Caitie Green scored twice in two minutes in the first half, and the University of Vermont held on for a 2-1 victory over Maine on Thursday in an America East women’s soccer match at Burlington, Vermont.

Green headed in a pass from Sarah Martin in the 12th minute and banged in a through ball from Annie Monaghan in the 13th.

Vivien Bell scored unassisted for the Black Bears (6-5-1, 1-1-1) in the 86th minute on a hard shot to the far post.

Ally Ramos stopped six shots for the Catamounts (6-5-1, 3-1). Claudia Dube-Trempe had seven saves for Maine.

FOOTBALL: Freshman Lorenzo Nunez’s shoulder injury has led to the latest quarterback switch for South Carolina.

Coach Steve Spurrier said former walk-on Perry Orth will start against No. 7 LSU on Saturday. Orth, a junior, started at Georgia three weeks ago in a 52-20 loss. Nunez took over the following week.

 Florida State running back Dalvin Cook returned to practice. The sophomore has been considered day-to-day after pulling his hamstring against Wake Forest last Saturday.

Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo returned to practice after charges that he attacked a woman he used to date after a game Sept. 12 were dropped.

Maryland said Randy Edsall will coach the Terrapins at top-ranked Ohio State amid reports that he will be fired.

“Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State,” the school said in a statement.

Maryland is 2-3 this season, Edsall’s fifth at the school. He’s 22-33 overall at Maryland.


CHINA OPEN: Novak Djokovic matched Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event by beating wild card Zhang Ze 6-2, 6-1 in Beijing to improve to 26-0 at the China Open.

Djokovic has won five titles at the event in the past six years. He didn’t play in it in 2011.

Djokovic matched Connors’ record at the ATP event in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1974-80, and only trails Rafael Nadal’s 31-win start at the French Open from 2005-09.

On the women’s side, the two U.S. Open finalists from Italy – Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci – both lost in the third round.

Pennetta, the U.S. Open champion, lost to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Vinci was beaten by American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza of Spain clinched her spot at the WTA finals with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

JAPAN OPEN: Marin Cilic overpowered Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-3 at Tokyo to set up a quarterfinal match with second-seeded Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his third Japan Open title.


SPRINT CUP: Matt Kenseth turned a lap at 194.532 mph to edge teammate Kyle Busch and win the pole for the race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Joey Logano qualified third, non-Chase driver Greg Biffle fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.


PRESIDENTS CUP: Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson won the only match that reached the 18th hole, the final touch on another dominant day for the Americans, who built a 4-1 lead at Incheon, South Korea.

The South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace won the only match for the International side, beating Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed, 3 and 2.

LPGA: Alison Lee shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with China’s Xi Yu Lin in the LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur, the American’s first event since her emotional Solheim Cup debut.

U.S. MID-AMATEUR: Sammy Schmitz of Farmington, Minnesota, earned a Masters invitation, making a hole-in-one on the 260-yard, par-4 33rd hole in a 3-and-2 victory over Marc Dull for the title at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

U.S. WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR: Lauren Greenlief beat defending champion Margaret Shirley 2 and 1 to win the title at Squire Creek in Choudrant, Louisiana.


MESSI CHARGES: Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.

A Spanish judge rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player of wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi.

Prosecutors had said Messi was not fully aware of his father’s unlawful activities and should not have been charged, but the state attorney’s office contended that the Argentina forward knew enough to also be named in the case.

– From staff and news services