BASKETBALL

Red Claws’ rally in fourth enough to top Legends

Omari Johnson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds remaining, and the Maine Red Claws rallied to a 119-115 win over the Texas Legends on Friday night at Frisco, Texas.

Johnson’s shot made it 116-115. Chris Babb then made three of four foul shots in the final 11 seconds to help the Red Claws (34-15) hold off the Legends (22-27), who led 93-80 going into the fourth quarter.

James Young scored 30 points for Maine. Romero Osby added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Johnson and Davion Berry each finished with 17 points.

FOOTBALL

NFL: In a groundbreaking move, the league is hiring Sarah Thomas as its first female permanent official for regular-season games, sources told The Baltimore Sun.

A former official for Conference USA, Thomas previously officiated NFL preseason games, working as a line judge. Thomas was one of 21 finalists for a permanent officiating job two years ago.

“She has the right temperament and attitude and feel for the game,” an officiating source said. “She knows the rules and understands how to apply them in the spirit of the rules. That sets her apart, male or female.”

The NFL didn’t confirm Thomas’ hire. An official announcement was expected as soon as next week.

In 2012, the NFL hired Shannon Eastin during an officiating lockout as their first female official and she worked one game between the Lions and Rams.

A resident of Brandon, Miss., who’s married with three children, Thomas works as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She attended the University of Mobile on a basketball scholarship.

Thomas became the first woman to officiate a bowl game when she was picked for the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. She officiated the United Football League championship game in 2010.

Washington acquired two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson from the Buccaneers for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.

The 30-year-old started 27 games in two seasons with Tampa Bay and had 151 tackles and an interception.

n The Colts agreed to terms with free-agent safety Dwight Lowery. The seven-year veteran started 15 games with the Falcons last season and finished with a career-high 85 tackles. He had two interceptions and forced two fumbles.

TENNIS

MIAMI OPEN: Novak Djokovic outserved 6-foot-10 American John Isner and won their semifinal 7-6 (3), 6-2.

The No. 1-seeded Djokovic closed to within one win of his fifth Key Biscayne title. His opponent in Sunday’s final will be two-time champion Andy Murray, who defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic had 10 aces to nine for Isner and never faced a break point. Isner hadn’t lost serve in the tournament until Djokovic broke him for a 2-1 lead in the second set.

Djokovic broke again two games later.

In a taut, one-hour opening set, Isner held despite several long service games and erased the only break point he faced, but won only two of five points on his serve in the pivotal tiebreaker.

PREP SCHOOLS

BOYS’ LACROSSE: Brad Simas had two goals and two assists for Berwick Academy in a 14-7 loss to the Groton School in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

Drew Hale added two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs, who trailed 7-6 going into the fourth quarter.

– From staff and news services


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