Northeastern women suffer OT loss to Drexel in CAA semis

Niki Metzel scored 24 points while Bailey Greenberg had 15 points and 15 rebounds as No. 2 seed Drexel (24-7) eliminated No. 6 Northeastern (20-11) from the CAA women’s basketball tournament with a 73-69 semifinal win in overtime at Newark, Del. The Huskies, who were led by Ayanna Dublin’s 16 points and Gabby Giacone’s 14, were ahead by 2 with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter when Greenberg tied it with two free throws. Shannon Todd had a chance to win it for NU in regulation but her 3-pointer missed the mark with two seconds left . . . Maddie Hasson scored 25 points and Abby Kelly added 21 as Bowdoin (31-1) earned a 71-60 win over St. Thomas (Minn.) (31-2) in the NCAA Division 3 semifinals. The Polar Bears will face Thomas More in Saturday night’s final.

URI men upset VCU in A-10 quarters

Top seed VCU (25-7) got a 26-point, 22-rebound performance from Taunton native Marcus Santos-Silva, but fell, 75-70, to eighth-seeded Rhode Island (18-14), which won its sixth straight on the strength of Jeff Dowtin’s 22 points in the Atlantic 10 Tournament men’s basketball quarterfinals at New York. Tyrese Martin added 13 for URI, which meets fourth-seed St. Bonaventure in the semifinals Saturday . . . Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 points and No. 11 Houston (30-2) shut down UConn (16-17) for an 84-45 win in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis. Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 15 points . . . Zion Williamson scored 31 points and had the go-ahead tip-in on his own miss with 30.3 seconds left and fifth-ranked Duke held off third-ranked North Carolina, 74-73, in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals in Charlotte, N.C. The Blue Devils (28-5) advanced to Saturday’s title game against 12th-ranked Florida State, which upset No. 2 Virginia, 69-59, in the first semifinal . . . The NCAA informed Georgia Tech it has found major recruiting violations committed by former men’s assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell, a former friend of coach Josh Pastner. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a ‘‘severe breach of conduct,’’ considered the highest ‘‘Level 1’’ violations . . . Former Auburn assistant men’s basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to entice young athletes to go to top schools. Person was scheduled to go to trial in June . . . LSU guard Javonte Smart was cleared to play in the Southeastern Conference tournament after missing the regular-season finale because his name surfaced in reports of coach Will Wade’s wiretapped phone call with a person convicted of funneling money to the families of recruits . . . Texas A&M fired men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy after a 14-18 season. Kennedy was 151-116 in eight seasons at the school.

Jeff Dowtin (11) shoots over VCU's Mike'L Simms (1) during URI’s Atlantic 10 quarterfinal win in New York.
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Jeff Dowtin (11) shoots over VCU's Mike'L Simms (1) during URI’s Atlantic 10 quarterfinal win in New York.


Yankees’ Severino out through April

The New York Yankees said Friday that ace Luis Severino (right shoulder inflammation) will miss all of April. Severino was scheduled to start on Opening Day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring appearance on March 5. General manager Brian Cashman also said center fielder Aaron Hicks (back) might not be ready for the opener against Baltimore . . . Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss 3-4 weeks because of a mild pectoral strain . . . Phillies star Bryce Harper sustained a bruised right foot when he was hit by a 96-mile per hour fastball from Blue Jays’ rookie Trent Thornton in a spring training game. Initial X-rays were negative.



Former course record-holder Joan Benoit Samuelson, 61, will run in the Boston Marathon on April 15. As a 21-year-old Bowdoin College student 40 years ago, Samuelson won the 1979 race, finishing in a then-record time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 15 seconds. She followed that with a 1983 victory in a world-record time of 2:22:43. “My goal is to run within 40 minutes of my time 40 years ago, which would be sub-3:15:35,” said Samuelson. “I might as well celebrate during an anniversary year, while I’m still able!” This will be Samuelson’s first Boston Marathon since 2015, when she finished in under three hours. She will join 16 previous Boston winners running this year. The current women’s record for the race is 2:19:59 by Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba in 2014.

Dan Shulman


Lawsuit surprised US Soccer president

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United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro says the governing body was surprised by the March 8 lawsuit filed by women's national team players alleging gender discrimination under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Cordeiro says the USSF is reviewing the suit and he has spoken with some of the players this week and hopes for continued conversation. The USSF and the team agreed in April 2017 to a collective bargaining agreement through 2021 that gave the players higher pay and better benefits. Cordeiro says the players had not expressed concerns with the labor contract since . . . The FIFA Council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 men’s World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country to host matches, and agreed to a pilot tournament of an enlarged 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 despite European opposition . . . FIFA approved video review for the Women’s World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7 in France.


Federer, Nadal in Indian Wells semis

Fourth seed Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz, 6-4, 6-4, and second seed Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals at Indian Wells, Calif., to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months. Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches — Federer has been broken just once, while Nadal has dropped serve three times, twice against Khachanov. Nadal now stands in the way of Federer’s pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells. Federer is on a five-match winning streak against Nadal, who lost all four times they played in 2017. Saturday’s other semifinal pairs Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.

Roger Federer plays a backhand in his win over Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals match of the BNP Paribas Open.
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Roger Federer plays a backhand in his win over Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals match of the BNP Paribas Open.


Dillon is awarded Cup pole in Calif.

Austin Dillon won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif., essentially by default after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying. With all 12 final-round drivers determined to go out as late as possible, everyone waited until roughly 44 seconds remained in the session to start their laps. Nobody made it to the line before time ran out. Dillon won each of the two rounds of qualifying in which drivers actually drove. Kevin Harvick will start second, followed by Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch . . . The Anaheim Ducks said center Ryan Kesler could miss the rest of the season with a hip injury that has kept him sidelined since March 6.

Wins in the first two rounds of qualifying earned Austin Dillon the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race in Fontana, Calif.
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Wins in the first two rounds of qualifying earned Austin Dillon the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race in Fontana, Calif.