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Bryce Aiken and the Harvard men’s basketball team have the top spot in the preseason Ivy League poll.

Harvard men earn top spot in Ivy League preseason basketball poll

The two-time defending Ivy regular-season champions return five all-Ivy players from a 19-12 squad.

Chestnut Hill MA 10-15-19: Boston College men's basketball head coach Jim Christian is pictured during a practice session in the Power Gym that was part of Media Day at Conte Forum. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

BC tries to take a few tips from the Texas Tech basketball playbook

Coach Jim Christian paid a summer visit to Chris Beard, coach of last year’s national championship runners-up.

ILLINOIS 24, NO. 6 WISCONSIN 23

Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin on last-second field goal

The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 10 (1st quarter) Boston College Eagles defensive end Shitta Sillah (47) sacks North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Bailey Hockman (16) during the first quarter. The Boston College Eagles host the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Alumni Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 21N.C. State-BC, LOID: 9.0.1143267219.

BC NOTEBOOK

While the offense ran wild, BC defense locked down N.C. State

Two weeks after giving up 664 yards to Louisville, Boston College limited the Wolfpack to barely half that.

HARVARD 31, HOLY CROSS 21

Harvard defense forces four turnovers in winning at Holy Cross

An eighth straight Homecoming loss for the Crusaders put Harvard’s Tim Murphy within one win of Ivy League history.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 10 (4th quarter) Boston College Eagles running back AJ Dillon (2) dances into the end zone with his second touchdown to give the Eagles a 38-10 lead over the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the fourth quarter. The Boston College Eagles host the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Alumni Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 21N.C. State-BC, LOID: 9.0.1143267219.

BC 45, N.C. State 24

Boston College runs over N.C. State

The Eagles racked up 429 rushing yards against the former best ground defense in the ACC, with AJ Dillon totaling 223 yards and three touchdowns.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney directs the team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Fair Pay to Play Act a winner for college athletes

California believes college athletes should be able to profit from endorsement deals and their own name, image, and likeness.

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

Coach Matt McCall out to remake things for UMass men’s basketball

A roster restocked with talented players will help, but McCall is mostly focused on changing the culture.

CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO MICALE, NOT MALIK - Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham (3) runs through an opening in the Boston College defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Julian Benbow

BC football aims to solidify its porous defense against N.C. State

Eagles will attempt to regroup after giving up a school-record 664 yards in a 41-39 loss to the Louisville Cardinals two weeks ago.

20zocampus --Ryan Shea, junior defenseman for Northeastern hockey. (Jim Pierce/Northeastern Athletics)

College hockey notebook

Northeastern hockey has no problem plugging holes

Transfer goalie Craig Pantano and defenseman Ryan Shea are playing big roles after the loss of standout players.

Former Walpole and Brandeis stars Mimi (left in left photo, below in right photo), and Ali Theodore.

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The Theodore twins were on the ball at Walpole, Brandeis

Ali and Mimi Theodore were teammates for 15 years, starting as youth soccer players in Walpole and concluding as soccer and softball team members at Brandeis University.

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GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Weymouth’s Declan Foley led the UMass Dartmouth men’s soccer team to its fourth shutout of the season.

Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel (6) attempts to get rid of the ball before being brought down by Louisville defensive lineman Amonte Caban (53) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

BC Football

Thrust into starting QB role, former BC walk-on Dennis Grosel already has teammates’ respect

The sophomore from Ohio is a motivating force in the locker room, despite not even making the depth chart last season.

Leah Cardarelli has brought her field hockey skills to UMass Lowell.

CAMPUS ANGLE

A-B grad Leah Cardarelli has transferred her stick skills to UMass Lowell

The Acton-Boxborough graduate played three seasons at Michigan, but yearned to close out her career close to home.

Chestnut Hill MA 10-15-19: Boston College men's basketball head coach Jim Christian (center) calls for a team high five after he delivered a pep talk during a practice session in the Power Gym that was part of Media Day at Conte Forum. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Coach Jim Christian has new approach for BC basketball

The Eagles took a step back last season, going 14-17 after going 19-16 the year before and getting an NIT bid.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC quarterback Anthony Brown lost for the season with knee injury

The junior will need surgery, cutting his season short for the second time in three years.

Harvard 35, Cornell 22

QB Jake Smith leads Harvard past Cornell with 3 touchdown passes

The Crimson overcame an early deficit to take command.

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GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Sudbury’s Matt Johnson became the first St. Michael’s golfer to capture the Northeast-10 Conference championship.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: Spencer Knight poses for a portrait after being selected thirteenth overall by the Florida Panthers during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

College hockey notebook

Strong freshman class boosts BC in preseason polls

Five of the Eagles’ freshmen were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft in June.

Franklin, MA 11-20-18: Jim Calhoun, the head coach of the St. Joseph's Blue Jays Division Three men's basketball team is pictured with his team during the playing of the national anthem before the club's first ever road game vs. Dean College played at the Pieri Gymnasium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

SPORTS LOG

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun accused of sexual discrimination

A former associate athletic director has sued the school where the former UConn coach now works.

Wayland’s Alex Jenny played college ball at Dartmouth.

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At Wayland and Dartmouth, Alex Jenny learned ‘we is more important than me’

The record-setting quarterback is now a senior manager for a footwear company in California.

Middlebury College runner Cassie Kearney of Rockland appreciates college-level competition.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Rockland’s Cassie Kearney stays right on course at Middlebury

A Division 3 All-American as a freshman, the Thayer Academy grad earned is legging out top finishes as a sophomore.

Florida International quarterback James Morgan (12) drops back to pass against Tulane during an NCAA football game on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 44, UMASS 0

UMass can’t find its footing in defeat

The Minutemen gave up 541 yards to the Panthers’ offense while gaining only 115 of their own.

Florida wide receiver Josh Hammond (10) celebrates with running back Lamical Perine (2) after catching a touchdown pass against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

FLORIDA 24, AUBURN 13

No. 10 Florida holds on to beat seventh-ranked Auburn

Lamical Perine sealed the Gators’ victory with an 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel (6) attempts to get rid of the ball before being brought down by Louisville defensive lineman Amonte Caban (53) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

bc notebook

Eagles face uncertain future but Steve Addazio confident in backup QBs

Dennis Grosel threw for 111 yards with three TDs and one interception after replacing the injured Anthony Brown.

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, rapper Snoop Dogg performs for the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during Late Night in the Phog, Kansas' annual NCAA college basketball kickoff at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. (Nick Krug/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)

SPORTS LOG

University of Kansas apologizes for Snoop Dogg’s performance

The rapper performed a risque act during the school’s annual basketball kickoff event.

Boston, MA - 11/17/2018 - (4th quarter) Harvard Crimson running back Devin Darrington (36) run for a touchdown during the fourth quarter was called back because of an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Crimson during the fourth quarter. Harvard hosts Yale at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 18Yale-Harvard , LOID: 8.4.3826701376.

HARVARD 62, HOWARD 17

Harvard ground game keys rout of Howard

Devin Darrington ran for three touchdowns and DeMarkes Stradford two as the Crimson rushed for seven scores to beat Bison.

Louisville linebacker Rodjay Burns (10) attempts to stop Boston College running back David Bailey (26) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE 41, BC 39

BC edged by Louisville as quarterback Anthony Brown injured

Brown went down untouched at the end of a 14-yard run.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC football

Will BC’s return to Louisville mark another launching point?

Two years ago, the Eagles were sent soaring by a 45-42 upset win over the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy-winning QB Lamar Jackson.

Boston MA 10/09/18 Boston University new men's hockey coach Albie O'Connell during practice at Agganis Arena. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

College hockey notebook

BU hockey has high expectations despite 11 freshmen

Coach Albie O’Connell points to his four captains to provide leadership.

CAMPUS ANGLE

As a captain at BC, Upton’s Gaby Carreiro places a priority on ‘enjoying’ the game

The former Nipmuc Regional women’s soccer standout has helped Eagles take flight with an 8-2-1 start.

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30 years later, Frank Simonetti still puts on his skates for the Bruins

A multiple-sport athlete at Stoneham High and Norwich University, the 6-foot-1-inch defenseman played four seasons in the NHL.

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GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Dedham’s Alessia Cahoon had a perfect week playing the No. 1 singles and doubles spots for the 10-0 Roger Williams women’s tennis team.

Chestnut Hill MA 9/13/19 Boston College Eagles AJ Dillon is slowed by Kansas Jayhawks Kyron Johnson during second quarter action at Alumni Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

BC’s AJ Dillon ready for another crack at Louisville

The junior running back’s career took off with a 272-yard, 4-touchdown game against the Cardinals as a freshman.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during an interview with The New York Times, in New York, Sept. 23, 2019. Newsom on Sept. 30 signed into law a plan to allow college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsements. The measure, the first of its kind, threatens the business model of college sports. (Calla Kessler/The New York Times)

California law to allow college athletes to earn money from endorsements

Athletes also could hire agents under the law set to take effect in 2023.

umass 37, akron 29

Michael Curtis leads the charge to give UMass its first victory

Senior quarterback passed for two touchdowns and ran for one in win over Akron.

Chestnut Hill MA 9/28/19 Boston College AJ Dillon hurdles Wake Forest Essang Bassey as teammate Nasir Greer prepares to make the tackle during first half action at Alumni Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

BC NOTEBOOK

Offense racks up yards but has been lacking efficiency in the red zone

Eagles went 3 for 3 in the red zone Saturday but dropped a potential touchdown in the first half.

Chestnut Hill MA 9/28/19 Boston College Chris Garrison touchdown reception beating Wake Forest Essang Bassey during fourth quarter action at Alumni Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

WAKE FOREST 27, BC 24

Boston College falls short in comeback attempt against Wake Forest

BC’s AJ Dillon rushed for 159 yards on 23 attempts but was kept out of the end zone by the Demon Deacons.

Harvard 42, Brown 7

Harvard destroys Brown in Ivy League football opener

Jake Smith threw for 299 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for the Crimson.

Boston College place kicker Aaron Boumerhi (41) kicks a field goal during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Boston, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

What’s it like to be a college kicker? BC’s Aaron Boumerhi explains

The graduate transfer who previously attended Temple offers insight on the position and the process.

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, left, directs his team against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in Charlotte, N.C. Georgia Tech's basketball team was banned from postseason play for the upcoming season and slapped with four years of probation for major recruiting violations committed by a former assistant coach and an ex-friend of head coach Josh Pastner. The sanctions handed down Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, by the NCAA also included a reduction in scholarships, limits on recruiting and a fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the program's budget. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Sports Log

Georgia Tech men’s basketball program punished by NCAA

The Yellow Jackets were banned from postseason play this upcoming season and put on four years of probation for major recruiting violations.

THURSDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Freshman Shea Freda overcame her jitters to spark Lexington field hockey over Winchester

Freda knocked in a fifth-minute rebound and tallied with two minutes left in the first half of a 4-2 upset over the eighth-ranked Sachems.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Anthony Brown #13 of the Boston College Eagles looks to pass during the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

BC vs. Wake Forest

Boston College seeks to gain more consistency in passing game

Facing an ACC home game against Wake Forest and its high-octane offense, Eagles will be expected to keep pace.

Boston, MA, 09/26/2019 -- Boston College hockey coach Jerry York is seen during Hockey East college hockey media day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Hockey East Reporter:

BC picked first in Hockey East preseason coaches’ poll

Jerry York’s bunch received eight of a possible 11 first-place votes.

Leanne Tarkanian was 42-29 with a 2.50 ERA during her career at Curry.

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Former Middleborough and Curry ace Leanne Tarkanian still making her pitch

As a special education teacher at Hanover High and pitching coach for the Curry College women’s softball team, she strives to challenge her students and players.

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In his debut for the Brown University football team, Andover’s EJ Perry accounted for 5 touchdowns in a 35-30 win.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 8/31/2019 (4th quarter) Boston College Eagles running back David Bailey (26) bulls his way into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown. The Boston College Eagles host the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 01Virginia Tech-BC, LOID: 9.0.716954472.

JULIAN BENBOW

Forget flying, Boston College succeeding with stampede mentality

Running backs AJ Dillon and David Bailey, the self-fashioned “Buffalo Boys,” have powered the Eagles’ attack.

Both the Northeastern and Boston University women’s hockey teams are in the Top 10 of the first USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

Northeastern, BU, BC ranked in preseason women’s hockey poll

Defending champion Wisconsin starts the season at No. 1, defending Hockey East champion Northeastern checks in at No. 4.

Boston College, Wake Forest haven’t forgotten where they came from

The 4-0 Demon Deacons are churning out 533.8 yards per game and they have the ACC’s second-best scoring offense (38.0)

Los Angeles Sparks' Chelsea Gray, center, goes to the basket while defended by Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones, left, and Jasmine Thomas during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball playoff game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Long Beach, Calf. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

WNBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Connecticut advances to WNBA Finals

Jasmine Thomas scored a game-high 29 points as the Sun swept their best-of-five semifinal series with the Los Angeles Sparks.