Ex-NU star has seizure in AHL game
Former Northeastern star Wade MacLeod was rushed to a hospital on Sunday night after suffering a seizure that led to the postponement of the host Springfield Falcons’ AHL game against Adirondack. The Falcons said in a statement that the 26-year-old forward from Coquitlam, British Columbia, was stable and alert. MacLeod, who had an assist on Springfield’s lone goal, was checked into the glass by defenseman Brandon Manning with 3:12 left in the second period and Adirondack ahead, 2-1. Manning was assessed a two-minute penalty for boarding. MacLeod collapsed to the ice as he was skating to the bench and was tended to by paramedics and a physician on duty for several minutes before being stabilized on a stretcher. ‘‘We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,’’ MacLeod’s family said in a statement. ‘‘Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.’’ MacLeod has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ affiliate.
Azarenka tops Williams in Qatar final
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3, to win the Qatar Open in Doha, earning her 16th title and ending a 10-match losing streak against the American. Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the second-ranked Williams on Monday, but extended her winning streak to 14 matches, which included her second Australian Open title. Azarenka had not beaten Williams since 2009 in Miami, and had a 1-11 record against her going into the final. Williams is returning to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in almost 2½ years . . . Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-3, in the Brazil Open final in Sao Paulo, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. It was Nadal’s 51st singles title, and first since winning the French Open last June . . . Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Benneteau, who beat No. 2-ranked Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, is winless in eight ATP finals . . . Milos Raonic won his third consecutive SAP Open in San Jose, Calif., beating Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-3 for the title in the final year of the tournament.
Hirscher captures men’s slalom crown
Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the men’s slalom title on the last day of the skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, for his first individual gold medal at a major event. Cheered loudly by a home crowd of 35,000, the Austrian overcame the pressure of expectation to earn the host nation its second gold of the worlds, after the mixed team event. Felix Neureuther of Germany was second, Austria’s Mario Matt third. American Ted Ligety, a three-time champion, failed to finish when he lost his balance and his left boot clicked out of the bindings 15 seconds into his run. Ligety, who also captured the super-G and super-combined titles, could have equaled the 45-year record held by French great Jean-Claude Killy, who won four golds in 1968 . . . Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi earned her second victory in two days at a women’s ski jump World Cup meet in Ljubno, Slovenia, finishing ahead of France’s Coline Mattel and American Sarah Hendrickson . . . China’s Qi Guangpu claimed his first World Cup victory in the men’s freestyle skiing aerials event in Sochi, Russia, while compatriot Xu Mengtao captured her fifth victory this season to secure the women’s overall title . . . Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle and Italy’s Michela Moioli won snowboard cross World Cup events in Sochi. Haemmerle was followed by Manchester, Vt., native Alex Deibolds . . . Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer became the first man to win six all-round world championships in Hamar, Norway, taking the final 10,000-meter race ahead of Belgium’s Bart Swings. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won both the 1,500 and 5,000 races to secure her fourth women’s title.
Galaxy expect Donovan back in March
The MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy say Landon Donovan will rejoin the team during the final week of March after a break of almost four months. Donovan, 30, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, had said last fall that he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing. Donovan has a team-record 92 goals during eight seasons with the Galaxy. He has a record 49 goals in 144 appearances for the United States . . . Ken Clark, the No. 7 rusher in Nebraska history who went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, died of a heart attack in Minneapolis. He was 46. Clark’s career highlight for the Cornhuskers came in 1988, when he ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and Oklahoma State. Clark played for the Colts from 1990-92.