Rain postpones Sea Dogs, game pushed to Tuesday

The Portland Sea Dogs’ game at the New Britain Rock Cats scheduled for Monday night was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Connecticut on Tuesday night, starting at 5:35 p.m.


BARCELONA OPEN: Marc Granollers of Spain eased past Marinko Matosevic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round at Barcelona.

Pablo Andujar of Spain and France’s Benoit Paire were among other first-round winners.

NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY: Sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki was knocked out in the first round at Bucharest, Romania, losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.

Also, Malek Jaziri beat Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in just over two hours.


SOFTBALL: Karen Lockhart combined for five extr- base hits and four RBI for Bates (5-17) as it swept a doubleheader against Fisher (6-25) at Lewiston.

In the opener, Lockhart hit two triples and drove in two runs as the Bobcats cruised to an 11-3 victory in six innings.

Bates scored twice in the fifth inning and added five runs in the sixth to rally for a 9-4 win in the second game.

BASEBALL: Sean Mullaney had a pair of hits, including a two-run single during a four-run first inning, and finished with three RBI to lead Bowdoin (11-16) to a 10-4, rain-shortened six-inning win over Thomas (12-15) at Brunswick.

Louisville (30-9), ranked as high as No. 3 in this week’s polls, is in strong position for one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA tournament.

Leading the team is the nation’s best two-way player this year, left-handed freshman Brendan McKay. He’s batting .325 out of the No. 4 hole, has committed one error in 152 chances at first base and is 6-1 with a team-best 1.70 ERA as the Cardinals’ Saturday starter.

Also, Big Ten-leading Illinois (32-6-1) is off to its best start in program history and owns the nation’s longest win streak at 13 games. No Illinois team since 1997 has won so many in a row, and the 10-1 start in conference play is the Illini’s best since 1982.

GYMNASTICS: Greg Marsden, the coach at Utah, is retiring after 40 seasons as the head of the program – which finished second in the nation this year.

He is the winningest gymnastics coach in NCAA history with a 1,048-208-8 mark and a record-tying 10 national championships.

Marsden is a seven-time national Coach of the Year.


HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Chris Antley, thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat, and trainer King Leatherbury were elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.


TECH ISSUES: Manny Pacquiao literally got two words in before a conference call about his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas was abruptly canceled.

A spokesman for Pacquiao’s promoter blamed technical difficulties for the cancellation, partly due to the large number of boxing writers and broadcasters on the call.

– From staff and news services