U.S. slams Slovakia 9-3 to reach world quarterfinals
UFA, Russia – The United States routed Slovakia 9-3 Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championships.
The Americans’ prospects of reaching the knockout round had looked uncertain after a loss to Canada a day earlier. But they dominated the Slovaks almost from the start and will next play the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Cole Bardreau opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Slovakia’s Matus Matis tied it 14 seconds later.
The Americans built an insurmountable lead, helped by two goals apiece from Vince Trocheck and John Gaudreau.
Canada stayed in first place in Group B by downing Russia 4-1.
Russia will play Switzerland next.
In Group A, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland 4-3 in overtime.
Group leader Sweden defeated regional rival Finland 7-4, demoting Finland to the relegation round.
Group leaders Canada and Sweden draw byes in the quarterfinals.
Boise State relocates back to Mountain West
COLORADO SPRINGS – Boise State backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West.
The school and the conference announced they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of for the past two seasons.
Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only.
It was going to put its other sports in the Big West.
But more recent defections from the Big East made Boise State reconsider.
Boise State said as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference’s future media contracts.
Minnesota in top 10 for first time since 1996-97
For the third consecutive week Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25, and for the first time in 16 years Minnesota is in the top 10.
The Blue Devils (12-0) received all but two first-place votes from the 65-member media panel Monday.
The next five teams – Michigan, Arizona, Louisville, Indiana and Kansas – held their places from last week. Syracuse, Ohio State, Minnesota and Gonzaga rounded out the top 10.
Michigan (13-0) was No. 1 on two ballots for the second consecutive week. Minnesota is in the top 10 for the first time since it was third in the final poll of 1996-97. The Gophers responded with a Big Ten win over Michigan State on Monday .
New Mexico, which won at undefeated Cincinnati, returns to the rankings at No. 20 after being out for one week. The Lobos replace UNLV, which dropped out from 20th after losing at North Carolina.
UNM will play UNLV on Wednesday.
UConn takes over No. 1 after rout of Stanford
Connecticut took over No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll after routing Stanford over the weekend.
Coach Geno Auriemma’s team had 37 first-place votes Monday, while second-ranked Baylor got the other three. The Huskies last held the top spot at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Duke moved up to third while Stanford, which held the top place for six weeks after beating Baylor, fell to fourth.
Notre Dame was fifth.
The Huskies, who beat Stanford 61-35 on Saturday to end the Cardinal’s 82-game home winning streak, will host the Irish on Saturday.
Notre Dame is followed by Kentucky, California, Maryland, Penn State and Georgia.