COLLEGES

Black Bears take early lead, then shut out Providence in field hockey season opener

Jocelyn Mitchell had two goals as the University of Maine defeated Providence 3-0 Friday in a college field hockey season opener at Orono.

Stephanie Gardiner gave Maine the lead 6:47 in, scoring off assists by Marie Dineen and Alex Binnendijk.

Mitchell scored unassisted off a rebound 2:34 into the second half. Her second goal came at 52:57, assisted by Kelly Newton.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Marky Boyce scored on a header at 53:34 to lift Charleston Southern (2-1) to a 2-1 win over Maine (1-2) at Charleston, S.C.

The Black Bears took the lead at 27:35 when Carolyne Nellis scored off a pass from Kelsey Wilson.

HORSE RACING

SCARBOROUGH DOWNS: Barbra Ann set a track record for 2-year-old fillies at Scarborough Downs while driven by Kevin Switzer, winning a race in 1 minute, 58.1 seconds.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Atlanta broke open a close game by scoring 26 consecutive points, beating top-seeded Washington 101-77 at home to advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a two-game sweep.

Iziane Castro Marques and Angel McCoughtry each scored 21 points for Atlanta.

TENNIS

PILOT PEN: Nadia Petrova moved into the women’s final with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Kirilenko at New Haven, Conn., and will play top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who beat No. 4 Elena Dementieva, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

In the men’s draw, ninth-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky advanced to the final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Thiemo de Bakker and will face Denis Istomin, who beat Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (10), 3-6, 6-2.

HOCKEY

NHL: Free-agent forward Paul Kariya, the former UMaine standout, will not play next season after being diagnosed with postconcussion syndrome.

The 35-year-old Kariya spent the last three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He had 18 goals and 25 assists last season.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the New Jersey Devils submitted a new contract to the league for Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk. The league has five days to approve or reject the deal, which media reports said amounts to $100 million over 15 years. A month ago, the NHL rejected a 17-year, $102 million contract for Kovalchuk, saying it violated the league salary cap.

BASEBALL

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Waipahu, Hawaii, advanced to today’s U.S. final, rallying from a four-run deficit for a 12-5 victory over Columbus, Ga., at South Williamsport, Pa.

Hawaii will face Pearland, Texas; Japan and Taiwan meet in the international final. The winners play Sunday for the World Series title.

AUTO RACING

IRL: Ryan Briscoe won the pole position for the IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway, turning a lap average of 216.346 mph in qualifying at Joliet, Ill.

NASCAR: Kyle Busch withstood two late challenges from Todd Bodine and hung on to win the truck series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Regan Smith signed a contract extension with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season to drive the team’s No. 78 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series.