US women’s soccer team’s unbeaten streak ends at 28
Kadidiatou Diani scored twice and France ended the US women national team’s 28-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday in Le Havre, France. The top-ranked United States had not lost since falling, 1-0, to Australia in 2017 and were 25-0-3 over the span. The match at La Stade Oceane was sold out with over 25,000 in attendance. US coach Jill Ellis had to tinker with her starting lineup and rested stars Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Julie Ertz as a precaution because of minor injuries. Also held out was Kelley O'Hara, who is still recovering from ankle surgery. Marie-Antoinette Katoto also scored for third-ranked France, which has won eight straight matches. It was the first of 10 matches the US team will play before it defends its title at the World Cup. Mallory Pugh scored for the United States in the final moments . . . Alen Stajcic has been fired as Australia’s head coach just five months out from the Women’s World Cup, where the Matildas will start as one of the six seeded teams. Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop said Stajcic will immediately leave the role he has held since 2014. Gallop said the decision to fire Stajcic was made on the basis of two confidential surveys. One was conducted by Australia’s Professional Footballers Association and the other by Our Watch — a national organization which aims to end violence against women. There had also been conversations with players and team staff. Gallop said while he could not provide specific details because of the need for confidentiality, the surveys had highlighted workplace and player welfare issues. ‘‘It’s difficult to go into specifics because of the confidentiality arrangement around the surveys,’’ he said. ‘‘Ultimately the responsibility for changing cultures rests with the head coach. ‘‘We no longer feel confident that Alen is the right person to lead the team and staff.’’ . . . Tim Weah, the US striker and son of former AC Milan star George Weah, scored on his debut for Celtic in the Scottish Cup in Glasgow. The 18-year-old Weah, who is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, came on in the 69th minute and netted in the 83rd. Tim Weah was born in New York. He has made eight appearances for the US team, scoring in a friendly against Bolivia in May. His father was a striker for PSG and Milan in the 1990s, and in 1995 became the first, and still the only, African-born player to win FIFA’s world footballer of the year award and France’s Ballon d'Or. George Weah was elected president of Liberia in 2017 . . . US national player Keaton Parks has been acquired by New York City FC on loan from the Portuguese club Benfica for the 2019 season. The 21-year-old Texan is a versatile central midfielder, who signed with Benfica in 2017.
Michigan handed first loss
Ethan Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin handed No. 2 Michigan its first loss of the season, breaking away in the final minute for a 64-54 victory in Madison, Wis. Fans rushed the floor after the Badgers (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten) finished the upset of the Wolverines (17-1, 6-1) . . . Jermaine Haley hurried up the court and hit a layup with 8.5 seconds left, completing a rally that lifted host West Virginia (9-9, 1-5 Big 12) over No. 7 Kansas (15-3, 4-2), 65-64 . . . Grant Williams scored 21 points, and No. 3 Tennessee rallied past visiting Alabama, 71-68, for its 12th straight win and a chance to climb atop the AP Top 25. After No. 1 Duke lost to Syracuse on Monday and No. 2 Michigan fell at Wisconsin, the Volunteers (16-1, 5-0 SEC) could lead the poll Monday for the first time since 2008. John Petty matched a career high with 30 points for Alabama (11-6, 2-3) . . . RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Zion Williamson had 27, and No. 1 Duke (15-2, 4-1 ACC) beat No. 4 Virginia, 72-70, to give the visiting Cavaliers their first loss of the season. There were 14 ties and 15 lead changes, and it was a one-possession game for a 14½-minute stretch of the second half. DeAndre Hunter scored 18 points for the Cavaliers (16-1, 4-1), who entered the game as the nation’s last unbeaten team . . . De'Riante Jenkins scored 17 points and Isaac Vann scored 10 of his 16 in the second half when VCU (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10) pulled away from visiting UMass (8-10, 1-4) for a 68-50 victory, the sixth straight loss by the Minutemen . . . Jalen Adams scored a season-high 31 points, Josh Carlton and Christian Vital each added 18 points, and UConn (11-8, 2-4 AAC) beat Tulane, 87-71, in Storrs, Conn. Caleb Daniels had 21 points for Tulane (4-13, 0-5) . . . Officials say Devin Cannady, 22, has been suspended from the Princeton basketball team after throwing a punch at a campus police officer and being arrested following a confrontation at a convenience store. Cannady, Princeton’s leading scorer who ranks fifth on the university’s all-time scoring list, was suspended Friday. Campus police were called to the Wawa convenience store at 3:30 a.m. Friday. Officials said the 6-foot-2-inch guard pushed a customer and threatened others during the incident. He later began cursing at university officers and swung a punch at one of the campus patrolmen, who ducked out of the way, authorities said. Cannady’s punch glanced off the patrolmen’s hand.
NU secures playoff spot
Third-ranked Northeastern clinched a berth in the Hockey East playoffs with a 4-1 victory over host UConn. First period goals by Skylar Fontaine, Andrea Renner, and Kasidy Anderson gave the Huskies (17-3-3, 15-2-2 WHEA) a 3-0 first-period lead. Freshman Alina Mueller assisted on Anderson’s goal to push her NCAA-leading point streak to 22 straight games. Tessa Ward added a shorthanded goal in the second period to help Northeastern get the weekend sweep of UConn (13-11-1, 8-9-1) . . . Caitrin Lonergan had 3 points and Erin Connolly had two assists as No. 10 BC (16-9-0, 13-7-0 HEA) topped Vermont (7-14-4, 5-11-2), 5-2, at Gutterson Fieldhouse, as the Eagles improved to 47-3-3 all time against the Catamounts . . . Natasza Tarnowski tallied two goals as BU (13-6-5, 10-5-4 WHEA) won nits fifth straight by beating Holy Cross (1-21-3, 1-17-1), 7-1, at Walter Brown Arena . . . The Boston Pride’s NWHL game against the Metropolitan Riveters scheduled for Sunday in Newark was postponed because of the incoming storm . . . The BC men’s team (8-11-2, 8-3-2) scored in every way possible in a 4-1 Hockey East victory over visiting Providence (13-7-4, 6-5-1). The Eagles got goals from Michael Kim (power play), David Cotton (shorthanded), Chris Grando (even strength), and Christopher Brown (penalty shot).
Coughlin, 33, takes life after suspension
John Coughlin, a two-time US pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Mo. He was 33. The Kansas City Police Department said officers responded to a call of a suicide just before 5 p.m. Friday and found Coughlin’s body. Coughlin received an interim suspension from the US Center for SafeSport and USFS on Thursday for unspecified conduct. He was barred from any activities sanctioned by the skating body or the US Olympic Committee. Coughlin won national pairs championships with two partners. He teamed with Caitlin Yankowskas in 2011 and with Caydee Denney the next year.
Olympic champ claims harassment
Two-time Olympic champion bobsledder Kaillie Humphries says she has filed a harassment complaint with Canadian officials, and that her case is why she is not competing in World Cup races this season. Humphries, 33, told CBC for a story published Saturday that she ‘‘can no longer be silenced because of other people’s actions,’’ though she stopped short of specifying what type of harassment she is alleging took place. Humphries announced in October that she was not competing this season, though never detailed why until now . . . Ramona Siebenhofer made it back-to-back World Cup downhill victories, while Lindsey Vonn finished tied for ninth in Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy, in the second race of her return from injury. Siebenhofer, who had her first career win in Friday’s race, finished a slim 0.04 seconds ahead of Austrian teammate (and roomate) Nicole Schmidhofer. Siebenhofer and Schmidhofer have claimed four of the five downhills this season. Vonn made a slight bobble at the start of her run and then struggled again midway down when she got bounced around on some bumps. She finished 1.36 seconds behind but still moved up six spots from her 15th-placed result from a day earlier. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who sat out the two downhill races, will return for Sunday’s super-G . . . Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr was 0.14 seconds faster than Switzerland’s Beat Feuz on the storied Lauberhorn hill, winning on the longest World Cup course in 2 minutes, 28.36 seconds in Wengen, Switzerland. Bryce Bennett of the United States extended his consistent season in fifth, 0.63 seconds back, to follow career-best fourth places in the two previous downhills. American Steven Nyman crashed at the fastest part of the course, around 87 m.p.h. on a straight section, when the edge of his left ski caught an icy bump . . . Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack of Germany rallied in the second heat to win a World Cup women’s bobsled race in Innsbruck, Austria. Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide of Germany took second in 1:46.17. Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman of the United States led after the first heat but finished third. Later, Germany’s Francesco Friedrich improved to 5-for-5 in two-man races this season, teaming with Thorsten Margis for another victory. The wins extended Germany’s streak of victories in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races to 22, dating to last year.
Pelicans’ Davis out with finger injury
The New Orleans Pelicans say Anthony Davis has a sprained finger that is expected to sideline him up to two weeks. The star forward hurt his left index finger during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 128-112 loss at Portland . . . DeMarcus Cousins, making his Golden State Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory over the host Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Cousins played his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon with New Orleans. With Cousins joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green in the starting lineup, the Warriors became the first team to start five All-Stars from the previous season since the Celtics in 1975-76 (Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, and John Havlicek).