Sports Digest: Sea Dogs score four in ninth to beat Fightin Phils, 6-3


Christian Koss hit a two-run single as the Portland Sea Dogs rallied to beat the Reading Fightin Phils for the second straight night, 6-3, in Friday’s Eastern League game at Reading , Pennsylvania.

Portland extended their lead in the North East Division second half standings to 1½ games with their win and Somerset’s loss to Bowie.

Jhailyn Ortiz hit an RBI double late in the eighth inning to give Reading the lead.

David Hamilton started the Portland rally in the ninth with a step. Cam Cannon followed with a single and both runners moved onto a Cedanne Rafaela pitch. After Koss hit a two-run single to give Portland a 4-3 lead, Stephen Scott and Niko Kavadas added RBI singles.

Reading took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Ortiz. Portland tied in third on a sack fly by Koss, but the Fightin Phils regained the lead on a home run in fourth by Carlos De La Cruz. The Sea Dogs tied the game again in the top of the fifth when Rafaela scored on a hard shot.

Sterling Sharp threw six innings for Portland, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking two.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Former major leaguer Mark DeRosa has been named manager of Team USA for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

USA Baseball, based in Cary, North Carolina, announced the nomination. DeRosa’s professional coaching debut puts him in charge of the reigning world champions next spring.

He is currently co-host of MLB Network’s daily morning show, MLB Central.

LITTLE LEAGUE: A Little League World Series player who suffered a serious head injury when he fell from his upper bunk in the dorms at the World Series complex has FaceTimed with his coach and continues to improve, says the coach.

Snow Canyon, Utah manager Mark Ence said he told 12-year-old Easton Oliverson he loved him and Easton said he loved the coach back.

Easton has been recovering in hospital since Monday’s accident. His Wednesday night MRI came back normal, he started walking and went to the bathroom on his own Friday morning, Ence said.


WORLD JUNIORS: Dylan Garand made 31 saves, Kent Johnson had a goal and two assists and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-2 in Edmonton, Alta. to advance to the World Junior Hockey Championship game.

Canada will face either Finland or Sweden on Saturday night.


WNBA: Shey Peddy is out for the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, leaving the Phoenix Mercury further shorthanded in their WNBA playoff series against the Las Vegas Aces.

Peedy fell in the third quarter of Game 1 Wednesday night with a non-contact injury and did not return. The Aces won 79-63 and can conclude the three-game series at home on Saturday.

The Mercury made the playoffs for a 10th straight season despite playing without center Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia on drug charges since February.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid, ending the Brazilian’s successful spell in Spain and giving the struggling English giants a much-needed reinforcement.

The two clubs confirmed the deal but did not provide financial details, although Spanish media said the deal for the 30-year-old Brazilian was worth around 70 million euros ($70 million) plus fees. variables.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The Champions League remains on CBS in the United States for another six years, with parent company Paramount paying $250 million a year to renew its major European soccer rights until 2030, a person familiar with it has told The Associated Press. of the agreement.


SPANISH VUELTA: Primoz Roglic got off to a good start in his quest to claim an unprecedented fourth straight Spanish Vuelta title when his Jumbo-Visma team won the first ever team time trial in the Netherlands.

Jumbo-Visma, competing at home as the Netherlands were finally able to open the Vuelta after not being able to do so in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic, finished 13 seconds ahead of team Ineos Grenadiers and 14 seconds ahead of Quick-Step Vinyl alpha.

Roglic’s team-mate Robert Gesink, who is Dutch, will wear the leader’s red jersey on his ninth appearance in the Grand Tour race.

DOPING: Olympic silver medalist Mathias Flückiger has been provisionally suspended in a doping case ahead of his scheduled competition in a mountain bike race at the European Championships.

Swiss Cycling said Flückiger tested positive for the anabolic agent zeranol during national championships in June. Zeranol is approved for use in agriculture in some countries to promote livestock growth.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Charlene Curtis, the ACC’s first black women’s basketball head coach, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, the conference said. She was 67 years old.

Curtis was Wake Forest’s head coach from 1997 to 2004, following head coaching stints at Radford and Temple, where she was also the first African-American women’s basketball coach.

SOCCER: Urban Meyer returns to Fox’s “Big Noon Saturday” college football pregame show after his NFL coaching career lasted less than a full season.

Fox announced that Meyer would join the show he was a part of during its first two seasons.


INDYCAR: Helio Castroneves will return next year for a 26th full season in IndyCar. He signed a one-year contract extension with Meyer Shank Racing. The extra season was announced ahead of Saturday night’s race away from St. Louis on the final oval of this year’s IndyCar schedule.

• IndyCar points leader Will Power took pole for Saturday night’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, and tied Mario Andretti for the series pole record.

Power took his 67th career pole with a lap of 183.089 mph.


WOMEN’S EUROPEAN TOUR: Jessica Korda extended her lead to six shots heading into the final day of the Aramco Team Series in Sotogrande, Spain, and also won the team event.

Korda shot a 4-under 68 in the second round, a day after carding an 11-under 61 that broke the course record and tied the lowest round over par ever on the Ladies European Tour.

In the 36-hole team event, the foursome comprising Korda, Tereza Melecka, Noora Komulainen and amateur Malcolm Borwick won by one stroke after finishing with a total of 33 under in two rounds.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Gavin Green hit some eagles to break the course record with a 9-under 63 in Vysoky Ujezd, Czech Republic, and take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Czech Masters.

Green hit the par-5 first and 10th holes and added five birdies in his clear round for a total of 130 points from 14 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. He also had a few eagles in the first round on Thursday, but they were accompanied by three bogeys as well as four birdies.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh shared the lead at 7 and under 65 at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York, with four other top champions close behind at En-Joie Golf Club.

Padraig Harrington and Duffy Waldorf followed at 66, and Ernie Els, Mike Weir, YE Yang and Brandt Jobe shot 67. Waldorf and Jobe are the only non-major winners in the top nine.


OPEN WEST AND SOUTH: Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev advanced to the semifinals in Mason, Ohio as he prepares for his US Open title defense, beating 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz 7- 6 (1), 6-3.

Medvedev will face No.7 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas outlasted John Isner 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3.

Unseeded American Madison Keys, also a winner of the event in 2019, qualified for the women’s semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Keys will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who edged Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-2, 6-3.

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