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Northwestern edges SU lax

Taylor Thornton scored the winning goal with 9:55 left and Northwestern won its seventh NCAA women's lacrosse championship in eight years, beating Syracuse, 8-6, on Sunday night.

Shannon Smith scored twice and had two assists for Northwestern (21-2). Last year in the final, Smith scored four goals in an 8-7 victory over Maryland.

Erin Fitzgerald also scored twice for the Wildcats, who rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the first half.

Katie Webster and Amy Cross scored Syracuse's first two goals in the opening 3 1/2 minutes. Sarah Holden, Kailah Kempney, Alyssa Murray and Michelle Tumolo also scored for the Orange (19-4), appearing in their first championship game.

The men's championship will be played today (1 p.m., ESPN), matching two schools from the same state: the University of Maryland and Loyola.


Wambach's an Olympian

Abby Wambach returns to the U.S. Olympic soccer team and Pia Sundhage picked six newcomers for the 18-woman squad that will try to defend its gold medal at this summer's London Games.

Wambach missed the Beijing Olympics after breaking her leg. She played in the 2004 Games, scoring the winning goal in the gold-medal game against Brazil.

Sydney Leroux, who has played in only nine games for the U.S., will make her Olympic debut along with Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O'Hara, Amy LePeilbet and Becky Sauerbrunn. Morgan played in 2011 for the Western New York Flash pro soccer team.


Fairley faces DUI charge

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his second arrest in his home state in two months.

Alabama state troopers say the 24-year-old passed a state trooper early Sunday morning at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade in Mobile County. After initially refusing to stop for the trooper's emergency lights and siren, Fairley pulled over and seemed impaired.

News Staff and wire service reports