Saturday, March 8, 2014
Brands to play Federer in second round of German Tennis Championships
Daniel Brands advanced to a second-round match against top-seeded Roger Federer at Hamburg, Germany, beating Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6-3 in the German Tennis Championships. Federer is seeking his fifth title in Hamburg, where he won his first tournament title in 2002 and broke into the top 10.
MTA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top seeded Mike Hill of Topsham defeated unseeded Justin Tardif 6-0, 6-0 to win the men's open singles title at the 41st annual MTA Championships at the Waynflete Sports Complex in Portland over the weekend.
Helen Boucher of Lewiston defeated Natalie Egbert of Gorham 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the women's open singles.
Other winners included Hugo Robinson and Connor McNeish in men's open doubles, Andrea Georgian and Donna Dwyer in women's open doubles, Josh Pendergast in men's 35+ singles, Leo Scheidl in men's 45+ singles and Art Goldsmith in men's 55+ singles.
NPSL: Eoin Lynch scored a pair of first half goals and Iain Eldridge added the game-winner in the 80th minute to lift the Seacoast Maine Mariners (3-5-2) to a 3-2 win over the Rhode Island Reds (2-6-2) in a National Premier Soccer League game on Sunday at Cranston, R.I.
FCBL: Fran Whitten had three hits and two RBI and Brian Doran added three hits and three runs to lead the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (14-16) to an 8-2 win over the Brockton Rox (15-15) at Old Orchard Beach.
NECBL: The Sanford Mainers (12-16) held on for a 2-1 win over the Newport Gulls (19-9) in the opening game of a doubleheader at Goodall Park in Sanford. Evan Hill gave up one run on five hits over five innings to earn the win.
Anthony Papio homered for the Mainers in an 8-1 loss in the nightcap.
AMERICAN LEGION: Miles Shields hit a three-run double during a five-run first inning and Mike Leeman hit a pair of doubles to lead Cumberland (10-4-2) to a 12-2, five-inning win over Bonny Eagle (2-10) at Cumberland.
Calvin Soule threw a five-hitter for the win.
JUNIOR LEGION: Matt Denison hit a three-run double and Nate Weare added a two-run double as Cape Elizabeth (9-6) cruised to an 11-1 win over Fayette-Staples (6-9) at Cape Elizabeth.
NFL: The Broncos disciplined two executives facing drunken driving charges, as director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month.
• Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey apologized for wearing a baseball cap supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez.
Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, were photographed wearing hats that read "Free Hernandez" during their birthday party in Miami.
--From staff and news services