Sports Digest: USM eliminated from Little East baseball playoffs


Billy Oldham struck out 12 and held Southern Maine to six hits, and the Huskies were eliminated from the Little East Conference baseball tournament with a 5-0 loss Thursday to top seed Eastern Connecticut in Mansfield , Connecticut.

Ryan Bagdasarian led the Warriors (37-3) with two RBIs.

Jonathan Wilson had three hits for USM (23-19). USM pitcher Bryce Afthim allowed eight hits and five runs – three earned – in six innings.


EASTERN LEAGUE: Autorunner Isaac Collins scored on a pitching error after a sacrificial bunt late in the 11th inning, lifting the Hartford Yard Goats to a 3-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sea Dogs starter Jay Groome allowed just two hits in 6 2/3 innings, but Hartford tied the game on a Brenton Doyle home run in the seventh.

Pedro Castellanos gave Portland a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the fourth.


PGA : Sebastian Munoz shot a 12-under 60 in the first round of Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas, after his only bogey with an impressive mid-round push to become the first player in PGA Tour history with two laps of 60 or better in the same season.

Munoz was 2 under after a one-stroke penalty due to a wayward tee shot on the eighth hole. The 29-year-old Colombian then moved to 6 under in the next four holes. He made par-5 eagles #9 and #12 and sank two 3-foot birdies between the two.

In the middle of the fairway after his tee shot on the 18th hole, another par 5, Munoz missed the green to the right. But he made a nice flop shot and sank a 12-foot birdie putt.

Munoz also had a 60 in the first round of the RSM Classic at Seaside, Georgia in November, although that was a score of 10 under.

LPGA : Madelene Sagstrom shot a clear 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Megan Khang after the first round of the Cognizant Founders Cup in Clifton, New Jersey.

Nasa Hataoka finished third after a 65 on the Upper Montclair Country Club course, about 10 miles from New York.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Steve Stricker fired a 7-under 65 at Birmingham, Alabama to take a two-shot lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Wes Short Jr. after the opening round of Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA majors Champions Tour.

Stricker, the 2019 champion, closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on No. 18 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Jimenez, the 2018 winner, started on the 10th tee and got out of a 10-man block at 4 under with a birdie on the No. 8.

Short then joined him at 67 with a closing birdie on the 18th.

EUROPEAN TOUR: English golfer Callum Shinkwin took a share of the lead after the first round of the Soudal Open in Antwerp, Belgium, despite nearly pulling out of the European tour with a wrist injury.

Shinkwin shot 6 under 65s and tied with compatriots Dale Whitnell and Sam Horsfield as the tour returned to Belgium for the first time since 2019.


OPEN D’ITALIE : Rafael Nadal suffered a foot injury towards the end of a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 third round loss to Denis Shapovalov in Rome.

Nadal, 35, missed much of last year with a left foot injury.

“I hurt my foot again with a lot of pain,” Nadal said. “I am a living player with an injury. It’s not new. It is something that exists, unfortunately. Day to day, it’s difficult. »

Earlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was unfazed in a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stan Wawrinka, who was playing in just his second tournament after undergoing two surgeries on his left foot.

Djokovic, five-time champion in Rome, will next face Felix Auger-Aliassime, who ended the run of American qualifier Marcos Giron with a 6-3, 6-2 victory. This will be the first meeting between Djokovic and Auger-Aliassime.

In the women’s tournament, top-ranked Iga Swiatek was tested before claiming a 6-4, 6-1 win over former No.1 Victoria Azarenka to reach the quarter-finals and extend her winning streak to 25 matches.


ENGLAND: Tottenham revived their hopes of beating Arsenal to the final Champions League qualifying position by crushing their fierce north London rivals in a 3-0 win.

Harry Kane scored twice – including once from the penalty spot – and Son Heung-min added the other just after half-time to move Tottenham one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who had sent off centre-back Rob Holding at the 33rd minute when the score was 1-0.

Each team still has two games to play. Tottenham face two of the Premier League’s bottom four in Burnley and already relegated Norwich, while Arsenal are due to travel to Newcastle ahead of a home game against Everton.

• Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday but has a chance to play in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.

The Brazil international was sent off with a hamstring problem in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa in the Premier League.

• Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has made a permanent move to Aston Villa from Barcelona for a reported fee of 20 million euros ($20.75 million).

Coutinho, who has been on loan at Villa since January, has signed a contract until 2026.

Coutinho had been at Barcelona since January 2018 when he joined Liverpool for 160 million euros ($192 million). He played at Liverpool under current Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

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