AIR FORCE HOCKEY AD­VANCES TO EAST RE­GIONAL SEMI­FI­NAL

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providence, r.i.» Air Force jumped to a four-goal lead be­fore Western Michi­gan scored twice in the third pe­riod to draw within one, but the Fal­cons held on for a 5-4 vic­tory over the Bron­cos and ad­vance to Satur­day’s East Re­gional Cham­pi­onship against No. 3 seed Har­vard.

Jor­dan Him­ley and Kyle Haak had first-pe­riod goals for Air Force, and Haak struck again in the sec­ond to give Air Force a 3-0 lead.

Phil Boje bal­looned the Fal­cons’ edge to four goals be­fore the Bron­cos scored three times in the third pe­riod.

• Har­vard blanked Providence 3-0 on 41 saves from Mer­rick Madsen and goals by Tyler Moy and Adam Fox in the sec­ond pe­riod, and an­other from Moy with just over a minute left.

• Char­lie McAvoy scored mid­way through the sec­ond over­time to lift Bos­ton Univer­sity to a 4-3 win over de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion North Dakota in the semi­fi­nals of the NCAA West Re­gional.

BU fresh­man goalie Jake Oet­tinger made a ca­reer-high 56 saves, in­clud­ing 19 in the third pe­riod.

Rhett Gard­ner opened the scor­ing for UND, but the Ter­ri­ers an­swered with three goals. • Wil­lie Raskob scored in over­time to lift Min­nesota Du­luth 3-2 over Ohio State. Min­nesota Du­luth scored twice in the sec­ond pe­riod, then Ohio State an­swered with two goals in the third.

Ex-Penn St. pres­i­dent con­victed

B har­ris­burg, pa.» For­mer Penn State pres­i­dent Gra­ham Spanier was con­victed of hush­ing up child sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions in 2001 against Jerry San­dusky, whose ar­rest a decade later blew up into a ma­jor scan­dal for the univer­sity and led to the fir­ing of foot­ball coach Joe Paterno.

The jury found Spanier guilty of one mis­de­meanor count of child en­dan­ger­ment over his han­dling of a com­plaint against the re­tired as­sis­tant foot­ball coach but ac­quit­ted him of con­spir­acy and a sec­ond child en­dan­ger­ment count.

Spanier, 68, showed no emo­tion when the ver­dict was read af­ter 13 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions. He could get up to five years in prison. His lawyer said he will ap­peal.

Lar­son fastest in qual­i­fy­ing

B fon­tana, calif.» Al­though Kyle Lar­son has been in sec­ond place for most of this NAS­CAR sea­son, no­body could catch him in qual­i­fy­ing.

Lar­son turned a lap in 38.493 sec­onds in his Chip Ganassi Rac­ing Chevro­let, hit­ting 187.047 mph to claim the pole for Sun­day’s race.

Denny Ham­lin clocked in at 38.507 sec­onds to earn the fifth front-row start of his ca­reer at Auto Club Speed­way. Brad Ke­selowski was third, and Martin Truex Jr. was fourth. Truex’s Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing team­mate Erik Jones qual­i­fied 14th.

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