Audra Richards scored three goals Friday night as the University of Maine shut out New Hampshire 4-0 in a women’s college hockey opener at Durham, New Hampshire.

Richards got her first in the Hockey East game from Anna Wright at 11:38 of the first period, then added a goal on a power play later in the period.

Brooke Stacey made it 3-0 before Richards added an empty-netter with 1:47 left.

FIELD HOCKEY: Danielle Aviani scored on a breakaway with 5:54 remaining in overtime to lift Maine (10-2) to a 4-3 win over UMass-Lowell (5-5) in an America East opener at Lowell, Massachusetts. Trailing 3-1 at halftime, Casey Crowley and Katie Bingle of Maine scored to force overtime.

FOOTBALL: No. 25 Florida could be without quarterback Will Grier against third-ranked Mississippi on Saturday. Grier has been dealing with an illness this week.

 Police in Fort Worth, Texas, said the case against two Texas Christian players accused of stealing a case of beer while attacking another student and his friends was closed with no charges filed.


FIGHT RESCHEDULED: Wladimir Klitschko’s postponed heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury was reset for Nov. 28 at Duesseldorf, Germany.

Klitschko had been scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts against Fury on Oct. 24, but the bout was called off after Klitschko tore a left calf tendon in training.


WUHAN OPEN: Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn’t do, beating Roberta Vinci after saving a match point in the semifinals in China.

The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30. Williams clinched the victory when Vinci missed a forehand wide.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: Nick Kyrgios won the key points in both tiebreakers to beat third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals at Kuala Lumpur.


U.S. WOMEN: National team goalkeeper Hope Solo could again face assault charges stemming from an altercation last year with family members after a Washington state appeals court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

The case stems from a dispute between Solo and her half-sister, and 17-year-old nephew during a party in June 2014. Solo was charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. She pleaded not guilty.

FIFA PROBE: Sepp Blatter defied calls from FIFA sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa to quit immediately as president of world soccer’s governing body rather than cling on until the emergency election in February.


EVENT POSTPONED: Organizers of next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics moved a BMX test event back one day over safety concerns.

The event, which was to have been held Saturday and Sunday, was pushed back to Sunday to modify jumps and other parts of the course.


WORLD CUP: New Zealand ran in seven tries, dispatched Georgia 43-10 at Cardiff, Wales, for a third straight pool win, and became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals.

An almost full-strength New Zealand scored four tries inside 22 minutes, the first from Waisake Naholo after just 1:12.

– From staff and news services

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