Berwick girls advance to NEPSAC soccer semifinals

Aaliyah Farid notched two goals and an assist, Rayne Zimmerman had a goal and two assists and third-seeded Berwick Academy defeated No. 6 Dexter in a NEPSAC Class girls’ soccer quarterfinal on Wednesday at South Berwick.

Zimmerman gave the Bulldogs (17-3-2) a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game. Farid upped the lead to 2-0 early in the second half.

Southfield (8-6-3) pulled to within 2-1 with a put back of a rebound, but Farid countered with less than two minutes to play for the final margin.

Berwick travels to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, for Saturday’s 11 a.m. semifinal against No. 2 Brewster Academy. Brewster defeated Berwick 2-1 during the regular season.


ATP FINALS: Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the semifinals at London by beating David Goffin 6-0, 6-2 Wednesday.

Dimitrov, who is 2-0 at the season-ending tournament, lost only two points on his serve in the first set and twice broke Goffin without even going to deuce.

Goffin finally managed to hold serve in the second set, but Dimitrov still was able to break the Belgian’s serve two more times.

The sixth-seeded Bulgarian will next face Pablo Carreno Busta, who entered the tournament after Rafael Nadal withdrew with a knee injury.

In Wednesday’s late match, Dominic Thiem defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Thiem is now 1-1 and will next face Goffin, who is also 1-1, on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.


WNBA: The WNBA once again leads all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities for coaching and front-office positions.

The league earned a combined “A” grade for racial and gender diversity in its hiring practices, according to a report card issued Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES). The league earned an A-plus for racial hiring practices and an A for gender hiring practices.

Each of the last 13 years, the WNBA has received an A or an A-plus for its overall race, gender and combined grade from TIDES, which is based at the University of Central Florida.

Lapchick’s organization has been producing these report cards since 1988.


DOPING: No charges will be brought over the doping investigation that cast a cloud over the reputation of British cycling and Bradley Wiggins, the country’s first Tour de France champion and most decorated Olympian.

But Britain’s anti-doping agency did express concern Wednesday that its investigation was hampered by the failure to retain accurate medical records in a sport that prided itself on meticulous precision planning as the country became an Olympic superpower.