Alex Morgan named top women’s soccer player in US
Alex Morgan was named US Soccer’s women’s player of the year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the 2019 World Cup in France. Morgan scored seven of her goals during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament this fall to earn the Golden Boot. Morgan, who was also the top player in 2012, also has three assists and has logged 1,500 minutes this year, most of any player on the team. Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year. The 19-year-old’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
Sargent scores in pro debut
Josh Sargent scored on his first touch two minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped host Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf, 3-1, in the German Bundesliga. Sargent, who joined Bremen last winter, also scored in his US debut, a May 28 friendly against Bolivia, and became the first American since at least 1990 to score in his national team and professional club debuts, according to the US Soccer Federation.
Quinnipiac men knock off No. 1 UMass
Craig Martin scored twice and Andrew Shortridge made 32 saves as No. 8 Quinnipiac (14-2-0) dethroned the nation’s No. 1 men’s hockey team with a 4-0 nonleague win over UMass (12-2-0) at Hamden, Conn. . . . Oliver Wahlstrom scored the winner at 3:40 of the third period as BC (6-6-2, 6-1-2 Hockey East) eked out a 3-2 win over UConn (5-11-1, 2-9-1) at Conte Forum . . . Third-period goals from Seth Barton and Charlie Levesque broke a tie and gave UMass Lowell (8-6-1, 4-3-1 Hockey East) a 5-3 win over BU (4-8-2, 4-5-2) at Agganis Arena . . . Megan Keller netted her second goal of the game at 1:58 seconds of overtime to power the No. 9 BC women’s hockey team (13-6-0, 10-4-0 Hockey East) to a 4-3 win over Merrimack (10-6-2, 6-6-1) at Conte Forum. Caitrin Lonergan scored BC’s other two goals . . . Sammy Davis and Jesse Compher potted power-play goals in the second period as BU (7-4-4) managed a 3-1 nonleague road win over RIT (5-9-4) . . . Tereza Vanisova and Vendula Pribylova scored to give Maine (11-7-1) a 2-1 nonleague over Harvard (4-6-1) at Bright-Landry Center.
UConn to honor Allen, Lobo
UConn will retire the numbers of basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo during a ceremony in March. Allen’s No. 34 and Lobo’s No. 50 will become the first retired by the school, which says it’s an honor reserved for Hall of Famers. In 2017, Lobo was the first UConn player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen was enshrined in September. Lobo led the UConn women’s team to a 35-0 record and the first of 11 national championships in 1995. She finished her career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds, and 396 blocked shots before playing seven seasons in the WNBA. Allen was a first-team All-American in 1996. He scored 1,922 points at UConn and led the men to an 89-13 record during his three years in Storrs. He went on to play 18 seasons in the NBA, becoming the most prolific 3-point shooter in league history . . . In men’s basketball, Luwane Pipkins scored 26 points, including the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds remaining, and UMass (6-4) eked out a 79-78 win at Providence (7-3). Curtis Cobb and Carl Pierre added 16 and 15 points as the Minutemen’s three starting guards combined for 57 points . . . In women’s basketball, Hailey Leidel had 20 points and Paige McCormick 13 to lead UMass (6-4) to a 71-59 win over Incarnate Word (0-10) at Mullins Center.
Cavaliers deal for Dellavedova
The Cavaliers re-acquired guard Matthew Dellavedova from Milwaukee in a deal that also netted them forward John Henson and two 2021 draft picks from the Bucks for guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker. The Bucks sent Dekker to Washington for center Jason Smith . . . The Warriors said center Damian Jones underwent surgery Wednesday for a torn left pectoral muscle and Jones is expected to begin the rehab process in six weeks with a timetable to be determined based on his progress . . . Former NBA star and Knicks coach Derek Fisher was introduced as head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. This is Fisher's second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired by New York in 2016 after going 40-96 in 1½ seasons.
Schwartzel has South Africa lead
Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the 17th on his way to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Madalitso Muthiya (68) after the second round of the PGA European Tour’s South African Open in Johannesburg. The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12-under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard at Randpark Golf Club. Oosthuizen, ahead by a shot after the first round, dropped into a tie for third at 10 under with American Kurt Kitayama (69) and Zander Lombard (68) . . . The teams of Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na, Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire, and Emiliano Grillo and Graeme McDowell shot 13-under 59 in scramble play to share the first-round lead in the PGA QBE Shootout at Naples, Fla. Harman-Kizzire and Grillo-McDowell birdied the final three holes at Tiburon Golf Club, and DeChambeau-Na eagled the par-5 14th.
Flames’ Giordano, Lomberg suspended
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was suspended for two games by the NHL for kneeing Mikko Koivu while forward Ryan Lomberg was suspended one game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 for a confrontation at the end of Thursday’s win over the Wild, when Lomberg went after Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who had steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund in the final minute of Calgary’s 2-0 win . . . Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he does not expect free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, who didn’t accept a late-season offer, to re-sign with the club . . . The Padres finalized a two-year, $15.5 million deal with free agent pitcher Garrett Richards . . . Nathan Chen, the first American men’s world champion since 2009, continued his strong post-Olympic season by winning the short program at the Grand Prix Finals in Vancouver, finishing with 92.99 points to best Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan (91.67) points and was disappointed with his program.