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March 17, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, March 18

(Continued)

Despite not playing this season, the former Big East rivals know plenty about each other having met 12 times over the previous three seasons. The unbeaten wouldn’t meet until the national championship game on April 8 in Nashville. Notre Dame isn’t intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Huskies.

Tennessee and South Carolina also earned No. 1 seeds. While it’s the 22nd time that the Lady Vols have earned a top spot, it’s the first for the Gamecocks.

Notre Dame (32-0) opens against Robert Morris (21-11) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Toledo, Ohio.

Purdue (21-8) is the No. 4 seed in the Notre Dame Region. The Boilers open against Akron (23-9) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette.

• Five other Indiana schools will play in the 64-team Women’s NIT — Indiana, Indiana State, IUPUI, Ball State and Butler. IUPUI is coached by Northwestern High School product Austin Parkinson, and the Jags’ roster includes Western product Nicole Rogers.

— The Associated Press and staff reports

Hunt takes 24th place at Paralympics

Kokomo native Joel Hunt earned a 24th-place finish out of 30 entries in the standing giant slalom at the Sochi Paralympic Games on Saturday at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Hunt, 35, is a Northwestern High School graduate and a former Army specialist who made three deployments to Iraq. The Purple Heart recipient sustained a traumatic brain injury and some paralysis in his left leg following a roadside blast in June 2005.

Hunt was 30th on his first run in 1:31.93. He was 25th on the second run in 1:26.40.

“The first run I was going in all at it,” Hunt said in a statement distributed by the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Unfortunately, I got yellow flagged, and at the time that happened my back popped. The USOC trainers really helped me back get in the fight.

“Second run, I feel like I could have done better.”

Police Athletic League sets soccer signups

The Police Athletic League will hold soccer signups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the PAL field, 3520 W.Boulevard.

Additional soccer signups are set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 25; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29 and 1-4 p.m. on March 30.

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