GORHAM – The University of New England got first-half goals from Casey Clark and Michelle Oswald to defeat the University of Southern Maine 2-0 Thursday in a college field hockey opener.

Clark opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a drive from the right side of the circle. Oswald made it 2-0 in the 34th minute, assisted by Hanna Tavella.

Kaitlyn Warren made four saves for the shutout. USM’s Kayla Kennedy made six saves.


HUSSON 2, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Marcella Francoeur took advantage of a left-to-right cross from Kelsey Brangiel to score with 12:24 remaining in the first half and Alexandra Laniewski scored about six minutes as the Eagles (1-0) defeated the Monks (0-1) at Bangor.

Jessica Poulin made five saves for the shutout.

UM-FORT KENT 3, USM 0: The Bengals (1-0-1) got goals by Whitney Sinclair, Theresa Biggs and Donike Ferriera in the first 23 minutes to beat the Huskies (0-1) at Portland.

Sydney Proctor made two stops to earn the shutout. Kat Rothe had five saves for USM.


THOMAS 2, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Khamisi Lightbourne had a goal and an assist to lead the Terriers (1-0) past the Nor’easters (0-1) at Biddeford.

Blake Boswell also scored and Mikkail Crockwell had four saves. UNE goalie Jon Planer stopped three shots.


OHIO STATE: The school reported that running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey Brown and defensive back Travis Howard each received impermissible benefits of $300 or less earlier this year and have been suspended for the Buckeyes’ season-opening game Saturday against Akron at Ohio Stadium. 

MIAMI: The football program has received a $4.2 million gift to fund scholarships, the largest donation ever made to the team.

The endowment comes from the estate of department store heiress Mary B. Hecht, who died in 1982. University officials said the gift could not be made until the recent death of the income beneficiary of Hecht’s estate. 

USC: Defensive secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigned two days before the Trojans’ season opener against Minnesota, citing personal reasons. 

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Mississippi State suspended five players for its season opener against Memphis, including starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and third-string quarterback Dylan Favre.

Team spokesman Joe Galbraith said the suspensions were for a “variety of violations of team rules.” 

(11) WISCONSIN 51, UNLV 17: Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Wisconsin (1-0) over UNLV (0-1) at Madison, Wis.