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Pete Hamilton, 1970 Daytona 500 winner, dies at 74

The Needham native was first — and only — NASCAR driver from Massachusetts to win Daytona.

Lowell, MA: 03-12-16: UMass Lowell player Joe Gambardella, center, celebrates with teammates Jake Kamrass (21) and Dylan Zink (25) after scoring during the second period of the Hockey East quarterfinal against Boston University at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. Photo/Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe

UMass-Lowell’s Joe Gambardella wins Walter Brown Award

The senior forward was recognized as the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Handicapping Thursday’s NCAA games

The Sweet Sixteen play begins, with two top seeds possibly vulnerable to an upset.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) is sacked by Boston College linebacker Sharrieff Grice (26) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BC NOTEBOOK

BC must put its linebackers in place

The dynamic Matt Milano is gone, but coach Steve Addazio believes he has solid options to fill in.

UMass hires Pat Kelsey as basketball coach

Kelsey has been coach at Winthrop the last five years and made the NCAA Tournament this season.

Quinnipiac's Carly Fabbri (5) celebrates with Morgan Manz (35) and Aryn McClure, right, after a second round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Miami, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Quinnipiac won 85-78. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NCAA Women’s Tournament Roundup

Quinnipiac shocks Miami to reach women’s Sweet 16

In the biggest win in program history, Morgan Manz scored 22 points for the 12th-seeded Bobcats.

Connecticut's Kia Nurse reacts after hitting a 3-point basket in the first half of a second-round game against Syracuse in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn 94, Syracuse 64

UConn women rout Syracuse by 30

Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers.

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier watches his infield single during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Will Vragovic/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Rays sign Kevin Kiermaier to six-year contract

The contract is worth $53.5 million and could escalate to $66.15 million in bonuses and an option year.

Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) follows through on a final shot as Wisconsin players celebrate the end of their second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Why Villanova’s loss shouldn’t be that surprising

Thoughts and observations after four days and two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame's Brianna Turner reacts to a knee injury during the first half of a second-round game against Purdue in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

NCAA women’s roundup

Notre Dame defeats Purdue despite injury to leading scorer

Brianna Turner left the game with a left knee injury after landing awkwardly trying to catch a pass in the final minute of the first half.

FILE -- U.S. players react to their silver-medal finish in the women's hockey final, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 20, 2014. Members of the United States women’s team announced that they would sit out the 2017 World Championships after negotiations for an increase in wages and support from USA Hockey stalled. (Doug Mills/The New York TImes)

Sports Log

USA Hockey to meet with women’s team players

Players are seeking a deal that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period

Babson's Joey Flannery (32), teammates and coach Stephen Brennan, holding trophy, celebrate after winning the NCAA Division III college basketball championship game against Augustana, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salem, Va. Babson won 79-78. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

Division 3 title completes Babson’s dream season

The Beavers captured their first national championship Saturday in a 79-78 win over Augustana.

GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NCAA MEN’S ROUNDUP

South Carolina springs upset on No. 2 seed Duke

Behind Sindarius Thornwell, the Gamecocks stunned the Blue Devils, 88-81, to advance to their first Sweet 16 in the expanded tournament era.

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley hugged guard Jared Terrell after the final buzzer.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: OREGON 75, URI 72

Upstart Rhode Island runs out of gas, falls to Oregon

The 11th-seeded Rams built a double-digit lead, but couldn’t hang on in the bid for their second straight upset.

Cayley Mercer joined goalie Shea Tiley to celebrate after Clarkson beat Wisconsin.

NCAA WOMEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

Clarkson upsets Wisconsin for NCAA women’s hockey title

Cayley Mercer scored two goals and Shea Tiley made 41 saves in a 3-0 win.

Harvard celebrated a Beanpot championship in February — now the Crimson are aiming higher.

NCAA MEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

Harvard gets top seed in NCAA hockey tournament’s East Regional

UMass Lowell, BU, and Providence also earned tickets to the tournament, which begins Friday.

Connecticut’s Gabby Williams during the first half of a first round round of a women's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

college roundup

UConn women cruise in NCAA opener

The rout of Albany was the program’s 108th straight win and 25th straight in the NCAA Tournament.

From left: The Rev. J. Donald Monan, President Reagan, and Doug Flutie in an undated photo.

Doug Flutie remembers BC’s Monan as a ‘warm, affectionate person’

Flutie recalled that the Rev. J. Donald Monan often was by his side during Boston College’s 1984 run.

ECAC hockey final | Harvard 4, Cornell 1

Harvard captures ECAC championship

Ryan Donato scored twice as the Crimson defeated Cornell.

Boston, MA - 3/18/2017 - (2nd period) Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks forward Joe Gambardella (5) celebrates his second period goal that gave the River Hawks a 4-2 lead over the Boston College Eagles. BC takes on UMass Lowell in Hockey East championship game at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: JohnPowers, Topic: 19Hockey East Final, LOID: 8.3.1904538636.

Hockey East final | UMass Lowell 4, Boston College 3

Lowell wins Hockey East championship

The River Hawks eliminated Boston College to claim their third title in five years.

Babson's Joey Flannery (32), teammates and coach Stephen Brennan, holding trophy, celebrate after winning the NCAA Division III college basketball championship game against Augustana, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salem, Va. Babson won 79-78. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

BABSON 79, AUGUSTANA 78

Babson wins Division 3 national title in men’s basketball

Joey Flannery scored 23 points and blocked a potential winning shot in the final seconds.

Boston, MA - 3/17/2017 - (3rd period) Massachusetts-Lowell forward Nick Marin (23) tapped home the rebound to give the River Hawks a 5-1 lead in the third period. Notre Dame takes on UMass Lowell in Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 18Hockey East semifinals, LOID:8.3.1908572983.

Hockey East notebook

Hockey East won’t add team next year

Notre Dame’s departure for Big Ten leaves behind an uneven number.

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the basket against Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

NCAA TOURNAMENT: WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62

Wisconsin stuns top-seeded Villanova

The eighth-seeded Badgers overcame foul trouble in the second half to knock off the defending champs.

Northwestern head coach Chris Collins is held back by an assistant coach after receiving a technical foul during the second half of a second-round college basketball game against Gonzaga in the men's NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP

Technically, a tough loss for Northwestern

Coach Chris Collins’s late ‘T’ helped top-seeded Gonzaga dodge upset against the Wildcats.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jeff Dowtin #11 of the Rhode Island Rams is defended by Isaiah Zierden #21 of the Creighton Bluejays during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NCAA basketball roundup

Jeff Dowtin leads URI past Creighton

The No. 11 seeded Rams won their ninth straight game and will play third-seeded Oregon on Sunday.

UNC Wilmington coach Kevin Keatts reacts to a play during the team's NCAA college basketball game against James Madison on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Harrisonburg, Va. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record via AP)

NCAA notebook

N.C. State to hire Kevin Keatts

Keatts, who led UNC Wilmington to consecutive tourney appearances, replaces fired Mark Gottfried.

Boston, MA - 3/17/2017 - (2nd period) Boston College Eagles forward Ryan Fitzgerald (19) celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the second period. Boston University takes on Boston College in Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: JohnPowers, Topic: 18Hockey East semifinals, LOID:8.3.1908572983.

Hockey East semifinal | BC 3, BU 2

BC holds on for victory over BU

Ryan Fitzgerald scored twice to send the Eagles to the finals against Lowell.

NCAA women’s Frozen Four | Wisconsin 1, BC 0

BC women’s hockey team tripped up by late goal in Frozen Four

Wisconsin’s Melissa Channel had game winner with 16.2 seconds left in regulation.

Boston, MA - 3/17/2017 - (2nd period) Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks forward C.J. Smith (19) celebrates his goal in the second period. Notre Dame takes on UMass Lowell in Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 18Hockey East semifinals, LOID:8.3.1908572983.

Hockey East seminfinal | Lowell 5, Notre Dame 1

Five scorers boost Lowell over Notre Dame

Ryan Lohin’s first-period tip-in stood up as the game-winner.

ECAC semifinal | Harvard 4, Quinnipiac 1

Sean Malone hat trick sends Harvard past Quinnipiac

The Crimson reached the ECAC championship game.

Stephanie D’Annolfo was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Tournament and was a member of the league’s All Conference First team.

CAMPUS ANGLE

For D’Annolfo, defense comes first

The Keene State senior from Tyngsborough has found her scoring touch, but stopping her foes is her primary passion.

JOE SULLIVAN

Handicapping Saturday’s NCAA games

Arizona and Butler could be in danger of upsets in the second round.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Shannon Grindle of Halifax was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Newton’s Alex Calabro returns to lacrosse form at Connecticut College

After two seasons marred by injuries, the senior from Newton is one of the top long-stick midfielders in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

NOTEWORTHY

PJ Kelleher hitting his stride

PJ Kelleher of Walpole is off to fast start for the Connecticut College men’s lacrosse team.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Natick’s Kerri Anselmo, a freshman attack on Regis’ women’s lacrosse squad, was named the New England Collegiate Conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Boston College defenseman Kali Flanagan (right) chases the puck against St. Lawrence. (Rich Gagnon/BC Athletics)

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Burlington’s Kali Flanagan was named to the United States National Women’s Hockey Team.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jared Terrell #32 of the Rhode Island Rams reacts against the Creighton Bluejays during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Joe Sullivan

NCAA Day 2: Rhode Island takes it to Creighton

The second wave of first-round games is under way. Here is Joe Sullivan’s running commentary on the daytime action.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean, center, talks to the fans following an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NCAA NOTEBOOK

Indiana fires Tom Crean after nine seasons

Crean finished his Hoosiers career with a record of 166-135, his tenure plagued by inconsistency.

Meghan Duggan of the United States looked up during a face off during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game against Sweden.

US women’s hockey team stands by decision to boycott

Thursday’s deadline passed without a change of heart by the players to take part in the world championships.

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers battles for a loose ball against Trae Bell-Haynes #2 and Dre Wills #24 of the Vermont Catamounts in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP

Purdue’s size too much for Vermont

The Boilermakers won, 80-70, in a first-round game to end the Catamounts’ 21-game win streak.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Bryant McIntosh #30 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66

Vanderbilt gaffe helps Northwestern to first NCAA win

A Vandy player inexplicably fouled Bryant McIntosh on purpose, and McIntosh hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left.

UNC-Wilmington had an upset slip out of its hands.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

Following the bouncing balls as the madness begins

Some observations on the television coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

Boston, MA 1/16/15 Boston College Chris Calnan (right) battles for control of the puck with Boston University's Brien Diffley during second period action at Agganis Arena on Friday January 16, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: BC-BU hockey Reporter:

BC hockey team operating in must-win territory

The Eagles need to get past BU in the Hockey East semifinals to have a shot at a berth in the NCAAs.

Andie Anastos leads the way for BC women in Frozen Four

The top-line center and her teammates are determined to make up for last year’s heartbreaking finish.

Storrs,CT- March 11, 2017-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Molly Bent of Centerville, Ma is a freshman guard on the UConn woman's basketball team, seen here during a practice session under the watchful eyes of Coach Geno Auriemma.

STAN GROSSFELD

For a small-town Cape girl, a taste of the big time at UConn

Freshman Molly Bent, 19, is making the most of her minutes on the powerhouse Huskies.

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 5: Markis McDuffie #32 of the Wichita State Shockers drives againt MiKyle McIntosh #11 of the Illinois State Redbirds during the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament Championship game at the Scottrade Center on March 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN

Handicapping Friday’s NCAA games

The second half of the field gets into action, and Dayton-Wichita State is one to watch.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Gavin Skelly #44 of the Northwestern Wildcats reacts after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN

NCAA Day 1: What a way for Vanderbilt to lose

The annual bracketfest got off to a compelling start. Here are a few thoughts on the day games.

Rhode Island's Jared Terrell, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating VCU in an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic 10 tournament championship, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Here is a look at the locals playing in the NCAA Tournament

Rhode Island guard and Weymouth native Jared Terrell leads the way for our local participants.

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 15: Jonah Mathews #2 of the USC Trojans celebrates defeating the Providence Friars 75-71 during the First Four game in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 15, 2017 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

First four in the ncaa tournament

Southern Cal storms back to oust Providence

The Friars blew a 17-point second-half lead in falling to the Trojans.