The Maine Red Claws announced on Thursday that Evans Boston has joined the organization as the new director of communications and public relations.

Boston, who spent the last seven years in the sports department at WGME-TV in Portland, replaces Will McClaran, who left the Red Claws to accept a job with the New Orleans Pelicans.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, 72, will join ESPN’s college basketball coverage this season.

 Butler Coach Brandon Miller is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. Assistant Chris Holtmann will serve as interim coach.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Second-year Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff dismissed second-leading scorer Raven Ferguson from the team, citing a violation of team rules.

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FIELD HOCKEY: Ashlyn Salvage scored in the 32nd minute and Tufts (7-1) added a pair of insurance goals in the final nine minutes as it pulled away for a 3-0 win over UNE (6-4) at Medford, Massachusetts.

Holly Smith finished with nine saves for the Nor’easters.

 Hannah Beinecke opened the scoring in the 49th minute and added another goal 12 minutes later to lead Bates (2-6) to a 3-0 win over Southern Maine (5-6) at Lewiston.

Cristina Vega made one save to record the shutout.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Eve L’Abbe scored less than five minutes into the second half on assists from Claudia Dube-Trempe and Camille Varin-Tremblay, and Maine (3-6-2, 1-0-1) held on for a 1-0 win over Stony Brook (3-8, 0-2) in an America East game at Stony Brook, New York.

Dube-Trempe made five saves for the Black Bears to record her fourth shutout.

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GOLF

LPGA: Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final seven holes for a 7-under 66 and the first-round lead in the Reignwood LPGA Classic at Beijing. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall was second after a 67.

LINKS: Rory McIlroy was nine shots off the lead after a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland. Oliver Wilson of England equaled the Carnoustie course record with an 8-under 64.

HOCKEY

NHL: Ottawa signed forward Bobby Ryan to a $50.75 million, seven-year extension. The Senators also selected star defenseman Erik Karlsson as the ninth captain in franchise history.

 The Minnesota Wild claimed defenseman Nate Prosser off waivers from St. Louis.

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 The owners of the Arizona Coyotes are in discussions with a potential new investor to buy a stake in the team.

The New York Post reported that IceArizona is in the process of selling a majority stake in the team to Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway.

The Coyotes had gone four years without an owner before IceArizona bought the team from the NHL during the 2013 offseason.

AHL: The Arizona Coyotes sent forwards Jordan Szwarz, Lucas Lessio and Tobias Rieder, defensemen Brandon Gormley and Andrew Campbell, and goalie Louis Domingue to the Portland Pirates.

TENNIS

CHINA OPEN: Rafael Nadal reached his first quarterfinal since capturing his record ninth French Open title in June with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in Beijing.

– From staff and news services


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