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UConn eliminates Boston College women from Hockey East tournament

Viki Harkness and Natalie Snodgrass scored in the third period as the UConn women’s hockey team topped Boston College, 2-1, in the decisive game of the Hockey East tournament quarterfinals. UConn won the best-of-three series to advance to the semifinals against New Hampshire at Merrimack on Saturday. Northeastern will take on Maine in the other semifinal. After a scoreless first period that saw Maddy McArthur make 13 saves for BC, Lindsay Agnew put the Eagles up, 1-0, halfway through the second frame. The Huskies, though, would score twice over the final 10 minutes of the third frame. Morgan Fisher stopped 16 shots for UConn while McArthur saved 29 for BC . . . Becca Gilmore scored in the third overtime as host Harvard advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC women’s tournament with a 4-3 victory in the deciding game of the best-of-three series against Yale . . . In men’s basketball, seniors Jordan Roland and Bolden Brace finished with 25 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Northeastern (15-15, 9-9 CAA) in a 75-72 loss to Towson (19-12, 12-6) Matthews Arena.

Soccer

Martinez tears ACL

Atlanta United star Josef Martinez will undergo surgery after tearing the ACL in his right knee Saturday during the season-opening match at expansion Nashville, dealing a huge blow to one of MLS’s top teams. United announced the diagnosis for the league’s 2018 MVP but did not disclose if the anterior cruciate ligament was completely torn. It can take up to six months to recover from a torn ACL, which means the dynamic striker — one of the most prolific scorers in MLS history — might be able to return before the end of the season. Martinez went down in the second half after colliding with a Nashville player. He tried to hobble on, but was carried off the field on a stretcher . . . Manchester City won the League Cup soccer title in London for a third consecutive season by beating Aston Villa, 2-1.

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Skiing

Season may be over

Federica Brignone has won the Alpine combined World Cup women’s title in La Thuile, Italy, without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season. Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus. FIS women’s race director Peter Gerdol said ‘‘we need to monitor the overall situation, the WHO directives, the local health authorities that will then advise and inform us if these races will be possible or not.” FIS said Sunday’s event could not be staged “due to heavy snowfall and the huge amount of snow on the course.”

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Miscellany

Wilder wants rematch

Former heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder officially exercised his right to an immediate third fight with Tyson Fury, who knoced out Wilder in the seventh round of a bout just more than a week ago. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter, told said the plan was for the fight to take place July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, the same location that hosted the rematch on Feb. 22 . . . Mikey Garcia rebounded from his only professional loss 11 months ago to win a 12-round unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas on Saturday night in a welterweight bout. Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) took control in the fifth round, when he knocked down Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs) with a hard right to the left side of the face. In the seventh, Garcia pummeled Vargas against the ropes in the closing 10 seconds . . . Chosen Vessel died at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., the ninth horse to do so since late December, after being injured in a turf race. Chosen Vessel broke his left front ankle in a $59,000 race Saturday . . . New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is scheduled to have tests Monday as the team tries to pinpoint the cause of soreness in his right shoulder. Judge underwent an MRI Saturday, which was negative . . . Shaun White told the Associated Press that he is taking skateboarding off his plate and won’t try to qualify for that sport’s Olympic debut this year in Tokyo.

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