COLLEGES

Coaches pick Maine eighth in hockey preseason poll

The University of Maine was picked to finish eighth out of the 11 teams in the Hockey East preseason coaches’ poll that was released Tuesday.

UMass-Lowell captured seven first-place votes and 104 points, tied at the top with Boston College, which received the remaining four first-place votes.

The Black Bears received 45 points.

FOOTBALL: Paul Dietzel, who coached Louisiana State to its first national championship in 1958, died in New Orleans after a brief illness. He was 89.

Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant will have his playing time reduced against Wake Forest for making throat-slashing gestures following a TD catch against North Carolina State last week.

BASEBALL: Army Coach Joe Sottolano was fired for failing to meet the academy’s standards of behavior, although officials wouldn’t specify the accusations.

MEN’S SOCCER: Peter Quayle made five saves and Colby (2-3) got goals from three players in a 3-0 win over the University of Southern Maine (0-8-1) at Waterville.

Chris Pratt and Keith Chernin provided first-half goals. Yinka Onayemi added one in the second.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Jamie Hofstetter’s penalty kick in the 13th minute was all Bowdoin (4-1-1) needed in a 4-0 win over the University of New England (4-4-1) at Biddeford.

FIELD HOCKEY: Julie Ponchini scored two goals, and Babson (4-4) breezed to a 6-0 win over the University of New England (3-4) at Dedham, Mass.

HOCKEY

AHL: The Phoenix Coyotes assigned veteran forwards Tim Kennedy, Brandon McMillan and Brandon Yip to the Portland Pirates, their AHL affiliate.

NHL: The league fined Buffalo Sabres Coach Ron Rolston an undisclosed amount for “player selection and team conduct” that led to a brawl during an exhibition game against Toronto.

BASKETBALL

NBA: Forward Paul George agreed to a long-term contract to remain with the Indiana Pacers. Terms were not immediately available, but he’s eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap.

George’s rookie deal was set to expire after next season and he almost certainly would have been one of the most attractive players on the free-agent market.

The 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be split between two New York arenas, with Madison Square Garden to host the game, two people with knowledge of the plans said.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host the Saturday skills events.

New York signed center Cole Aldrich, a former lottery pick who has struggled in the NBA.

Shaquille O’Neal apologized to Sacramento fans for verbal jabs during his playing career and promised to restore the franchise to a winner as a minority owner.

Declaring the new name of the city “Shaqramento,” O’Neal said he was only trying to rile up people and market the game when he called the franchise the “Sacramento Queens” while winning three titles with the Lakers.

SKIING

JANKA OUT: Carlo Janka, the Olympic giant slalom champion, will skip the season-opening World Cup race next month at Soelden, Austria.

Janka said “it makes no sense” to go to Soelden on Oct. 27 with such a high start number in giant slalom after struggling last season.

– From staff and news services