COLLEGES

Quinnipiac to keep volleyball, cheer squad; adding golf, rugby to achieve compliance

Quinnipiac University plans to keep its women’s volleyball team and its competitive cheer squad as it complies with a court order to bring its athletic programs into compliance with federal gender-equity requirements.

Under a plan filed in federal court on Wednesday, Quinnipiac also proposes adding women’s golf and rugby teams to provide more athletic opportunities for women.

Several volleyball players and their coach sued Quinnipiac last year after the school announced it would eliminate volleyball for budgetary reasons and replace it with a competitive cheer squad.

This summer Judge Stefan Underhill ruled that cheerleading can not be considered a sport for Title IX purposes. He ordered it to keep the volleyball team and come up with a compliance plan.

HOCKEY

NHL: The Buffalo Sabres re-signed restricted free-agent forward Mark Mancari to a one-year contract. Mancari led the Portland Pirates in scoring in each of the past two seasons, including collecting 74 points in 74 games with Portland in 2009-10.

TRACK AND FIELD

JUNIOR OLYMPICS: Teresa Murphy of Brunswick recently won a bronze medal at the National Junior Olympics held in Sacramento, Calif.

Murphy, who will be a freshman at Brunswick High School this fall, placed third in the 3,000-meter racewalk with a time of 8:14.75. She also placed 32nd in the 800.