UMaine women pull ahead for 59-44 win over Hartford

Blanca Millan scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half Thursday night as the University of Maine women’s basketball team beat Hartford 59-44 at West Hartford, Connecticut.

Tanesh Sutton added 14 for the Black Bears (11-8, 4-2 America East).

Darby Lee had 16 for Hartford (12-7, 4-2), which had won 5 of 6.

Maine took a 45-34 lead through three quarters and opened the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 57-38 lead with just under four minutes to go.

Dor Saar added 10 points for the Black Bears. Fanny Wadling chipped in with nine.

Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 22 points and lead top-ranked UConn to a closer-than-expected 78-60 win over visiting Tulsa (8-11, 2-4).

Napheesa Collier had 19 points and Kia Nurse added 17 for the Huskies (17-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) who have never lost in the conference. UConn has won 76 straight regular-season games and all four conference tournaments.

Myisha Hines-Allen got 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as No. 2 Louisville (20-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) stayed undefeated, beating host Pittsburgh (9-10, 1-5 ACC).

Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame completed its largest-ever comeback to beat No. 6 Tennessee 84-70 at South Bend, Indiana.

The Irish (17-2) trailed by 23 points early in the second quarter but rallied to beat the Vols (16-2).

MEN’S BASKETBALL: J.R. Lynch had 15 points and 10 assists as Hartford beat UMaine at Bangor, 86-68.

The Hawks (11-9, 4-2 America East) opened the second half on an 18-2 run to get by the Black Bears (4-17, 1-5).

Aaron Calixte scored a game-high 21 points for the Black Bears, who trailed 38-33 at halftime. Maine was held to just two points in the opening 7:00 of the second half.

Calixte shot 10 of 16 from the field. Isaiah White and Vernon Lowndes Jr. each added nine points for Maine.

Creighton forward Martin Krampelj will miss the rest of the season because of a major knee injury.


MAJORS: A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the players’ association has rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.

Closer Felipe Rivero finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.


U.S. WOMEN: The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over.

The organization announced it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women’s elite program. The decision came three days after Olympic champion Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles said she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Alina Zagitova led after the short program with a dramatic performance of strong and precise jumps at Moscow.

Russians swept the pairs medals, led by defending champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, whose free skate vaulted them to gold despite finishing fifth in the short program a day earlier.

Zagitova finished with 80.27 points, more than 11/2 ahead of Russian teammate Evgenia Medvedeva.


ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Rory McIlroy needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara.

McIlroy last played at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland on Oct. 8.

SINGAPORE OPEN: Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead in the first round. He was later joined atop the leaderboard by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama.