UMaine field hockey beats Vermont, 2-1

Danielle Aviani and Casey Crowley each scored for the University of Maine (16-3, 6-1) and the Black Bears held on for a 2-1 win over Vermont (4-14, 2-6) in an America East game at Orono on Friday afternoon.

Aviani opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game and Crowley added the game-winner in the 50th minute. Vermont closed out the scoring with 2:01 left.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Alyson Matteau scored three minutes into overtime off a feed from Audra Richards as the Black Bears women’s hockey team (4-4-0, 2-2-0) defeated the Friars (0-6-0, 0-2-0) 2-1 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

After two scoreless periods Kendra Goodrich put Providence ahead 1-0 on an unassisted goal midway through the third period.

Maine tied the game on on Brooke Stacey’s late goal.

Megan Treacy stopped 27 shots for the Black Bears, while Madison Myers stopped 16 for the Friars.


SWISS INDOORS: Roger Federer overcame mid-match service problems to beat David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and advance to the semifinals in Basel.

Seeking a seventh title in Basel, Federer will play 29th-ranked Jack Sock of the U.S. on Saturday.

Sock rallied to win an all-American match – his third straight this week – beating Donald Young 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal rode another comeback win into the semifinals and outlasted Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

VALENCIA OPEN: Vasek Pospisil beat German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-3 in Spain to set up a semifinal against Joao Sousa of Portugal.

Sousa beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.


BREEDERS’ CUP: Trainer Bob Baffert believes he has done everything possible to bring American Pharoah into his final race in peak form.

Now it’s up to the Triple Crown winner to deliver a final dynamic performance in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

The colt who ended the 37-year Triple Crown drought is heading to stud duty at a nearby farm after the Classic.


SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL: Ashley Wagner topped the women’s short program in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The three-time U.S. champ scored 70.73 points. Japan’s Yuka Nagai was second at 63.35, and teammate Kanako Murakami followed at 59.79.

Earlier, Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje took the ice dance lead at 68.00. American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were two points back.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Japan’s Kohei Uchimura breezed to his record sixth world gymnastics championship title in Glasgow, Scotland, posting a total of 92.332, more than 1.6 points better than Cuban teenager Manrique Larduet and Deng Shudi of China.


WORLD CUP: Sepp Blatter cast further doubt on the integrity of World Cup votes, blaming UEFA Michel Platini for backing out of a secret FIFA pact to award the 2022 tournament to the U.S. and suggesting Qatar benefited from collusion.

Blatter’s comments in an interview with the Financial Times come almost a year after a FIFA investigation exonerated 2018 host Russia and 2022 winner Qatar of corruption in winning the contentious dual votes in 2010.

– From staff and news services

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