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    BC’s Sam Apuzzo, Dempsey Arsenault are Tewaaraton Award finalists

    Chestnut Hill, MA - 4/16/2019 - Sports feature on Boston College women's lacrosse player Sam Apuzzo. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: unknown, Topic: BC Lacrosse-Sam Apuzzo, LOID: 8.5.1015868670.
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    Sam Apuzzo is leading the Eagles in scoring for a second straight season.

    Boston College women’s lacrosse senior attack Sam Apuzzo and senior defender Dempsey Arsenault are among five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top college men’s and women’s players. The winner will be announced May 30. Apuzzo, who won the award in 2018, has 78 goals and 26 assists for 104 in 20 games, while Arsenault has 57 goals and 23 assists for 80 points in 20 games. The second-seeded Eagles (19-1) received a first-round bye in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament and will host Colorado in the second round Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes (11-7) earned a 16-13 win over Dartmouth (11-6) Friday in Newton . . . The NCAA men's basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and shortening shot-clock resets to 20 seconds following offensive rebounds. Both rules could take effect next season in Division 1. College basketball's other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost. The international 3-point distance is 22 feet, 1¾ inches, a little more than a foot back from the current college line. Shot clocks are currently reset to the full 30 seconds. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5 . . . Oklahoma set a single-season Division 1 softball record with its 39th consecutive win, defeating Texas Tech, 8-0, in six innings, in the Big 12 Tournament opener for both teams.

    Dempsey Arsenault hopes to be jumping for joy again as BC begins NCAA Tournament play.
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    Dempsey Arsenault hopes to be jumping for joy again as BC begins NCAA Tournament play.

    HOCKEY

    Slovakia upsets US at worlds

    Matus Sukel scored early in the first period and Slovakia went on to beat the United States, 4-1, on home ice Friday night, a stunning result on the opening day of the world hockey championship. Alex DeBrincat had a goal off assists from Patrick Kane and Jack Eichel to pull the Americans into a tie midway through the period in the Group A game, but they couldn’t score again against Patrik Rybar in Kosice. Erik Cernak and Tomas Tatar put Slovakia up 3-1 in the second period and Michal Kristof gave them a three-goal cushion in the third. Corey Schneider made 32 saves for the Americans, who face France on Sunday. Earlier in Group A, Kaapo Kakko scored twice to lift Finland to a 3-1 victory over Canada. In Group B at Bratislava, the Czech Republic beat Sweden, 5-2, as Jakub Vrana scored twice against the two-time defending champions. The Russians also got off to a strong start with Evgeny Dadonov scoring twice in a 5-2 victory over Norway.

    GOLF

    Kang ties course mark at Byron Nelson

    Sung Kang matched the Trinity Forest course record with a 10-under 61 on an unseasonably cool day to take the second-round lead at the PGA Byron Nelson in Dallas. Kang was 16 under after his round that included six straight birdies, and leads by four strokes over playing partner Matt Every, who had his second consecutive round of 65, and Tyler Duncan (66). Brooks Koepka was fourth at 11 under after a 66. He overcame two early bogeys with six birdies in an 11-hole stretch that included four in a row late. Koepka was a stroke ahead of Rory Sabbatini, who had a bogey-free 65 . . . Matt Wallace moved into position for his fifth European Tour win in two years by shooting 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead at the British Masters in Southport, England. Wallace has yet to drop a shot this week after starting with a 65. The Englishman was 12 under overall and a stroke clear of a trio that included Sweden’s Niklas Lemke, who made eight straight birdies — one off the professional golf record — in shooting 64. Lemke was tied with England’s Ross Fisher (65) and Belgium’s Thomas Detry (67) . . . Steve Stricker matched the course record with an 8-under 64 to take the second-round lead at the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors. Stricker leads David Toms by two strokes at 12 under on Greystone's Founders Course in Birmingham, Ala.

    AUTO RACING

    Wallace ackowledges battling depression

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    NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace acknowledged going through some tough times, on and off the track, and battling ‘‘depression and everything with it,’’ before breaking down in tears during a media session ahead of Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedeway . . . Kevin Harvick turned a lap of 179.217 miles per hour to capture his third pole of the season and his Stewart-Haas Racing team swept the top four spots for Saturday night's NASCAR Monster Energy Digital Ally 400 at Kansas City, Kan. Harvick was followed by Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, and Daniel Suarez . . . Swedish rookie Felix Rosenqvist won the pole for Saturday's IndyCar Grand Prix by finishing with a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.2785 seconds to beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon (1:08.2979) in Indianapolis.

    TENNIS

    Federer ousted in Madrid

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    Roger Federer wasted two match points in a 6-3, 6-7 (11-13), 4-6 loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. The fifth-seeded Thiem will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who didn’t have to play after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning. The other semifinal will feature Stefanos Tsitsipas and five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas beat defending champion Alexander Zverev, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, while Nadal ousted Stan Wawrinka, 6-1, 6-2. On the women’s side, third seed Simona Halep made it to the final with a 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0 win over unseeded Belinda Bencic. The French Open champion can surpass Naomi Osaka for the No. 1 ranking if she wins Saturday’s final against Kiki Bertens, who defeated American Sloane Stephens, 6-2, 7-5.

    MISCELLANY

    Pierre-Paul out 5-6 months

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul has reportedly decided to delay neck surgery for now to repair fractured vertebra he suffered in a car crash last week, and coach Bruce Arians said Pierre-Paul will miss at least 5-6 months . . . Tim Weah will be with the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland rather than with the full national soccer team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of his lack of playing time in Scotland with Celtic. Weah and midfielder Alex Mendez head Under-20 coach Tab Ramos’s 21-man roster. The US opens against Ukraine on May 24, plays Nigeria three days later, and closes the group stage against Qatar on May 30 . . . Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol will miss the rest of the NBA playoffs after surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot . . . The Toronto Blue Jays scratched righthander Clay Buchholz from his start against the Chicago White Sox and placed him on the 10-day injured list with a sore shoulder.