COLLEGES

Mules earn 2-1 overtime victory over Nor’easters

Misha Strage redirected a cross from Megan Fortier with 35 seconds elapsed in overtime, lifting Colby to a 2-1 field hockey victory over the University of New England (6-4) at Waterville on Monday.

Colby (5-3) took a 1-0 late in the first half when McKayla Blanch scored off a feed from Hannah Hearn.

Nicole Matarozzo countered for the Nor’easters (6-4) with less than 10 minutes left to play, scoring on a give-and-go pass play with Vonde Saunders.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Colleen Sheehan notched a pair of goals and an assist as St. Joseph’s (5-5) collected an 8-1 win against Thomas (4-4) at Waterville.

Haley DaGraca added a goal and two assists for the Monks. Hannah LeBlanc, Sarah Comtois and Desiree Parent also scored for St. Joseph’s, which benefitted from a pair of own goals. Bronte Howarth tallied the Terriers’ goal.

MEN’S SOCCER: DJ Nicholas scored the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the second overtime as Thomas (5-3) upended crosstown rival Colby (2-4-2) in a 3-2 win at Waterville.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: A last-second foul that sent Maya Moore to the line for the winning free throw in the Western Conference finals should never have been called, the WNBA said.

With the score tied in Sunday’s game between Minnesota and Phoenix, Moore stole Noelle Quinn’s pass. Quinn was whistled for a reach-in foul by official Amy Bonner, and Moore made a free throw with 1.5 seconds left for a 72-71 victory that gave Minnesota a two-game sweep and a spot in the WNBA Finals.

SOCCER

SPAIN: Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique won’t have high-powered goal scorer Lionel Messi, who is out 7-8 weeks with a knee inury.

But he might abandon his favored three-pronged attacking formation and use an extra midfielder, or include Munir El Haddadi to support Suarez and Neymar up front.

El Haddadi, a 20-year-old forward, is considered one of the brightest prospects in the game but has yet to score in four matches.

TRACK AND FIELD

FUNDING: Leaders of the U.S. track team have designed a formula to distribute an extra $9 million in cash to athletes.

USA Track and Field worked with Olympians Dwight Phillips and others to create a funding model that will provide at least $10,000 for athletes who qualify for world championships or the Olympics, with a chance for a $25,000 bonus for winning a gold medal.

TENNIS

WUHAN OPEN: Playing her first match in nearly three months, Maria Sharapova retired with an arm injury in the third set of her opening match at Wuhan, China.

CYCLING

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: It had been nearly three decades since the U.S. last hosted cycling’s road world championships, but organizers hope this year’s event at Richmond, Virginia, will create momentum for the sport in the U.S.

Attendance for the weeklong competition was estimated at 650,000, far exceeding projections.

“The axis of cycling will always be Europe, but being able to pull it away a bit in North America, and by having athletes perform well, is great for the credibility of American cycling.” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, the national governing body’s new chief executive.

– From staff and news services