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Boston College wins Beanpot in OT

BOSTON — Alex Tuch scored 1:57 into overtime on Monday night, and Boston College beat Boston University for its 20th Beanpot championship in the first 1-0 game in the tournament's 64-year history.

The rivals played a spirited but scoreless three regulation periods, which included a 30-minute delay when a power surge knocked out the TV lights above the TD Garden rink.

Thatcher Demko stopped 30 shots for his school-record ninth shutout of the season. BC (20-5-4) has won six of the past seven Beanpots, the annual tournament that determines the college hockey bragging rights in Boston.

Sean Maguire had 41 saves for the Terriers (16-8-4). But he was beaten in overtime when Tuch took the puck in the middle of the ice near the blue line and wristed in the winner.

The two rivals have dominated this event — Boston U has won it 30 times, so it and BC have combined for 50 of the 64 titles.

Adam Gaudette had two goals and an assist, leading Northeastern to a 5-1 victory over Harvard in the consolation game.

Skiing

Shiffrin's World Cup return set next week

Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin said she will return to World Cup skiing next week in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, after a right knee injury sidelined her for two months. Shiffrin, 20, moved up her comeback and the American racer said on her Facebook page: "See ya in a week!" Originally, she targeted a March return for the World Cup finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Shiffrin won two slalom races this season — both in Aspen, Colorado, by big margins — before tearing a ligament and bruising a bone while training for a giant slalom Dec. 12 in Sweden. Her right ski slipped then her knee buckled; she then hyperextended her knee and skid into the protective netting.

Soccer

Tampa native Hall signs with Rowdies

The Rowdies signed defender and Tampa native Jeremy Hall to a one-year contract with a club option for 2017. Hall, 27, has played seven seasons in Major League Soccer, with the New York Red Bulls, Portland Dallas, Toronto and New England.

Spain: Barcelona said Lionel Messi will have medical tests to assess a recurrence of kidney problems. The five-time FIFA world player of the year missed the Club World Cup semifinal in December with renal colic, an abdominal ailment often related to the presence of kidney stones within renal ducts.

England: Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma will have knee surgery that will rule him out the rest of the season and the European Championship for France. Zouma, 21, who has two international appearances, landed awkwardly in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Et cetera

Gymnastics: Beth Tweddle, a former Olympic bronze medalist, was recovering in an Austrian hospital after falling while training for a winter sports reality television show. She had neck surgery for her injuries. The three-time world champion crashed into a barrier Saturday while preparing for The Jump, a show on Britain's Channel 4 where celebrities and sports stars try acrobatic winter sports feats.

Protest: Activists planned a candlelight vigil late Monday outside the home of Baylor University president Kenneth Starr to protest what they regard as the university's weak policing of sexual misconduct, particularly by student athletes.

Obituary: John Disley, a former Olympic bronze medalist in the steeplechase and one of the founders of the London marathon, died Monday. He was 87.

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