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BC Coach Becomes Wins Leader

Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Semmering, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Semmering, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Minneapolis — Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader Saturday, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-3 win over Alabama-Huntsville yesterday in the Mariucci Classic.

York has 925 victories in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record. In 19 seasons at Boston College, York is 458-223-61.

York began his career as a 26-year-old head coach at Clarkson in 1972, then took over for Mason at Bowling Green before heading to Boston College. He has won four national titles with the Eagles to go with one at Bowling Green.

Cam Spiro scored his first college goal 2:53 into the game, and the Bill Arnold and Danny Linell added goals for the Eagles in the opening period. Brendan Silk and Steven Whitney also scored for BC (12-2-1), and Parker Milner made 26 saves.

Jeff Vanderlugt and Craig Pierce scored for Alabama-Huntsville (3-15-1).

Skiing

Zuzulova Wins Night Slalom

Semmering, Austria — Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia upset the favorites to win a World Cup night slalom yesterday for her first career victory.

She trailed overall World Cup leader Tina Maze by 0.55 seconds after the opening leg but overtook the Slovenian with a near-flawless final run.

Velez Zuzulova finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 37.28 seconds. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 0.10 back. Maze was third, 0.20 behind.

The rest of the field finished more than a second behind Velez Zuzulova.

Teenager Mikeala Shiffrin of the United States, who led the slalom standings going into the race, straddled a gate and didn’t finish her second run. She is a former Lyme resident.

Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn missed the race while recovering from an intestinal illness, and world slalom champion Marlies Schild of Austria is out for three months after knee surgery.

Reichelt, Paris Share Downhill Victory

Bormio, Italy — Hannes Reichelt of Austria and Dominik Paris of Italy shared a downhill victory in one of the closest races in skiing history yesterday, with the top four finishers separated by a mere two-hundredths of a second.

Paris took the early lead by clocking 1 minute, 58.62 seconds for his first career win and Reichelt matched him to give Austria its first speed win of the season.

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished third, 0.01 seconds behind.

— the smallest possible margin. Klaus Kroell of Austria was fourth, missing out on a podium finish despite being just 0.02 behind the winners.

The top American finisher was Travis Ganong in seventh for his best career result.

In the super-G at the 1999 world championships in Vail, Colo., Lasse Kjus and Hermann Maier shared victory, with Hans Knauss 0.01 behind in third. However, the fourth-place finisher in that race, Stephan Eberharter, was 0.22 back.

Tennis

Djokovic Retains Exhibition Title

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi yesterday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

The top-ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro.

Almagro, a late replacement at the tournament for Rafael Nadal, rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 in the second set on his way to evening the match. The third set was much tighter, with both players holding serve after eight games until Djokovic went up 5-4 and then broke Almagro to clinch the victory.