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SATURDAY

SOCCER Channel 6 a.m. English: Manchester U. at Aston Villa NBCS 39 8:30 a.m. English: Match of the Day, teams TBA* NBC 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Channel 7 a.m. New Orleans Bowl: La.-Lafayette vs. Nevada ESPN 34 10:20 a.m. New Mexico Bowl: Utah St. vs. Texas-El Paso ESPN 34 11:30 a.m. Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah ABC 13 Noon D-II: Colo. State-Pueblo vs. Minnesota St. ESP2 35 1:45 p.m. Potato Bowl: Air Force vs. W. Michigan ESPN 34 5:15 p.m. Camellia Bowl: S. Alabama vs. Bowling Gr. ESPN 34 11:30 p.m. Camellia Bowl: S. Alabama vs. Bowling Gr.* ESPN 34 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Channel 8 a.m. SMU at Michigan ESP2 35 8 a.m. Charlotte at Georgetown Root 36 8 a.m. Louisville at W. Kentucky FS1 41 9 a.m. Syracuse at Villanova Fox 4 9 a.m. N. Carolina vs. Ohio State CBS 11 10 a.m. Illinois vs. Missouri ESP2 35 10 a.m. Florida State vs. South Florida Root 36 10:30 a.m. Butler vs. Indiana FS1 41 11:30 a.m. Kentucky vs. UCLA CBS 11 Noon Southern U. at Wyoming Root 36 1 p.m. Florida vs. Wake Forest FS1 41 2 p.m. Oakland at Pittsburgh* Root 36 3 p.m. Iona at George Mason NBCS 39 4 p.m. Syracuse at Villanova* Root 36 5:30 p.m. N. Carolina St. vs. W. Virginia ESP2 35 6 p.m....

SATURDAY

NORDIC SKIING : Besh Cup No. 1, Kincaid Park, 10 a.m. HOCKEY: Christmas Classic, Mulcahy outdoor rinks, 10:30 a.m. PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: East T-bird Classic, Eagle River vs. Service, noon, East vs. Kodiak, 4 p.m.; Grace Basketball Classic: Bethel vs. Delta 11 a.m.; Grace vs. Galena 2:30 p.m. PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: East T-bird Classic: Juneau vs. Kodiak, 2 p.m., East vs. Barrow, 6 p.m.; Grace Classic: Delta vs. Mt. Edgecumbe, 12:45 p.m.; Grace vs. Galena boys, 4:15 p.m.; Cougar Tip-Off, Service High: Chugiak vs. Eagle River, 2 p.m.; Service vs. Bethel, 4 p.m. PRO HOCKEY: Bakersfield Condors at Alaska Aces, Sullivan Arena, 7:15 p.m. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Seawolf Hoops Classic, Alaska Airlines Center: UAF vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 5 p.m., UAA vs. Pacific (Oregon), 7 p.m. PREP WRESTLING: West Christmas Classic, West, TBA

SUNDAY

NORDIC SKIING : Besh Cup No. 1, Hillside, 11 a.m. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Hawaii Pacific at UAA, 5 p.m.

The third-ranked UAA women's basketball team remained undefeated Friday night with a 90-49 win over Texas A&M Kingsville in the Seawolf Hoops Classic.

The Seawolves extended their record to 10-0, and if they can win their next two games, they'll match the best start in program history. The 2006-07 team started 12-0 and wound up 23-6 with a runnerup finish in the West Region tournament.

UAA put up some huge numbers and got significant contributions from all 11 players. Everyone played at least 14 minutes and no one played more than 24 in the 40-minute game at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Kiki Robertson handed out assists on 14 of UAA's 34 baskets, one assist shy of the school record she tied earlier this season with 15. Megan Mullings poured in a career-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Leah Bonner contributed 12 points and eight steals, Jenna Buchanan hit five of six from 3-point territory for 17 points, and Jessica Madison hit half of her 12 shots for 15 points...

Alaska Dispatch News

The Alaska Aces trailed the Bakersfield Condors by two goals early in the second period Friday night.

Then Olivier Archambault happened.

The Aces’ rookie winger scored two goals and furnished the principal assist on another goal in short order, and that burst of brilliance spearheaded Alaska’s 5-2 ECHL win at Sullivan Arena.

Read more: Olivier Archambault to the rescue: Aces 5, Condors 2
Bob Hallinen

The Alaska Aces’ situation wasn’t terrible, but it was far from terrific -- they faced a two-goal deficit against the Bakersfield Condors early in the second period Friday night.

Then Olivier Archambault happened.

And 5 minutes, 4 seconds later the Aces owned a one-goal lead they never surrendered in a 5-3 ECHL victory before an announced crowd of 4,013 at Sullivan Arena.

Rookie goaltender Niklas Lundstrom delivered a season-high 36 saves, Ryan Walters made his first goal as an Ace a pivotal strike -- his short-handed marker in the opening minute of the third period gained Alaska a 4-2 lead -- and the Aces (12-13-0) finally got their moribund power play unshackled.

Yet it was Archambault, the rookie sniper, who changed the complexion of a hockey game that was played at a much quicker pace than Alaska’s 6-1 win over Bakersfield on Wednesday. He scored two goals and delivered a principal assist in that five-minute span when the Aces transformed a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

“He took over,’’ said Aces coach Rob Murray. “He was the difference.’’...

Doyle Woody

Dejha Canty hit key free throws in overtime to spark Dimond's 71-66 win over the Barrow girls in a nonconference basketball game Friday at Dimond .

Canty poured in a game-high 26 points and teammate Rohyn Huss added 13 in their team's first game of the season.

Barrow was led by Rose Mongoyak and Alaina Wolgemuth, who scored 13 points apiece.

Alaska Dispatch News

JUNEAU -- Top Canadian environmental officials have rejected calls from Southeast Alaska for a new, more thorough environmental review of a mine that may threaten jointly targeted salmon stocks.

The massive Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine being developed by Seabridge Gold already won approval from the province of British Columbia, but Alaskans, with fishing, Native and environmental groups leading the way, called for a more stringent "panel review" at the Canadian federal level.

But Friday, Canada's environment minister and other officials announced they'd concluded that no further review was necessary.

The KSM mine "is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account," the environmental assessment decision announced Friday said...

Pat Forgey

Led by a pair of freshmen who make the future look bright in Barrow, the Whalers won their second straight game at the T-bird Classic at East High on Friday.

Kamaka Hepa continued to impress and Travis Adams was poised and polished in a 78-70 win over Juneau.

Hepa, a versatile 6-foot-7, and Adams, a 5-9 point guard, played all 32 minutes for the Whalers. Hepa racked up 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Adams furnished eight assists and five steals.

If the two look like they've done this before, it's because they have.

"We've been playing together since elementary school," said Hepa, who scored 24 points and nine rebounds in 20 minute of play in a Thursday victory over Kodiak.

Hepa, who is already gaining notice from college basketball analysts, hit 10 of 14 field goals -- including all four of his shots from 3-point range -- and 8 of 11 free throws.

His self-evaluation? "I could've shot the ball better."

The game was close throughout and was tied 54-54 going into the fourth quarter...

Alaska Dispatch News

The Anchorage Assembly has formed a committee whose sole focus is to consider the implementation of marijuana sales.

Assembly Chair Dick Traini announced Friday that the committee will look at regulation and taxation of the cultivation, manufacture and commercial sale of marijuana in Anchorage. Assemblyman Ernie Hall will chair the committee, which also includes Assembly members Pete Petersen, Amy Demboski and Paul Honeman.

It’s the latest move by the city in response to Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in Alaska. Creation of the committee comes days after the Assembly heard four hours of public testimony on an ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in the municipality. The measure, introduced by Demboski and co-sponsored by Honeman and Traini, was defeated 9-2...

Suzanna Caldwell

As the Christmas holiday season is ending, I’m sharing several impressions of Christmases past.

Childhood recollections

My childhood memories go back to when I was 3 or 4. I was not educated in the Santa Claus myth and only knew that Christmas was a time for celebration of the birth of Jesus. Christmas was a special time of song and gifts from close family members, including grandparents. The gifts were of a useful nature and helped me understand, from an early age, that Christmas was a time of caring and sharing. My father was the son of deeply religious Christian parents and my mother was the daughter of a divided home. Her mother was very religious but her father was not. My mom and her mother celebrated Christmas mostly with focus on the birth of Christ, not much on gift giving...

Chris Thompson

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