Lender’s Network edges Maine-LY Mobile, ties Twilight League championship series

Chris Bernard hit a go-ahead three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to lift Lenders Network to an 8-7 win over Maine-LY Mobile at Deering Oaks, evening their best-of-five Twilight League championship series at a game apiece.

Bernard also pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win. Brooks Candage survived a one-out double in the ninth for the save.

Bernard and Stowell hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to tie the game at 5.

Brady Blackman had three hits with a run and an RBI for Maine-LY Mobile.


DIAMOND LEAGUE: Tyson Gay ran the fastest time in the world this year to win the 100-meter final in London, finishing in 9.78 seconds to blitz a field missing injured Jamaican rivals Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.

Gay, the 2007 world champion, led from start to finish on a wet track to set a record time at the Crystal Palace event. Yohan Blake of Jamaica was second in 9.89, with Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago third in 10.05.

Bolt and Powell, who were both out with back injuries, had previously held the world’s fastest time in 2010 at 9.82 seconds.


WNBA: Cappie Pondexter scored 31 points to lead the New York Liberty to a 90-83 win over the Dream in Atlanta.

New York (18-11) moved one game ahead of Atlanta (18-13) in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta was led by Angel McCoughtry with 22 points and Erika DeSouza with 21.

Katie Smith’s 3-pointer with 43.5 seconds left helped the Washington Mystics (18-12) earn a 61-58 win over the visiting Minnesota Lynx (11-19).

Lindsey Harding led the Mystics with 15 points.

Tamika Catchings scored 29 points to lead the host Indiana Fever (20-10) to a 110-90 win over the Phoenix Mercury (14-16) for their fourth straight win.

Becky Hammon led a third-quarter surge that helped the San Antonio Silver Stars (12-18) draw closer to a playoff berth with a 94-74 win over the Tulsa Shock (5-25) in San Antonio.

Leading 47-46 at halftime, the Silver Stars briefly trailed in the third quarter before ending the quarter on a 21-9 run. Hammon scored nine points during that spurt and 11 in the quarter, finishing with 15 points.

Asjha Jones scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun (15-15) kept their playoff hopes alive, earning an 88-68 win over the league-leading Seattle Storm (25-5) in Uncasville, Conn.

Tan White scored 15 points for Connecticut, while Tina Charles had 14 and Renee Montgomery scored 13.


ROGERS CUP: Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals in Toronto with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5) win over Tomas Berdych.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal got a stiff test as he was pushed to a third set in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Nadal will play Andy Murray, who was dominant in a 6-2, 6-2 win over David Nalbandian.

CINCINNATI OPEN: Kim Clijsters reached the semifinals in Mason, Ohio, beating Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (6), 6-4.

The fourth-seeded Clijsters will face Ana Ivanovic.

No. 10 Maria Sharapova also reached the semifinals, beating Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-4. She’ll play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Venus Williams is withdrawing from next week’s WTA tournament in Montreal, citing an injured left knee that is hampering her preparation for the U.S. Open.


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