Sports Digest: Home run in eighth Somerset lift ahead of Sea Dogs

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BASEBALL

Josh Breaux hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and the Somerset Patriots beat the Portland Sea Dogs 3-2 in an Eastern League game Friday night at Hadlock Field.

Portland (22-21) took a 2-1 lead late in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Hudson Potts.

Somerset (27-15) opened the scoring on an RBI groundout by Blake Perkins in the second inning, and Portland tied the game late on a goal-laden walk to Potts.

Luis Medina allowed a run on four hits while striking out seven and walking three for Somerset. Emmanuel Ramirez allowed one run in two relief innings to take the win.

Starter Dylan Spake allowed one run on five hits in 3 2/3 for Portland.

• Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez has been suspended for 80 games under Minor League Baseball’s drug program after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren, which increases human growth hormone.

The 30-year-old right-hander, a two-time All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7. He made two starts for Triple-A Worcester, going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in 41/3 innings, and was released May 17.

BASKETBALL

NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Darvin Ham to be their next head coach, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Ham, a first-time head coach, was a longtime NBA assistant following his eight-year NBA playing career, which included a 2004 championship with the Detroit Pistons against the Lakers.

Ham earned respect around the NBA as an all-around communicator on Mike Budenholzer’s staff in Atlanta and Milwaukee. He won a title with Budenholzer and the Bucks in 2021. He will be the 28th coach in Lakers history, replacing Frank Vogel, who won a championship with the Lakers in 2020.

WNBA: Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points, Danielle Robinson had 10 points and 11 assists, and the Indiana Fever held off the Los Angeles Sparks 101-96 at Indianapolis for interim coach Carlos Knox’s first victory.

Indiana (3-7) fired coach Marianne Stanley on Wednesday after her teams won just 14 games in just over two seasons. The win ended a five-game losing streak.

COLLEGES

BASEBALL: Adam Cecere was 4 for 4 with two home runs, Cape Elizabeth graduate Brendan Tinsman added a home run and four RBIs, and No. 6 seed Wake Forest tied an ACC tournament record with seven home runs in a 16 win. -3 over Miami, seeded third in Charlotte, NC.

Wake Forest (40-17-1) reached the 40 win mark for the seventh time in program history. Miami (39-18) was outscored 25-9 in two tournament losses. Both teams await NCAA drafts on Monday.

SOCCER

NFL: Tight end David Njoku got the long-term commitment he wanted from the Cleveland Browns, agreeing to a four-year contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Njoku, who is expected to play a bigger role in Cleveland’s offense this season, will be among the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity as teams were still in the process of finalize the package.

A first-round pick in 2017, Njoku had an eventful time in Cleveland. Two years ago he asked to be traded, but has since become a reliable player and now a central part of a team with Super Bowl ambitions.

Njoku and the Browns couldn’t agree on a long-term deal before free agency in March, so the team used their $10.9 million franchise tag to retain the 25-year-old .

After catching 36 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns last season, Njoku said he hopes to play the rest of his career with the Browns.

GOLF

PGA: Scott Stallings shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on a relatively calm day at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. That puts the Massachusetts-born, 206th-ranked player in the world at 9-under 131 with Dallas-area resident Scottie Scheffler and former University of Texas player Beau Hossler, who both had bogey-free 65s.

Scheffler, in one of the last groups of the day after Stallings and Hossler played in the morning wave, tied them with a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-4 17th and saved the par at No. 18 after his last practice went left in the rough.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: ToUrnament roommates Scott McCarron and Stephen Ames each shot 5-under 66s in stormy, cold conditions at Harbor Shores to share the second-round lead at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

The tour started with rain and wind and it got colder as the day progressed.

The 56-year-old McCarron had eight birdies, five of nine to 30 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course near Lake Michigan. McCarron has 11 PGA Tour Champions wins, including the 2017 Senior Players.

Ames, 58, who had a double bogey for the second straight day, birdied six over the final 11 holes.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Portuguese golfer Ricardo Gouveia shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Dutch Open in Cromvoirt, Netherlands.

Li Haotong of China was alone in second place after shooting a 29-for-nine for a 63, the lowest round of the day.

BIKE

TOUR OF ITALY: Koen Bouwman won the penultimate mountain stage and Richard Carapaz retained the pink jersey heading into the final two days.

Bouwman, a Dutchman, edged Mauro Schmid and Alessandro Tonelli in a sprint to the line at the end of stage 19. Schmid complained that Bouwman cut him off on the final corner, forcing him to force Andrea Vendrame and Attila Valter out of the way as they also battled for the stage win.

Carapaz maintains a three-second lead over Jai Hindley and 1h05 over Mikel Landa in the general classification with two stages to go.

SOCCER

AMERICAN MEN: Zack Steffen will miss four World Cup warm-up games in June for what the team said are family reasons, and he has been replaced on the roster by Sean Johnson.

Steffen, 27, was considered America’s top goaltender heading into qualifying last September but was sidelined at times by a back injury and started just 6 of 14 qualifiers. Matt Turner started eight qualifiers.

The United States play exhibitions against Morocco on Wednesday in Cincinnati and against Uruguay on June 5 in Kansas City, Kansas, then have CONCACAF Nations League matches against Grenada on June 10 in Austin, Texas, and in El Salvador four days later.

TENNIS

WIMBLEDON: Chris Evert appreciates that she, Serena Williams and other Wimbledon women’s singles champions are now listed on the All England Club’s rolls of honor in a hallway on center court simply by their first and last names – like the winners of the men’s title have always been – instead of being preceded by “Miss” or “Mrs.”

Evert has won three of his 18 career Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon; until now, the entry for her 1981 championship listed her name as “Mrs. JM Lloyd”, in reference to her then-husband, John Lloyd. For her first titles in 1974 and 1976, before this marriage, she was listed as “Miss CM Evert”.

“I am delighted that the All England Club have changed the names. It was outdated and women should be treated equally with men, as we are with equal prize money,” Evert wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Friday, “I’ve always used my maiden name in tennis. I started my career, I became champion and I finished my career as Chris Evert! As proud as I was to be married to John at the time, my name deserved to be on the honor roll!!!”

The move to the women’s honor roll is complete, an All England Club spokeswoman confirmed to the AP on Friday via email. The intention to change the way women’s names are displayed was first reported by The Times of London.


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