ORONO – Carolyne Nellis scored a first-half goal as the University of Maine defeated Charleston Southern 1-0 Friday in its women’s soccer opener.

Nikki Misener drew goalie Amy Arroyo toward the left post before making a pass to Nellis, who found the back of the open net with 13 minutes left in the half.

Meagan Price-Leibenzeder had four saves against the Buccaneers (0-2) for the shutout.


NORTHEASTERN 3, MAINE 2: Carolyn Malloy scored 1:56 into the second half to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead, and they held off the Black Bears in a season opener at Orono.

Stephanie Gardiner opened the scoring for the Black Bears 1:10 into the game on an assist from Kelly Newton. Northeastern took the lead on two goals by Crystal Poland in the next 7:35.

Gardiner cut the deficit to 3-2 when she scored on assists from Newton and Zoe Adkins 13:31 into the second half.

Maine goalie Brittany Fleck had six saves.


TULSA: Damaris Johnson, the NCAA record holder in all-purpose yardage and kickoff return yards, has been suspended indefinitely, Coach Bill Blankenship announced.

Johnson was questioned by police following his girlfriend’s arrest on an embezzlement complaint. Blankenship said Johnson is suspended from all team activities “pending a university review.”


TEXAS TECH: School officials said Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight will come off the university’s payroll Wednesday.

Knight, who stepped down as men’s basketball coach in the middle of the 2008 season, has worked in a fundraising role, earning $24,000 a year.

Knight’s position was eliminated along with four others in the athletic department. Officials said $500,000 in salaries was cut from the department’s budget in the process.