USM wins opener 3-1 in baseball tournament

Logan Carman pitched a four-hitter and Forrest Chadwick hit two home runs to lead second-seeded Southern Maine to a 3-1 victory over fifth-seeded Plymouth State on Wednesday on the first day of the Little East Conference baseball tournament at Mansfield, Conn.

Southern Maine (29-10) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Chadwick homered over the right-center field fence.

USM made it 2-0 in the third when Sam Dexter doubled home Paul McDonough.

Paul Reny bunted home Rob Madonna for Plymouth (22-15) in the top of the eighth.

But Chadwick homered in the bottom of the inning.

USM plays third-seeded UMass-Dartmouth at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Nic Lops’ two-run single capped a three-run seventh inning to give St. Joseph’s (27-13) an 8-7 victory over Bates (19-19) in the second game of a doubleheader sweep.

Joe Gruntkosky pitched St. Joseph’s to a 5-1 win in the first game with 61/3 innings of two-hit ball, striking out eight.

The sweep gave Will Sanborn (600-321-5) his 600th career victory during his 22 years as head coach of the Monks.

FOOTBALL: Michael Sam was selected the winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

The Missouri defensive end who likely will be drafted by an NFL team this weekend will receive the award at the 2014 ESPYS on July 16.

Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has announced that he is gay and will become the first openly gay player in the NFL.


TV: The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City scored four goals in the final 26 minutes to rout Aston Villa 4-0, moving into position to win its second title in three years.


MADRID OPEN: Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the third round with their title defenses facing little strain, and Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence.

Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win; Nadal won 6-1, 6-0 over Juan Monaco; and Murray topped Nicolas Almagro, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.


WNBA: The Atlanta Dream acquired four-time WNBA All-Star forward Swin Cash from the Chicago Sky for guard Courtney Clements.


U.S. MEN’S ALPINE TEAM: Alex Hoedlmoser is the new men’s speed coach, replacing Andreas Evers, who was fired last month after being found guilty in Austria of money laundering.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Melanie Mait had four goals as Berwick Academy defeated Beaver Country Day School, 13-6.