BASEBALL

Sea Dogs are rained out for second straight day

For the second straight day, the Portland Sea Dogs had to postpone a game at Hadlock Field because of rain.

Wednesday night’s game against the Hartford Yard Dogs will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21.

The Sea Dogs travel Thursday to Reading, Pennsylvania, to start a six-game trip Friday night against the Fightin Phils. Portland returns to Hadlock Field on May 4 against Reading.

TENNIS

SHARAPOVA RETURNS: Looking relieved, Maria Sharapova went through her familiar routine of waving to the crowd and blowing kisses after winning her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Porsche Grand Prix at Stuttgart, Germany.

“It was the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said about stepping on court again. “I have been waiting for this a long time.”

BARCELONA OPEN: Defending champion Rafael Nadal cruised past Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round in Spain.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Visiting Tottenham trimmed Chelsea’s lead to four points again by edging past Crystal Palace 1-0 at London, with Christian Eriksen clinching Tottenham’s eighth successive league win.

In other games Arsenal beat Leicester and Middlesbrough beat Sunderland, both by 1-0.

WORLD CUP: FIFA confirmed that video replays will be used at the tournament for the first time in 2018.

HORSE RACING

KENTUCKY DERBY: Jockey Luis Saez was named to replace the injured Robby Albarado aboard J Boys Echo for the May 6 race.

Trainer Dale Romans announced the move on his Twitter account after talking with Albaugh Family stables, the horse’s owners. Albarado, who rode J Boys Echo to victory in last month’s Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, underwent surgery this week to repair a broken left ankle sustained Sunday when his horse tumbled at the start of a race at Keeneland.

COLLEGE

FOOTBALL: Louisiana-Lafayette suspended 13 players facing charges of criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft.

University of Louisiana-Lafayette police said the 13 students went to a dorm room April 5 and took several items worth a total of about $2,400. Police said the students were identified through video surveillance.

GOLF

SENIOR PGA: Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, was selected to host the 80th Senior PGA Championship in 2019.

This marks the second time in 11 years the tournament will be played on the club’s Donald Ross-designed East Course, located just outside Rochester, New York. In 2008, Jay Haas won the senior championship at Oak Hill with a 7-over 287, which remains the highest-winning score in relation to par since the event was expanded to 72 holes in 1958.

OLYMPICS

WINTER GAMES: The city of Stockholm won’t bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngard, the city official in charge of finances, said the decision was made because the International Olympic Committee won’t immediately be able to report how big the financial contribution to the city will be.

CYCLING

TOUR OF ROMANDIE: Michael Albasini of Switzerlandwon his seventh career stage of the race, and Fabio Felline of Italy retained the overall lead at Champery, Switzerland.

Albasini, 36, sprinted through rain and light fog on a mountain road after a 105-mile ride.

DONATIONS DOWN: The Livestrong cancer charity saw a fundraising and contributions nosedive in 2015 for a third straight year after founder Lance Armstrong’s performance-enhancing drug scandal.

JUDO

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: North Korea will no longer host the world event in August because of security risks amid rising political tension with South Korea and the United States.

The International Judo Federation said, “this situation is alarming, and the outcomes are difficult to predict.”