Mainers rip Upper Valley, advance in NECBL playoffs

Christ Gaetano slammed a two-run homer to right field in the first inning, putting the host Sanford Mainers on the way to a 12-2 rout over the Upper Valley Nighthawks during the deciding game of their best-of-three New England Collegiate Baseball League Northern Division semifinal series.

Gaetano scored three runs. Tristan Chari added two RBI and a run, and Michael Young had a pair of RBI for Sanford, which broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning.

JUNIOR LEGION: Post 75 of Franklin, Massachusetts, scored 10 runs in the eighth inning to advance to the Northeast Regional final with a 13-3 victory against Morrill Post of South Portland in Rockland, Massachusetts.

Riley Hassan laced a two-run single and scored on a sacrifice fly to give Morrill a 3-0 lead in the first inning.


PGA: Daniel Berger shot an 8-under-par 62 at Cromwell, Connecticut, on Saturday, two strokes off the course record, to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship.

The 23-year-old Floridian made nine birdies, including seven on his final 10 holes Saturday, to finish with a 15-under 195 after 54 holes.

Russell Knox shot a 64 and was tied with Russell Henley and Tyrone Van Aswegen for second place at 12 under.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alex Noren advanced to the Paul Lawrie Match Play final with a 3 and 2 defeat of James Morrison in North Berwick, Scotland.

Noren faces Anthony Wall in Sunday’s final after the Englishman beat countryman Oliver Fisher on the fourth playoff hole.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Miguel Angel Jimenez made a 17-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and the second-round lead in the 3M Championship at Blaine, Minnesota.

The 52-year-old Spanish player had five straight birdies on Nos. 6-10 and also birdied the par-3 17th. He had a 14-under 130 total.

Kevin Sutherland was a stroke back after a 64.


ATLANTA OPEN: Three-time defending champion John Isner won the tallest matchup in ATP World Tour history, beating Reilly Opelka 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.

The 6-foot-10 Isner had 22 aces and never faced a break point against the 6-foot-11 Opelka, an 18-year-old player who replaced Isner as the tour’s tallest player.

Isner will face second-seeded Nick Kyrgios, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Yoshihito Nishioka.

JIANGXI OPEN: Duan Yingying overcame Misa Eguchi 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals in Nanchang, China, to set up a title match against sixth-seeded Vania King of the United States.

King broke early in both sets to ease to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Risa Ozaki.


MLS: Sebastian Giovinco had his second three-goal game of the season to take over the Major League Soccer scoring lead and power host Toronto FC to a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel signed a five-year contract with the defending champions.

FIFA: Gianni Infantino broke no rules by taking offers of private flights to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican, Vladimir Putin in Moscow and the Emir of Qatar, according to FIFA’s ethics court.

Infantino was cleared of suspicion after a secret investigation that threatened to derail his six-month presidency of soccer’s governing body.

– Staff and news reports