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Aqueduct Results Wednesday December 6th, 2017

First—$55,000, Starters allowance, 3-year-olds & up fillies and mares, 6 furlongs. Time: 1:10.850 Trainer: Richard Schosberg. 2 Sandy Belle (I. Ortiz, Jr.)//6.70//3.50//2.60 1 Short Kakes (J. Rocco, Jr.)////2.70//2.40 5 Banty's Girl (L. Reyes)//////3.00 Scratched: Avery Maeve. $1 Exacta (2-1) paid $7.70; $0.1 Superfecta (2-1-5-6) paid $4.77; $0.5 Trifecta (2-1-5) paid $14.87. Second—$41,000, maiden claiming, 3-year-olds & up, 1 mile. Time: 1:38.320 Trainer: Danny Gargan. 16 Playwright (K. Carmouche)//5.60//2.90//2.30 10 Summer Mischief (I. Ortiz, Jr.)////3.10//2.30 15 Grand Valour (J. Castellano)//////3.20 Scratched: Minus Two, Frost Proof, Port Arch, Big Auk, Millies Party Boy, The Donald Problem, Space Key.

Times Union girls’ soccer large-school all-stars

Athlete of the Year: Izzy Lynch, Sr., Niskayuna In the final game of her illustrious high school career at Niskayuna, Izzy Lynch didn't score. But that hardly tells the whole story of a remarkable season that warranted a second consecutive Athlete of the Year nod by the Times Union for large-school girls' soccer. Lynch still was the catalyst of a team that came up one win shy of its third consecutive Class AA championship. She had 15 goals and nine assists, and the UConn commit even posted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win against defensively sound Bethlehem in the semifinals. This year's achievements were accomplished with a less experienced team, and defenses felt they could afford to hound her even more than previous years.

Washington stuns Kansas

Kansas City, Mo. Matisse Thybulle hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Jaylen Nowell added 15 and Washington led most of the way in upsetting second-ranked Kansas 74-65 on Wednesday night. Noah Dickerson added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (7-2), who knocked the Jayhawks (7-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with their first victory over them since December 1974. Lagerald Vick had a career-high 28 points for Kansas. Former Albany Academy standout and Washington freshman Hameir Wright had five points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Loyola-Chicago 63, Florida 59: Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago stunned No. 5 Florida, handing the Gators a third consecutive loss.

Penalty kill RPI’s downfall

Troy Despite controlling the pace of play for large swaths of a non-conference matchup against No. 13 UNH, the RPI Engineers were mauled by the Wildcats power play, which went a perfect 3-for-3 as New Hampshire (9-5-1) defeated RPI 6-3 on Wednesday night at Houston Field House. Controlling the pace early, RPI (3-11-3) grabbed the lead 2:26 into the first period when Owen Stout fed a backhand pass out to Billy Jerry in the low slot. Jerry's one-timer beat New Hampshire goaltender Danny Tirone low on the glove side. "We didn't force plays, we didn't try to make something out of nothing," said RPI coach Dave Smith. "For the bulk of the game, I thought five-on-five we were really dialed in and played well.

A win to fuel the dream

Albany So it doesn't hurt to dream a little — or a lot — does it? After an 84-68 victory over Bryant on Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena, the University at Albany basketball program reached the 10-game mark of its nonconference schedule with only one loss. For America East Conference teams, though, early-season games hold the value of spring training exhibitions. Bryant coach Tim O'Shea, after losing to UAlbany and seeing Vermont on tape, said the America East has two elite teams. Historically, the only way for an AE team to get to the NCAA Tournament is via the conference's automatic bid. "I ran into this when I was coaching in the Mid-American," said O'Shea, who guided Ohio U. for seven seasons before taking over at Bryant in 2008.

Superb defense lifts Maple Leafs

Toronto Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more shots in a shootout in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. William Nylander scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, deking to the backhand to beat Mike Smith. Morgan Rielly scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Toronto improved to 18-10-1 and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Tampa Bay. Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, and Smith stopped 28 shots. The Flames have dropped three in a row. Capitals 6, Blackhawks 2: Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in Washington's victory over Chicago.

Cardinals’ big run dooms Saints

The Siena men's basketball team held its own for more than 24 minutes on Wednesday night. Then Louisville happened. The Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference ripped off an 18-0 run to break open a close game in the second half and rolled to an 86-60 victory over the Saints at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. in the first game of the Gotham Classic. "They're in a little better shape than us," Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said in a phone interview. "They're a little more athletic than us. That's when that kicks in, the 16-minute mark. And we started driving it to the basket and not finishing." Siena junior guard Nico Clareth (15 points) made a 3-pointer to slice Louisville's lead to 48-47 with 15:26 to play.

Lee, Porzingis spark Knicks

New York Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night. Porzingis scored 12 after halftime as the Knicks rebounded from consecutive losses without their top two scorers that had dropped them under .500. Porzingis came back from his sprained right ankle and illness, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has a stress injury in his lower left leg and has begun a treatment and rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Celtics 97, Mavericks 90: Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston slip past Dallas.


Holy Trinity comes up just short in Class C state final

Syracuse Not all dream seasons end in dream fashion. That still does not diminish what was accomplished Friday, and throughout the 2017 season, by the Holy Trinity football team. Unlike in its previous two state playoff games, a second-half rally engineered Saturday evening by the Pride failed to net the desired outcome. Holy Trinity scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but failed to recover a directional onside kick with 56 seconds left and dropped a 28-25 decision to Section III champion Skaneateles in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship at the Syracuse Carrier Dome.