Boston College’s rally falls short in loss to Syracuse
Tyus Battle scored 21 points, including 15 in the second half, Buddy Boeheim hit for a career-high 16, and Syracuse withstood a Boston College rally to defeat the visiting Eagles, 67-56, Saturday. Oshae Brissett added 12 for Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 ACC) in front of a crowd of 26,011 — the largest in Division 1 this season. Ky Bowman, who sat the first 5:03 of the game due to a violation of team rules, led BC (11-11, 2-8) with 21 points. The Orange built a 60-40 lead with 8:15 remaining but the Eagles scored the next 14 points to close to 60-54 on a 3-pointer by Bowman with 3:53 to go. Syracuse closed the game on seven foul shots for their final margin. The Eagles had just one field goal after Bowman’s 3-pointer — a jumper by Chris Herren . . . Vasa Pusica had 23 points as host Northeastern (15-9, 9-3 CAA) shut out Elon (8-18, 4-9) in overtime for a 72-60 victory. Jordan Roland added 21 points for the Huskies, while Bolden Brace had 20 points and 14 rebounds . . . Nate Sestina had 25 points and 11 rebounds as Bucknell (16-8, 10-2 Patriot) beat Boston University, 82-76, in Lewisburg, Pa. Javante McCoy had 19 points for the Terriers (11-14, 4-8). Max Mahoney added 16 points and 10 rebounds . . . Carl Pierre had 23 points as UMass (9-15, 2-9 Atlantic 10) beat Davidson (17-6, 8-2), 54-51, in Amherst. Keon Clergeot had 12 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with five seconds left, for UMass . . . Napheesa Collier tied a season-high with 30 points and had 14 rebounds in Storrs, Conn., leading the No. 5 UConn women (21-2, 10-0 American) to a 109-74 rout of Temple (8-15, 4-6). . . . Katie Nelson scored 15 points and Payton Hauck added 12 to lead the Boston University women (11-10, 7-4 Patriot) to a 52-48 victory over Lehigh (15-7, 7-4) in Bethleham, Pa.
UMass Lowell upsets UMass
Anthony Baxter and Chris Schutz each scored goals, Chris Hernberg made 31 saves, and the 15th-ranked UMass Lowell men’s hockey team (17-8-2, 11-4-2 Hockey East) upset No. 2 UMass, 2-0, at Tsongas Center. Matt Murray stopped 32 shots for the Minutemen (21-6, 13-4-0) . . . The eighth-ranked Boston University women’s team (16-6-7, 13-5-5 WHEA) routed Holy Cross (1-26-3, 1-22-1), 7-1, behind two goals apiece by Courtney Correia, Kristina Schuler and Sammy Davis . . . Brooke Jojanovich and Kristin Della Rovere each scored goals and Lindsay Reed made 15 saves as the Harvard women (10-11-3, 8-8-2 ECACH) beat RPI (12-13-5, 9-8-1), 2-1, in Troy, N.Y.
End of the line Sunday for Vonn
Anyone expecting Lindsey Vonn to take it easy in her final race before retirement should think again. Doesn’t matter if she’s still banged up from a crash with a black eye, a sore rib, and pain in both of her knees that forced her to move up her retirement. ‘‘Whether I'm ready or not,’’ Vonn said. ‘‘I'm just going to go full throttle.’’ It will be a fitting way to go out for the record-setting skier in Sunday’s downhill in Are, Sweden, at the world championships. Norwegian great Aksel Lund Svindal set the stage for Vonn by winning the silver medal in the men’s downhill Saturday in his last race. Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud won the race. ‘‘She didn’t win 82 World Cups by being lucky,’’ Svindal said of Vonn. ‘‘If she gets a medal, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. It just comes down to that one day and it has to happen tomorrow. Good luck!’’ Vonn’s 82 wins are the most by a female skier and trail only the 86 won by Swedish great Ingemark Stenmark. To honor Stenmark, Vonn will wear a race suit featuring the colors of the Swedish flag, blue and yellow.
Bailey will get shot with Royals
The Royals signed righthander Homer Bailey to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Bailey, 32, has spent his entire 12-year career in Cincinnati, making 212 starts and going 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA, including two no-hitters. He was traded from the Reds to the Dodgers in a seven-player deal in December, but he was released and became a free agent . . . The Indians signed free agent outfielder Matt Joyce and reliever Alex Wilson to minor league contracts that include invites to spring training . . . Infielder Brett Lawrie, who hasn't played in the majors or minors for two years, said he's reached a deal with the Brewers. Lawrie, 29, last played for the White Sox in 2016, hitting .248 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs in 94 games.
The Twins signed first baseman Lucas Duda and journeyman infielder Adam Rosales to minor league contracts.
US soccer great Clavijo dies
Fernando Clavijo, 63, a starter for the 1994 US World Cup team who went on to a long coaching and management career in Major League Soccer, died on Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., following a prolonged battle with multiple myeloma. Inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Clavijo made 61 appearances for the national team from 1990-94, mostly as a defender. His MLS coaching tenure included three years with the Revolution (2000-02). “Major League Soccer deeply mourns the passing of Fernando Clavijo, a gifted player, coach and sporting director,” said league commissioner Don Garber. “Fernando was an important leader with three MLS clubs, and he played a key role in the league’s player development strategy . . . The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin from the Philadelphia Flyers for David Schlemko and Byron Froese. The Canadiens also waived defenseman Karl Alzner . . . UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, because of a hernia . . . Yomif Kejelcha fell 0.008 seconds short of the indoor mile record, winning the Wanamaker Mile in 3 minutes, 48.46 seconds at the 112th Millrose Games at The Armory in New York. The Ethiopian star just missed the record of 3:48.45 set by Hicham El Geurrouj’s in 1997 in Ghent, Belgium.
Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff says Chandler Parsons will be treated like any other player amid reports that the forward will rejoin his teammates after the All-Star break. The comments come a month after general manager Chris Wallace said Parsons had chosen to continue his rehabilitation in Los Angeles, putting his future with Memphis in doubt. Parsons, 30, who has had knee issues, said he is ‘‘ready to get back to Memphis and help my team win any way I can.’’