UMaine drops field hockey opener against Providence

Allyson Parker scored with just under nine minutes to play to send Providence College to a 1-0 victory over the University of Maine in a field hockey opener at Providence, Rhode Island.

Black Bears goalie Emma Cochran stopped Parker’s initial shot, but Parker put back the rebound at 26:27 of the second half for the winner.

Cochran finished with eight saves.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Zeinab Kante reached a loose ball in the penalty area and slotted it past Maine goalie Annalena Kriebisch 7:17 into overtime, giving Brown (1-0) a 2-1 victory over Maine (0-1-1) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Maine scored midway through the second half when Mikayla Morin headed home Kayla Brace’s corner kick. Star White tied the game with eight minutes to play.


CONNECTICUT OPEN: Australia’s Daria Gavrilova upset defending champion and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final at New Haven.

The 23-year-old will face second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, who beat qualifier Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3.


NHL: The New Jersey Devils signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a one-year deal worth $800,000.

Stafford, 31, had eight goals and 13 assists last season with Winnipeg and Boston. He was dealt to the Bruins at the trade deadline and had two goals in six playoff games.


NBA: Phoenix Suns second-round pick Davon Reed underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will be out four to six months.


INDYCAR: Will Power took the 50th pole of his career, leading Team Penske to a four-team, two-row sweep in qualifying for Saturday’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

The 36-year-old Australian set a track record with a two-lap run of 47.4579 seconds at 189.642 mph on the newly paved 1.25-mile oval.

Points leader Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagneaud rounded out the all-Penske front four.


MLS: Sporting Kansas City agreed to a contract with 15-year-old Gianluca Busio on a homegrown contract, making him the youngest player signed by an MLS club since Freddy Adu joined D.C. United in 2004.

– Staff and news service report