Duke, Notre Dame men to play for title Monday
Top-seeded Duke lost a key cog in its high-scoring offensive machine when All-America attackman Josh Dionne suffered a season-ending knee injury in last Sunday’s NCAA Division I men’s quarterfinals.
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Kyle Keenan filled in and scored four goals to lead the Blue Devils to a 15-12 victory over fifth-seeded Denver in the semifinals on Saturday in Baltimore.
Defending champion Duke (16-3) will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame (12-5) for the title Monday.
The Fighting Irish, getting five goals from Matt Kavanagh, advanced by beating seventh-seeded Maryland 11-6. The doubleheader attracted a crowd of 30,428.
Keenan was an attackman in high school, but was forced to play midfield this season in order to crack Duke’s loaded lineup. Coach John Danowski said Keenan was the ideal choice to replace Dionne.
“I was just at the right place at the right time,” Keenan said of his career-high goal output. “I have to credit my teammates.”
On April 5, Duke won 15-7 at Notre Dame.
Finland, Russia win in semifinals at worlds
Finland blanked the Czech Republic 3-0 in the semifinals of the IIHF world championship to set up a final against Russia on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus.
Russia advanced to the title game by beating defending champion Sweden 3-1 in a matchup of the last two titleholders.
Jori Lehtera scored twice, once into an empty net, for Finland and Pekka Rinne stopped 20 shots for the shutout.
Russia has won all nine of its games at the tournament and is one victory from its second title in three years. Russia has a chance to avenge a disappointing loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of this year’s Sochi Olympics.
Russian forward Alex Ovechkin, a standout for the NHL Washington Capitals, had an assist. He is recovering from a right-leg injury.
“I had a new knee brace and felt much better,” Ovechkin said.
Mixed martial arts
Dillashaw stuns Barao
Californian TJ Dillashaw pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, dominating bantamweight champion Renan Barao until the fight was stopped at 2:26 of the fifth round at UFC 173 in Las Vegas.
Dillashaw, a 9-1 underdog, landed a high left-leg kick that sent the Brazilian to the mat and added a few more strikes before referee Herb Dean intervened.
Dillashaw nearly had Barao finished in the first round with a hard overhand right that floored the champion. Dillashaw’s footwork and sharp striking from various angles kept him in control.
• Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his WBC light-heavyweight title, unanimously outpointing Poland’s Andrej Fonfara at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Stevenson (24-1), a Montreal-based boxer from Haiti, was knocked down in the ninth round by Fonfara (25-3).
• Maya Moore scored 30 points to lead host Minnesota to an 87-82 WNBA victory over New York. Moore is the first player in the league to score at least 30 points in four consecutive games.
Elena Delle Donne scored 27 points as Chicago beat visiting Atlanta 87-73 to improve to 4-0.
• In the NFL, Kansas City signed first-round draft pick Dee Ford, who played defensive end at Auburn but is viewed by the Chiefs as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
• Former Olympian Taylor Phinney triumphed in the men’s time trial at the U.S. cycling championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., by covering 19 miles in 37 minutes, 48 seconds. Defending champion Tom Zirbel was second.
Alison Powers won the women’s time trial in 42:23.
• Italian cyclist Enrico Battaglin of the Bardiani CSF team won the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia as the race reached the first of the high mountains.
Battaglin rode the 101.8 miles from Aglie to Oropa in 4 hours, 34 minutes, 41 seconds.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran of the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team has the overall lead by 32 seconds over Australian Cadel Evans of BMC Racing.
Garmin-Sharp rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was 158th in the stage and is 155th overall.
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