Jake McLaughlin’s goal with two seconds left gets UMass past BC

UMass’s Cale Makar beat BC’s Joseph Woll for a first-period goal for the Minutemen.
UMass’s Cale Makar beat BC’s Joseph Woll for a first-period goal for the Minutemen.(AP)

Jake McLaughlin scored with two seconds left to give No. 3 Massachusetts a 4-3 win visiting Boston College on Friday night. David Cotton scored at 13:11 of the third period to tie it for BC (10-15-3, 9-6-3 Hockey East), which squandered a 2-0 first-period lead. But McLaughlin, the junior defenseman, won it for the Minutemen (22-6-0, 14-4-0) by scoring his second goal of the season . . . Matt Filipe broke a 1-1 tie 4:21 into the third period and No. 14 Northeastern (18-9-1, 10-7-1 Hockey East) pulled away for a 4-1 win over visiting Vermont (12-15-2, 5-12-2) . . . Jack Badini scored with 1:22 left and No. 18 Harvard (14-7-3, 10-5-2 ECAC) came all the way back from an early 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 win over host St. Lawrence (4-24-1, 2-14-1). Harvard got goals from Casey Dornbach in the first period and Lewis Zerter-Gossage at 7:08 of the third to tie it . . . Alexander Payusov scored 51 seconds into overtime to give Connecticut (10-17-2, 5-12-2 Hockey East) a 3-2 decision over visiting Boston University (10-15-3, 8-8-2). Patrick Harper (10:42) and Patrick Curry (18:55) scored third-period goals for the Terriers to force OT . . . In women’s hockey, Daryl Watts had a goal and two assists and Makenna Newkirk had three helpers as No. 8 Boston College (23-10-0, 19-7-0 Hockey East) earned a 5-2 win over visiting Maine (14-15-4, 7-15-4) . . . In men’s basketball, Bryce Aiken scored 33 points and Noah Kirkwood added 16 to lift Harvard (12-8, 5-2 Ivy) to a 78-69 win at Princeton (12-8, 4-3) . . . In women’s play, Madeline Raster had 16 points and six assists for Harvard (11-9, 4-3 Ivy) but visiting Princeton (12-9, 4-2) escaped with a 75-71 win . . . Steve Sarkisian is returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator, a position he held for the 2016 team in the national championship game loss to Clemson. Sarkisian took over the offense before that title game played in January 2017 after Lane Kiffin left following the semifinals to begin duties as Florida Atlantic’s head coach. The former Southern California head coach then left to become offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Falcons coach Dan Quinn fired Sarkisian and his defensive and special teams coordinators after a 7-9 season


Osuna named closer by Astros Manager A.J. Hinch announced Roberto Osuna will close for the Astros this season. Hinch used Ken Giles, Hector Rondon, and Luke Gregerson to finish games during his first four seasons before the Astros acquired Osuna from Toronto last summer. The trade occurred just before the end of Osuna’s 75-game suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy. The prosecution withdrew the charge in September in exchange for a one-year agreement he stay away from the mother of his child and continue counseling. On the field, Osuna had 21 saves last season, 12 for the Astros . . . Detroit beat pitcher Michael Fulmer in the last salary arbitration case this year, leaving players with a 6-4 final record in decisions. Fulmer was awarded a raise from $575,200 to $2.8 million. Fulmer had asked for $3.4 million . . . Cubs shortstop Addison Russell said he’s sorry for the ‘‘hurt and the pain’’ he caused his ex-wife but didn’t detail what prompted a 40-game suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell met with the media for the first time since being suspended last fall, a penalty that he accepted without appeal. Russell missed the final 11 regular-season games plus a wild-card playoff loss to Colorado. He will be eligible to return in early May, barring postponements . . . The Athletics added depth to their outfield mix by signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a $2 million, one-year contract. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said the club would be looking at Grossman as an option in left field. Grossman batted .273 with five home runs and 48 RBIs last season with the Twins.


Kristoffersen wins GS gold

Henrik Kristoffersen gave Norway its second individual gold medal of the world championships by toppling an under-the-weather Marcel Hirscher to win the giant slalom in Are, Sweden. Kjetil Jansrud was victorious in the downhill last week for Norway . . . Russia’s Elena Nikitina and Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling shared the win in a women’s World Cup skeleton race in Lake Placid, N.Y. Kendall Wesenberg was third, making her the first American to medal in a World Cup race since January 2017 — a span of 35 races, combining men’s and women’s events . . . Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the US won a women’s World Cup bobsled race in Lake Placid, putting together a dominant second run. It was the second consecutive World Cup win for Meyers Taylor, and her fourth medal in as many races with Kwaza pushing her sled this season . . . Colombian striker Fredy Montero has returned to Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, agreeing to a two-year contract. Montero had 47 goals and 34 assists for the Seattle Sounders in 119 regular-season games from 2009-12 and had 13 goals and six assists in 33 regular-season games for the Whitecaps in 2017.