Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference showed conference supremacy in the opening round of the women's NCAA Tournament. The two power conferences combined to go 13-1 in the first two days.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Carsen Edwards had a career night, scoring 42 points as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night in an 87-61 rout. Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16. Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third national title in the last four seasons end on the tournament's first weekend.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara each had a goal and an assist help the Boston Bruins clinch a playoff berth with a 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Steve Kampfer, Karson Kuhlman and Noel Acciari also scored, and Danton Heinen had two assists for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots and also had an assist as Boston won its fourth straight.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets rallied to beat the Boston Celtics 124-117 Saturday night. It was Walker's 23rd game of 30 or more points this season. He added 11 rebounds and nine assists. Rookie Miles Bridges scored a career-high 20 points, Marvin Williams and Malik Monk added 13 points apiece and Dwayne Bacon scored 11.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have signed 42-year-old Zdeno Chara to a one-year, $2 million contract extension. The defenseman is in his 13th season with Boston and 21st in the NHL. He is the second-oldest active NHL player, behind Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Clarkson senior Loren Gabel has won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top women's player in Division I college hockey. The native of Kitchener, Ontario, topped the nation with 34 goals during the regular season. She led the Golden Knights to four NCAA Frozen Fours and two national championships in her standout career.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) - Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships. It's the first time an American man captured consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won his fourth in a row in 1984. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was second and American Vincent Zhou was third on a big day for U.S. skating. Defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the ice dance.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn coach Geno Auriemma celebrated his 65th birthday on Saturday, but there was not much love from his team. Second-seeded UConn's opponent in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game, No. 10 Buffalo (24-9), have shown nothing but admiration for the Hall of Fame coach and his program since arriving Thursday at Gampel Pavilion.
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