Senior catcher Rachel Harvey and junior pitcher Annie Kennedy have been suspended from the University of Maine softball team after they were allegedly involved in separate off-campus altercations this past weekend, the school announced in a statement Monday.

WFVX and WVII in Bangor reported that Harvey and her father, William, had a physical altercation with other customers Saturday night at the Orono House of Pizza and were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

No details have been reported about the reason for Kennedy’s suspension.

Harvey, of Southington, Connecticut, is one of the Black Bears’ top hitters with a .311 average and 20 RBI. Kennedy, of Staten Island, New York, is 5-3 with two saves and a team-leading 4.05 ERA in 671/3 innings.

Maine is the No. 2 seed in the America East softball tournament, which starts Wednesday in Vestal, New York.

TENNIS: Bowdoin’s women’s tennis team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host one of eight regionals this weekend, joining the Polar Bears’ defending national champion men’s team as a regional host.

The women’s team got a first-round bye and will face Colby-Sawyer or Bridgewater State on Saturday. The regional final is Sunday.

The men’s team earned an automatic bid by winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship. Bowdoin will play a second-round match Friday against Nichols or UMass-Boston, and would meet either MIT or Stevens Tech if it reaches Saturday’s regional final.


WORLD CUP: An accelerated process to hand North America the 2026 World Cup is set to be approved by soccer leaders this week, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino hoping for a “bulletproof” process to avoid past voting scandals.

The United States, Canada, and Mexico are seeking an unchallenged path to co-hosting rights for the 2026 showpiece, if FIFA’s technical requirements are met by next year.

Under plans announced last month, the United States would stage 60 games, including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, while Canada and Mexico would have 10 each.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Cesc Fabregas assisted on goal by Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic and Chelsea moved to the brink of clinching its second title in three years with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.


MADRID OPEN: Motivated more than usual, Eugenie Bouchard sent a message to Maria Sharapova by defeating the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a second-round match.

Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against Sharapova’s return to tennis following a doping ban, jumped up and down after converting her second match point in a match that last almost three hours.

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to advance and regain the world No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams.

On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych defeated Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-4, and Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios, Gilles Simon, and David Ferrer also advanced.


NBA: The Houston Rockets said backup center Nene will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a torn muscle in his left thigh.

Nene was injured in the first quarter of Houston’s 125-104 win Sunday over the San Antonio Spurs that evened the Western Conference semifinals at 2-2.

 Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer.

The three-time All-Star averaged career bests of 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds this season but was limited to 60 games because of a right wrist injury that required surgery in February.


NFL: Veteran linebacker Dan Skuta signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

Skuta has played in 112 games over nine seasons for the Bengals, 49ers and Jaguars.