The Portland Sea Dogs will hold their annual Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.

The sold-out event welcomes former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon as the featured guest, along with Red Sox first-base coach and former Portland manager Arnie Beyeler, Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon and catcher Matt Spring.


PGA: In his debut with a conventional putter, Webb Simpson ran off eight birdies in his last 10 holes for an 8-under 62 that gave him a share of the lead with Paul Casey on the first day of the Sony Open at Honolulu.

Camilo Villegas would have joined them at 62 except for failing to make birdie on the par-5 18th hole. He and Robert Streb had 63.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Martin Kaymer rolled in 10 birdies to shoot an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship in the United Arab Emirates, giving him a one-stroke lead in an event he has won three times.

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and American star Rickie Fowler fed off each other’s brilliant putting to shoot 67s.


AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERIES: Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro, back from an 11-month injury layoff, was beaten in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International, losing 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin.

Wimbledon champion and second seed Petra Kvitova beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the women’s singles final. Kvitova will play Karolina Pliskova, who beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-2.

 Britain’s Heather Watson advanced to the Hobart International semifinals with a 7-6 (0), 6-2 win over ninth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy. American Alison Riske beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.


MLS: University of Connecticut forward Cyle Larin was selected first in the draft by expansion Orlando City. Larin scored 23 goals in two seasons at UConn.

New York City FC, also new this year, took Oregon State forward Khiry Shelton second.

Next up were Central Florida forward Romario Williams (Montreal), Michigan State midfielder Fatai Alashef (San Jose) and Notre Dame midfielder Nick Besler (Portland).

 The league renamed its Most Valuable Player award after Landon Donovan, its career scoring leader who retired last month.


WNBA: Free agency kicked off, but few major moves are expected.

The Indiana Fever have said they will re-sign star Tamika Catchings once they are able to starting Feb. 1, while Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips, who helped Phoenix win the title this past season are also likely to end up staying put.

– From staff and news services