tournament games, including the women’s championship game and the men’s tournament semifinal and championship games from TD Garden will air. NESN’s Hockey East coverage will begin with the coverage of the Frozen Fenway event Jan. 7, 2012 . . . Rangers forward Mike Rupp is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee . . . Omar Gonzalez of the MLS Cup finalist Los Angeles Galaxy was voted the league’s defender of the year . . . Will Power, who suffered two compression fractures in his thoracic vertebrae in the 15-car accident that killed Dan Wheldon in the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas, has received medical clearance to get back in a racecar and will test a new ride next week.
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