Sports Digest: Somerset hits five homers in 12-4 win over Sea Dogs


Starting pitcher Jay Groome allowed eight six-hit runs, including four home runs, in two innings, and the Portland Sea Dogs lost 12-4 to the Somerset Patriots at Hadlock Field on Sunday afternoon.

Groom retired the first two batters of the game before getting into trouble. He passed Josh Breaux and hit Andres Chaparro before Elijah Dunham hit a three-run homer. Former Sea Dogs Jeisson Rosario followed with a solo home run to make it 4-0. Portland (22-23) responded with a solo homer from Nick Sogard and a two-run shot from Pedro Castellanos late in the inning, but Somerset netted for four more runs (a Brandon Lockridge three-run homer and a solo -Shot). by Chaparro) in the second to 7:3.

Lockridge was 2 for 5 with three RBI while Dunham was 4 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored for Somerset (29-15). Breaux added a solo home run in the sixth.

Portland returns Tuesday for the start of a six-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, New Hampshire.


NHL: Veteran Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza has announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NHL.

The 38-year-old joins the Maple Leafs front office as a special assistant to GM Kyle Dubas.

Spezza was second overall in the 2001 Ottawa draft and spent his first 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators before joining the Dallas Stars in 2014 and Toronto in 2019.

Spezza finished with 995 points (363 goals and 632 assists) in 1,248 NHL regular-season games, with an additional 76 points (28 goals and 48 assists) in 97 playoff games.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Sakari Manninen made a power play at 6:42 in 3-on-3 overtime and Finland defeated Canada 4-3 in Tampere, Finland to claim their fourth world hockey title.

Finland completed an Olympic world doubles after winning in China in February.

Thomas Chabot was sent off for hooks and set up the winning power play. With the 4-on-3 advantage, Manninen scored with a one-timer from the right circle after a pass from Mikael Granlund.

The countries met in the final for the third time in a row. Finland beat Canada in Slovakia in 2019, and Canada beat Finland in Latvia last year. The 2020 event has been cancelled.


GOLF: Florida State’s Camden sophomore Cole Anderson shot a 3-over-73 in the third round of the NCAA Division I championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was 6-over for the tournament, 10 shots behind leader Gordon Sargent and one round to go in the singles competition.


WNBA: Jewell Loyd scored 22 points, Jantel Lavender had a double-double and the Seattle Storm defeated New York 92-61 in Seattle, the Liberty’s seventh straight loss.

Breanna Stewart had 14 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for Seattle, who defeated the Liberty for the second time in three days, though three players missed both games on record, including Sue Bird.

Lavender had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Briann January also had 12 points and Kaela Davis had 11 points in her first game with Storm (5-3).

• Nneka Ogwumike’s putback of her own miss with 7.3 seconds left propelled the Los Angeles Sparks to an 85-83 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis.

Rachel Banham’s jumper tied Minnesota for the second time with 26.6 seconds remaining. The game was also tied at 65 after the Lynx erased a 17-point deficit in the first half.


PGA: Sam Burns made a 38-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Colonial, which came just over two hours into his round to beat top-ranked Scottie Scheffler in Fort Worth, Texas.

After finishing his 5-under 65 to get to 9-under, Burns was done in the clubhouse when Scheffler was at one point under five players with 10-under.

The gusty wind and a strange sequence changed all that. And Scheffler needed three clutch putts for a 72 just to get into the playoffs, where 25-year-old standouts and close friends match.

Burns’ seven-stroke comeback matched Nick Price in 1994 and was the biggest in a final round to win Colonial.

LPGA: Eun-Hee Ji won the Bank of Hope LPGA match-play in Las Vegas for a spot at next week’s US Women’s Open, beating Ayaka Furue 3 and 2 in cooler conditions at Shadow Creek.

Ji, the winner of the 2009 US Women’s Open in Saucon Valley, finished last at Pine Needles with her sixth LPGA Tour win and first since 2019.

At 36, Ji became the oldest South Korean winner in LPGA Tour history. Ranked 83rd in the world, she was seeded 36th in the 64-player field.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Victor Perez of France fucked the fourth hole of a dramatic playoff with Ryan Fox to win the Dutch Open in Cromvoirt, Netherlands for the second European Tour title of his career.

They moved to the 17th hole at Bernardus Golf after matching shot for shot on three trips at 18th place in the playoffs, with Perez potting birdie putts from 15ft and then 30ft to keep it alive.

On the fourth playoff hole, Perez rolled another long range putt onto the 17th green and Fox missed his.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Avoiding errors on the course, Steven Alker finished Sunday with an 8-under 63 for a three-shot win at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan, his third title of the year and his first major.

Alker started the last round four strokes behind and made a three-man draw with Stephen Ames and Bernhard Langer in the back nine.

Langer missed the green on consecutive holes, bogeying to fall behind. Ames slammed his drive into the water on the par-4 14 and had to scramble for a bogey.

Alker shagged the 15th and 16th holes and played in front of Ames to take control and Ames couldn’t catch up.

Alker finished with 16 under 268. Ames closed with a 70 and finished second while Langer (71) finished third alone.


FIRST LEAGUE: Two-time European champions Nottingham Forest are back in the top flight of English football for the first time since 1999.

Forest defeated Huddersfield 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, securing their return to the English Premier League next season.

The most lucrative game in football – it’s worth £170m ($215m) in future broadcast earnings and guaranteed earnings – was decided by an own goal from Huddersfield defender Levi Colwill just before half-time.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Marcelo ended his era at Real Madrid with another Champions League trophy.

The veteran Brazil left-back said he would no longer play for the club after the side’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Marcelo said he plans to play for a few more years before retiring but gave no indication of where. He said coaching is not in his plans for the future.


FORMULA ONE: Sergio Perez was rebounding from Red Bull team orders that denied him a chance to drive for victory a week ago to take his first Formula One win of the season at the rainy Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez clinched his third career F1 win on the slippery roads of Monaco after a questionable strategic decision by Ferrari cost pole-sitter Charles Leclerc a win at his home circuit.

Despite finishing the race for the first time in four attempts, Leclerc finished fourth and allowed reigning world champion Max Verstappen to extend his points lead. Carlos Sainz Jr. was second for Ferrari and Verstappen was third for Red Bull.


GIRO d’ITALY: Jai Hindley has achieved what he so narrowly missed two years ago by sealing the overall victory at the Giro d’Italia – becoming the first Australian rider to win the Italian Grand Tour.

Hindley finished the final individual time trial, which finished next to the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater, 1 minute and 18 seconds ahead of 2019 champion Richard Carapaz.

Victory was all the sweeter for Hindley after he entered the final stage of the 2020 Giro wearing the pink jersey only to finish second to Tao Geoghegan Hart. Hindley said second place still haunted him months later.

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