April 12, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Boston U. forces OT, wins hockey title


Trailing by two goals with a minute left in regulation in the NCAA hockey title game, top seed Boston University stormed back to force overtime, then beat Miami (Ohio), 4-3, in Washington on a goal that went in off a RedHawks player in the extra session. Colby Cohen was credited with the winning goal on a slap shot that ricocheted off sliding defenseman Kevin Roeder's leg 11:47 into OT and gave BU (35-6-4) its fifth national hockey title - and first since 1995. Both goalies - Boston's Kieran Millan and Miami's Cody Reichard - are freshmen, and both were superb. Millan made 29 saves. Reichard made 28. Tommy Wingels and Trent Vogelhuber scored less than 3 1/2 minutes apart in the third period to break open what had been a tie game and put Miami (23-13-4) ahead 3-1. But BU's Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist in the final minute of the third period to send the game to overtime, including the tying score with 17.4 seconds left.

Basketball: : Portland State athletic director Torre Chisholm said he plans to name a men's coach to replace Ken Bone no later than Tuesday. Vikings associate head coach Tyler Geving appears to have the inside track to replace Bone, who left to take over the program at Washington State.

Golf: : Sage Roth, a 2008 Severn graduate, signed a national letter of intent to play golf at Tulane. Roth is a post-graduate student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Williams beats Wright in unanimous decision


Paul Williams battered Winky Wright with an avalanche of punches to win a unanimous decision in Las Vegas, dominating a meeting between two much-avoided middleweights. Williams (37-1, 27 knockouts) worked Wright's formidable defensive posture like a speed bag from the opening bell at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, relentlessly breaking down the former champion in Wright's return from a 21-month ring absence. With so many punches to block, Wright (51-5-1) simply didn't have time to land enough scoring blows against his taller, longer opponent. Williams barely appeared tired by the closing bell, chasing Wright around the ring relentlessly.

Bills' Whitner arrested in melee


Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte Whitner was shocked with a stun gun and arrested by officers trying to control a rowdy crowd outside a Cleveland nightclub, police said. Whitner, 23, was jailed early Saturday, accused of aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Lt. Thomas Stacho said. The former Ohio State star was released later Saturday and hadn't been charged, police said. A prosecutor was to decide whether to file charges. Police shocked and handcuffed Whitner outside the House of Blues after he forced his way past them and then broke free from officers trying to restrain him, Stacho said. Stacho said police heard reports Miami Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was having a birthday party at the downtown venue but couldn't confirm whether Whitner was attending. Whitner and Ginn were high school teammates and played for the Buckeyes. It was unclear why Whitner tried to leave the club and head for the melee, though he told officers, "My cousin's out there, and they've got guns," according to a police report, Stacho said. Whitner said he regrets the incident. "It's not how I wish to conduct myself, and I apologize to all those involved," he said in a statement released through his agent, Neil Cornrich.

Wild coach Lemaire says he won't return


Jacques Lemaire said he won't return to the Minnesota Wild for a ninth season behind the bench. The coach, 63, speaking after the Wild's 6-3 season-ending victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, said there comes a time when everyone knows it's the right time to go. "And I know this," he said. Lemaire took over the expansion Wild when it joined the NHL in 2000-01. He has a career record of 538-415-176 in 14 seasons with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, leading the Devils to the 1995 Stanley Cup title.

Red Wings: : Detroit signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year, $43.5 million deal, keeping him off the free-agent market and retaining talent that helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup. Franzen, 29, who is in his fourth NHL season, led Detroit with 34 goals.

Kings 4, Sharks 3: : Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves as host Los Angeles finished its season with a win over San Jose, which still won the Presidents' Trophy. The Sharks (53-18-11) secured the top record in the NHL for the first time in club history when the Bruins lost at Buffalo earlier Saturday.

Canucks 1, Avalanche 0, OT: : Henrik Sedin scored 40 seconds into overtime and Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout, helping visiting Vancouver clinch the Northwest Division title.

United falls, 2-1, to Real Salt Lake


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