AP NEWS

Fox, Makar Are Hobey Finalists

April 5, 2019

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for college hockey’s top player -- and all three are defensemen.

They are Adam Fox, a junior from Harvard University, Cale Makar, a sophomore from the University of Massachusetts, and Jimmy Schuldt, a senior from St. Cloud State University.

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 12, 2019 from HarborCenter in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NCAA Frozen Four.

Hilary Knight put the U.S. ahead during a five-goal third period, rallying the Americans past host Finland 6-2 on opening day of the women’s world hockey championship. ... North Chelmsford native Jack Eichel scored a goal and added two assists, and the Buffalo Sabres closed their home schedule by snapping an eight-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Ex-UMass Lowell star Carter Hutton stopped 21 shots, and the Sabres finished with a 21-15-5 home record to match their most wins in Buffalo since going 21-12-8 in 2011-12.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Texas claims NIT title

Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.

Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to the NIT championship with an 81-66 win over Lipscomb at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s great to win a championship,” coach Shaka Smart said.

The Longhorns (21-16) beat South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado and TCU to reach the final, and survived a few late shots at the lead to win their first NIT title since 1978.

Texas Tech’s Chris Beard has guided his team to its first Final Four appearance and now has a top coaching honor to go with it.

Beard has been named The Associated Press men’s college basketball coach of the year. ... Megan Gustafson rewrote the women’s basketball record book at Iowa. The 6-foot-3 center led the nation in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 27.9 points, and became the fourth player to reach 1,000 points in a year. On Thursday, she won The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year award. Baylor’s Kim Mulkey was also honored, taking the AP coach of the year award for the second time. She has led top-ranked Baylor to a 35-1 record and helped the Lady Bears reach the Final Four for the first time since 2012.

GENERAL

Kim takes the lead

Si Woo Kim birdied five of his final eight holes for a 6-under 66 and the first-round lead at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Kim, the 2017 Players Championship winner, leads by a shot over Abraham Ancer, J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas. He’s two ahead of a group that includes Ricky Fowler and Jordan Spieth at the PGA Tour’s last stop before Augusta.

Trevor Bauer was pulled by manager Terry Francona after seven hitless innings and 117 pitches, and watched from the dugout as Toronto’s Freddy Galvis broke up Cleveland’s bid for a combined no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth inning of the Indians’ 4-1 win.

Bauer was attempting to throw Cleveland’s first no-hitter in 38 years -- on the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field’s opening -- but was taken out as his pitch count increased.

Jon Edwards got two outs in the eighth before closer Brad Hand worked out of a bases-loaded jam. Hand, however, gave up a hard single to center by Galvis. Moments later, Alen Hansen followed with Toronto’s second hit and the Blue Jays scored before Hand struck out two for his third save.