Mt. Abram softball gets past Sacopee Valley in ‘C’ prelim

Molly McCafferty was pivotal both at the plate and on the mound for ninth-seeded Mt. Abram (7-8) in a 6-3 victory over No. 8 Sacopee Valley (12-5) in a Western Class C preliminary game in South Hiram.

McCafferty went the distance, striking out three batters and allowing three earned runs on nine hits and no walks to earn the win. McCafferty and teammate Chelsey Burnell each doubled and singled to drive in two runs apiece.


BRITISH OPEN: Colin Montgomerie could miss the British Open for the first time in 22 years after finishing last in a qualifier in London.

Montgomerie continued the poor form he showed at the Wales Open last week, shooting a combined 6-over 145 at the 36-hole event to finish 18 shots behind winner Graeme Storm.

Storm had rounds of 65 on the Old Course and 62 to finish three strokes ahead of Alexander Noren of Sweden, who booked a spot at Royal St. George’s.

French duo Gregory Bourdry and Thomas Levet was also among the 10 people who qualified, with 72 players completing both rounds.


NBA: The Golden State Warriors have hired television analyst Mark Jackson, 46, as head coach, replacing Keith Smart.

Jackson has no coaching experience but has been the lead analyst for ABC and ESPN’s NBA coverage in recent seasons. Jackson will begin his duties when the NBA finals end. He played 17 years in the NBA.


CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE: Jurgen Van den Broeck of Belgium held off a late charge from a small group of riders in the final climb to win the first stage ending in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, France, while Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan took the yellow jersey.

Van den Broeck completed the 89-mile stage in 3 hours, 36 minutes, 42 seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver of Spain took second, six seconds behind Van den Broeck, and one second clear of Cadel Evans of Australia.


AEGON CLASSIC: Mirjana Lucic advanced to the second round in London, beating Alexandra Stevenson 6-3, 7-6 (7).

QUEEN’S CLUB: Feliciano Lopez beat Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round in London.

GERRY WEBER OPEN: Roger Federer has pulled out of the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, to rest ahead of Wimbledon.


NFL: Marv Albert is returning to the NFL, whenever the lockout ends. The longtime play-by-play announcer is joining the NFL on CBS team, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said.

Albert worked for NBC Sports from 1977-97 and announced the NFL on NBC for 19 years.