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Hockey heaven: five overtimes and six hours

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — It took five overtimes and nearly six hours, but Quinnipiac defeated Union College 3-2 early Saturday in the longest hockey game in college history.

Senior forward Greg Holt of the Bobcats scored 10:22 into the fifth overtime to give Quinnipiac the win in the ECAC best-of-three quarterfinal series, which started Friday night at 7 and ended near 1 a.m. Saturday.

"I am too tired to think about anything," Holt told the Albany Times Union. "I was just trying to get the puck to the net. … I can't even tell you how tired I am because I can't even think right now."

At 150 minutes and 22 seconds, it broke the previous record of 141:35 set in 2006, when Yale beat Union College 3-2.

Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke faced 75 shots. Union goalie Keith Kincaid, a freshman, faced 55.

Leach faces accuser: Mike Leach sat across from his accuser Saturday as Craig James gave sworn testimony in the former football coach's lawsuit against Texas Tech. James, whose complaint of mistreatment of his son led to Leach's firing, declined to comment as he walked into the university's administration building before his deposition.

Leach gave more than five hours of sworn testimony Friday. When asked if he would be questioning James, he said, "I'm not allowed to."

Adam James, son of the ESPN analyst and former NFL player, also testified under oath later Saturday. Leach was not in the room when the younger James gave his deposition. Father and son each gave about four hours of testimony.

The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated Adam James, who had a concussion. Adam James contends his coach twice ordered him to stand for hours while confined in a dark place during practice.

Leach has denied mistreating the receiver and suspects an $800,000 bonus he was to have received Dec. 31 was the reason he was fired.

ALABAMA: Terry Grant, who led the team in rushing as a redshirt freshman in 2007, has decided not to use his fifth year of eligibility, coach Nick Saban said.

CAL: Former NFL players Akili Smith and Ronnie Bradford were hired as administrative assistants on the coaching staff.

TRACK: Oregon's Ashton Eaton broke Dan O'Brien's 17-year-old world record in the indoor heptathlon. Eaton set a mark of 6,499 points at the NCAA indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark., passing O'Brien's record of 6,476. Florida won the overall men's title as Jeff Demps, a running back on the football team, won the 60 meters in 6.57 seconds.

Hockey heaven: five overtimes and six hours 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:50pm]
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