GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Madison DeRosa had a pair of second period goals and added an assist as Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland (3-0-1) handled Yarmouth/Freeport/GNG (2-3) in a 5-2 win at Auburn.

Madison Simard added a goal and a pair of assists for the Hornets, while Saige Arsenault and Grace McBride each had a goal.

Katherine Clemmer and Georgia Giese scored for the Clippers.

Sophia Stephens stopped 14 shots as York (1-3) earned a 2-0 shutout at Biddeford (0-3).

Grace Campbell and Emma Ford scored for the Wildcats.


Former Celtic Loscutoff dies; had nine-year career

Jim Loscutoff, a seven time NBA champion who played his entire nine-year career with the Boston Celtics, died.

The team said in a statement that Loscutoff died Tuesday. He was 85.

Affectionately nicknamed “Jungle Jim,” he is the only Celtics player to have his name, and not uniform number, retired “for his leadership and all-around excellent play.”


MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: An annual report on MLS hiring practices show an improvement in overall gender diversity, most notably at the senior team administration level, earning an overall gender grade of B, up from a C+ in 2014.

The MLS league office remained the most diverse place in MLS with people of color comprising 47 of 122 professional positions, or 39.1 percent. Women filled 37.4 percent (46) of those jobs.

USSF: Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco was named Major League Soccer’s 2015 Most Valuable Player on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Italian forward also won the league’s Golden Boot award with 22 goals and a league-high 16 assists, breaking the league record for combined goals and assists.


FOOTBALL: ESPN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was Georgia’s selection for new head coach, but School officials have not confirmed the move.

 Former Miami quarterback Mark Richt has reached a tentative agreement to be the Hurricanes’ next head coach, pending the completion of contract talks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations has said.

A person involved in the decision said Toledo has promoted offensive coordinator Jason Candle to head coach to replace Matt Campbell, who left for Iowa State.

• Illinois assistant coaches Alex Golesh and Mike Ward have left the team.

• Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to lead a program that bottomed out in its second season as a member of the Big Ten.

– From staff and news services