Wildcats blank struggling Dogs
In Lexington, Ky., Corey Littrell pitched seven shutout innings, leading Kentucky to a 5-0 win over Georgia on Sunday.
Littrell gave up three hits and two walks and recorded 12 strikeouts to run his record to 4-0.
The Bulldogs lost for the 11th time in 13 games.
• In Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday’s game between North Carolina and Clemson was suspended in the third inning because of rain.
Play will resume this afternoon.
The Tar Heels hold a 2-0 lead over the Tigers with two outs in the top of the third inning.
Quinnipiac earns Frozen Four spot
In Providence, R.I., Matthew Peca recorded the fastest hat trick in NCAA Tournament history, scoring three goals in a 3:12 span of the first period, leading top-seeded Quinnipiac to a 5-1 victory over Union in the East Regional final Sunday night.
The Bobcats, who notched their first-ever tournament win by rallying past Canisius Saturday, will face Saint Cloud State on April 11 in one of the two national semifinal games in Pittsburgh. Massachusetts Lowell and Yale will meet in the other game.
Quinnipiac (29-7-5), an upstart that rose to the No. 1 ranking this season for the first time, trailed Canisius, the No. 16 seed, 3-1, on Saturday before turning on the jets en route to a historic weekend in Rhode Island.
• In Toldeo, Ohio, Joey Benik and Cory Thorson each scored twice and Saint Cloud State earned its first-ever Frozen Four berth with a 4-1 win over Miami (Ohio) in the Midwest Regional title game.
Ryan Faragher had 20 saves for Saint Cloud State (25-15-1), the No. 4 seed in the region.
Track and Field
Bolt cruises in 150-meter race
In Rio de Janeiro, Usain Bolt started his season by winning a 150-meter race on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester in 2009. Brazilian Bruno Lins was second in 14.91, ahead of Antigua and Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey and Ecuador’s Alex Quinones.
After the race under scorching heat on a four-lane track built in the middle of Copacabana beach, Bolt said it was “definitely a good start for the season.” He says he’s looking forward to coming back to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Bolt celebrated by dancing with a few Brazilian dancers after the run, which was an official event supervised by the IAAF.
Alvarado beats Rios in rematch
In Las Vegas, the action was much the same, but this time the result was different. Mike Alvarado boxed and punched his way to a narrow but unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night over Brandon Rios in the rematch of their slugfest from five months ago.
Alvarado won by two points on two scorecards and one on the other to avenge his seventh-round loss to Rios in October.
It wasn’t as dramatic as the first fight, when Rios stopped Alvarado after being rocked himself a round earlier. But the fight was still thrilling at times, fought at a high level between two game warriors.
It was the first loss for Rios, while Alvarado avenged his only defeat in the 140-pound bout.