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Frozen Four begins today

The NCAA Frozen Four is being hosted for the first time in a Southern city. And in keeping with the theme of a non-traditional site, two first-time participants hope to make their own memories.

Union College, a 2,133-student liberal arts school from Schenectady, and Ferris State -- located in Big Rapids, Mich. -- will meet in today's semifinals as both try to continue their unlikely paths toward a national hockey championship in Tampa, Fla. (4:30 p.m., ESPNU).

Meanwhile, the "other" semifinal is a more familiar matchup to college hockey fans. Boston College (31-10-1), the overall No. 1 seed and winner of 17 straight games, will take on Minnesota (28-13-1). The Eagles and Golden Gophers have combined for 43 Frozen Four appearances (8 p.m. ESPN2).

But it's not like the winner of the Boston College-Minnesota matchup will be a lock to claim the title.

Ferris State (25-11-5) reached the Frozen Four after making only the second NCAA Tournament appearance in its history. Union College (26-7-7), which competes at the NCAA Division III level in its other sports, is the Frozen Four's first East Coast Athletic Conference representative since 2003.

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Lebanese leaguer nets 113

Move over Wilt Chamberlain. Another basketball player joined the elite century club after scoring 113 points in a Lebanese league game.

Mohammad El Akkari led Moutahed to a 173-141 victory over Bejjeh in a Division A league game on Tuesday. He made 32 three-pointers in 59 attempts and was 40-for-69 overall from the floor. He had only one free throw.

The basketball world governing body website said the 6-foot-2 guard is the first player to score more than 100 points in an official league game in any of its Asian national federations.

Chamberlain scored 100 points in an NBA game, a record that stands 50 years later. The 7-foot-1 Chamberlain played all 48 minutes in the Philadelphia Warriors' 169-147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. He shot 36 of 63 from the floor and 28 of 32 from the free-throw line.

Akkari, 27, entered the game averaging only 7.6 points and 19.2 minutes of playing time in 23 games this season.

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Lebedev retains title

Denis Lebedev retained his interim WBA cruiserweight title Wednesday by knocking out challenger Shawn Cox of Barbados in the second round at Moscow's Crocus City Hall.

The 32-year-old Russian (25-1) earned his 18th career knockout.

Meanwhile, Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) is slated to face Ronny Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif.

From News Staff and wire service reports