Amanda Kessel scored twice, and the Minnesota Gophers breezed by Boston University 6-3 to finish the first perfect season in the 13-year history of NCAA women's hockey. Minnesota was 41-0.
Minnesota women complete
perfect season with NCAA title
Amanda Kessel scored twice, and the Minnesota Gophers breezed by Boston University 6-3 Sunday in Minneapolis to finish the first perfect season in the 13-year history of NCAA women’s hockey.
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Mira Jalosuo, Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen and Rachel Ramsey also scored for the Gophers (41-0), who won their second consecutive national championship — and fourth overall — and stretched their record winning streak to 49 games. Their last loss was to North Dakota on Feb. 17, 2012.
Sarah Lefort, Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenelle Kohanchuk scored for the Terriers (28-6-3), whose 10-game winning streak ended.
Three Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams have won all of the NCAA titles. Minnesota Duluth has five and Wisconsin has four.
Noora Raty made 21 saves for the Gophers, who never trailed after needing overtime to outlast Boston College in the semifinals and triple OT to get past North Dakota in the quarterfinals.
Kessel, who won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Saturday as the top player in the country, added two assists.
Kessel, the sister of NHL Toronto Maple Leafs player Phil Kessel, finished her junior season with 46 goals and 55 assists.
Raty received the Most Outstanding Player award for the NCAA tournament.
Mired in a marathon game in the opening set, Maria Sharapova wore down her opponent with characteristic resolve and relentlessness, winning the last point without hitting a shot.
That put third-seeded Sharapova ahead to stay, and she beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam last year, but has not won the Key Biscayne title, losing the final in 2005, 2006 and each of the past two years.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest tournaments for us, and it’s one that I have been the most consistent at, being in four finals, but yet not winning it. I would definitely love to go a step further here.”
Her pivotal moment Sunday came at 3-all in the first set. The next game went to deuce seven times, with Sharapova repeatedly erasing a deficit, until Vesnina dumped a weary second serve into the net on break point.
“That was a very important game,” Sharapova said. “It was a really long one. I was ready for a water break.”
No. 28 Sorana Cirstea of Romania beat No. 6 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-0.
In the men’s bracket, top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat 254th-ranked Somdev Devvarman of India 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic is seeking his fourth Key Biscayne title and third in a row.
Chivas USA wins MLS match
Defender Joaquin Velazquez and striker Juan Agudelo scored in the second half to help Chivas USA beat the host Chicago Fire 4-1 in a Major League Soccer match.
Velazquez gave Chivas (2-1-1) a 2-1 lead on a header in the 73rd minute. Agudelo scored from 15 yards in the 75th minute and Chivas added an own goal in the 89th minute when Fire defender Jalil Anibaba knocked Jose Correa’s centering pass into the Chicago goal.
Patrick Nyarko scored for the Fire (0-3-1), its first goal of the season after 333 minutes, 57 seconds, plus stoppage time, without a score.
Favored Govenor Charlie romps
Govenor Charlie, owned by former Mount Vernon resident Mike Pegram, beat 26-1 shot Show Some Magic by 5 lengths to win the $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico.
Govenor Charlie, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, ran 1-1/8 miles in a track-record 1 minute, 47.54 seconds. The favorite paid $4.60 to win in the Grade III race.
According to Daily Racing Form, Pegram said Baffert will decide whether the colt competes in the May 4 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
• Canadian skier Ana Goodman won the women’s slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif. Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyo., was second.
World champion Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, of Eagle-Vail, Colo., had a 1.22-second lead after the first run but straddled a gate on the second run and therefore did not finish.
• In World Cup cross-country skiing in Falun, Sweden, Petter Northug of Norway secured the overall title with a victory in the final race of the season.
Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland was the women’s overall champion.
• Kenyan runner Emily Chebet regained her IAAF cross-country world-championship title by winning in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She finished the 4.8-mile course in 24 minutes, 24 seconds in freezing temperatures.
Chebet also won the 2010 race.
• Britain’s Chris Froome, a Team Sky cyclist who was runner-up in last year’s Tour de France, won the three-stage Criterium International in France.
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