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Lawson Powers Lyndon Past Husson

LYNDON CENTER -- Donna Lawson made her final home game in a Lyndon uniform a memorable one, scoring 29 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots in the Hornets' 74-70 North Atlantic Conference victory over Husson University Saturday.

The senior from Irasburg tallied 19 points by halftime as Lyndon (8-17, 6-12) took a 41-35 advantage at intermission. The second-half was a see-saw affair that saw the Eagles (8-16, 8-10) take a 63-62 lead with 2:30 left to play. Two free throws by Lawson with 30.1 second remaining sealed the win.

Chelsea Watson had 10 points, four assists and five steals for the Hornets while Aimee Thompson contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Lyndon returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to New London, N.H. to face second-seed Colby-Sawyer at 7:30 in the NAC quarterfinals. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.



HUSSON 81, LSC 76: Also at Stannard Gym, Husson University held off a late Lyndon surge for the conference victory.

The Eagles (17-8, 14-4) led 49-37 at halftime, only to see the Hornets come roaring back to trail by one point in the final minute of play. A pair of Jason Gray jumpers in the final 60 second fell short of the mark, allowing Husson to escape with the win.

Marc Zaharchuk led a balanced Eagle attack with 14 points and seven rebounds and fellow senior Eric Modica had 14 points as well to along with eight rebounds. Gray had 23 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in his final Lyndon home game, while Devyn Baranauskas added 18 points. David Johnson had 10 points, four assists and two steals for the Hornets (12-13, 11-7).

Lyndon (12-13, 11-7) returns to the court on Tuesday when it travels to four-seed Castleton in the NAC quarterfinals. Game time is 5:30 p.m.


Guthrie Congratulates Patrick on Daytona Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Janet Guthrie sent her congratulations to Danica Patrick Sunday for winning the pole at the Daytona 500.

Guthrie was the previous best female qualifier in a Cup race. She started ninth at Bristol and Talladega in 1977.

Guthrie was proud of Patrick's accomplishment. But Guthrie was more proud of the way NASCAR's attitude toward women has evolved over the last 30 years. Guthrie was heartened at seeing a women succeed in what has been a man's world.

She was the first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500, in 1977; that same year she became the first to run in the Daytona 500. A ninth-place finish at Indy in 1978 stood as the best by a woman until Patrick finished fourth in 2005, then third in 2009.


Merrick Gets First Win at Home Course

LOS ANGELES -- John Merrick was a young face in the crowd for so many years, dreaming of one day playing at Riviera on the PGA Tour. On Sunday, he did better than that. He won it.

Merrick hit two clutch shots that led to par in a sudden-death playoff and won the Northern Trust Open on Sunday when Charlie Beljan missed a 5-foot par putt on the second extra hole. It was the first PGA Tour win for Merrick, who went to school at UCLA.

Merrick closed with a 69. Beljan, famous for his anxiety attack when he won at Disney last year, holed an 18-foot birdie on the 18th hole for a 67.

Along with his first win on tour, the 30-year-old Merrick earns a spot in the Masters.


Nadal Wins First Tournament Since Injury

SAO PAULO -- Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee.

Nadal struggled to find a rhythm in the beginning but was still able to break Nalbandian's serve twice to take the first set. He then rallied from 3-0 down in the second to win six straight games and close out the match in 1 hour, 18 minutes.

He didn't seem to be moving well. The knee visibly bothered him at times and he left many balls unchallenged throughout the match.

But with support from the crowd, which included former Brazil star striker Ronaldo and mixed martial arts champion Anderson Silva, Nadal took control of the match in the second set to secure the victory.

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