Boston College women beat North Carolina

Boston College's Taylor Soule (13) during an NCAA women's basketball game against Providence on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Taylor Soule notched her eighth double-double of the season to lead Boston College to a 93-75 ACC win over North Carolina.

Sophomore Taylor Soule scored a career-high 29 points, along with 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season as Boston College (15-10, 8-6) defeated visiting North Carolina, 93-75, in a Sunday afternoon ACC matchup. The win set a program record for most ACC wins. It’s the first time the Eagles have won 15 games since the 2015-16 season. North Carolina dropped to 16-10, 7-8 ACC . . . Megan Walker scored 21 points and Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 20, leading UConn (21-3, 11-0 AAC) to shrug off two straight losses and get a 67-47 conference win over South Florida.

Mitchell rescues Eagles

Steffon Mitchell made a couple of key steals late, Derryck Thornton scored 22 points, and the Boston College men’s basketball team beat North Carolina State, 71-68. Mitchell finished with just 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals, but made his biggest impact with BC leading, 67-66. Mitchell wrestled the ball away from N.C. State’s Markell Johnson with 1:03 remaining and found Jairus Hamilton for a breakaway dunk. Mitchell sealed it with another steal after Jericole Hellems again made it a 1-point game with 29 seconds left and Thornton missed a jumper with 22 seconds left. The junior forward intercepted a pass to Johnson with 13 seconds left, tip-toed around him on the sideline and again fed Hamilton for the sealing dunk. Jay Heath scored 16 points, Nik Popovic added 14 and Hamilton 11 for BC (13-13, 7-8 ACC). Devon Daniels had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead N.C. State (16-9, 7-7) . . . Christian Vital scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UConn to a 64-61 win over Memphis. James Bouknight added 17 points for the Huskies (14-11, 5-7 AAC), who have won three of four.


DC stays undefeated in XFL

The DC Defenders maintained the momentum from their XFL debut, shutting down the New York Guardians, 27-0, Saturday night at Audi Field. Behind three sacks and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown for the second straight week, the Defenders (2-0) dominated the Guardians (1-1) and turned in the XFL’s first shutout. DC’s second win came in front of 15,031 fans. That was a small drop from the 17,163 who took in last week’s debut, a 31-19 win over the Seattle Dragons.


Devils trade away captain


The New Jersey Devils are turning toward youth by trading captain and defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders. New Jersey acquired prospect defenseman David Quenneville and the Islanders’ second-round pick in the 2021 draft in the deal. The 37-year-old Greene is in the final year of a five-year, $25 million contract and was the Devils’ longest-serving active player. He has 49 goals, and 197 assists for 246 points in 932 games, seventh most on the Devils’ career list . . . The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game had been postponed after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period last Tuesday. The NHL also moved up the Blues’ game against Florida from March 10 to March 9. Bouwmeester is still recovering after going into cardiac arrest. He had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted into his chest at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, where he has been hospitalized since the incident.


Ex-Blue Jay Fernandez dies

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Tony Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernández was taken off a life support system in the afternoon with his family present at a hospital in Weston, Fla., said Imrad Hallim, the director and cofounder of the Tony Fernández Foundation. Fernández had been in a medically induced coma and had been waiting years for a new kidney (Obituary, C8) . . . The New England Revolution played to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota United FC in Portland, Ore. Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou scored for the Revolution. The Revolution will next play in the four-team preseason tournament on Wednesday against Vancouver before concluding the preseason against the host Timbers on Saturday . . . In Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Petra Vlhova won her third straight women’s World Cup slalom to overtake the absent Mikaela Shiffrin on the top of the discipline standings. The American three-time overall champion sat out the race, taking a break from skiing since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, two weeks ago . . . Kyle Edmund won his second ATP title, wearing down Andreas Seppi for a 7-5, 6-1 victory at the New York Open. Edmund won five straight games to take the first set and build a big lead in the second, seizing control with shots that seemed to get more powerful as the match went on. Seppie fell short in his bid for a first title since 2012 . . . Norwegian Casper Ruud clinched his first title by beating Portugal’s Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in the Argentina Open final.