Friday, March 7, 2014
Spain still top FIFA team, U.S. moves up to 27th
Spain extended its stay atop the FIFA rankings Wednesday and No. 3 Argentina strengthened its claim as South America's best team.
The United States jumped five places to No. 27.
World Cup and European champion Spain is ahead of Germany. Argentina traded places with No. 4 Portugal after beating Uruguay and Chile in World Cup qualifiers last month. Italy rose three places to No. 5, followed by England and the Netherlands.
ATP finals: Novak Djokovic held off Andy Murray 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at London. On Friday, Djokovic will face Tomas Berdych, and Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
OBITUARY: Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer's son with a malevolent left hook who wrested the world middleweight boxing title from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957, has died. He was 85.
Basilio was among the first boxing Hall of Fame inductees in 1990, with Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis and Jake LaMotta.
His career ended in 1961 with a 56-16-7 record that included 27 knockouts and a pair of epic matches with Robinson.
CHEVERUS-THORNTON FOOTBALL: Cheverus will sell tickets for Saturday's Western Class A football final with Thornton Academy today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Loyola Hall.
AHL: The league suspended Portland Pirates rookie right wing Phil Lane for one game after a boarding incident in Friday night's game against the St. John's IceCaps at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Lane, who has two assists in eight games with the Pirates, will miss Friday night's road game against the Worcester Sharks.
INJURED: Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is recovering in a hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in northern England.
Wiggins sustained broken ribs, cuts and bruises after a car pulled out in front of him at a gasoline station.
GIRLS' SOCCER: Holly St. Jean set up goals by Aimee Briand and Emma Brin in a 2-0 win for Berwick Academy (11-4-2) against Concord Academy (3-9-2) in a snowy regular-season finale at Concord, Mass.
• Hyde rallied to beat Hebron Academy 3-2 on penalty kicks in a MAISAD semifinal at Hebron.
Carolyn Moore clinched the win with a shot into the upper corner on Hyde's fifth penalty shot.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Kara Fischer and Shannon Ward scored to tie it up.
BOYS' SOCCER: Wes Miller scored from Cole Faulkner in the first half and Hyde went on to a 2-0 win over Kents Hill in a MAISAD semifinal at Bath.
Wilson MacMillan scored Hyde's second goal and Billy Martinez had the shutout.
• Stephen Sherbahn had two goals and an assist to lead Berwick Academy (10-6-2, 8-3-2 Eastern Independent League) to a 3-1 win over Concord Academy (10-4-1, 9-4-1) at Concord, Mass.
GOLF: Berwick Academy won the EIL golf tournament at Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, R.I.
Berwick's squad is composed of Max Linemayr, Jon Malloy, Cam Clair, Luksa Linemayr, Brennan Santaniello and Alex Grammenos.
FIELD HOCKEY: Brittany Liptak scored twice as No. 4 University of New England (11-9) beat No. 5 Anna Maria 4-1 in an ECAC quarterfinal game at Biddeford.
Anna Maria (14-8) took a 1-0 lead early, but Laura Egounis tied it in the 16th minute. UNE's fourth goal was scored by Erin Bibber.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Jose Nouchanthavong scored 14 points with five assists as Southern Maine Community College (5-1) recovered for a 77-70 win over Bridgton Academy at Bridgton.
Jon Amabile added 13 points and Tyler Cummings 11 for SMCC, which trailed 37-30 at the half.
--From staff and news services