Ricky Jones and Jeff Cole advanced to the final of the Maine Match Play golf tournament Wednesday by winning quarterfinal and semifinal matches at Sable Oaks Golf Course in South Portland.

They will play for the title on Thursday.

Jones defeated Mike Doran 6 and 4 and Cole beat Scott Sirois, 5 and 3.

It will be Cole’s first appearance in a major championship final. Jones has won three Maine Amateur titles with the first two in match play.

Doran, the defending club champion at Sable Oaks, advanced in the morning quarterfinals by beating former Match Play champ Joe Alvarez, 2 and 1. Jones also won 2 and 1 over Brian Angis.

Cole downed Eric Crouse 3 and 2 in the morning. Sirois beat Jack Wyman, 2 and 1.


NBA: LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining Cleveland at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas.

The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with San Antonio home against Dallas in one of the three games that night.

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Elena Delle Donne scored 18 to lift the visiting Chicago Sky past the Washington Mystics, 72-69.

 Rookie Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the visiting Phoenix Mercury 96-82 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Top-seeded Serena Williams rallied in both tiebreakers to move on at Mason, Ohio.

Williams needed 1 hour, 54 minutes to beat Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7).


U.S. PLAYER SIGNS: DeAndre Yedlin, a Seattle Sounders and U.S. national team defender, signed a four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur but will remain in the United States through the MLS season and potentially into 2015.

SPANISH LEAGUE: Atletico Madrid signed Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, completing the overhaul of the Spanish champion’s attack.


COLLEGE: Everett Golson, a senior, reclaimed the quarterback job he held while leading Notre Dame to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last season for academic impropriety.

 Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.


U.S. NATIONALS: Aaron Fleshner and Sarah Bacon won 1-meter titles at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Fleshner won the men’s title with 452.4 points, and Bacon took the women’s with 287.15.

SWIMMER RESCUED: Natalie Charlos of Poland was rescued unconscious from the water during the women’s 10-kilometer race at the start of the European swimming championship at Berlin. Doctors said she was OK after overexertion.

– From staff and news reports