Kethan Savage

sparked a late rally and scored 12 points Thursday night to lead George Washington (9-3) to a 60-54 upset of 11th-ranked Wichita State and the Diamond Head Classic championship in Honolulu. It was the Colonials' first in-season tournament title in 10 years.

The Shockers (10-2) made only one field goal over the final six minutes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Central Florida can finish with at least 10 wins for the fourth time in five years, while North Carolina State (7-5) hopes to take another step forward under second-year coach Dave Doeren in the Bitcoin Bowl on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

UCF is just a year removed from playing in a BCS bowl for the first time, turning heads with a high-scoring victory over Baylor to cap the first 12-win season in school history. The Knights (9-3) have won nine of 10 after an 0-2 start.

Illinois (6-6) of the Big Ten and Louisiana Tech (8-5) of Conference USA meet Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.

ICE HOCKEY If it is called up to the NHL, a new overtime rule in the American Hockey League could allow stars to showcase their skills even more with the game on the line.

The NHL uses a 4-on-4 OT model for five minutes. If no one scores, it goes to a shootout. In the AHL it's seven minutes long - or until someone scores - with the opening three minutes 4-on-4. Then, after the next whistle, it switches to 3-on-3 for the last four, leading to lots of room for creativity and scoring chances. If that doesn't decide things, it goes to a shootout.

"It's certainly entertaining for fans and a lot of fun to watch," said David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL for the last 21 years.

YACHTING American super maxi Comanche took the lead at the start and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday in Australia. Comanche, launched in October and being tested for the first time in race conditions, held a slender lead over seven-time and defending champion Wild Oats XI.

- Inquirer wire reports