Hill, Pierko capture singles titles at Maine Tennis Association Championships

Second-seeded Mike Hill routed top-seeded Ben Cox in the men’s singles final, and No. 1 seed Karolina Pierko of Saco won the women’s singles title Sunday at the 40th annual Maine Tennis Association Championships in Portland.

Hill, 21, of Topsham lost of total of four games in his five matches during the tournament. A rising senior at Brown University and a three-time high school state champion, Brown beat third-seeded Brian Mavor 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals before rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Cox, a teaching pro and a former University of Michigan standout.

Pierko, a four-time high school state champion for Biddeford from 1996-99, took the women’s title with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Olivia Leavitt, a rising sophomore at Falmouth High. Leavitt advanced to the final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over her high school teammate, No. 2 seed Annie Criscione.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Thibaut Pinot, at 22 the youngest competitor in the Tour de France, gave France its first stage victory this year, while Bradley Wiggins held on to the overall lead by finishing fourth in a small group that included most of the remaining prerace favorites.

Pinot burst from the pack and overtook a breakaway rider during a steep, final climb to win the 98-mile stage from Belfort in eastern France to the Swiss town of Porrentruy.

Defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia was second, 26 seconds behind, but didn’t gain any time on Wiggins, who leads Evans by 10 seconds heading into an individual time trial today.

Spain’s Samuel Sanchez, the defending Olympic champion, broke his right hand and injured his left shoulder in a crash and had to withdraw from the race.


TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Andrew Richards tossed a five-hitter in the opener as Aero Heating & Ventilating (6-4) took 6-2 and 7-2 wins in a doubleheader against Yankee Ford (4-4-2) at Cumberland.

Collin Henry hit a two-run double, and Nick Grady had three hits and scored two runs in the first game. Ryan Curit was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI in the second game, and Brandon Rolfe allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.

n Todd Keneborus hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning of Game 1 as Lenders Network (4-3-2) took 4-1 and 7-5 wins over Patriot Insurance at Portland.

Sam Butts added an RBI double in a two-run seventh in the opener, and Kevin Chamberlain pitched a five-hitter.

Colin Mello and Taylor Candage each drove in two runs for Lenders in the second game.

FCBL: Matt Verrier hit a two-run homer as Old Orchard Beach (10-13) scored three in the eighth to take a 4-2 win over Wachusett (5-21) in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League game at Leominster, Mass.

Dillon Ryan, Jack Murray and Henry Van Zant combined for six strikeouts in five innings of one-hit relief for the Raging Tide.

JUNIOR LEGION: Massabesic (4-4) scored five runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-2 lead and held on for an 8-5 win at Falmouth (3-5).

Eric Strickland, Seth Drown and Noah Eichler hit RBI singles in the rally. Caleb Chambers had three hits, including an RBI double, during a three-run second.

Cal Inlow had four hits for Falmouth.


MLS: Lee Nguyen scored his third goal of the season and Jerry Bengtson tallied in the 84th minute as the New England Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to five matches with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls at Foxborough, Mass.


WNBA: Jia Perkins scored 24 points, Becky Hammon had 23 and Sophia Young added 21 as the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the New York Liberty 94-81 at Newark, N.J., for their seventh straight victory.

Ivory Latta scored 18 points to pace the Tulsa Shock to a 78-62 victory over the visiting Washington Mystics.


— From staff and news services