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NCAA hockey tournament opens with a shocker

College hockey

NCAA Tourney opens with a shocker

ALBANY, N.Y. — Senior Jared DeMichiel made a career-high 39 saves as Rochester Institute upset Denver 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. Denver started the season No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll and was the tournaments's No. 2 overall seed.

"Our guys were able to battle," said Rochester coach Wayne Wilson, whose team is in its fifth season as a Division I program. "And (DeMichiel) played tremendous."

The Tigers vie for a berth in the Frozen Four against New Hampshire, which beat Cornell 6-2 as Bobby Butler, Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo scored twice.

The Pioneers have lost their tournament opener in three consecutive seasons, the past two as a No. 1 region seed.

"It hurts more than I can even explain," forward Joe Colborne said. "We had the team."

Other game: Tony Mosey scored 23 seconds into the second overtime as St. Cloud State beat Northern Michigan 4-3 in St. Paul, Minn. It faces the winner of the late game between Wisconsin and Vermont for a berth in the Frozen Four.

Figure skating

U.S. teen sits in first; Games champ falters

American Mirai Nagasu led after the short program at the world championships in Turin, Italy. Nagasu, 16, earned a season-best 70.40 points, two more than Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan. Olympic champ Kim Yu-na, who has lost only one event over the past two seasons, was seventh after three major errors. Coming off the ice, the South Korean told reporters her left foot was "shaking." But it was unclear if there was a medical issue, and coach Brian Orser couldn't be reached for comment.

Tennis

Error-prone Djokovic falls in Key Biscayne

Olivier Rochus upset Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4 in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Djokovic, who is ranked No. 2 in the world and had a first-round bye, entered 15-3 this year. But he double faulted 10 times, lost 30 of 44 second-serve points and committed 62 unforced errors. He drew scattered jeers when he left the court, and he responded with a thumbs-up signal. "I don't feel great on the court, and everybody could see that," Djokovic said. "Life goes on, you know?" Also, Rafael Nadal beat Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-3, and Tampa resident James Blake fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Thomaz Bellucci.

Courts: Wayne Odesnik, who is ranked No. 98, pleaded guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia before an event in January. Odesnik, 24, was fined $7,280 plus $1,040 in court costs and could be banned by the ATP for two years. The ATP said it couldn't comment because it's a "current investigation."

College baseball

Bulls junior throws no-hitter against Irish

Randy Fontanez struck out 12 in throwing the third no-hitter in USF history and beating visiting Notre Dame 4-0. The junior and Big East preseason pitcher of the year walked two. The Irish's only other baserunner came on catcher's interference.

"I never imagined that this would happen," the right-hander from Oviedo High said. "I didn't realize what was happening until the ninth inning. I thought that someone would dink one on me."

The key play came in the eighth. Cameron McConnell ripped a hard one-hopper off of the shoulder of 3B Daniel Rockhold. The ball caromed to SS Jonathan Koscso, who fired to first.

"After that play," a grinning Fontanez said, "I knew I had some luck."

ET CETERA

NFL: The Lions, 49ers and Bengals have "great interest" in CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, his agent said, though no signing was imminent. Ray Savage said he hopes to set up visits with those teams soon. … Backup QB Charlie Batch signed a two-year extension with the Steelers.

Horses: Discreetly Mine, who won February's Risen Star Stakes, was made the 5-2 favorite for today's Louisiana Derby. The 11/8-mile race in New Orleans, which will have 13 horses, likely will be Discreetly Mine's last tuneup before the Kentucky Derby. He starts in the seventh post.

Boston Marathon: Four-time winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot withdrew from next month's race because of a right hip injury. Organizers said the Kenyan, who holds the course record, was injured a few weeks ago and has been unable to prepare for the race.

Times wires

NCAA hockey tournament opens with a shocker 03/26/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:59am]

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