Wells’ Furness and Bonny Eagle’s Cole lead Maine team to AAU boys’ basketball title

Alex Furness of Wells High School had 21 points and eight assists, and Dustin Cole of Bonny Eagle scored 14 points as MB Nation won the AAU boys’ basketball Division I 12th-grade championship on Monday, posting a 57-46 victory over Top Magic of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the championship game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

MB Nation finished the tournament with a 6-1 record, winning six straight games after dropping its opener in pool play. The Maine squad advanced to the finals with a 50-46 victory over Connecticut Gold earlier Monday. Furness led MB Nation with 16 points in the semifinals, and Harry Rafferty of Berwick Academy added 14.


MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN: Sixteenth-seeded Polona Hercog needed more than two hours to beat Natalie Grandin 7-6 (1), 2-6, 6-4 in the first round in Carlsbad, Calif.

Alexa Glatch beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-2; Elena Baltacha beat Melanie Oudin 6-0, 6-1; Sofia Arvidsson beat Ashley Weinhold 6-3, 6-1; and Jill Craybas beat Marie-Eve Pelletier 6-1, 6-1.

LEGG MASON CLASSIC: Donald Young reeled off 14 consecutive points in one stretch and easily beating qualifier Artem Sitak 6-0, 6-3 in the first round in Washington. Former top-five player James Blake beat Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-3, Radek Stepanek came back for a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-0 victory over Philipp Petzschner. Mardy Fish withdrew, citing a bruised right heel.


EUROPEAN TOUR: The European Tour says the Volvo Golf Champions will not take place in Bahrain but that the tour’s return to the Gulf kingdom has been “delayed” rather than canceled following political unrest there.