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BU 4, Merrimack 3

Dante Fabbro’s hat trick paces BU over Merrimack

The Terriers won at Merrimack for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Boston College's Steffon Mitchell (41) grabs a rebound in front of Clemson's Shelton Mitchell (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Clemson won 74-70. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

‘BC’ and ‘NCAA Tournament’ can be mentioned in the same sentence

It’s amazing to think the Eagles can make it into the field, though they do have a lot of work to do.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

North Billerica’s Kassi Abbott has an 8-1 record in goal for SUNY Plattsburgh hockey this season.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Ellis savoring his life at Harvard — on ice

A Burlington resident, Eddie Ellis is part of a hockey team seeking to qualify for the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight year.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Milton’s Davis sees value in adversity

Now recovered from a severe knee injury, Maya Davis is making a major impact on the Middlebury College women’s basketball team.

CAMPUS ANGLE

O’Neil lifting his hoop game, and Bowdoin’s

The Lexington High product is putting up numbers that are top-notch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Arlington’s Phil Leotsakos had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Connecticut College defeat Fisher College, 79-70, Jan. 9.

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Globe South: Noteworthy performances

Plymouth’s Gabrielle Reuter has 89 points so far for Stonehill College women’s basketball., 13-2 on the season.

Items were left at a makeshift memorial for Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski outside Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday.

Drew Bledsoe says Washington State QB, who died in apparent suicide, was ‘a great friend and mentor to my son’

Tyler Hilinski died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Bentley coach Barbara Stevens wins 1,000th game

She is just the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach that milestone.

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Two college baseball games coming to Fenway in April

The games — Army-Navy and BC-Florida — will benefit charitable causes.

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016 file photo, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) runs onto the field with his teammates before an NCAA college football game against Idaho in Pullman, Wash. Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn’t show up for practice Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski, 21, found dead

Hilinski was discovered in his apartment, and died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

BC 81, Florida State 75

BC tops Florida State for first time in six years

The Eagles beat the FSU press, then held on with precision free throw shooting.

Michigan's Mortiz Wagner, right, drives against Michigan State's Gavin Schilling during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan won 82-72. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan State’s loss to Michigan was revealing

Some of the Spartans’ flaws were exposed as they fell to their in-state rival.

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Cautious Lindsey Vonn watches as Italians sweep

A month before the Olympics, the American skier held back throughout in a cautious run

zLUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Brandone Francis #1 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Josh Webster #3 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrate at a timeout during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on January 13, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Texas Tech takes down No. 2 West Virginia

The No. 8 Red Raiders won the first-ever Top 10 matchup on their home court.

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BC 86, DARTMOUTH 72

BC basketball pulls away from Dartmouth

The Eagles (12-6) were coming off a 30-point defeat to North Carolina.

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Sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dead at 89

The longtime voice of college football also worked NFL, NBA, and Olympics telecasts.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Lightning lose Victor Hedman for 3-6 weeks

The All-Star defenseman was helped from the ice Thursday following a knee-to-knee collision with Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway

PROVIDENCE 4, BC 1

No. 11 Providence skates past 16th-ranked BC

The hot Friars spoiled goalie Joe Woll’s return to the Eagles to earn their fifth straight win.

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)

SPORTS LOG

Top basketball prospect Jairus Hamilton verbally commits to BC

The 6-8 forward is ranked among the top 100 high school prospects in the country by scouting services.

Rutgers' Issa Thiam (35) grabs a rebound against Michigan State's Joshua Langford, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 76-72 in overtime. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan State hasn’t proven it’s a championship team

The Spartans will get a chance to make a statement against rival Michigan Saturday.

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Jeremy Swayman has helped Maine climb to contention in Hockey East

The Black Bears’ freshman goalie has an 8-3-1 record with a 2.37 goals against average.

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GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Plymouth’s Rayshon Ward, a sophomore forward on Bridgewater State men’s basketball team, scored 25 points in a 101-67 win over Newbury College Jan. 6.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

In his first year at Dartmouth, Needham’s Quin Foreman had a game-tying goal in the third period in what proved to be a 6-5 overtime hockey win over Rensselaer Jan. 6.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Burlington’s Kali Flanagan was named to the US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

UMass' Luwane Pipkins (2) shoots a three pointer against LaSalle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

College basketball | UMass 86, La Salle 79 (OT)

Luwane Pipkins scores 44 points for UMass in OT win

Sophomore guard set program and Mullins Center scoring records hitting 15-of-27 shots, including six 3-pointers and all eight free throws, for the Minutemen (9-8, 2-2 A-10).

Jeff Konya named Northeastern director of athletics

Konya has more than two decades of experience, most recently as director of athletics at Oakland University.

North Carolina's Sterling Manley (21) blocks a shot by Boston College's Jordan Chatman (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. North Carolina won 96-66. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC 96, BC 66

BC demolished by No. 20 North Carolina

The Eagles were outrebounded, 58-23, in a 30-point loss at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Springfield MA 3/18/17 Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Dimon Carrigan blocks Franklin High School Jalen Samuels shot during first half action of the 2017 MIAA Boys Division 1 State Finals at MassMutual Center. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Dimon Carrigan transfers to Eastern Florida State College

After a dominant semester at Bunker Hill CC, former Cambridge star will play for Division 1 junior college tean.

Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa waves to fans Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, as the team returned to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama defeated Georgia in 26-23 in overtime in Monday night's NCAA college football championship game. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Alabama is No. 1 in final Associated Press poll

Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes after Monday’s OT win for national title.

Northeastern will name Jeff Konya as director of athletics

Konya will replace Peter Roby, who is retiring.

Alabama Crimson Tide players celebrated after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs.

Christopher L. Gasper

It was great to be a Georgia Bulldog, until it wasn’t

Georgia appeared to have the national title wrapped up, but you can never count out Nick Saban.

President Trump held his hand over his heart during the national anthem prior to Monday’s game.

Trump gets mostly cheers in college football title game appearance

The president watched some of college football’s national title game Monday in Atlanta in a luxury box.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

With former Patriots coach Brian Daboll, it’s big games and big comebacks

After Alabama’s win in Monday’s national title game, the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator has won two championships in 11 months.

Freshman DeVonta Smith celebrated after his 41-yard, game-winning touchdown catch in overtime.

CFP national championship: Alabama 26, Georgia 23

Freshmen lead Alabama to heart-stopping OT win

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban won his record-tying sixth national championship.

National title game still feels like afterthought to season

The College Football Playoff is here to stay.

Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) goes to the basket as Marquette guard Sam Hauser (10) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 100-90. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

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Villanova resumes spot atop AP’s men’s basketball poll

West Virginia is at No. 2, its highest ranking since Jerry West played for the Mountaineers in 1959.

Massachusetts coach Matt McCall, shouts out instructions to his players during the first half against Providence in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Amherst, Mass.(J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UMass coach Matt McCall continues to produce surprises

Without two suspended starters, the Minutemen won at Dayton for the first time since 2008.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart pose with the NCAA college football championship trophy at a press conference in Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Georgia and Alabama will be playing for the championship on Monday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Alabama vs. Georgia | 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Alabama is back in the title game, but there’s no room for complacency

The Crimson Tide has returned to the CFP national championship game for the third straight season.

If Alabama topples Georgia, coach Nick Saban will capture his fifth national championship with the Crimson Tide.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Alabama’s Nick Saban is a larger-than-life figure

His success with the Crimson Tide has made him the ruler of college football.

Providence guard Makai Ashton-Langford (1) drives the lane through the defense of Xavier guards J.P. Macura (55) and Trevon Bluiett (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

COLLEGE ROUNDUP

Harvard hockey keeps coming back, knocks off Union in OT

Freshman Henry Bowlsby scored twice, including the winner with 5.1 seconds left in overtime.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 1/06/2018 - (1st Half) Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Mitchell Wilbekin (10) drives the lane as Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman (0) goes up for the attempted block during the first half. BC hosts Wake Forest in ACC basketball game at Conte Forum. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 07Wake Forest-BC, LOID: 8.4.542955110.

BC 77, WAKE FOREST 71

BC breaks two-game skid, edges Wake Forest

Jerome Robinson scored 25 points and Steffonan Mitchell added 17 to pace the Eagles.

Georgia players speak during media day, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. Georgia and Alabama will be playing for the NCAA football national championship on Monday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Bob Ryan

College football playoff system works, but there will be disputes

Rhetoric being the order of the day, opponents of the system call it “rigged.” I’d call it “stacked.”

Canada goaltender Carter Hart (31) makes a save against Sweden during first-period gold medal IIHF world junior championship hockey game action in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Tyler Steenbergen caps Canada’s 3-1 gold-medal win over Sweden

Sweden’s Lias Andersson was so upset that upon being awarded his silver medal, he skated away and threw it into the stands.

Boston College's Zach Allen (2) tackles Virginia Tech's Travon McMillian during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Virginia Tech won 23-10. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC defensive end Zach Allen will be back for senior season

After weighing entry into the NFL draft, he decided he had more work to do at The Heights.

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

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Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

The former Boston College star will have a section of the first rib under his collarbone removed and will be sidelined indefinitely.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) drives past Northwestern State forward Brandon Hutton, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla. The Big 12 is poised for a big week as conferences dive deep into league play. It has a national-best six teams in this week's AP Top 25 along with two games featuring a pair of ranked teams, including No. 12 Oklahoma's visit to 10th-ranked surprise TCU as the top game on the schedule for ranked teams in the week ahead. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Set the TiVo: Trae Young plays at 7:15 Saturday night

Oklahoma’s point guard is the best player in the country, leading college basketball in scoring and assists.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Babson’s Hall getting offensive on the ice

Westwood’s Bobby Hall matched his entire offensive output from last year for Babson’s hockey team in just 60 minutes early this season.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Stoneham’s Mairi Anthony netted her first two collegiate goals for the Connecticut College women’s hockey team.