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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team has died at a treatment center for mental illness. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed that 63-year-old Mark Pavelich died at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are pending. Pavelich was undergoing treatment as part of a civil commitment for assaulting his neighbor in 2019. Pavelich suspected the man had spiked his beer. A judge found Pavelich was incompetent to stand trial because he was mentally ill and dangerous. Pavelich assisted on Mike Eruzione’s goal that defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union during the 1980s Olympics. That U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Domingo Germán pitched two scoreless innings for the New York Yankees in his spring training debut, a week after publicly apologizing for actions that led to his 2019 suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. There was no noticeable reaction from the socially distanced crowd at Steinbrenner Field when Germán took the mound to start against the Detroit Tigers. Germán struck out four and allowed one hit. It was Germán’s first time facing big league hitters since MLB began investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he’s feeling better after getting a pacemaker and hopes to return to the team Saturday or Sunday. Boone said he would have been back with the Yankees on Friday if not for novel coronavirus protocols. He had the pacemaker inserted Wednesday and was discharged from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday. Boone said he felt light-headed at times during the offseason and reached out to his cardiologist for testing. He said monitoring determined he had a low heart rate.
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers say goaltender Igor Shesterkin is day to day with a mild groin strain. That appears to be good news after Shesterkin left their win at New Jersey on Thursday night with an injury that looked more severe. Alexandar Georgiev will start in goal Saturday afternoon against the Devils. New York will have forward Kaapo Kakko back for that game after missing almost two weeks with COVID-19. The Rangers are still without winger Artemi Panarin who took a leave of absence from the team for non-hockey reasons.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut announced Friday that it has agreed to two-year contract extensions for football coach Randy Edsall and men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley. The school says the terms of both deals are unchanged. Edsall’s contract, which was to expire in December, now runs through Dec. 31, 2023. Hurley’s deal has been extended through March 31, 2027. Edsall is due to make $1.256 million next season and Hurley’s contract calls for him to make $2.9 million during the 2021-22 contract year. Both contracts call for increases each year, based in large part on numerous performance incentives.
UNDATED (AP) — NHL players have begun voicing their support for women’s hockey and a bid to establish a new professional league in North America. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza was among numerous players to participate in a one-minute video launched by the Professional Women’s Hockey League last week. Spezza says he took part not only because he has four daughters, but also because he’s been a fan of women’s hockey. Edmonton forward Kyle Turris voiced his support by saying he wants his daughter to grow up having the same opportunities as his two sons.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Arella Guirantes scored a career-high 20 points with 10 rebounds and Tyia Singleton earned her first career double-double and No. 24 Rutgers beat 22nd-ranked Ohio State 71-63. With the win, Rutgers secures the Big Ten’s No. 3 seed to the conference tournament which starts next week. It’s Rutgers’ highest conference finish since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The Buckeyes’ season comes to an end due to a self-imposed — but NCAA-recommended — postseason ban as a result of recruiting violations by a former assistant coach.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ahamadou Fofana and Majesty Brandon each scored 16 points to carry Canisius to a 76-75 win over Siena. Brandon scored the game winner with 11.5 seconds left. Camper and Jackson Stormo missed shots on the other end to seal it for the Golden Griffins. Malek Green added 12 points and eight rebounds for Canisius (7-5, 7-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Armon Harried had 11 points. Jalen Pickett scored a season-high 23 points and had eight assists for the Saints (12-4, 12-4), whose four-game win streak ended with the loss.
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