Both Maine teams lose in Babe Ruth 14 pool play

Portland All-Stars jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but still lost 6-3 to Arkansas in pool play at the Babe Ruth 14 World Series in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Nate Rogers lined a two-run single in the first inning for Portland to drive in Caden Horton and Alex Smith.

Arkansas pitcher Satch Harris settled down to allow just one more Portland run, as Ike Kiely scored on a wild pitch.

Portland falls to 1-1 in pool play, and plays Oregon at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Tri-Valley California scored four runs in the top of the second inning to break a 1-1 tie and pulled away to defeat Tri-County 18-3 in five innings in pool play.

Tri-Valley scored first on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, but Tri-County answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single from Wyatt Williamson.

Tri-Valley (2-0) added four runs in the third inning and six in the fourth.

Duncan Hurd had an RBI double and Janek Luksza added a run-scoring single in the fifth inning to round out the scoring for Tri-County.

Tri-County (0-2) faces Western Massachusetts on Saturday at noon.


U.S. SENIOR OPEN: Former Ohio State player Joey Sindelar shot a 4-under 66 to take the second-round at Upper Arlington, Ohio.

One of four former Buckeyes in the field, the 58-year-old Sindelar has a 5-under 135 total after opening with 69 on Thursday.

PGA TOUR: Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Tour victory of the year.

Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under Friday at TPC Deere Run, birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round 66 and shooting a 64 in the second to reach 12-under 130.


NASCAR: Team Penske will expand its Xfinity Series entries to two full-time cars in 2017.

The second Mustang will allow Ford Performance to use the entry in its driver development program. Stewart-Haas Racing will also field a new Xfinity team next year, giving Ford two new entrants in NASCAR’s second-tier series.

Roger Penske wants to use the Xfinity program to develop personnel that will move to the Cup Series.

Sam Hornish Jr. took the pole position for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Hornish broke the track record with a lap at 96.755 in the first of the two qualifying sessions, and took the top spot with a 96.374 mph run in the finale on the 2.085-mile, 13-turn circuit.


CINCINNATI: Defending champion Serena Williams got one of seven wilds cards for the Western & Southern Open.

The tournament opens Sunday with the men’s draw, which will be missing seven-time champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, both of whom are nursing injuries.

Williams decided to play in Cincinnati after being upset at the Olympics on Tuesday.


FIFA: Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina’s national team.

“There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved in Argentine football, but I prefer to help from within and not criticize from the outside,” Messi said.