England, France earn wins at European Championships

England eliminated Sweden from the European Championship on Friday, as Theo Walcott scored one goal and set up another for an entertaining, come-from-behind 3-2 win at Kiev, Ukraine.

Walcott came on as a substitute and made it 2-2 in the 64th minute, then set up Danny Welbeck for the winner in the 78th.

Andy Carroll had given England the halftime lead with a powerful header in the 23rd minute, but Sweden fought back through an own goal by Glen Johnson and a header by Olof Mellberg.

n Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye scored early in the second half to give France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in a storm-delayed match at Donetsk, Ukraine.

Thunder, lightning and torrential rain forced the players off the field after five minutes, and the game took nearly an hour to resume.


FCBL: The Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (3-3) scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 10-6 win over the Seacoast Mavericks (3-5) in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League game at Old Orchard Beach.

Jason Vosler tied it with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, and Saige Jenco scored the go-ahead run on Michael Pratt’s groundout.

Tucker White was 3 for 5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored for Old Orchard Beach.

NECBL: Yale Rosen went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI, and Kasey Coffman was 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Newport Gulls (4-0) to an 11-2 win over the Sanford Mainers (2-5) in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game at Newport, R.I.

Anthony Hajjar had three hits and drove in both Sanford runs.


WNBA: Tina Charles had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 97-55 victory over the New York Liberty at Uncasville, Conn.

All 11 players scored for Connecticut, which set a league record for largest halftime lead — 61-27.

Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Mystics held off the visiting Indiana Fever 67-66 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points and Lindsey Harding added 18 to help the Atlanta Dream cruise to a 92-59 victory over visiting Los Angeles, snapping the Sparks’ five-game winning streak.

Sue Bird scored 21 points and Katie Smith added 17 as the visiting Seattle Storm beat the winless Tulsa Shock 86-73 to snap a four-game losing streak.

PARKER HURT: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said he suffered a scratched retina during a New York City nightclub brawl involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage.

Parker said he expects to be sidelined for about a week while the French national team prepares for the Summer Olympics.


NFL: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones must pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a gunman claiming he was doing Jones’ bidding opened fire outside the club.

Tommy Urbanski, a club manager who was left paralyzed from the waist down, and Aaron Cudworth, a bouncer who was wounded, stand to collect. Urbanski’s bones were shattered in the shooting that occurred after Jones and several other people were ejected from the club. The shooter later demanded $15,000 from Jones for “services rendered.”

Jones’ lawyer, Lisa Rasmussen, said there’s no evidence Jones was behind the shooting. She plans to appeal the verdict.

The New England Patriots signed third-round draft choice Jake Bequette, a defensive lineman from Arkansas.


GERRY WEBER OPEN: Rafael Nadal lost 6-3, 6-4 to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals at Halle, Germany.

Roger Federer, a five-time winner of the grass-court Wimbledon tuneup, was taken to three sets but defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (3).

QUEEN’S CLUB: Sam Querrey of the U.S. reached his first semifinal in nearly two years, defeating Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 at London.


INDYCAR: Dario Franchitti turned a two-lap average of 168.737 mph to win the pole position for tonight’s race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Franchitti won the race from the pole last year.

Justin Wilson, last week’s winner at Texas, qualified second. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third, followed by points leader Will Power and Rubens Barrichello.


NO OLYMPICS FOR PHILLIPS: Long jumper Dwight Phillips, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, will miss the U.S. Olympic trials next week because of a recurring injury to his Achilles. 

— From staff and news services