BASEBALL

Sea Dogs fall at Trenton on five-run fourth inning

Jorge Saez launched a two-run homer to left and Bill McKinney laced a two-run triple to center Thursday night as the Trenton Thunder ripped open a scoreless game with a five-run fourth inning to defeat the Portland Sea Dogs 6-4 at Arm & Hammer Park.

Portland (5-2) rallied within 5-3 with three runs in the sixth when Tzu-Wei Lin and Heiker Meneses scored on Rafael Devers’ bases-loaded line double to center and Aneury Tavarez came home on a groundout.

Saez countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning for Trenton (4-3), with Tavarez scoring on a balk for the Sea Dogs in the seventh.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Dan Rooney, who succeeded his father as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ president and become one of the most powerful and beloved owners in sports, died at age 84.

Rooney succeeded his father – the franchise founder, Art Sr., – as team president and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Under his leadership since the late 1960s, the Steelers transformed from lovable losers into a Super Bowl dynasty in the 1970s and remain among the most successful and popular franchises in the game.

 Pittsburgh cornerback Senquez Golson was briefly detained when airport security agents in Alabama found an unloaded pistol in his carry-on bag.

 The Indianapolis Colts agreed to contract terms with free-agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

TENNIS

CLAY COURT: Top-seeded Jack Sock outlasted Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to lead five Americans into the U.S. men’s clay court championship quarterfinals at Houston.

Second-seeded John Isner, third-seeded Sam Querrey, fourth-seeded Steve Johnson and unseeded Ernesto Escobedo joined their U.S. compatriot in the final eight.

GRAND PRIX: Top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov lost his opening match at the Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco, bowing out against veteran Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

SOCCER

U.S. MEN: Coach Bruce Arena thinks the Americans could win the World Cup in 2026, when it is expected to co-host with Mexico and Canada.

Speaking during a conference call, Arena said “I think in 2026 we’re going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. So I think 2026 will be the time where we’re going to start talking about winning a World Cup.”

EUROPA LEAGUE: Fans fought inside the stadium and crowd disorder delayed the Lyon-Besiktas kickoff by 45 minutes in a quarterfinal at Lyon, France.

 The first-leg winners in the quarterfinals were Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon. Manchester United tied with Anderlecht.

GOLF

PGA: Bud Cauley took advantage of pristine, windless conditions with birdies on four of the final five holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead after the opening round of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Cauley made eight birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight to finish.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn and In-Kyung Kim each birdied their final hole to share the lead midway in the second round of the Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Kelsey Plum of Washington was the No. 1 draft pick, going to San Antonio. Chicago took Alaina Coates of South Carolina at No. 2.