Dalton Thomas hit a home run in the second inning and added an RBI single in the top of the fifth to lead the Sanford Mainers to a 4-1 win over the Laconia Muskrats in a New England Collegiate Baseball League opener Friday night in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Brendan Skidmore and Shaine Hughes each added and RBI single in the fifth to give the Mainers a 4-0 lead.

Hughes finished with three hits, and Nate Stepna went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and one run scored.


U.S. MEN: Danny Williams scored in the 89th minute and Bobby Wood in the 90th, capping a comeback from a two-goal second-half deficit and giving the United States a 4-3 win over the Netherlands for the Americans’ first win against the Dutch.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice on headers in the exhibition and assisted on Memphis Depay’s goal as the sixth-ranked Netherlands built a 3-1 lead.

John Brooks cut the U.S. deficit in the 71st minute with his second international goal. Williams and Wood, both second-half substitutes, then scored their first goals for the national team.

UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: Already assured a berth in the second round, the United States completed the group stage with a 3-0 loss to Ukraine in Auckland, New Zealand.

The U.S. (2-1) finished second to Ukraine (2-0-1) in Group A and will play its round-of-16 game on Wednesday in Wellington against the second-place team from Group C: Portugal, Colombia or Senegal.

FIFA INVESTIGATION: A South African newspaper published a 2007 letter linking the country’s chief World Cup organizer to a $10 million payment made to projects linked to Jack Warner, then a FIFA executive and now a suspect in a corruption probe.

In the letter, Danny Jordaan, then-head of South Africa’s World Cup committee, says the money should be paid by FIFA, not the South African government. U.S. investigators have accused South African officials of channeling $10 million through FIFA to Warner as a bribe for backing their successful World Cup bid.


ACADEMIC SCANDAL: North Carolina and the NCAA appear to agree on at least one thing: The school has corrected problems that led to its long-running academic fraud scandal through numerous reforms and personnel changes.

What the sides don’t agree on is what rule violations were committed.

That will play a role in any potential sanctions the school faces now that the NCAA has hit the school with five charges, meaning there’s still a long road to resolution.


NFL: Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker had foot surgery and will miss the rest of the team’s offseason workouts, but he’s expected to be ready for the start of the season.

The receiver from Louisville was the 14th pick in this year’s draft and is expected to see significant playing time.

 Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, picked 11th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, has told the team he plans to retire. The 25-year-old started all 71 games in which he appeared.


WNBA: Stefanie Dolson had 18 points and 12 rebounds – both career highs – to help the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 73-68 in an opener at Uncasville, Connecticut.

– From staff and news services