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Canisius hockey ties Air Force

Goalie Dan Morrison made 32 saves and Canisius (8-14-4, 8-8-3 AHA) killed off seven Air Force power plays Monday night to preserve a 1-1 tie in the final game of the teams' two-game Atlantic Hockey series at the Buffalo State Arena. The Falcons (12-7-6, 10-4-5 AHA) won the first game, 3-0, on Sunday.

Rigney Braeden gave Canisius a 1-0 lead at 10:41 in the opening period with his first tally of the season. The goal came after Braeden won a faceoff in the Air Force zone. Air Force got the equalizer at 15:53 of the second period when defenseman Tim Kirby scored.

Canisius was outshot, 33-15. The Griffs face Robert Morris in a home-and-home series that begins Friday in Moon Township, Pa.


Astros won't change their name

New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane says he won't change the team's name.

Crane said last week he was considering a switch. But he emailed a video message to season-ticket holders on Monday saying, "one thing that we are not going to change is the name."

He says he made the decision after receiving "strong feedback and consensus among season-ticket holders and many fans."

In other baseball news, Ron Washington signed a two-year contract extension that will lock him up as manager of the Texas Rangers through the 2014 season. Texas is 427-383 and has reached two World Series under Washington in his five seasons.


NCAA president supports BCS playoff

NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated his support Monday for a two-round, four-team BCS championship playoff.

Emmert said Monday there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model, a scenario which would've matched LSU against Stanford and Alabama versus Oklahoma State this season with the winners advancing to the title game. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 to avenge its lone loss and win the championship. Not everyone supported the rematch between the two SEC schools in the final.



*A person familiar with the decision says Rutgers assistant Kyle Flood has accepted an offer to replace Greg Schiano as the team's head coach.

*Bria Hartley scored 15 points and No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 5 Duke, 61-45, to snap the Blue Devils' 34-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

From News staff and wire service reports