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HOCKEY

U.S. women top Finland

Hannah Brandt scored with 7:35 remaining in the third period, and the United States held off Finland, 5-3, last night in Plymouth, Michigan, to secure the top seed for the knockout round of the women’s hockey world championship.

Hilary Knight scored twice for the Americans, who won all three of their games in group play and will advance straight to Thursday’s semifinals. The Finns rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 3 in the third period.

NFL

Brady waves stolen jersey

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey was stolen again — this time by Rob Gronkowski in full view of 37,000 screaming Red Sox fans. The New England Patriots quarterback was waving the jersey around during the pregame ceremony on opening day at Fenway Park. Gronkowski ripped it out of his hands and ran around the infield before Brady chased him down and playfully tackled him in rightfield. The Patriots said it was the same jersey that had been stolen out of the Patriots’ locker room after their championship victory over the Atlanta Falcons in February.

NBA

T-Wolves upend Blazers

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 12 rebounds and the host Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Portland’s six-game winning streak with a 110-109 victory over the Trail Blazers. Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and Ricky Rubio had 11 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves. Damian Lillard scored 25 points for Portland.

COLLEGE hoops

Kentucky’s Fox enters draft

Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, becoming the first of several Wildcats underclassmen who could leave. The 6-3 guard is a possible NBA lottery pick and was expected to make this move. Fox finished as Kentucky’s second-leading scorer, averaging 16.7 points and leading the team in assists. — AP

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