Mainers rally falls short in loss to North Adams

Braxton Wilks pitched six strong innings to lead the North Adams Steeplecats to a 7-4 victory over the Sanford Mainers in an NECBL game at North Adams, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

With the score tied 2-2 in the third, C.J. Price of North Adams (11-9) hit a solo homer to give the Steeplecats the lead. Noah Vaughan extended the lead to 6-2 in the fifth with a bases-loaded triple.

The Mainers (9-11) cut the lead to 7-4 in the seventh on a two-run single by Ako Thomas.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Kyle Reichart hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead On Target (8-2) over Aero (5-5) at Cumberland.

Damien Gibson and Collin Henry of Aero each finished with three hits. Gibson recorded a triple and finished with two RBI.

On Target trailed 6-5 in the seventh with one out when Reichart delivered his three-run blast.


TOUR DE FRANCE: World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia made the most of a steep, short climb in a frenzied finale to win the second stage of at Cherbourg-en-Contentin and claim the race’s yellow jersey.

Sagan used his power on the Cote de la Glacerie leading to the finish line to claim the win ahead of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who started the final sprint. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde was third.


FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg, Austria, after colliding with Nico Rosberg on the final lap, an incident he blamed on his German teammate.

The two Mercedes drivers touched as Hamilton sought to overtake and Formula One championship leader Rosberg ended up losing his front wing, which caused him to drop back to fourth.


COLLEGES: Loyola University has parted ways with women’s basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes.

The school said in April that it would investigate allegations against Swoopes brought by former players. One former player, Cate Soan, has said Swoopes humiliated her and created a hostile environment.

Swoopes has been at the private Chicago university for three seasons with a record of 31-62. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year. She was the first player signed by the WNBA and won three Olympic gold medals.

WNBA: Brittney Griner had the sixth regular season triple-double in WNBA history when she had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Phoenix Mercury to a 95-87 win over the Atlanta Dream.

It was the league’s first triple-double since Temeka Johnson’s on July 24, 2014.


NFL: A high-grade collection of over 300,000 football cards worth millions will go on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Ohio later this month.

The collection, which features the rookie cards of every enshrined member in the top grade available, was assembled by Dan Hunt and art consultant Robert Casterline.

Hunt is the son of one of pro football’s pioneering architects, Lamar Hunt.

Among the highlights of the collection is a card from the 1800s depicting Yale University’s Henry Beecher, the first person to appear on a football card.

– From staff and news services