UNE defeats USM 4-1 in women’s soccer

Katie Beaudoin scored three first-half goals Thursday to help the University of New England to a 4-1 victory against the University of Southern Maine in a nonconference women’s soccer game at Gorham.

Kat Buscemi added a score for UNE (6-7-1) with four minutes remaining to increase the lead to 4-0, but Elise Porter answered 1:30 later for Southern Maine (2-10).

Jenna Pannone made four saves for the Nor’Easters. Taylor Canastra stopped 14 shots for USM.

FIELD HOCKEY: Aislinn DeHorsey scored the go-ahead goal at 62:23 as Fitchburg State (7-5, 4-5 Little East) rallied to beat USM (4-11, 3-6) at Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Kaitlin Hilton scored 1:44 into the game and McKenzie Cormier had four saves for USM.


PGA: Justin Thomas made a rocky start in his bid to win a third successive CIMB Classic when he managed only a 2-under-par 70 to sit six strokes behind the leader, Cameron Smith, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thomas has thrived under sweltering conditions in Kuala Lumpur in the last two editions to rank No. 4 in the world, but stuttered in his final nine holes, committing two bogeys.

LPGA: Sung Hyun Park birdied her last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Min-Sun Kim and Minjee Lee in the KEB Hana Bank Championship at Incheon, South Korea, as she bolstered her bid to win LPGA rookie of the year and player of the year.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Francesco Molinari, the defending champion and home favorite, was among six players who shared a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Italian Open at Monza.


SHANGHAI MASTERS: Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the quarterfinals in China, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy, 6-3, 6-1.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the U.S., 6-3, 7-6 (3). Roger Federer will play Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals, and Juan Martin del Potro advanced by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

WTA: Johanna Konta withdrew from the Kremlin Cup next week, meaning Caroline Garcia secured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Finals.


U.S. MEN: Coach Bruce Arena, who oversaw the failed bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, said he will “do whatever is right” in terms of his coaching future with the men’s national soccer team.

Two days after a 2-1 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago ended seven consecutive appearances in the sport’s biggest competition, Arena said he has yet to discuss the matter at length with U.S. Soccer Federation officials.

UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: The United States advanced to the Round of 16 despite losing 3-1 to Colombia at Mumbai, India. Both teams finished on six points along with Ghana, which won Group A on goal difference. Colombia claimed second spot after its head-to-head result against the U.S., which also advanced as one of the best third-place teams.


USOC: The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping, with less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

“The time for action is now,” said Scott Blackmun.