COLLEGE BASKETBALLButler's Stevens gets new pact
Brad Stevens isn't leaving Butler any time soon. The coach who took the Bulldogs to the national title game and fell one bounce short of winning the championship has signed a 12-year deal that would keep him at the school through at least 2021-22. The school did not say how much the deal was worth. Last season, Stevens had a total compensation package of $750,000.
Hill out as Rutgers coach?
Fred Hill appears to be out as Rutgers basketball coach after four seasons. Hill was informed Thursday by the university that he wouldn't be retained because of multiple violations of the conduct clause in his contract, The Home News of New Brunswick reported, quoting a source close to the situation. The newspaper said that Hill has been offered a buyout and was deciding whether to accept it. Rutgers spokesman Kevin Lorincz said the university had no comment.
NHLBruins gain by beating Sabres
Dennis Wideman broke a tie early in the third period, giving host Boston a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and solidifying the Bruins' position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the win, Boston moved out of eighth place in the East and passed Philadelphia.
Eric Staal had three goals as the Carolina Hurricanes beat Montreal, 5-2, to prevent the Canadiens from clinching a playoff berth . . . Radek Dvorak and Nathan Horton scored in the third period to help the Florida Panthers beat the Devils, 3-2 . . . Mike Modano had a goal in regulation of what was possibly his final home game with the Stars and then scored in the second round of the shootout to help Dallas beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2 .
COLLEGE HOCKEYWisconsin, Boston College win
Cam Atkinson scored the first of three goals in a 1:35 stretch midway through the third period, helping Boston College pull away from Miami of Ohio for a 7-1 win in the Frozen Four at Detroit. The fourth-seeded Eagles will play third-seeded Wisconsin Saturday night for the NCAA hockey title in a rematch of the 2006 final won by the Badgers. Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions, drew an announced crowd of 34,954 to set a world indoor attendance record for a hockey game. Wisconsin beat Rochester Institute of Technology, 8-1.
Fighting Sioux name is gone
A North Dakota Supreme Court ruling and a Board of Higher Education decision have retired for good the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname after a four-year legal battle. The court ruled that the board had the authority to dump the nickname.
Bulls eke out win against Cavs
Derrick Rose scored 24 points as the Chicago Bulls survived shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-108, with LeBron James being rested. The Los Angeles Lakers also rested Kobe Bryant in their game against Denver. - AP