Pirates fall to Monarchs in Saco exhibition game

Defenseman Nick Deslauriers scored four goals as the Manchester Monarchs rallied for a 5-2 win over the Portland Pirates in an AHL exhibition opener at OA Performance Center in Saco on Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates raced to an early lead on a goal by Brendan Shinnimin 3:58 into the game. Manchester tied the game just over a minute later.

Portland regained the lead on a goal by Daine Todd, but the Monarchs then took control.

NHL: The Florida Panthers reacquired right wing Krys Barch in a trade with the New Jersey Devils and signed center Brad Boyes and defenseman Tom Gilbert to one-year contracts.


NEFL: Alexis Colon threw touchdown passes to Josh DiBattista and Jake Alexander and also scored on a quarterback sneak to lead the Southern Maine Raging Bulls (8-2) to a 19-6 victory over the host Lowell Nor’Easter (5-5) in the New England Football League.


BOYS’ SOCCER: Marshall White scored twice as Berwick Academy beat the Dexter School (1-3) in Brookline, Mass., 7-0

Stephen Terenzio notched a goal and an assist. Elias Thayer, Gabe Evensen and Alex Katz added goals for the Bulldogs (5-1-1) .

Sam Salvati faced no shots in net for Berwick.


MLS: Will Bruin scored in the 76th minute to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Foxborough, Mass.

Saer Sene gave New England the lead in the 65th minute, sending a hard shot off the right wing to the far top left corner of the net.

PREMIER LEAGUE: The two Manchester clubs fell and Arsenal moved two points clear with a 2-1 win at Swansea, extending the unpredictable start to the league.

Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion, while neighbor Manchester City was enduring similar misery by losing 3-2 at Aston Villa.


NBA: The Miami Heat promoted Andy Elisburg to general manager and hired Juwan Howard as an assistant coach.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Peter Uihlein holed his second shot for an eagle on the 18th hole to grab a two-shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship’s third round in Scotland.

Uihlein shot 7-under 65 to move to 20 under. Ernie Els (64) was in a six-way tie for second place.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Lehman made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for his second straight 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Russ Cochran in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.


THAILAND OPEN: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych needed nearly three hours to outlast Gilles Simon of France 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5 and reach the final in Bangkok, where he’ll play Milos Raonic of Canada, who also came from a set down to oust defending champion Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.


SOCHI GAMES: Using the sun’s rays at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in Greece, organizers carried out a successful rehearsal to light the flame for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Under clear skies, actresses dressed as ancient priestesses took part in the rehearsal at Ancient Olympia in southern Greece.


INTERNATIONAL CYCLING UNION: Cycling’s governing body took another step toward clearing up its doping-tainted past by electing as president Brian Cookson, who hopes to usher in a new era of transparency.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Marianne Vos won her third world title in Florence, Italy, reinforcing her status as the top rider in women’s cycling.

— From staff and news services