Sea Dogs to open, close season at Hadlock against Yankees’ affiliate Trenton Thunder

The Portland Sea Dogs will open and close their 20th season at home against the Trenton Thunder.

The opener on April 4 will start at 6 p.m. The teams will close the Eastern League regular season with a four-game series at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs will be in their 11th season as the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Trenton is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Thirty-three of Portland’s 71 home games will be played on weekends. In addition, the Sea Dogs will have home games on Father’s Day (June 16, 1 p.m., against Akron), July Fourth (New Britain, 6 p.m.) and Labor Day (Sept. 2, 1 p.m.).

The annual Field of Dreams game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, against Trenton.

The Thunder will play 11 games at Hadlock Field next season. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Sea Dogs’ rival in New Hampshire, will play 10 games at Hadlock.

Individual tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Hadlock Field ticket office.


MEN’S SOCCER: Michael Hand scored his second goal of the game 22 minutes into the second half on an assist from Kenny Cano and Thomas (4-0-1) held on for a 2-1 win over Southern Maine (1-6) at Waterville.

The Huskies cut the deficit in half when Harrison Hall scored on an assist from Kevin McConnell with eight minutes left.

FIELD HOCKEY: Brooke Phinney scored a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (4-0) to a 7-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies (4-3) at Gorham. Rachel Kennedy and Beth Findley also scored for fifth-ranked Bowdoin.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Colby College junior Crysti Tsujiura scored the Mules’ first two goals in a 5-0 victory over the University of Maine-Farmington, at Farmington.

Colby is 3-1-0, while the Beavers slipped to 3-2-0.

Grace Dickinson, Kate Pistel and Maddie Tight all scored in the final 11 minutes for the Mules.

FOOTBALL: Connecticut and Notre Dame are reportedly in negotiations to play a football game at Fenway Park.

The Day of New London and the Boston Globe, both citing officials involved in the talks, said the game would be played in 2014, and would be considered a home game for the Fighting Irish.

The park has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history, but none since Dec. 1, 1968.


NASCAR: The first phase of his comeback complete, an optimistic AJ Allmendinger is ready to get on with his life. He’s hopeful that includes another job in racing.

Allmendinger was reinstated by NASCAR, which said he completed its rehabilitation program after testing positive for a banned substance in July.


NHL: The Florida Panthers announced layoffs of an unknown number of staff members, the third full day of the NHL’s lockout.

The Panthers are believed to be the NHL’s second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league’s collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at midnight Saturday. The Ottawa Senators had layoffs and put full-time employees on a reduced work week.

The league could announce the cancellation of preseason games as early as this week, and it would appear that training camps are almost certainly not going to open on time.