June 23, 2013

Sports Digest

TRACK AND FIELD

Former Greely star O'Brien finishes eighth in shot put

Brianna Rollins set an American record in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. track and field championships on a sweltering Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, one of several big performances by less-than-familiar names.

Rollins, 21, finished in 12.26 seconds to break the mark of Gail Devers in 2000.

Not to be outdone, 17-year-old Mary Cain finished second in the 1,500 meters to earn a spot at the world championships in Moscow in August. She was edged at the line by training partner Treniere Moser.

There were also plenty of big names who shined, as LaShawn Merritt captured the men's 400 and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton took the decathlon title.

Michelle Carter set an American record and won her fourth national title in the shot put (66-5). Former Greely High star Becky O'Brien of Cumberland finished eighth (54-6).

In the 20,000-meter racewalk, Lauren Forgues of Boothbay placed fifth in 1:44:07.03.

ROAD RACING

USA HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheri Piers, 42, of Falmouth won the masters division for the second straight year with a time of 1:15:6.6 in Duluth, Minn.

BASEBALL

NECBL: Jake Thomas scored the go-ahead run when Will Cooper was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the 11th inning to lift the Sanford Mainers (6-5) to a 6-4 win over the host New Bedford Bay Sox (3-8).

Anthony Papio went 2 for 4 with two walks, two RBI and one run for the Mainers.

FCBL: Sam Canales had four hits and drove in a run for the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide in a 7-5 loss to the host Nashua Silver Knights (6-2).

Matt Pagano and Phil Sciretta added three hits apiece for the Raging Tide (5-6).

GOLF

PGA: Bubba Watson made three bogeys in his last six holes to help create a three-way tie after three rounds of the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn.

Watson, Graham DeLaet and Charley Hoffman are all at 10-under par heading into Sunday's final round at the TPC of River Highlands. Justin Rose, less than a week after his U.S. Open victory, was at 7-under par and in a tie for seventh place after a second straight 68.

LPGA: Stacy Lewis made four straight birdies and eight overall to shoot a 6-under 65 and join a group of four players atop the leaderboard at 10 under after the second round of the NW Arkansas Championship at Rogers, Ark.

Chie Arimura (65), Beatriz Recari (65) and So Yeon Ryu (66) were tied with Lewis.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler grabbed the outright lead at the Encompass Championship with a 7-under 65 that put him two shots ahead of Bob Tway and Jeff Sluman at Glenview, Ill.

Stadler finished the second round at 12-under 132.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alexander Levy overcame two bogeys to shoot a 4-under 68 and pull into a three-way tie with Ernie Els and Alex Noren in the BMW International Open at Munich, Germany.

The trio was at 15-under 201 heading into Sunday's final round.

TENNIS

TOPSHELF OPEN: Nicolas Mahut, 31, of France won his first ATP title, playing impeccable serve-and-volley tennis to beat second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 in the Netherlands.

Earlier, Simona Halep won her second title in two weeks, beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2.

EASTBOURNE: Feliciano Lopez of Spain won his third career title when he beat second-seeded Gilles Simon 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-0 in the final at Eastbourne, England, days before they meet again in the first round at Wimbledon.

Elena Vesnina of Russia won her second WTA title when she defeated American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1.

SOCCER

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Neymar scored his third goal in three matches and Fred added two others as Brazil defeated Italy 4-2 to finish at the top of its group.

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