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UB rows to win in Indy

The University at Buffalo women's second varsity four rowing team captured a first-place finish Sunday at the Indiana Invitational in Indianapolis.

UB's team of coxswain Britt Marshall, Sarah Gallagher, Megan Bayley, Francisca Strange and Dakota Smith clocked in at 8:34.5 defeating second place Notre Dame by seven seconds. UB's boat also finished 16 seconds ahead of Purdue and beat Indiana by 32 seconds.

The Bulls' Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight both posted second-place finishes at the event.
Boston College reaches Frozen Four

Cam Atkinson had three goals and Carl Sneep scored a 170-foot short-handed goal to help Boston College beat Yale, 9-7, in the Northeast Regional final in Worcester, Mass., for its ninth trip to the Frozen Four in 13 seasons.

Joe Whitney and Jimmy Hayes each scored twice, Brian Gibbons also scored and John Muse made 32 saves for the Eagles, looking for their third national title since 2001. Boston College matched the regional record for goals in a game.

In Fort Wayne, Ind., Alden Hirschfeld scored at 1:54 of the second overtime to give top-seeded Miami of Ohio a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the NCAA Midwest Regional final, sending the RedHawks to the Frozen Four for the second straight year.

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Nadal moves along

That sweaty but happy contestant skipping across the court in the neon yellow shirt was Rafael Nadal, no longer No. 1 but waving his index finger anyway after a third-round victory at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

It has been 10 months since Nadal won a tournament, but he showed some of his old championship swagger by rallying past dangerous wild card David Nalbandian, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal, seeded fourth, remained on course for a showdown against the real No. 1, rival Roger Federer. They haven't met since May in Madrid, but their paths to the final became easier when No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray lost their opening matches.
Endorsement surprises field
Endorsement ($25.40), under jockey Robby Albarado, pulled ahead of heavy favorite Conveyance on the final stretch for an upset victory Sunday in the $800,000 Sunland Derby in Sunland Park, N.M.

The Bob Baffert-trained Conveyance, who left the gate as a 7-10 favorite, bolted to the front from the start. The big gray colt, previously unbeaten in four starts, hadn't been challenged until Endorsement pushed him on the final turn and sprinted ahead at the 16th pole. The winner covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.46.
From News and wire service reports.

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