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Vermont Beats New Hampshire 64-51 in League Opener

DURHAM, N.H. -- Candon Rusin scored 15 points as Vermont defeated New Hampshire 64-51 on Wednesday night in the teams' America East Conference opener.

Ethan O'Day added 11 points and Ryan Voelkel had 13 rebounds and six assists for the Catamounts (8-5), last season's conference champion.

Vermont has won 23 of its last 27 games against the Wildcats (4-9).

The Catamounts, who never trailed, closed the first half with a 10-2 run to lead 33-24. Two free throws and a layup by Clancy Rugg made it 27-22 with 2:32 remaining, and Rusin scored Vermont's final six points of the half.

The Catamounts led by as many as 20 points in the second half and by double figures for all but 1:23 of the final 20 minutes.

Ferg Myrick scored 19 points and Chandler Rhoads 14 to lead New Hampshire, which has lost four in a row.

WOMEN: In Burlington, Vermont opened its America East schedule with a 63-60 overtime win against New Hampshire (5-8) at Patrick Gym. Lauren Buschmann had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Catamounts (4-10) snap a five-game losing streak. The men, meanwhile, defeated New Hampshire.


Ray Lewis To Retire After Playoffs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ray Lewis will end his 17-year NFL career after the Baltimore Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run.

Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.

"I talked to my team today," Lewis said Wednesday. "I told my team that this will be my last ride."

Lewis was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, the same season he was voted Super Bowl MVP following Baltimore's 34-7 rout of the New York Giants. Lewis was also Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, and is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 interceptions.


PSU Reverses Stance, Sues NCAA Over Penalties

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's governor claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports' governing body overstepped its authority and "piled on" when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Gov. Tom Corbett asked that a federal judge throw out the sanctions, which include an unprecedented $60 million fine and a four-year ban on bowl games, arguing that the measures have harmed students, business owners and others who had nothing to do with Sandusky's crimes.

In a statement, the NCAA said the lawsuit has no merit and called it an "affront" to Sandusky's victims.

The penalties include a cut in the number of football scholarships the university can award and a rewriting of the record books to erase 14 years of victories under Paterno, who was fired when the scandal broke in 2011 and died of lung cancer a short time later.

The lawsuit represents a reversal by the governor. When Penn State's president consented to the sanctions last summer, Corbett, a member of the Board of Trustees, embraced them as part of the university's effort to repair the damage from the scandal.

Corbett said he waited until now to sue over the "harsh penalties" because he wanted to thoroughly research the legal issues and did not want to interfere with the football season.


US-Canada Semifinal Set in World Juniors

UFA, Russia -- John Gaudreau had a hat trick, Riley Barber scored twice and the United States beat the Czech Republic 7-0 Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the world junior championship.

The Americans will play Canada at Ufa Arena on Thursday. Defending champion Sweden will face Russia in the other semifinal game. Russia beat Switzerland in a 4-3 penalty shootout.

Gaudreau scored the lone goal of the first period when the Czechs were two men down at 11:45, and doubled the lead on a power pla 28 seconds into the second period. Ryan Hartman made it 3-0 with a shot from the left circle 40 seconds later.

John Gibson made 31 saves for the shutout.

Canada edged the United States 2-1 in the preliminary round.

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