The No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated No. 3 Notre Dame, 80-71, in a nonconference matchup of old Big East rivals in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic in Hartford on Sunday. Katie Lou Samuelson had 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Azura Stevens added 17 points. Naphessa Collier chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Huskies (7-0), who stretched their winning streak against Top-5 opponents to 18 games. UConn, which trailed 43-36 at the half, rallied from a 65-54 deficit early in the fourth quarter, going on a 21-5 run over the last seven minutes to pin the Fighting Irish (7-1) with their first loss of the season. UConn extended its home winning streak to 69 games — tied for third longest in NCAA history.
BC women stumble vs. Fairfield
The BC women’s basketball team (3-5) stumbled against nonconference foe Fairfield (3-5), losing, 66-58, at Conte Forum despite getting 18 points from sophomore Taylor Ortlepp and 12 points and 11 rebounds from classmate Emma Guy . . .Jaye Boissiere scored the winner in the 67th minute as Stanford (24-1) claimed its second NCAA women’s soccer title in a 3-2 win over UCLA (19-3-3) in Orlando, Fla.
Canada defeats US women in OT
Brianne Jenner scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the Canadian women’s hockey team a 2-1 victory over the US on Sunday in a pre-Olympic exhibition game in St. Paul, Minn. Jenner took a pass from Rebecca Johnston and beat US goaltender Maddie Rooney (24 saves) with a high shot from the right circle . . . The NHL fined San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton $5,000 for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson during a 5-2 loss in Tampa Saturday.
Hirscher wins World Cup GS
Marcel Hirscher of Austria stormed back from a first-run deficit to win a World Cup giant slalom race Sunday in Beaver Creek, Colo., as rival Ted Ligety struggled. Hirscher finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 37.30 seconds after breaking his ankle in August. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second, 0.88 seconds back, and first-run leader Stefan Luitz of Germany took third . . . Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the women’s World Cup super-G in 1 minute, 18.52 seconds for her first victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. After crashing in the season-opening downhill Friday, American star Lindsey Vonn fell again but was able to ski to the bottom. Fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth after winning Saturday for her first downhill victory.
Debut of AC Milan coach ruined
Gennaro Gattuso’s debut as AC Milan coach ended in nightmarish fashion when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli, who came forward for the final play of the match against 10-man Milan, equalized in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Benevento, which had lost all 14 of its matches for the worst start to a season in modern history among Europe’s five major leagues, its first ever point in Italy’s top division with an improbable 2-2 draw Sunday. The last goalkeeper to score in Serie A was Massimo Taibi in 2001 with Reggina. ‘‘ A knife wound would have been better than this goal,’’ Gattuso said.
Silverdome survives demo blast
A partial implosion of the Silverdome on Sunday in Pontiac, Mich., failed to bring down the upper section of the Detroit Lions’ former home. Demolition company Adamo said the blast weakened the Silverdome, and it could still fall but it was unclear when that might happen . . . South African Dylan Frittelli, 27 won his first European Tour golf title birdieing the first playoff hole against India’s Arjun Atwal to clinch the Mauritius Open . . . The Dorchester Eagles defeated Chicago’s Hoffman Estates, 20-14, Sunday to advance to the junior varsity semifinals of the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl Wednesday in Orlando.