BASEBALL

Cubs seek permission to interview Boston’s Epstein

The Cubs have asked for permission to interview Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein for a front-office position, according to a published report.

The Boston Globe reported the Red Sox were meeting Tuesday to respond to the Cubs’ formal request.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined, through a spokesman, to address the Globe report.

The Red Sox could ask for compensation for Epstein if he leaves, or he could turn the offer down. Either way, it’s apparent he is the Cubs’ dream candidate to replace former general manager Jim Hendry.

Rays GM Andrew Friedman is also on the Cubs’ list, though the Cubs seem intent on exploring Epstein first.

• The prize souvenir from the 1986 World Series, the Bill Buckner ball, will go on eBay this month with a $1 million price tag, put up for auction by Seth Swirsky, the Grammy-nominated songwriter who once bought it from actor Charlie Sheen.

COLLEGES

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Margaret Palmer’s first collegiate goal came in the second overtime and lifted the University of New England to a 2-1 road win over Gordon College.

• Bowdoin struck for five second-half goals as the Polar Bears put away Maine-Farmington 7-1 at Farmington.

• Megan Zerba and Darcey Sullivan scored second-half goals to lead host Emmanuel to a 2-1 victory over St. Joseph’s.

MEN’S SOCCER: Sam White headed a pass by Eric Goitia into the net in the 49th minute to give Bowdoin a 1-0 win over Bates at Lewiston. After getting outshot 15-4, Bates made a push late in the game. Bowdoin sophomore goalie Will Wise made four of his five saves in the final 11 minutes earning his second shutout of the year.

• St. Joseph’s took a 3-0 loss to Endicott College in Beverley, Mass.

MEN’S HOCKEY: Stan Moore was named interim head coach for the Colby men’s hockey team. Moore has 25 years of Division I coaching experience, most recently as an assistant at Providence from 2005-10. Moore also coached at Colgate, Union and Brown.

BIG 12: University of Missouri curators voted unanimously to consider leaving the Big 12 instead of committing to the league for the long term.

TENNIS

FED CUP: The DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., will host the 2012 Fed Cup second-tier group matches between the U.S. and Belarus on Feb. 4-5. Serena Williams has said she will play for the American team next year.