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Lyndon Women Earn NSCAA honor

LYNDON CENTER -- The Lyndon State women's soccer team was cited recently by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for its sportsmanlike play throughout the 2012 season. The NSCAA awarded the Hornets its Gold Medal Award for Team Ethics after finishing the entire season without a single yellow or red card.

The Hornets were one of just eight teams across all three divisions of NCAA intercollegiate women's soccer to receive the honor. LSC finished with a 4-12-1 record.

The Hornets, under sixth-year head coach Wendy Elles, will return 13 of its 15 players from the 2012 season.


Wolverines No. 1 for First Time in 20 Years

Michigan is No. 1 in the AP's college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago.

For the second straight week the No. 1 team lost. This time it was Duke, which was routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team.

The Wolverines advanced from No. 2 to become No. 1 for the fourth time. They were at the top for 10 weeks in 1964-65, eight weeks in 1976-77 and three weeks at the start of 1992-93, the Fab Five's second season together. That season, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson made it to the national championship game for the second straight year.

Michigan is the second Big Ten team to be No. 1 this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and stayed there for the first five weeks of the regular season. Duke moved in for four weeks before Louisville and the Blue Devils both held it for one week.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Syracuse, followed by Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon. Miami rode its win over Duke to a 13-place jump in the poll, from 25th to 14th.


No. 2 Notre Dame Defeats No. 9 Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 33 points and No. 2 Notre Dame built a 19-point lead in the second half before withstanding a late Tennessee rally in a 77-67 victory Monday night over the ninth-ranked Lady Vols.

Notre Dame (19-1) won its 14th straight game and snapped the Lady Vols' nine-game winning streak. Notre Dame also became the first school ever to defeat both Connecticut and Tennessee in three consecutive seasons. The Irish won 73-72 at Connecticut on Jan. 5.

Jewell Loyd added 10 points for Notre Dame, while Kayla McBride had nine points and 10 rebounds. Bashaara Graves had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee (16-4). Taber Spani added 12 points and Meighan Simmons had 11 points.

Before the game, Tennessee raised a banner at Thompson-Boling Arena in honor of former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who stepped down in April after winning eight national titles in 38 seasons.


White Wins 6th Straight Superpipe Title

ASPEN, Colo. -- Shaun White made this one look rather easy as he cruised to his sixth straight snowboard superpipe crown at Winter X on Sunday night.

His top rival, Iouri Podladtchikov, dropped out because of an illness. Instead, White's biggest challenger was 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano, who became the youngest athlete ever to medal at Winter X when he took silver. Hirano, of Japan, just might be the future of snowboarding -- once White relinquishes control, of course. Markus Malin of Finland was third.

These days, White's biggest competition may just be, well, from himself. And even his own performances are getting more and more difficult to top. Last year, White earned a perfect 100 on his final run. He tried the same basic series of tricks this time and scored only 98.


Pavano's Spleen Removed After Vt. Shoveling Mishap

Carl Pavano's spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell while shoveling snow at his Vermont home. The 37-year-old RHP was hurt in mid-January, and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks.

Agent David Pepe said Pavano didn't think he was seriously injured after the fall, then didn't feel well following a workout a few days later in Connecticut.

"He felt bad enough that he went to the hospital and he ended up getting admitted, and they realized he had a lacerated spleen," Pepe said. "They tried to control the bleeding. They did all they could to not take it out and, unfortunately, he didn't stop bleeding and he's been in the hospital since."

A heralded free agent after the 2004 season, Pavano signed a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the New York Yankees but then was sidelined by injuries to his shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and ribs and became a target of criticism for Yankees fans and New York media. He went 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in just 26 starts over the four years.

RED SOX: In Boston, outfielder Ryan Kalish will have surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to miss spring training.

Dr. Lewis Yocum will perform the operation on Tuesday, the team said.

Kalish missed much of last season recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. He batted .229 with zero homers and five RBIs in 36 games for the Red Sox.

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