BASEBALL

Mainers drop opening game of division final

Brodie Leftridge’s two-run double capped a five-run rally in the fifth inning as the Valley Blue Sox took a five-run lead and beat the Sanford Mainers 8-3 in the opening game of their NECBL North Division final in Sanford.

Leftridge finished with three RBI for Valley, which took a 7-2 lead in the fifth. Chris Starcun had four hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Chris Gaetano and Tristan Chari each had two hits and a run scored for the Mainers.

The best-of-three series continues with a 6:30 p.m. Monday game in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson remained hospitalized in critical condition following a harrowing accident in the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race.

Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, following the Saturday night crash. His family offered no details regarding his injuries in a statement provided by Bryan Clausen Racing.

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: Timmy Brackett of Buckfield earned his second Super Late Model victory of the season Saturday and took the championship points leads away from Scott Robbins of Dixfield.

Alan Wilson of Hebron was second and Shawn King of South Paris was third.

In other action Saturday: Calvin Rose Jr. of Turner won the Street Stock feature; Charlie Hall of Oxford won the Bandits feature; and David Smith of South Paris won the Figure 8 feature.

SOCCER

MLS: Diego Valeri, Jack Jewsbury and Fanendo Adi scored second-half goals while both teams played a man short to help the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 3-0 in Portland, Oregon.

Portland played most of the match with 10 men, after Diego Chara was shown a red card in the 12th minute for apparently elbowing Sporting midfielder Benny Feilhaber in the face after the two players got tangled up.

Clint Dempsey had his second-career MLS hat trick and the Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City 3-1 in Orlando, Florida to end a three-game winless streak.

TENNIS

BB&T ATLANTA OPEN: Nick Kyrgios withstood the intense heat and three-time defending champion John Isner’s serve to win this second ATP World Tour title, in Atlanta.

The 21-year-old Australian, 10 years younger than the 6-foot-10 Isner, won 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). Kyrgios matched Isner’s powerful service game, especially in the tiebreakers, and topped the ace count 17-16.

– Staff and news service reports