UConn women rout Memphis to stay undefeated in AAC

Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson (33) fights for a rebound against Memphis' Cheyenne Creighton (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)
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UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson (33) rips a rebound away from Cheyenne Creighton (10) in the Huskies’ win over Memphis.

Gabby Williams scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures and the top-ranked UConn women’s basketball team rolled to its 83rd straight American Athletic Conference victory, 97-49, over Memphis in Hartford on Sunday. The senior forward hit all 10 of her shots, dishing out seven assists and making four steals along the way, as UConn (11-0) routed Memphis (5-9) in the conference opener for both teams. Kia Nurse had 16 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for the Huskies, who have never lost an AAC game. Brea Elmore had 20 points to lead Memphis (5-9), which is 0-8 all-time against UConn. Jasmine James chipped in with 13 points. The win was the 71st straight in regular-season conference play for UConn, good for third place on the all-time list, passing Stanford, which won 70 Pac-12 games between January, 2009 and September, 2013. It was also UConn’s 70th in a row at home, the third longest streak in Division 1 history, behind an 82 game streak from Stanford and their own 99 game home winning streak, which ran between 2007-2012.

Harvard uses late run to topple Stony Brook

Taylor Rooks scored 18 points and Sydney Skinner pitched in with 15 to help Harvard (7-5) secure a 60-53 nonleague win over Stony Brook (8-5) in women’s basketball at Lavietes Pavilion. Stony Brook outscored Harvard 19-13 in the third quarter to take a 42-40 lead into the final period. But the Crimson used a 14-0 run over a 5:48 span to take a 54-47 lead with 2:30 left to play. Shania Johnson led the Seawolves with 14 points . . . Taylor Emery had 22 points to lead Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-1 ACC) to an 89-58 win over BC (5-9, 0-1) in Blacksburg, Va. Milan Bolden-Morris scored 17 points and Emma Guy had 14 points and eight boards for the visiting Eagles . . . Maggie Mulligan had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds but UMass (8-6, 0-1 Atlantic 10) was held scoreless from the field over the final 5:06 of the contest as Duquesne (11-3, 1-0) escaped with a 60-57 home win in Pittsburgh. The senior’s career-high 22 boards were also the most ever against Duquesne, and at the Palumbo Center. Mulligan became the first 20-plus rebounder for UMass since Jennifer Butler had 23 against La Salle in 2003.Chassidy Omogrosso’s 25 points paced the Dukes, who closed the game with a 13-1 run . . . Northeastern (6-7, 1-1 Colonial) stumbled late in a 60-57 loss to James Madison (6-7, 2-0) at Cabot Gym despite Jess Genco’s 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Claudia Ortiz added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2, assists, 2 steals, while Shannon Todd finished with 11 points for the Huskies, who ked by as many as 9 points, 42-33, with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Kamiah Smalls led the Dukes with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 6 steals . . . Reagan Rust scored at 1:27 of the second period as BU (7-10-4) managed a 1-1 tie with host Princeton (5-9-4) in nonconference women’s hockey action in New Jersey. Senior Erin O’Neil made a season-high 41 saves for the Terriers, stopping the final 31 shots she saw. Kiersten Falck gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead at 11:47 of the first period . . . Anthony Lamb, the leading scorer and rebounder for the Vermont men’s basketball team could be out for the season with a broken foot sustained in Thursday’s practice. The sophomore forward is averaging 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Catamounts (8-5). Coach John Becker told The Burlington Free Press that Lamb will be sidelined about eight weeks, meaning a return around the start of conference playoffs is possible . . . Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is forgoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft. He ran for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and had 54 catches for 632 yards and three TDs . . . North Carolina announced that junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft. He made 14 career starts at middle linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury in September . . . Stanford’s David Shaw won the Dodd Trophy as coach of the year. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation honors scholarship, leadership, and integrity, as well as success on the field . . . Maryland junior forward Ivan Bender will miss the remainder of the men’s basketball season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury sustained Friday night in a game against Maryland-Baltimore County.


Fox strikes late to lift US past Finland

Adam Fox scored with 1:20 left in the third period to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Finland in its final preliminary-round game at the World Junior Championships in buffalo. The defending champion Americans (3-1) finished second behind Canada in Group B and will face the Czech Republic or Russia in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Fox also had two assists, Joey Anderson scored twice, Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist. BC sophomore Joseph Woll stopped 20 shots . . . Kristian Reichel scored a pair of goals to lead the Czech Republic (3-1) to a 6-3 win over Switzerland in their final preliminary round game at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. Ken Jager, Dario Rohrbach, and Elia Riva scored for Switzerland (1-3), which finished fourth in Group B with 3 points and will play Group A top seed Canada in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Adam Fox celebrates his third-period goal that lifted the US past Finland.
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Adam Fox celebrates his third-period goal that lifted the US Junior team past Finland.


Nadal’s sets return for January at Melbourne


Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will make his return from injury in the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne on Jan. 10. Nadal previously withdrew from the Brisbane International and Fast4 event in Sydney while recovering from a knee injury. Organizers said Nadal will join Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka among a field of eight players in the Melbourne knockout tournament which has a winner-take-all purse of $250,000 . . . Samantha Stosur’s year ended on a sour note when seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova ousted the Australian from her home state tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the first round of the Brisbane International. Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion and 2010 French Open finalist, had opportunities in the first set, but was dominated in the second set. Fourth seed Caroline Garcia retired with a bad back early in the third set of her match with Alize Cornet. Aleksandra Krunic beat Carinna Witthhoeft, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), to set up a second round clash with top seed Garbine Murguruza. On the men’s side, Alexandr Dolgopolov knocked of sixth seed Diego Schwartzman, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) . . . In the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China, American Alison Riske managed a 7-5, 6-0 win over Wang Qiang, 7-5, 6-0 . . . Daria Gavrilova took a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard and Thanasi Kokkinakis topped Vasek Pospisil, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to give Australia a perfect start to its Hopman Cup campaign against Canada in Perth, Australia.


Manchester City's win streak is halted at 18

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Manchester City's record 18-game winning run in the English Premier League ended with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in London, leaving the league leaders 14 points ahead heading into the new year. A penalty save by Ederson Moraes on Luka Milivojevic in injury time preserved City's unbeaten run after 21 games. City was hit by injuries to forward Gabriel Jesus, who limped off in tears with a left leg injury midway through the first half, and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was carried off on a stretcher moments after Ederson’s penalty save . . . Manchester United's Ashley Young and Swansea's Kyle Naughton have both been banned for three matches following incidents of violent conduct during Saturday’s Premier League games.

Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (right) battles Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly for the ball in London.
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Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (right) battles Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly for the ball in London.


Hendrickson, Glasder land US Olympic ski jumping spots

Former World champion Sarah Hendrickson and Michael Glasder clinched spots in the Pyeongchang Games at the US Olympic trials for ski jumping in Park City, Utah. Hendrickson earned her second Olympic bid as the women’s winner with 263.4 total points after two jumps. Glasder made his first Olympic team by claiming the men’s title with 270 points after two jumps . . . The NBA fined Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson $10,000 for publicly complaining about officiating. The fine stems from a Patterson tweet, which came on the heels of a blown call that cost the host Thunder Friday’s game against Milwaukee.

Ski jumpers Michael Glasder (left) and Sarah Hendrickson are all smiles after securing berths on the 2018 US Olympic team.
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Ski jumpers Michael Glasder (left) and Sarah Hendrickson are all smiles after securing berths on the 2018 US Olympic team.