Raquel Rodriguez finished what she started.
Rodriguez scored in the 72nd minute to lift Penn State to a 1-0 victory over Duke on Sunday in the NCAA women's soccer final in Cary, N.C.
The Nittany Lions (22-3-2) won the first national title in program history three years after falling to North Carolina in the championship game. It also is the first women's soccer title for the Big Ten.
Rodriguez and fellow senior Mallory Weber, who assisted on her goal, were freshman starters in that match.
"During the game, I was thinking about that first game, actually," Rodriguez said. "All I could think of was that I don't want that to happen again. Not today. It fueled us."
Penn State outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 20-0 in six NCAA tournament games and recorded shutouts in its final eight matches.
Duke (14-6-5) fell to 0-3 in College Cup finals, with losses to North Carolina in 1992 and Stanford in 2011.
Mikan card sale sets record
George Mikan's 1948 rookie card sold for $403,664 in SCP Auctions' Fall Premier online auction, a record for a basketball card.
SCP Auctions said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
The card of the Minneapolis Lakers' Hall of Fame center is from the only Bowman basketball card set ever produced and is the only one of its kind to receive a grade of "Gem Mint 10" from third-party authenticator PSA Cards. The card previously sold in 2009 for $225,000.
U volleyball details finalized
The Gophers volleyball team learned the final details of its NCAA regional semifinal assignment. The Gophers will play Illinois at 5 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The other semifinal, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature Hawaii and Penn State. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN3. The Gophers, seeded second in the tournament, advanced with sweeps of Jackson State and Marquette over the weekend.
Watson wins in the Bahamas
Bubba Watson made four birdies in his first seven holes and was never seriously challenged in winning the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.
Watson led by two strokes when the round began and sailed home with a 6-under 66 and a three-shot victory over Patrick Reed.
Ex-UEFA leader pushes back
Michel Platini is hopeful that a new memo allegedly showing a payment agreement with suspended FIFA boss Sepp Blatter will clear his name in a corruption case and reignite the Frenchman's bid to become the next president of world soccer's governing body.
Facing a possible life ban for corruption, the suspended UEFA president was charged over a controversial $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 that Blatter said he approved as backdated salary for work by Platini from 1998-2002. Platini's team claimed Sunday that a 23-page memo obtained last week shows that UEFA's executive committee was aware of a deal with Blatter as early as November 1998.
Around the horn
Cross-country skiing: A U.S. women's team that included Stillwater's Jessie Diggins finished third in a World Cup relay won by Norway in Lillehammer, Norway.
Speedskating: Brittany Bowe beat Heather Richardson-Bergsma to win the women's 1,500 meters for the second American 1-2 finish in two days at a World Cup event in Inzell, Germany.
Women's soccer: The U.S. team canceled Sunday's victory tour exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago in Hawaii because of poor field conditions at Aloha Stadium. U.S. Soccer said in a statement that "the artificial turf surface is not suitable to hold an international soccer match."