Sports Digest: Sea Dogs score 11 in 1st inning, beat Rumble Ponies, 16-1

BASEBALL

Alex Binelas and Ceddanne Rafaela homered on the first two pitches of the game, starting an 11-run first inning as the Portland Sea Dogs routed the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 16-1, in Binghamton, New York, for their fourth consecutive win.

Izzy Wilson hit a three-run homer in the third inning and finished with four RBIs. Stephen Scott capped the big first inning with a three-run homer, and Nick Sogard hit a two-run double and a two-run homer.

Brett Kennedy picked up the win, allowing six hits in seven scoreless innings.

NECBL: David Bermudez’s RBI single in the top of the ninth gave the Sanford Mainers (11-14) a 4-3 victory over the Upper Valley Nighthawks (12-13) in White River Junction, Vermont.

Quinn McDaniel hit a solo homer in the first and a two-run single in the fifth for Sanford. Brady Afthim took the win with three no-hitter relief innings, striking out six and one on the foot.

SOCCER

AMERICAN WOMEN: Sophia Smith scored twice in the opening minutes and the United States moved closer to a 2023 World Cup spot with a 5-0 win over Jamaica in the CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico.

With two wins, the United States top their group and are in position to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The United States has played in every World Cup, winning the last two tournaments and four in total.

SPAIN: Barcelona have made an offer to Bayern Munich for star striker Robert Lewandowski, the Spanish club’s president has claimed.

Lewandowski said at the end of May that “my story with Bayern Munich is over” and that a transfer to a new club would be the best solution. The 33-year-old Polish striker still has one season left on his contract with the Bundesliga giants.

SOCCER

NFL: The Las Vegas Raiders introduced a former Nevada gaming regulator as the franchise’s new president, the first black woman to hold the title with an NFL team.

Team owner Mark Davis said Sandra Douglass Morgan topped his list every time after speaking to candidates.

“His experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our organization,” Davis said. “From the moment I met Sandra, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. We are extremely lucky to have her at the helm.

Morgan, the former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, is the third woman and the third African-American to serve as president of an NFL team.

GOLF

PGA/EUROPEAN TOURS: Cameron Tringale, winless in 331 PGA Tour starts, had a career-best 9-under run at 61 to take a three-stroke lead at the Scottish Open – the first European event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

Tringale birdied six straight to start the back nine on his way to the lowest score of his PGA Tour career as he equaled the course record set three years ago by Bernd Wiesberger when The Renaissance played at a par 71.

Former US Open champion Gary Woodland saw the work with coach Phil Kenyon pay off in his round of 64 and was alone in second place.

• Adam Svensson had two eagles in a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal and Robin Roussel of France each shot 64.

The Barbasol Championship is the first co-sanctioned European Tour event in the United States and features 50 European Tour players among 156 competitors. The winner will secure the final spot next week at the British Open at St. Andrews.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Alex Cejka birdied two of the last three holes for a 6-under 64 and a two-shot lead at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio.

Cejka birdied the par-3 seventh and par-4 ninth to cap a bogey-free round on the south course at Firestone Country Club.

David Toms finished second, also closing the front nine with birdies on numbers 7 and 9.

BIKE

TOUR DE FRANCE: Double reigning champion Tadej Pogačar is back in the yellow jersey, perhaps even sooner than he expected, after winning the imposing 137-mile sixth stage through Belgium and northern Spain. France – the longest of this year’s Tour.

Pogačar escaped in the sprint on the ridge of the Côte des Religieuses in Longwy, France, and now leads the general classification, four seconds ahead of American Neilson Powless, thanks to bonus seconds based on stage classifications .

Wout Van Aert was the leader going into the stage and was the center of attention with a breakaway, but he was caught with less than 7 miles remaining. Van Aert crashed in the final hilly section and eventually lost over seven minutes.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 20 points, Candace Parker had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the visiting Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever, 93-84, to secure the home court for the Cup game of the Commissioner.

Chicago will host Las Vegas on July 26.


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