Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sanford in danger of elimination after losing opener in NECBL playoff series
The top-seeded Newport Gulls collected 15 hits en route to a 14-2 victory over the fourth-seeded Sanford Mainers in Game 1 of a best-of-three New England Collegiate Baseball League division semifinal series Friday at Newport, R.I.
Jared Hagel went 4 for 4 with a home run for the Mainers.
TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Troy Thibodeau, Sam Butts and Cam Sprague each had two hits and two RBI while leading Lenders Network (11-6-2) to an 11-3 victory over Patriot Insurance (4-13) at Deering Oaks.
PGA TOUR: Jim Furyk had another good day with the putter, making a few birdies early and saving par from the bunker four times on the back nine Friday for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain in the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.
Furyk was at 11-under 129 midway through the World Golf Championship event
• Alexandre Rocha made seven birdies and an eagle to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev.
Rocha had 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that gives players eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
J.J. Henry made his second eagle of the tourney, and John Mallinger had six birdies to move into a tie for second at 22.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Gil Morgan, 65, shot his age for a share of the first-round lead with Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.
ARMSTRONG CASE: Cycling's international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised "advantages" in exchange for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought charges of performance-enhancing drug use against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his victories. A federal grand jury investigation of the cyclist ended four months earlier without any indictments.
Armstrong repeatedly has proclaimed his innocence and sued in federal court in Austin, Texas, claiming USADA rules violate athletes' constitutional right to a fair trial.
CITI OPEN: Top-seeded Mardy Fish beat Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 at Washington to reach the semifinals against fourth-seeded Tommy Haas, who routed Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-2.
Second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov will face No. 8 Sam Querrey in the other semifinal. Querrey beat No. 3 Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4, and Dolgopolov topped James Blake 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the women's final with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Vania King. Pavlyuchenkova will face Magdalena Rybarikova, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over third-seeded Sloane Stephens.
-- From staff and news services