The sixth-ranked BC women’s hockey team started out fast in its 5-1 win over Holy Cross at Conte Forum. The Eagles (7-0-0, 6-0-0 Hockey East) took a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game on goals from Kelly Browne and Hannah Bilka and never looked back behind Maddy McArthur’s 13 saves. Sommer Ross got the lone goal for the Crusaders (0-6-2, 0-3-0) . . . Host Providence (3-2-2, 1-0-0 Hockey East) upset No. 3 Northeastern (5-1-0, 2-1-0), 1-0, on Hayley Lunny’s goal at 3:18 of the second period. Clare Minnerath stifled the Huskies with 33 saves . . . No. 10 BU (4-1-1) was led by a goal and an assist each from Kaleigh Donnelly and Nara Elia and 22 saves by Corinne Schroeder in its 5-2 win at Penn State (3-3-3) . . . Kristin Della Rovere (hat trick) and Dominique Petrie (two goals) led Harvard to a season-opening 7-4 win at Dartmouth . . . In men’s hockey, Jack Dugan (goal, two assists) and No. 7 Providence (4-1-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East) skated to a 6-2 win over No. 10 BC (2-3-0, 0-1-0) at Conte Forum . . . No. 11 Northeastern (4-0-1) earned a 4-1 win at No. 14 Saint Cloud State (0-1-2) behind Tyler Madden (two goals) and John Picking (goal, two assists) . . . Patrick Harper scored twice to give BU (1-1-2, 0-0-1 Hockey East) a 2-0 lead before host UMass Lowell (3-2-2, 0-0-1) rallied for a 3-3 tie when Seth Barton scored 1:20 into the third period.


Ramos hired as coach of Houston Dynamo

Tab Ramos was hired to coach Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, replacing Wilmer Cabrera , who was fired in August. Ramos, 53, was the first player signed by the MLS in 1995, playing 121 games for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. He had eight goals in 81 international games and played for the US in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups, the 1995 Copa America, and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005 . . . Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future is unlikely to be known for at least a few weeks. The Swede dazzled MLS with 31 goals and led the LA Galaxy to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. But his goal of winning an MLS Cup was denied when LAFC beat the Galaxy, 5-3, Thursday in the Western Conference semis. If Ibrahimovic, 38, doesn’t come back for a third season in the US, he could retire or return to Italy’s Serie A when his contract expires in December . . . Injured striker Neymar won’t play in Brazil’s friendlies against Argentina on Nov. 15 in Saudi Arabia, and South Korea four days later in the United Arab Emirates.



Tsitsipas will face Federer in Switzerland

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Filip Krajinovic , 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals at Basel. Tsitsipas will face top-seeded hometown favorite Roger Federer, who advanced when Stan Wawrinka (back) withdrew. The other semifinal will pair unseeded American Reilly Opelka and wild-card entry Alex de Minaur. Opelka hit 31 aces to beat fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while de Minaur beat Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) . . . US Open champ Bianca Andreescu and Wimbledon winner Simona Halep will play for the first time Monday at the WTA Finals at Shenzhen, China.



Fifth horse of season dies at Santa Anita

A fifth horse has died at Santa Anita this fall, the 35th overall fatality since Dec. 26 at the Arcadia, Calif., track. G Q Covergirl injured both her front legs on the training track, and the 5-year-old mare was euthanized. Trained by two-time Kentucky Derby winner Doug O'Neill, G Q Covergirl had six wins in 16 career starts. There have been three deaths on the training track since Sept. 27. Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup world championships next weekend . . . Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler won’t play Saturday at Milwaukee or Sunday at Minnesota. Butler also missed Wednesday’s season-opening home win over Memphis because his girlfriend gave birth to a baby that night . . . . . . Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, 56, is fighting stomach cancer. The ex-Winnipeg Jets star is getting chemotherapy after taking a leave of absence as coach of the OHL’s Barrie Colts in September.