COLLEGES

Ben Poisson scored twice and Maine got three goals in the third period Friday afternoon to rally for a 4-3 men’s hockey win at Providence.

Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Maine (2-4-1) scored three consecutive goals, beginning with Brady Gaudette 9:52 into the period. Poisson, who also scored in the first period, made it 3-2 four minutes later, and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup added an empty-netter with 1:40 remaining.

Uula Ruikka scored with 20 seconds left for Providence (4-5-2).

Victor Ostman made 37 for the Black Bears.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kiana Williams scored 18 points and Hannah Jump had 15 – all on 3-pointers for both players – to help No. 1 Stanford (11-0, 8-0 Pac-12) roll to an 82-54 win over Utah (3-8, 2-8) in Salt Lake City.

• Jordan Sanders had a season-high 24 points, Endyia Rogers scored nine of her 16 points in overtime, and USC (6-5, 4-5 Pac-12) earned an 81-77 win over No. 25 Washington State (7-2, 5-2) in Los Angeles.

HIGH SCHOOLS

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Brandon Emerson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Mt. Ararat to a 49-37 victory at Gardiner.

Carson Taylor added 15 points. Kalvin Catchings paced Gardiner with 16 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Elsa Daulerio and Jaden Lohr each scored 12 points for Mt. Ararat in a 47-43 win at home against Gardiner.

Lizzy Gruber led Gardiner with 16 points.

GOLF

PGA: Nick Taylor pitched in for eagle to get his round headed in the right direction, and he kept going until he finished with one last birdie for an 8-under 62 and a two-shot lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Taylor was at 12-under 128. Stewart Cink (63), Webb Simpson (65), Russell Henley (64), Vaughn Taylor (66) and Chris Kirk (65) were two shots back.

• The World Golf Championship is moving from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast of Florida this year, a change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic that has put restrictions on travel and kept away spectators.

The PGA Tour sent a memo to players informing them of the relocation for Feb. 25-28. The event will be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton – a course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.

Still to be determined is the title sponsor for this year’s event at The Concession, which began in 1999 with a history of moving around the world. The Concession will be its ninth venue.

The tour said it plans to return to Mexico City in 2022.

SOCCER

ENGLAND: Wayne Rooney, the record-setting striker who has been a player-coach at second-division Derby since November, is retiring as a player to become a full-time manager.

Rooney, 35, is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals in 120 matches. Since Rooney took over as manager, Derby has three wins and four draws in nine games.

FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain Coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss a game at Angers on Saturday as he self-isolates.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500.

The Cuban-American, known also as “Mr. Worldwide,” joins NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as celebrity owners entering NASCAR this year. Jordan is a part owner of 23XI Racing with Denny Hamlin.

Trackhouse has hired Daniel Suarez to drive the No. 99 Chevrolet.

INDYCAR: Marco Andretti will not run the full schedule this season as the third-generation driver reprioritizes his racing career.

Andretti will compete in the Indianapolis 500, the historic race his family has notoriously won just once, and assist Andretti Autosport with preseason testing and development. Beyond that, his schedule is open.

Andretti said he’s not retiring. He hopes to compete in sports car racing alongside his cousin, Jarett, and in marquee events such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans.

SPORTS BETTING

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey’s top gambling regulator is threatening to fine sports books operating in his state that ask customers to cancel requests to cash out money from their accounts, saying the practice is ongoing and “unacceptable.”

In some cases, sports books have offered to give players cash bonuses if they cancel withdrawal requests, according to David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. In a letter posted Wednesday to the division’s website, Rebuck did not name the sports books who have engaged in this practice, nor did he say how many complaints the division has received of such activity.

But he wrote that trying to talk customers out of withdrawing funds from their accounts violates numerous state rules.

“Patrons who request withdrawals have the right to receive their funds as expeditiously as possible,” he wrote. “Operators should clearly understand that the Division will take regulatory action and impose civil penalties whenever patrons are improperly encouraged or incentivized to rescind their withdrawal requests for the purpose of resuming gaming activity.”

SKELETON

WORLD CUP: Tina Hermann of Germany won a World Cup skeleton race on the historic track in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Friday, and Katie Uhlaender posted the best finish of any U.S. sliding athlete so far this season.

Hermann prevailed with Austria’s Janine Flock finishing second and Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling taking third. Hannah Neise of Germany was fourth, followed by Uhlaender – the four-time Olympian who placed fifth.

Americans did not compete in the first half of the World Cup skeleton, bobsled and luge seasons, remaining home in the U.S. because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and issues with international travel. Kaillie Humphries was sixth in women’s bobsled last weekend, which had been the top U.S. result this winter before Uhlaender’s showing Friday.

The fifth-place finish was Uhlaender’s top World Cup result in nearly eight years, since a silver-medal performance in a World Cup at Sochi, Russia, in 2013.


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