Saturday, March 8, 2014
Raging Tide get a pair of homers to beat Pittsfield Suns at The Ballpark
Fran Whitten and Dylan Begin homered to lift the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (6-6) to a 6-3 win over the Pittsfield Suns (6-7) in a FCBL game at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach on Monday night. Phil Scireta added a pair of hits with an RBI for the Raging Tide.
The game followed a cermony to honor longtime Maine coaching icon John Winkin.
NECBL: Brian O'Grady went 4 for 5, including a pair of doubles, and finished with three RBI to lead the Keene Swamp Bats (3-9) to an 8-3 win over the Sanford Mainers (6-6) at Goodall Park in Sanford.
Jake Thomas led the Mainers with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning.
JUNIOR LEGION: Charles Bernard struck out five and scattered three hits through four innings to power Bruno's (3-1) to a 12-1 win over Gray-New Gloucester (5-2) in a five-inning game at Gray. Dom Dimillo had a two-run single for Bruno's.
• Andrew Kinsman had a single with three RBI and Caleb Pineo had two doubles with an RBI to lead OA Yarmouth (6-1) to a 12-2 victory over Deering (0-6) in a five-inning game at Yarmouth.
WOMEN's HOCKEY: Julie Chu made the roster for the U.S. women's hockey team that will train for the Sochi Olympics. It will be her fourth Olympics.
Chu, 31, was the one of the youngest members of the team that won the silver medal in Salt Lake City.
Sixteen-year-old Jincy Dunne of O'Fallon, Mo., is the youngest player on the roster.
WORLD CUP: With anti-government protests worrying Brazil, world soccer's governing body and the national government sought to highlight the benefits of the World Cup investment, while stressing that the civil unrest during the test event posed no threat to the 2014 tournament going ahead.
More than a million Brazilians have taken to the streets during the Confederations Cup to protest about the lack of spending in public services compared with the billions of dollars being spent on the World Cup project.
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: The United States drew 1-1 with France at Istanbul, on a goal in the 85th minute by substitute Daniel Cuevas.
France appeared set to win and advance to the knockout stage after Yaya Sanogo scored his second goal of the tournament. His penalty kick in the 48th minute came after Dimitri Foulquier was sideswiped by America's Javan Torre in the penalty area.
MAYWEATHER BOUT: Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez kicked off an 11-city tour in Times Square to promote their September 14 title fight in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, 36, is unbeaten in 44 fights with the last a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero on May 4 in defense of his 147-pound title. Alvarez, a 22-year-old star from Mexico, is 42-0-1.
It is the second in Mayweather's six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than $200 million. After Mayweather beat Guerrero, he said he wanted to fight again in September -- the first time since 2007 he'll be in the ring twice in a calendar year.
WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY: University of New England women's hockey coach Erin Hamlen resigned. Hamlen will become the head coach at Merrimack College, which will begin club play in 2013-14 with plans to compete at the NCAA Division I level by 2016-17.
Hamlen was hired at UNE in March 2012, and the Nor'easters began their inaugural season as a NCAA Division III program in October of 2012.
Two months ago, UNE was accepted into the ECAC Women's East and will commence play in that league beginning with the 2014-15 season.
LITIGATION: The NCAA's credit outlook has been revised to negative by ratings agency Moody's as the governing body of college sports deals with an anti-trust lawsuit about the use of athletes' images and likenesses.
The lawsuit demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and other areas.
--From staff and news services