Men’s, women’s teams heading to tournaments

The Bowdoin women’s soccer team and women’s volleyball team have earned at-large bids to the NCAA Division III tournament, announced Monday. They join the Bowdoin men’s soccer and UNE field hockey teams, who earlier clinched berths by winning their conference tournaments.

In field hockey, the Nor’easters will host Simmons in a first round game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

In soccer, the Bowdoin men will travel to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, to face Brockport in a first-round game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday, the Bowdoin women will face Roger Williams, at 1:30 p.m., at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In women’s volleyball Friday, Bowdoin will meet Regis at 3 p.m. in Williamsport, Massachusetts.

Also, the USM women’s volleyball team received a berth in the ECAC Division III New England Championship and will play at Endicott in Beverly, Massachusetts on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Finally, the UNE women’s soccer team will be the second seed in the ECAC Division III New England Championship and will host seventh-seeded Emmanuel in Biddeford at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

TENNESSEE: The university will call each of its teams the Volunteers, phasing out the Lady Volunteers nickname for all women’s sports other than basketball starting next year.

In a university release, the school announced Monday it was making the change as part of a brand restructuring that coincides with its move from Adidas to Nike as its apparel provider.

Athletic director Dave Hart said the change would take effect July 1, the same day the deal with Nike begins.

The release said women’s basketball would be exempt from the move and would continue using the Lady Vols nickname “because of the accomplishments and legacy of the championship program built by Coach Pat Summitt and her former players.”


D-LEAGUE: Red Claws forward Dwight Powell has been reassigned to the Boston Celtics just one day after joining the Red Claws. Powell scored 29 points in the Red Claws’ Red-White scrimmage on Sunday at St. Joseph’s College.


ATP FINALS: Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic extended his indoor winning streak with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic in his opening round-robin match at London, after Stan Wawrinka put his recent struggles behind him with an equally comfortable victory.

Djokovic moved two wins away from sealing the year-end No. 1 spot with a dominant display that lasted only 56 minutes.

The top-ranked Serb has now won his last 28 matches indoors. He will take on Wawrinka, who made the most of Tomas Berdych’s error-laced game in a 6-1, 6-1 win earlier.


SPAIN: Real Sociedad hired former Manchester United manager David Moyes, giving the Scotsman a chance to revive his career after his failed stint at Old Trafford.

Sociedad posted a statement on its website saying it had “reached a deal with manager David Moyes to be the coach of the first team until June 30, 2016.”

It is Moyes’ first coaching assignment since being fired last season after less than a year in charge at United, where he took the top job after the legendary Alex Ferguson retired.

– From staff and news services