USM splits doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth

Nick Grady drove in seven runs as the University of Southern Maine (20-16, 6-8 Little East) split a doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth (15-20, 8-6) in Gorham, winning the second game 18-8 in seven innings after losing the opener, 8-7.

Grady went 5 for 5 with five RBI in the second game. The Huskies erased an early 6-1 deficit with the help of four home runs, from Grady, Mike Eaton, Forrest Chadwick and Troy Thibodeau.

Anthony Pisani and David Ricker each had three hits in the first game for USM, but the Huskies couldn’t protect a 6-3 lead in the final two innings.

n Dom Morrill and Abhi Chandel combined on a six-hitter as Colby ended its season with a 5-4 win over Bowdoin at Waterville.

Bowdoin (20-12, 8-4 NESCAC East) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer by John Lefebre. Colby (14-20, 1-11) answered in the bottom half, tying the game on Robb Arndt’s RBI groundout before Nate Ellis scored on a wild pitch.


NASCAR: Kyle Busch finally broke through to win a Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., after near misses the past two years.

Busch moved past Elliott Sadler 23 laps from the end and stayed in front of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to win the Royal Purple 200, his fifth Nationwide win this season and 48th overall — one behind Mark Martin’s series record.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jordan Eberle and captain Rick Nash scored in a penalty shootout to lift Canada to a 4-3 victory over the United States in the second round in Kosice, Slovakia.

Canada leads Group F with seven points, while the U.S. has four.


SOFTBALL: Jess Smith had four hits and was the winning pitcher in a 17-9 win for Winsor over Berwick Academy at Boston.

Molly Lapointe had two hits and Jen Auty homered for Berwick.


MADRID OPEN: Julia Goerges beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in Madrid.

Goerges next plays fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Thomaz Bellucci reached the men’s semifinals with a 7-6, (2), 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych.


PGA: Pat Perez was four shots behind playing partner Lucas Glover, then birdied five of the last six holes in the Wells Fargo Championship for a 7-under 65 and a two-shot lead in Charlotte, N.C.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mark Calcavecchia has surged to a three-shot lead in the Regions Tradition with a 7-under 65 in the second round in Birmingham, Ala.

Kenny Perry matched the 13-time PGA Tour winner’s 65 on Day 2, but remains three strokes back.

SPANISH OPEN: Thomas Aiken had a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead on Pablo Larrazabal (70) in the second round in Terrassa, Spain.

BALLESTEROS UPDATE: The family of Seve Ballesteros says the 54-year-old has suffered a severe deterioration in his neurological condition.

Ballesteros is recovering from surgeries in 2008 to remove a malignant tumor from his brain. His family will issue reports on his condition.