BC, Yale earn top seeds in NCAA hockey

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BC, Yale earn top seeds in NCAA hockey

Two New England teams -- Boston College and Yale -- earned top seeds, and two other N.E. schools earned at-large berths for the NCAA hockey tournament.

Seedings and pairings were announced Sunday morning.

The Bulldogs, winners of the ECAC championship, are the No. 1 seed in the East regional and will play No. 4 Air Force on Friday at Bridgeport, Conn. Union and Minnesota-Duluth are the other schools in the regional.

BC is the No. 1 seed in the West Regional, and the Hockey East champions will play No. 4 Colorado College Friday in St. Louis. Other schools in that regional: Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha.

The other two England schools will compete in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The host school, New Hampshire, will face No. 1 seed Miami of Ohio, and No. 2 Merrimack will play No. 3 Notre Dame. Those games are on Saturday.

The four schools in the Midwest Regional, which will be played in Green Bay, are North Dakota, Denver, Western Michigan and RPI.

The winners of the regionals will advance to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., on April 7 and 9.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.