HIGH SCHOOLS

Cheverus names Cloutier as new field hockey coach

Gary Hoyt, athletic director at Cheverus High in Portland, announced that Sally Cloutier has been hired as the varsity field hockey coach.

Cloutier, a graduate of South Portland High, graduated and played college field hockey at Boston University.

She previously has served as a graduate assistant at BU and is an inductee in the Maine Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

BASEBALL

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Shaun Cooper went 3 for 4, including a two-run homer in the second inning as the Old Orchard Beach Surge shut out the Sullivan Explorers 6-0 at Old Orchard Beach.

For the Surge, Michael Volpe went seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out 11.

Joshua Martinez and Richard Baerga each threw hitless innings in relief for the Surge.

Jacob Fabry added a pair of hits for Old Orchard.

NECBL: Nelson Mompierre crushed a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Sanford Mainers pulled away from the Newport Gulls for a 7-2 win at Goodall Park in Sanford.

The Mainers added a pair of runs in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Zach Jancarski, who later stole third base and scored on a catcher’s error.

Jancarski was 2 for 3 and scored twice for Sanford.

GOLF

PGA: William McGirt opened with a 6-under 64 for a three-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational as he goes for another victory at Akron, Ohio.

McGirt broke through for his first PGA Tour victory last month at the Memorial. In his World Golf Championship debut, he made six birdies and finished off his round with a 45-foot par save.

Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, was among those at 67.

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson had a U.S. Open kind of round – 15 pars, two birdies and a bogey – for a 69.

Jordan Spieth closed with four birdies and shot 68.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In the midst of drastic changes to his swing, Rory McIlroy shot a level-par 71 at the French Open to lie five shots off the lead held by Lucas Bjerregaard after the first round at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

McIlroy had four birdies and four bogeys.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin insists he didn’t let retiring star Tony Stewart win last week at Sonoma Raceway.

Asked about his runner-up finish at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Hamlin made it clear that his mistake was the main reason Stewart got by him in the final turn Sunday to break an 84-race winless streak.

BOXING

MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Gennady Golovkin is closing in on a deal to defend his three title belts against Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr.

Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, said the sides are “working on finalizing details.”

Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) holds the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight title belts. The Kazakh-born power puncher has stopped 22 straight opponents since 2008, dominating his division and becoming a pound-for-pound star.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Nneka Ogwumike had a career-high 38 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Atlanta Dream, 84-75.

Ogwumike, the league leader in field-goal percentage at 68.3 percent, was 13 of 14 from the field and 12 of 14 at the free throw line.