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ASHBURN, Va. — Lucas Sowder had a hat trick and Zachary Harrison scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as Mitchell High won the championship game of the USA Hockey Tier II National High School Championships 8-7 over Boulder/Monarch, Colo.

Mitchell led 7-4 after two periods before Monarch rallied. Blake Bride forced OT with an unassisted goal with 1:50 left in regulation.

On the winner, Harrison was camped out in front trying to block the goalie's vision on a Mitchell power play. Tim Lynch passed to Nathan Smith, who got it to Harrison. His deflection over the glove 2:40 into the OT set off the celebration.

"It was really a perfect play and just the best feeling in the world," Harrison said.

"All I can say is the boys worked hard preparing," coach Ralph Sowter said. "The hours they put in, it paid off. The support from the area, the support from the Tampa Bay Lightning. We had other folks involved besides the three coaches, we had trainers involved and all the volunteers."


WTA head rips tourney chief

The former tournament director at Indian Wells, Calif., who now runs the WTA Tour called his successor's critical comments about women's tennis players "disappointing and alarming." Current tournament director Raymond Moore said women "ride on the coattails of the men." "As the tournament director of one of the pre-eminent events in professional tennis, the comments made (Sunday) by Raymond Moore were extremely disappointing and alarming," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.


Dempsey set to return

Clint Dempsey is expected to play his first game with the U.S. in nine months when the national team plays a World Cup qualifying match Friday in Guatemala. Dempsey, 33, was left off the USA roster for two qualifying matches in November.

GERMANY: Coach Joachim Loew kicked Max Kruse off his squad after two recent off-field incidents, putting the Wolfsburg forward in doubt for the European Championship.


CANCER RETURNS: Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager said his cancer is no longer in remission. This is the third time Sager has battled leukemia since he was first diagnosed in 2014.

BOXING: Heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne said he is seeking legal advice amid reports he failed a doping test around the time of his technical knockout win over Ruslan Chagaev on March 5.

DOPING: Despite failing a test for meldonium, world swimming champion Yulia Efimova said she still hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

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