Morrill, Bernardo star for UMaine baseball in rout of Boston College at Goodall Park

Luke Morrill drove in four runs and Nick Bernardo scored four to lead the University of Maine (22-26) to a 12-3 win over Boston College (20-31) on Tuesday afternoon at Goodall Park in Sanford.

The Black Bears jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second behind a two-run double from Morrill and RBI singles by Colin Gay and Scott Heath.

Troy Black had three hits and two runs and Sam Balzano added two hits and three RBI for Maine.



ITALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic marked his return from a right wrist injury by beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round at Rome, while Italian hope Andreas Seppi complained about a decisive time violation in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 first-round loss to Tommy Haas.

Djokovic showed no signs of pain after withdrawing from last week’s Madrid Open.

Stanislas Wawrinka also advanced after routing Spanish qualifier Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3.

In second-round women’s play, Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic rallied past seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former UMaine standout Gustav Nyquist set up Linus Klasen for the tiebreaking goal at 7:18 of the third period as defending champion Sweden edged Norway 2-1 at Minsk, Belarus, for its third straight victory.


In other games, Finland blanked Germany 4-0 in Group B and Denmark beat Italy 4-1 in Group A for their first victories.


GIRO D’ITALIA: French rider Nacer Bouhanni won the slippery fourth stage in a sprint at Bari as the race returned home after opening with three legs in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Australian rider Michael Matthews retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: Rohan Dennis of Australia surged in the final 300 yards at Danville to claim the hot and mountainous third stage and reduce Bradley Wiggins’ lead.

Dennis, who began the stage in second place overall with a 44-second deficit to Wiggins, completed the 108.5-mile road race to Mt. Diablo in 4 hours, 56 minutes and 2 seconds.



INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe hasn’t been cleared yet to begin practice for the Indianapolis 500 after sustaining a concussion during Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Hinchcliffe was cleared to begin light training and will undergo another evaluation on Thursday.


PREMIER LEAGUE: NBC says 4.9 million viewers tuned in to watch its coverage Sunday of the 10 matches on the final day of the season, a 172 percent increase from the previous high of 1.8 million for coverage on the last day of the 2011-12 season on ESPN2 and nine Fox networks.

– From staff and news services

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