Sports Digest: Maine Mariners post winless streak with OT win
Conner Bleackley scored his sixth goal of the season 3:28 into overtime and the Maine Mariners snapped a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 ECHL victory over the Trois-Rivières Lions on Sunday at Cross Insurance Arena.
Cedric Montminy scored for the Lions 2:53 into the game, and Maine’s Cameron Askew responded with his 12th power-play goal with 5:33 left in the first.
Callum Booth stopped 23 shots for the Mariners.
GIRLS HOCKEY: Ariella Swett of Scarborough, Eve Martineau of Edward Little/Leavitt and Leah Landry of Lewiston have been named the three finalists for the fifth annual Becky Schaffer Award, given to Maine’s top female hockey player.
The winner will be named at the conclusion of the Maine High School Girls Hockey Senior All-Star Game, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28 at 6:10 p.m. at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth.
Previous winners were Courtney Sullivan of Greely/Gray-New Gloucester in 2018, Avery Lutrzykowski of St. Dominic in 2019, Maranda Guimond of Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland in 2020 and Lucia Pompeo of Cheverus in 2021.
SHEBELIVES CUP: Ashley Hatch and Mallory Pugh scored second-half goals for the USA and three first-half own goals by New Zealander Meikayla Moore propelled the USA to a 5-0 win in the SheBelieves Cup in Carson, California.
USA played out a scoreless draw against the Czech Republic on Thursday night but bounced back against the Football Ferns. Moore’s three own goals are the first time it has happened in a United States Women’s National Team game.
Coach Vlatko Andonovski assesses the young players in the four-team round robin with stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Tobin Heath not making the list.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Daniel Podence helped Wolverhampton qualify for Europe with a 2-1 win over Leicester in the Premier League.
Podence received the ball from 20 yards out and, as the Leicester defense fell back, he struck into the bottom corner in the 66th minute.
• Manchester United conceded two goals in 24 seconds at Leeds to lose the lead before goals from substitutes Fred and Anthony Elanga secured a 4-2 Premier League victory.
A-SERIES: Inter Milan were upset 2-0 at home by mid-table Sassuolo, wasting a chance to overtake city rivals Milan and take the lead in the Italian league.
Leaders Milan stumbled on Saturday with a 2-2 draw at last-place Salernitana. Inter remain two points behind in second but with one game in hand.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has said that despite weeks without competition and emotional distress following his recent detention and expulsion, he feels he is at his “peak” as he returns to touring.
The world’s best male tennis player struck an optimistic note during a press conference a day before the start of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, Djokovic’s first tournament since his expulsion from Australia and his absence from the first event of the Grand Slam of the year due to his vaccination status.
“It wasn’t really difficult for me to pick up a racquet and go out and do the sport and just play,” he told reporters. “I’m as prepared as I can be.”
Djokovic’s presence brings unusual attention to the annual tournament near Dubai International Airport and the authorities have apparently also taken extraordinary measures.
NASCAR: Chase Elliott skipped free agency and signed a five-year contract extension that Hendrick Motorsports announced just hours before the Daytona 500 season opener.
Elliott’s current contract ran until the end of this season. Hendrick Motorsports said in its Sunday announcement that the extension was signed a day earlier at Daytona International Speedway.
Elliott, the 2020 Cup champion and reigning four-time winner of the fan-voted Most Popular Driver award, is locked in the No. 9 Chevrolet until 2027.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Already the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history, Bernhard Langer picked up a wire-to-wire victory Sunday for his record-breaking fourth title at the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida.
Langer won at 64 years, 5 months, 23 days to bring his total wins to 43 on the 50+ Tour, two behind Hale Irwin for the record, and win for the 16th consecutive season. The German star became the oldest winner on the tour in October at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Virginia.
Langer closed with his second straight 4-under 68, shooting the 18th par-5 on the black course at Tiburon Golf Club for the third day in a row, to finish at 16-under 200. He beat Tim Petrovic by three strokes after taking a two-race lead in the final lap.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Former PGA Women’s Champion Hannah Green became the first woman to win a 72-hole mixed golf tournament when she closed with a 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory in the TPS Murray River in Barooga, Australia.
Green, fresh off a victory at the Vic Open last week, started the final round at Cobram Barooga in a four-way tie for the lead. She chipped in for the Eagle on the par-5 10th hole to take control and had a comfortable lead down the home stretch.
She finished at 20-under 264 for a four-stroke win over amateur Hayden Hopewell (65) and Andrew Evans (70).
Basketball’s top 25: South Carolina’s No. 1 women beat Tennessee’s No. 12