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UConn women drub No. 1 Notre Dame

Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) drives in next to Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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UConn’s Christyn Williams (13) drives on Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard during the first half.

In a rematch of last season’s Final Four meeting, freshman Christyn Williams scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and No. 2 Connecticut never lost the lead after the 6:36 mark of the first quarter in dominating No. 1 Notre Dame, 89-71, on Sunday in South Bend, Ind. All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who was held scoreless by the Irish in the first half, had 15 points, including a 3-point play that gave the Huskies a 74-64 lead with 6:08 to play. The Huskies (7-0) ended a 28-game winning streak at home by Muffet McGraw’s Irish (7-1), who beat UConn, 91-89, in overtime in last season’s NCAA semifinals on the way to their second national championship. In its last 100 games at home, Notre Dame is 97-3 — with all the losses coming against the Huskies. Geno Auriemma only used six players as Napheesa Collier added 16 points with 15 rebounds, Crystal Dangerfield scored 13 points, and Megan Walker had 12. For the Irish, Jackie Young, who scored 32 against the Huskies last March, led the hosts with 18 points. Arike Ogunbowale had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but just 5 points after halftime.

UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa (center) blocks a shot by Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey during the second half Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
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UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa (center) blocks a shot by Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey during the second half Sunday in South Bend, Ind.

Huskies stay undefeated

Northeastern’s Shannon Todd hit a wing 3-pointer as time expired to lift the undefeated Huskies over UMass, 53-52, at Cabot Center — and tying the program record for best regular-season start. Freshman Asia McCoy (12 points, 12 rebounds) had given the Minutewomen (5-4) the lead, converting a perfect pass from junior Hailey Leidel into a layup with 4.4 seconds on the clock. But, with both teams out of timeouts, the Huskies immediately rushed back up the floor and Todd hit the winning basket.

Georgia Pineau powers BC women

Junior Georgia Pineau scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, sophomore Sydney Lowery added 13 points, and freshman Marnelle Garraud finished with 11 points and a career-high eight rebounds as Boston College (7-1) defeated Columbia (2-6), 74-60, at Conte Forum in a non-conference game. . . Blanca Millan had a team-high 21 points and seven steals as Maine (5-2) matched a school-record with 16 three-point field goals in an 85-73 win at North Carolina (5-4) . . . Lauren Manis scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Holy Cross (5-2) turned back visiting UMass Lowell (3-5), 61-54 . . . In Hartford, Brandon Randolph scored 20 points and Chase Jeter added 14 as the Arizona men’s basketball team beat UConn, 76-72, in the first true road game of the season — despite the Wildcats (6-2) not making a basket over the final 6½ minutes. Jalen Adams had 21 points to lead the Huskies (6-2).

Soccer

US chooses Berhalter

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Gregg Berhalter was hired to coach the US men’s national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, 45, is a godson of baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, and his 47-year-old brother, Jay, is the US Soccer Federation’s chief commercial and strategy officer. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an American team staggered by its failure to reach this year’s World Cup after seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase. The former defender was long viewed as the front-runner for a job that stayed open for nearly 14 months . . . US midfielder Tyler Adams is joining Bundesliga team Leipzig from New York Red Bulls. Leipzig, which is also backed by the energy-drinks manufacturer, says the 19-year-old Adams will join Jan. 1 on a deal to 2023.

Florida State wins NCAA Women’s College Cup

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Dallas Dorosy scored in the 60th minute as she slid in front of a North Carolina defender to help Florida State beat North Carolina, 1-0, for the NCAA Women’s College Cup championship in Cary, N.C. Florida State (20-4-3) won the NCAA title for the second time, following its title in 2014. North Carolina (21-4-2), a 21-time NCAA champion, was shut out for the second time all season.

Boxing

Stevenson in stable condition

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson has been upgraded from critical to stable condition and remains in an induced coma after being knocked out Saturday night in his light heavyweight title fight in Quebec City. Boxing promoter Yvon Michel tweeted about the 41-year-old Stevenson’s condition. ‘‘The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news. He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation.’’ Michel said. Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Stevenson at 2:49 of the 11th round to take the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title. The Montreal-based Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Centre in an ambulance. He was making his 10th title defense since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped. The 31-year-old Gvozdyk, from the Ukraine, improved to 16-0. Stevenson controlled the center of the ring for part of the match, but in the 10th round, Gvozdyk finished with a series of blows that seemed to motivate him for the 11th round. Gvozdyk continued with his series of flurries that got Stevenson in the ropes in the middle of the 11th, before sending the Canadian to the canvas with three solid right punches.

COLLEGE Football

Snyder, 79, calls it quits

Bill Snyder, the 79-year-old coach at Kansas State, decided to step away after 27 seasons on the sideline, ending a Hall of Fame tenure in Manhattan that began in the Big Eight and weathered seismic shifts in college football that included a three-year retirement and a bout with throat cancer. The Wildcats fell apart during a season-ending loss to Iowa State, leaving them 5-7 and at home for the bowl season. Snyder finished with a record of 215-117-1, trips to 19 bowl games, and two Big 12 championships. The highway leading into town already has been renamed in his honor, leading fans from Interstate 70 to the stadium that bears the name of his family. A large bronze statue of Snyder stands outside . . . Terry Bowden was fired after seven seasons at Akron, a day after the Zips completed a disappointing 4-8 season with a 28-3 loss at South Carolina. The 62-year-old Bowden, who went 1-11 in his first season, finished 35-52, with bowl appearances in 2015 and 2017.

Hockey

Ankle surgery for Kovalchuk

The Los Angeles Kings’ Ilya Kovalchuk will be sidelined for about four weeks after undergoing a bursectomy on his ankle. The 35-year-old forward has five goals and nine assists in 25 games since returning to the NHL with the Kings this season. Kovalchuk spent the previous five years with SKA St. Petersburg in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. The Kings signed Kovalchuk to a three-year, $18.75 million contract before the season . . . Vic Hadfield joined teammates Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert in having his number retired by the New York Rangers. A banner with his name and No. 11 was raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters in a ceremony before the Rangers hosted the Jets. Hadfield, 78, had 262 goals and 310 assists in 841 games over parts of 13 seasons in New York before he was traded to Pittsburgh in May 1974 and finished his career with the Penguins in 1976. Hadfield became the 10th player to have his number retired by the Rangers, and his No. 11 — also retired for Mark Messier — is the second to be selected for two players . . . Sophomore Aerin Frankel made 22 saves for her fifth shutout of the season as the No. 5 Northeastern women’s hockey team beat Holy Cross, 3-0, at Matthews Arena. Sophomore Veronika Pettey, senior Maddie Hartman, and senior Kasidy Anderson scored for the Huskies (13-2-2, 12-1-2 Women’s Hockey East). Jada Brenon made 34 saves for the Crusaders (1-15-2, 1-11).

Basketball

US qualifies for World Cup

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Travis Trice scored 17 points as the United States rallied to beat host Uruguay, 78-70, to clinch a spot in next year’s FIBA World Cup in China. John Jenkins scored 13 points for the Americans (8-2), who have used rosters filled primarily by G League players . . . Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones has been sidelined by a torn left pectoral muscle, with his long-term status will be determined following a meeting with a specialist in the coming days.

Winter sports

A first for Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin captured her first World Cup super-G race to give her a win in all five major disciplines, and 46th overall. Shiffrin completed her run in Lake Louise, Alberta, in a time of 1 minute, 19.41 seconds to hold off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.77 seconds. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished third . . . Stefan Luitz used a powerful finish to capture a World Cup giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., ending Austrian standout Marcel Hirscher’s five-race winning streak in the discipline. Luitz finished in a combined time of 2:36.38 seconds as he edged Hirscher by 0.14 seconds. By taking second, Hirscher has made the top-three in 16 straight World Cup GS events.