The Maine Red Claws, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, begin their season Nov. 11 with a three-game swing at Oklahoma City, Texas and Rio Grande Valley.

Maine will open its home schedule at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Portland Expo against the Long Island Nets, followed by home games against Grand Rapids at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 and Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Nov. 22.

The league schedule, released Monday, also has Maine hosting Windy City in a New Year’s Eve matinee, as well as a showdown with Los Angeles at the Expo on Dec. 17 and a St. Patrick’s Day home game on Friday, March 17 against Erie.

The Red Claws will play 24 home games and 24 road games, as well as two games at the annual NBA D-League Showcase in January.

The league has expanded this season to a total of 22 teams with the addition of Long Island (Brooklyn Nets), the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls), and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets).



LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Michael Mancini allowed just four hits and struck out 13 in 51/3 innings to help Endwell, New York beat Goodlettsville, Tennessee 3-1 at South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 Esmith Pineda and Carlos Gonzalez combined to strike out 14 and Jose Torres had a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to give Panama a 3-2 victory over Australia.

• Isaiah Jensen allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 41/3 innings to help Bend, Oregon beat Emilia, Italy 6-2.


INDYCAR: Will Power continued his stirring late-season run, holding pole-sitter Mikhail Aleshin at bay after a final restart, and won the rain-delayed race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.


It was the fourth win in six races for Power and cut 38 points off the lead in the standings held by Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who finished 18th after a late crash. Power now trails by 20 points with three races remaining in the season.


CONNECTICUT OPEN: Caroline Wozniacki entered the tournament in New Haven, Connecticut as a wild card, hoping a tournament she has won four times would help her tune up for the U.S. Open.

Instead, the former top-ranked player from Denmark saw her struggles continue in a 7-5, 6-2 first-round loss to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Wozniacki was coming off a second-round loss to Petra Kvitova at the Olympics.

Kvitova advanced with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over American Louisa Chirico.



SPANISH VUELTA: Alexandre Geniez of France held off an attack by the title favorites on a brutal final climb to win the third stage at Mirador de Ezaro, Spain.


MEN’S SOCCER: Division I men’s soccer coaches have begun a public campaign to revolutionize their sport by stretching the compact fall season across the full academic year.

The proposal would reduce the number of fall games, create a winter break, add games in the spring, reduce weekday games and bring both the conference and national tournaments to weather-friendly May and June.

The coaches are aiming to submit a formal proposal to the NCAA by a Nov. 1 deadline. Otherwise they’ll have to wait another year to submit.

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