USM: B.L. Elfring, the longtime University of Southern Maine athletic communications director, will be inducted into the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Hall of Fame in June.

In 2002, he received the Irving T. Marsh Award for outstanding contributions. And in 2014 he was the recipient of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) Transitioning Administrator Award.

He also serves USM as its NCAA Compliance Officer, and is a current member of the LEC’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Prior to his role at USM, he was the sports information director at UMass-Lowell from 1982 to 1995.


PGA: Louis Oosthuizen made a short eagle putt late in his round and made birdies on two of the short par 4s for a 7-under 64 to lead the Mexico Championship at Mexico City.

Chris Paisley of England, who followed up his first European Tour victory with top 5s in the tour’s strongest events in the Middle East, was atop the leaderboard for much of a warm day until a late bogey. He was at 65, with Xander Schauffele.

LPGA: Jennifer Song shot an opening 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the Women’s World Championship in Singapore.

EUROPEAN: Louis de Jager birdied three of his last four holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tshwane Open in Pretoria, South Africa.


WAWRINKA RESTING: Stan Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam singles champion, is skipping hard-court events in the United States to rest his injured left knee.


SHEBELIEVES CUP: Megan Rapinoe scored in the 17th minute and the U.S. women’s soccer team held on for 1-0 victory against Germany at Columbus, Ohio, in a matchup of the world’s top two teams.

The top-ranked Americans controlled the pace on a cold, rainy central Ohio night in the event, a four-team round-robin tournament that also includes England and France. England beat France earlier, 4-1.

BRAZIL: Neymar will have surgery on a fractured toe in his right foot and could be out for up to three months, an estimate that would take the Brazil striker right up to the World Cup.

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