BASEBALL

Sea Dogs will open 2017 season at Hadlock Field

The Portland Sea Dogs will begin the 2017 season at home on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. against the Reading Fightin Phils, the team announced Wednesday.

The 2017 schedule includes home games on Memorial Day, July Fourth and the season finale on Labor Day. The July Fourth game will be one of five dates with postgame fireworks shows.

Ticket prices will stay the same. Most tickets are $11 (box seats), $10 (reserved) and $9 (general admission), plus a discount for senior citizens 62-and-over and children 16-and-under ($10/$9/$6).

Individual tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Hadlock Field ticket office.

The 2017 season will be the 24th in the Eastern League for the Sea Dogs, a Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

For the complete schedule, go to www.seadogs.com.

TENNIS

WUHAN OPEN: Angelique Kerber lost her first match as the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova 7-6 (10), 5-7, 6-4 in the third round at Wuhan, China.

Kerber replaced Serena Williams atop the rankings with her run to the U.S. Open title.

In the quarterfinals, Kvitova will face Johanna Konta of Britain, who beat seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-5, 7-6 (6).

HOCKEY

NHL: The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Samuel Girard to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Girard, 18, spent the last two seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Shawinigan Cataractes.

 The New Jersey Devils signed veteran defenseman Kyle Quincey to a $1.25 million contract.

Quincey, 31, is entering his ninth full NHL season after spending the last four-plus seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks center Jantel Lavender won the league’s sixth woman award. Lavender averaged 9.6 points and shot a career-high 53.8 percent from the field to help the Sparks secure the second-best record in the league.

• Maya Moore scored 31 points, including 15 in the second quarter, as the Minnesota Lynx opened their title defense with a 113-95 win over the visiting Phoenix Mercury in the first game of the WNBA semifinals.

SOCCER

U.S. WOMEN: Suspended national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said she has had shoulder replacement surgery.

Solo posted post-surgery photos of herself on her social media accounts. “I’ve got a brand new shoulder (read: bionic) and for the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head,” Solo posted.

Solo was suspended six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last month after the Rio Olympics, where she drew criticism for calling the Swedish team a “bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play.

ENGLAND: Liverpool owner John Henry said fan protests against ticket prices are causing the club to reassess plans to further redevelop historic Anfield.

Henry’s Fenway Sports Group apologized to fans earlier this year and reversed planned rises in ticket prices after a walkout during a game. On Feb. 6, about 10,000 fans walked out of a game against Sunderland in the 77th minute – an action organized after sizable price hikes for tickets were announced.