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John Powers

Reflections on covering a miracle in Lake Placid 40 years ago

In the Olympics, the US stunned the Soviets and lifted American spirits, and for Boston, it was very much a local story.

DAYTONA 500

Driver Ryan Newman hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after ghastly Daytona 500 crash

Doctors said Newman is in serious condition after his car was flipped and on fire as safety crews rushed to extricate the 42-year-old driver.

BC football

Boston College football coach Jeff Hafley has built a young, energetic staff with loads of experience

Nearly half of Hafley’s 11 assistants have NFL experience, and all but one has been on a coaching staff at a Power 5 school.

Globe Top 20

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Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin wins crash-marred Daytona 500; Ryan Newman hospitalized

Hamlin’s celebration after becoming the first back-to-back winner since 1994-95 was muted by concerns about Newman, who was in a horrific crash at the finish.

SPORTS LOG

Streak is over as UConn drops out of the top five of women’s basketball poll for first time in 13 years

The Huskies’ run of 253 straight weeks as one of the first five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 dated back to Feb. 5, 2007.

UConn women’s basketball out of AP top five for first time since 2007

The Huskies fell to sixth on Monday, ending a run of 253 consecutive weeks that was nearly 2.5 times longer than any other in the sport’s history.

NBA box score: LEB-GIA

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