Rob Flick scored two goals, Rob Schremp added two assists, and the Portland Pirates beat the Providence Bruins 4-2 in an AHL preseason game at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Flick broke a 1-1 tie at 7:11 of the first period, then added a goal with 6:04 left in the game for the final score.

Chase Balisy and Brad Richard also scored for Portland, and Mike McKenna stopped 28 shots.

n Forward Shane Harper and defensemen Michael Matheson and MacKenzie Weegar were assigned to the Pirates by the NHL parent Panthers and will join Pirates training camp Thursday.

Matheson, the Panthers’ first-round draft choice (23rd overall) in 2012, played three seasons for Boston College before turning pro at the end of last season. The 21 year-old had two assists in five games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Weegar, a seventh-round pick in 2013, is beginning his second pro season. Last year, the 21-year-old split time between the Rampage and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

Harper, 26, is entering his sixth pro season and was the leading scorer for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves last season.


FIELD HOCKEY: Libby Pomerleau scored the first four goals as Thornton Academy ran its record to 8-4 with a 6-1 victory over Portland (4-6) in Saco.

Taylor LaChance added two goals for the Trojans. Pomerleau assisted on the last goal.

Isabella Capozzi had three saves for the Trojans, and Giana Gaudet 15 for Portland.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Maddie Balas scored off a pass from Kenza Farid five minutes into the second half to give Berwick Academy (4-0-2) a 1-1 tie with Lexington Christian Academy at South Berwick.

Meghan Hayes scored for Lexington Christian two minutes into the match.


WUHAN OPEN: Johanna Konta of Britain upset top-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, storming back to win the last six games of the third set, to advance to the quarterfinals at Wuhan, China.

She’ll face Venus Williams, who hit five aces and saved three of four break points to top Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-4.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: Benjamin Becker qualified for his first ATP Tour quarterfinals of the season after beating Jeremy Chardy 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 in the second round at Kuala Lumpur.

Becker survived a barrage of 13 aces from the sixth-seeded Chardy but broke his opponent four times during his 2 hour and 6-minute match.


FIFA: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini will avoid coming face-to-face on Friday amid the football corruption scandal after a UEFA-FIFA match was called off.

Blatter, the FIFA president, would usually travel to Platini’s UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, for the friendly. But FIFA told The Associated Press: “In a joint decision it was agreed to postpone the UEFA-FIFA challenge 2015, which had been scheduled for Friday, 2 October, until further notice.”

The game would have come a week after a criminal investigation was opened into Blatter in part over a payment in 2011 to Platini.

U.S. OPEN CUP: Jordi Quintilla scored the winner in the eighth round of penalty kicks, Tim Melia made two saves in the tiebreaker and Sporting Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Union for its third title.

Sporting KC won the shootout 7-6.

– From staff and news services