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Popovic, Tabbs help BC rally past DePaul





Nik Popovic scored 19 points and Wynston Tabbs had 15 as Boston College rallied to beat DePaul, 65-62, on Saturday in Chicago in men’s college basketball. Ky Bowman added 11 points and Chris Herren Jr. had 10 for the Eagles (9-2), who have won three straight. Max Strus scored 16 points for DePaul (8-3), which led by as much as 12. After a Boston College steal, Tabbs’s layup cut the deficit to 1 with 45 seconds left. Tabbs then stole the inbound pass and was fouled on a dunk attempt. His free throws gave the Eagles their first lead at 61-60. After Strus missed a 3, Tabbs hit both foul shots for a 63-60 lead with eight seconds remaining. Cain made two free throws on the other end before Popovic hit two foul shots to seal it.

Kirkwood lifts Harvard

Noah Kirkwood scored 20 points with six assists as Harvard (5-5) snapped a two-game skid with a 75-61 win over George Washington (3-9) in Cambridge . . . Austin Butler scored 18 points and his go-ahead layup with 75 seconds left helped lift Holy Cross (8-4) over Siena (4-8), 60-57, in Worcester . . .

Eric Paschall scored 21 points, Phil Booth had 18 and national champion Villanova (9-4) avoided its first three-game losing streak in nearly six years with an 81-58 win over Connecticut (9-4) at Madison Square Garden in New York City . . . In women’s basketball, Katie Lou Samuelson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 UConn (11-0) held off previously unbeaten California (9-1) in a 76-66 win in Berkeley, Calif. . . . In football, Memphis junior Tony Pollard tied the NCAA record with his seventh career kickoff return for a touchdown, but the Tigers lost to Wake Forest, 37-34, in the Birmingham Bowl in Alabama.

NBA

Fultz could be out for season

The Philadelphia 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, will play again this season. Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said it was ‘‘to be determined’’ if Fultz will play again this season. ‘‘I can’t say right now,’’ Brand said . . . Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was fined $25,000 for verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court quickly enough after he was ejected in the Nets’ loss to the Indiana Pacers Friday night.

NFL

Saints’ Ginn on active roster

The Saints placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster,making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday. Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve Oct. 18 because of a knee injury repaired by arthroscopic surgery . . . Bobby Wagner, Jadeveon Clowney, and Chandler Jones were fined $20,054 each by the league for hits in last week’s games. Clowney and Chandler were docked for roughing-the-passer calls, while Wagner was penalized for a facemask penalty. The largest fine of the day was against Seattle cornerback Justin Coleman, $26,739 for unnecessary roughness against San Francisco.

Miscellany

Shiffrin ties women’s record

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Skier Mikaela Shiffrin wrote more World Cup history by winning a slalom in Courchevel, France, for a women’s record-equaling 35th career victory in the discipline and 50th win overall. Shiffrin extended her first-run lead of 0.04 seconds to finish 0.29 clear of Petra Vlhova, who has been runner-up to the American star in all three traditional slaloms this season. Shiffrin tied her childhood idol Marlies Schild of Austria with 35 slalom wins on the World Cup circuit. Schild’s final slalom victory, in December 2013, was achieved at the age of 32; Shiffrin turns 24 in March. Shiffrin is also the youngest of the eight skiers, four men and four women, to win 50 World Cup races across all disciplines. Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s 86 wins is the record. ‘‘It’s so distracting that they give out those numbers for me,’’ Shiffrin said in a post-race interview . . . Swiss skier Daniel Yule claimed his first World Cup victory when first-run leaders Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen straddled gates in the second leg of a night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy . . .
Dillian Whyte knocked out Dereck Chisora in the 11th round of an all-British heavyweight boxing bout in London to make a claim to be champion Anthony Joshua’s next challenger.

New Jersey’s athletic association says that a referee who made a high school wrestler cut his dreadlocks won’t be assigned to any matches until the incident is reviewed. Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair Wednesday night during a match. But Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn’t do. A reporter tweeted a video of Johnson getting his hair cut. Olympic gold medalist wrestler Jordan Burroughs said he had never seen anything like that.



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