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Wis., B.C. rout Frozen Four foes

DETROIT — Wisconsin wasted little time showing why it is a college hockey superpower and that Rochester Institute of Technology isn't quite ready for the sport's biggest stage.

The Badgers scored in the opening minutes of the first two periods and went on to rout the Tigers 8-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals Thursday at Ford Field.

"Like a snowball, it just got rolling and got bigger and bigger," said Derek Stepan, who scored third-seeded Wisconsin's second and eighth goals.

Wisconsin (28-10-4), shooting for its seventh crown, will play Boston College (28-10-1) for the championship on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN) in a rematch of the 2006 final won 2-1 by the Badgers.

The Eagles got three goals in a 1-minute, 35-second stretch of the third period during their 7-1 win against Miami (Ohio), ranked No. 1 in team defense.

RIT, seeded 15th in the 16-team field, ended its first Frozen Four appearance with a thud. "We ran into a powerhouse," Tigers coach Wayne Wilson said.

Butler hoops coach gets 12-year deal

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens, who came within a buzzer-beating shot of winning the NCAA Tournament, signed a 12-year deal that extends through the 2021-22 season.

Team spokesman Jim McGrath declined to say how much the deal was worth. Stevens, 33, had a total compensation package of $750,000 last season, and athletic director Barry Collier said Stevens was in line for a raise.

The Bulldogs won a school-record 33 games and set the Butler mark with a 25-game winning streak.

Going pro: These players announced their intention to enter the June 24 NBA draft (those who hire agents lose their college eligibility; those who don't can withdraw their names by May 8 and return to school): Penn State junior guard Talor Battle (no agent), Texas freshman guard Avery Bradley (no agent), Lipscomb forward Adnan Hodzic, the nation's second-leading scorer at 22.7 a game (no agent), Vanderbilt junior center A.J. Ogilvy (will hire agent) and Oklahoma sophomore guard Willie Warren (will hire agent).

Football

Tennessee: Quarterback Nick Stephens told new coach Derek Dooley he will transfer where he can be assured of starting in his final year of eligibility. He has not decided where he will go.

Wis., B.C. rout Frozen Four foes 04/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 12:05am]
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