Tortorella picked to coach U.S. team in World Cup

John Tortorella is prepared to make a comeback at coaching hockey – on a temporary basis, at least.

Tortorella has been selected to coach the U.S. national team competing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament next year in Toronto.

The Boston-born and UMaine-educated Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year in 2004, when he also won the Stanley Cup title with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

AHL: The Florida Panthers announced on Tuesday that forwards Wade Megan and Chase Balisy, defenseman Yann Sauve and goalie Colin Stevens have been reassigned from Florida to the Portland Pirates.


FIELD HOCKEY: Kelsey Dumond opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and added the game-winner with 4:35 left in regulation to lift St. Joseph’s (4-1) to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine at Gorham.

Allison Ward scored the lone goal for the Huskies.

Kersey Boulay scored 8:54 into OT to lift UNE (6-2, 3-0) to a 3-2 win over Endicott (4-4, 2-1) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game at Beverly, Massachusetts.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, UNE rallied to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Vonde Saunders and Brooke Marshall.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Becca Murphy scored twice in a span of 9:51 as the University of New England handled Bates 2-0 in a non-conference tilt at Lewiston.

Sarah McCarthy had eight saves for the Bobcats (3-1-1) and Brielle Robinson stopped all 10 shots for UNE (5-2).

MEN’S SOCCER: Brett Mattos scored the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute, and Dalton Gaumer followed with an insurance goal 9:30 later as St. Joseph’s pulled away from UMaine-Farmington 3-1 in a non-conference match at Standish.

 DJ Nicholas scored at the 25:09 mark of the first half as Thomas defeated University of New England 1-0 in a non-conference game at Waterville.

The Terriers (3-3) outshot the Nor’easters (2-6) bya 29-4 margin.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Linda Villumsen of New Zealand captured her first time trial world championship after years of close calls, besting Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands by just 2.54 seconds in a race at Richmond, Virginia, that came down to the final rider.


TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Jim Furyk has withdrawn from the Atlanta tournament because of a wrist injury and doesn’t know if he can play the Presidents Cup.

Furyk still gets the $132,000 paid to the last-place finisher in the 30-man field, though the sum will not count on the official money list.


OPEN DE MODELLE: Sixth-seeded Martin Klizan advanced to the second round in Metz, France, after local favorite Paul-Henri Mathieu retired with an Achilles’ tendon injury.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Caroline Starr and Kenza Farid each scored to lift host Berwick Academy (4-0) to a 2-1 win over the Waring School.


WNBA: Tina Charles scored 22 points and Sugar Rodgers added 20 to help the top-seeded New York Liberty beat the Washington Mystics 79-74 at home and advance to the Eastern finals.

– From staff and news services