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    Top basketball prospect Jairus Hamilton verbally commits to BC

    Boston College coach Jim Christian gestures during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. North Carolina won 96-66. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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    BC basketball coach Jim Christian gained an important verbal commitment Thursday.

    Jairus Hamilton, a 6-foot-8-inch forward ranked among the top 100 high school/prep basketball prospects in the country by multiple scouting services, announced on Twitter that he verbally committed to Boston College.

    Hamilton attends the Cannon School in Concord, N.C., and is averaging 28 points and 14 rebounds per game this season. The Charlotte Observer reported Hamilton had more than 30 Division 1 offers.

    “It was just about having the opportunity to play with former North Carolina kids like Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman; they are big-time players that have the chance to play at the next level,” Hamilton told Rivals.com. “Jim Christian is a good, up-and-coming coach who has a good up-and-coming team within the ACC.”

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    Hamilton’s brother Jared, a 6-4 guard, will transfer to BC from Georgia Southern, per multiple reports. He will have two seasons of eligibility left.

    College basketball

    BU stays hot by routing Colgate

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    Boston University continued its run of strong play by defeating Colgate, 72-58, at Case Gym. Max Mahoney and Cedric Hankerson each scored 14 points. The Terriers (8-8, 4-1 Patriot) have won four of their last five games . . . Charleston (12-5, 3-2 CAA) cruised to an 82-66 home victory over Northeastern (10-7, 3-2), which got 15 points from Vasa Pusica . . . Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points, and N.C. State (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on to beat No. 19 Clemson (14-2, 3-1), 78-77, after Gabe DeVoe missed the third of three free throws with 0.2 seconds left that would have forced overtime . . . The Boston College women’s team couldn’t keep up with Virginia (12-6, 5-0 ACC) in a 68-57 loss at Conte Forum. Milan Bolden-Morris’s 14 points led the Eagles (6-10, 1-2) . . . The BU women’s team (8-7, 3-2 Patriot) routed host Colgate, 62-49, by scoring 40 points in the paint.

    Running

    Elite field named for 2018 Boston Marathon

    Six previous champions and 17 top US runners will be among the elite men’s and women’s entrants for the 122nd Boston Marathon, an international field that includes 23 Olympians, race sponsor John Hancock announced Thursday. Defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya; two-time Boston champion and 2013 World Championships marathon silver medalist Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia; and 2016 Boston winner Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia lead a formidable men’s field. American Galen Rupp , runner-up in Boston last year, also returns. On the women’s side, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya is back to defend her crown. Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa , the 2016 Olympic marathon silver medalist, and Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia, a London champion and three-time winner of Dubai, will look to challenge Kiplagat.

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    Baseball

    Chavis among Red Sox’ BC group

    A group of 10 prospects will take part next week in the Red Sox Rookie Development Program at Boston College, which is intended to familiarize minor leaguers who are call-up candidates for 2018 or early 2019 with members of the organization as well as the city of Boston. This year’s group is headlined by the organization’s top position prospect, third baseman/first baseman Michael Chavis. Also participating will be infielder Chad de la Guerra, first baseman Josh Ockimey, infielder Esteban Quiroz, and pitchers Jalen Beeks, Ty Buttrey, Justin Haley, Williams Jerez, Bobby Poyner, and Mike Shawayrn.

    ALEX SPEIER

    Free agent Bruce returning to Mets

    The New York Mets and Jay Bruce are going to be reunited. The free agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made. Bruce, 30, will get $10 million this year and $14.5 million in each of the following two seasons. He can designated five teams each year that he cannot be traded to without his consent. Bruce hit a combined .254 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs for the Mets and Cleveland Indians last season. New York traded him Aug. 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan . . . Reliever Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract, a raise from the $1,825,000 he earned last season. McAllister was 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 50 relief appearances last year, striking out 66 in 62 innings . . . The Chicago White Sox agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with righthander Miguel Gonzalez, whom they traded away late last season . . . The Atlanta Braves released third baseman Adonis Garcia after the 32-year-old Cuban expressed a ‘‘desire to play in South Korea for the 2018 season.’’ . . . Outfielder Jake Marisnick avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros . . . Reliever Blake Parker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

    Hockey

    Kelly makes Canada’s squad

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    Former Bruin Chris Kelly was named to Canada’s roster for the PyeongChang Olympics. Kelly, 37, was playing with Belleville of the AHL this season . . . USA Hockey named David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell as the final two goaltenders for its Olympic team. Leggio, who has played for the AHL’s Portland Pirates and Clarkson University, and Maxwell join a team that already includes Ryan Zapolski, who is expected to be the starting goalie . . . Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss 4-6 weeks with an injury to his lower left leg . . . Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon officially became the majority owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Team officials said the sale closed about two months after Dundon signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the franchise from longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr. The NHL said its Board of Governors has given its approval. Karmanos will retain a minority ownership interest in the club he moved from Hartford to North Carolina in 1997.

    Soccer

    Pulisic named top US player

    Christian Pulisic was the runaway winner of soccer’s US Player of the Year, the youngest choice in the award’s 27-year-history. The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder received 81 first-place votes and 254 points in balloting conducted among 104 media by the radio network Futbol de Primera . . . The Revolution signed 24-year-old midfielder Wilfried Zahibo.

    Tennis

    Australian Open reveals its draw

    The Australian Open announced its draw, and defending champion Roger Federer is in the same half as six-time winner Novak Djokovic, who is returning from an elbow injury and is seeded 14th. Federer is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title. Rafael Nadal is the No. 1 seed. In the women’s draw, top-ranked Simona Halep is in the same half as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who has a difficult quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.

    Golf

    Johnson, Kirk lead Sony Open

    Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk kept clean cards on a gorgeous day and each shot 7-under-par 63 to share the lead after the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament in Honolulu. They were a shot ahead of Brian Harman, Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley and PGA Tour rookie Talor Gooch. Jordan Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-4 eighth hole — his 17th of the round — an episode that began with his tee shot caroming off a trunk and into a ditch. He wound up with a quadruple-bogey 8, marring his eight-birdie round for only a 69 . . . Branden Grace and Chase Koepka shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead at the European Tour’s SA Open in Gauteng, South Africa.

    Miscellany

    Alabama takes big draft hit

    National college football champion Alabama once again must replace a number of key players leaving early for the NFL Draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, safety Ronnie Harrison, and tailback Bo Scarbrough announced they’re skipping their senior seasons. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne is also entering the draft, and wide receiver Calvin Ridley already had announced his departure . . . A municipal court judge in Montgomery, Ala., sentenced WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to 60 hours of community service for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Wilder, 32, received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation for his arrest in June . . . The Michigan attorney general’s office has asked a judge to sentence a disgraced Michigan sports doctor to 40 to 125 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls. The office filed its sentencing memorandum Wednesday for Larry Nassar, 54, ahead of a sentencing hearing beginning next week in Ingham County. He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years. The Lansing State Journal reports that Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis wrote in the filing that Nassar for decades preyed upon unknowing victims at every turn and at every opportunity,’’ including at USA Gymnastics training facilities. A federal judge in December sentenced Nassar to 60 years in prison for three child pornography convictions. Nassar is appealing that sentence.