Eight Maine Sire Stakes champions will be crowned and more than $500,000 awarded at Scarborough Downs’ inaugural Festival of Champions on Saturday.

It’s the first time in the stakes’ 41 years that all eight championships will be decided on the same day, making it Maine’s richest day of harness racing.

The first post of the 12-race card will be at 1:30 p.m.


AHL: The Pirates reassigned defenseman Josh Brown to ECHL Manchester on Wednesday.

Brown, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Panthers, had not yet appeared with Portland.


NBA: The Cavaliers and free-agent forward Tristan Thompson agreed in principle on a five-year, $82 million contract, ending his holdout.

The 24-year-old Thompson, who helped the Cavs get to the finals last year when he filled in for an injured Kevin Love, had been seeking a maximum deal.

Thompson averaged 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in the postseason, and 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the regular season.


ERSTE BANK OPEN: Ivo Karlovic advanced to his 10th quarterfinal of the season by defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4, 7-5 at Vienna.

Karlovic next plays Ernests Gulbis, who ended a five-match losing streak with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 upset of John Isner.

KREMLIN CUP: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia ousted second-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 at Moscow, hurting the Czech player’s chances of making the WTA finals.

Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta secured her spot in Singapore next week with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Daria Gavrilova of Russia.

STOCKHOLM OPEN: Marcos Baghdatis upset fourth-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6 (7), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.

LUXEMBOURG OPEN: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia defeated third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

– From staff and news services