UMass hockey off to best start ever
Power-play goals by Jacob Pritchard, John Leonard, and Mitchell Chaffee powered No. 4 UMass (10-1-0, 6-1-0 Hockey East) to a 4-2 over visiting UNH (1-6-3, 1-3-2), giving the Minutemen the best start in school history . . . In women’s basketball, freshman Marnelle Garraud had 17 points and junior Georgia Pineau scored 8 points, including a putback with 1:13 to play that gave BC (4-0) a 64-57 victory at Houston (2-3) . . . In men’s basketball, Jacob Grandison made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points and Austin Butler had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists as Holy Cross (3-2) beat Siena (2-2), 57-45, at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn. The teams combined for three free throws — and missed all three . . . Megan DuVernois and Erin Matson scored first-half goals, Amanda Hendry made five saves, and No. 1 North Carolina (23-0) beat No. 2 Maryland (22-3), 2-0, to win its seventh NCAA Division 1 field hockey championship in Louisville, Ky. . . . Erin Nicholas scored twice as Middlebury (21-1) beat Tufts (19-3), 2-0, to defend its Division 3 field hockey title in Manheim, Pa. . . . The Tufts men’s soccer team scored four times in the first half as the Jumbos (16-0-3) advanced to the NCAA semifinals by defeating visiting Montclair State (18-2-4), 4-0. The Jumbos will be competing for their third NCAA championship, after earning national titles in 2014 and 2016.
Zverev, 21, wears ATP crown
Alexander Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset of Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals in London Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago — also at age 21. Djokovic was attempting to tie Roger Federer’s record of six titles but followed the same path as the Swiss great, who lost to Zverev in the semifinals at the O2 Arena. Djokovic’s serve hadn’t been broken all tournament until the final. Zverev did it once in the first set and three times in the second, completing the victory with a spectacular backhand winner up the line. Earlier, American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, 5-7, 6-1, 13-11, for their first ATP Finals doubles title together. The 40-year-old Bryan has now won the tournament five times. He won four times with his usual partner — and brother — Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May . . . Marcel Hirscher posted the fastest time in both runs to win the season-open World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland. The seven-time overall champion edged Henrik Kristoffersen twice, and finished the race 0.09 seconds ahead of the Norwegian. The rest of field, led by Olympic champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden, was more than 1.4 seconds behind. Last year’s winner, Felix Neureuther of Germany, skipped the race after breaking his right thumb in training Friday. The race was the first of the men’s season after a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, was called off due to bad weather in October.