The Professional Bowlers Association Tour will return to Portland next year, possibly with an expanded schedule.

The Bayside Bowl in Portland will again be the site of the pro-am, the Maine Event and the Maine Open, but organizers hope to hold other competitions at other lanes.

The Maine Open will be held April 2-3 at Bayside, preceded by the Pro-Am on March 31. The Maine Open, which includes 40 PBA bowlers and 24 invite-only amateurs from Maine and New England, will be held at Bayside on April 4-5 with a $10,000 grand prize.

Brian Corcoran, the president of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, the Portland-based marketing company that brought the PBA to Maine, said it hopes to offer other competitions, including a celebrity/corporate challenge and a Strike-for-Kids event that will raise money for local charities or communities. Those events could be held elsewhere.

“We don’t want just bowlers but others to participate,” said Corcoran. “And we want the event to have a positive impact on charitable and community organizations.”


BASEBALL: Charlie Bell finished with three RBI, including a two-run single that gave Wells a 5-1 lead, and the Warriors held off a late charge to defeat visiting Lake Region, 5-4.

Lake Region scored three runs in the seventh, and had runners on first and second when Shawn Ramsey relieved and recorded the final out on an infield pop.

Adam Butler and Nate Smith each hit RBI singles in the seventh for Lake Region. Butler finished with three hits, and Smith and Gunnar Harriman had two apiece.

Dan Quint had a pair of hits for Wells.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Tatiana Bradley finished with five goals and three assists, and Aimee Briand added three goals and two assists to lead Berwick Academy (3-0) to a 17-10 win over the Winsor School (1-2) at Boston.

Isabel Reis chipped in three goals for the Bulldogs, and Tilly Burzynski scored two goals and had one assist.


USA SWIMMING: Michael Phelps failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final in Mesa, Arizona, finishing 17th in his first meet since serving a six-month suspension.

Now he will look ahead to Saturday, when he’s set to compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, two events more in keeping with his penchant for shorter races at this stage of his career.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Novak Djokovic powered his way into the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-3 win over U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, extending his unbeaten record over his Croatian rival to 12 matches.

FED CUP: Top-ranked Serena Williams will open against No. 36 Camila Giorgi on Saturday when the U.S. meets host Italy in Brindisi.


PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS: USA Cycling replaced two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong with up-and-coming star Tayler Wiles on its roster for next month’s event after questions surfaced about the criteria used in picking the four-member women’s team.

The rest of the team heading to Leon, Mexico, remained the same with Carmen Small riding in the time trial, then joining Lauren Hall and Coryn Rivera in the road race.

– From staff and news services