Top Maine runners finish seventh, ninth at New Englands

Jeremiah Sands of Falmouth was seventh in the boys’ race and Abby Hamilton of Yarmouth finished ninth in the girls’ race Saturday to lead Maine runners at the New England high school cross country championships at North Scituate, Rhode Island.

In the girls’ race, Hamilton covered the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 23.20 seconds. Greely was the top Maine team, finishing 12th in a 30-team field and getting high finishes from Katherine Leggat-Barr (12th, 18:24.04) and Carolyn Todd (13th, 18:29.58). Malaika Pasch of Falmouth finished 14th in 18:29.87.

In the boys’ race, Sands was timed in 15:51.76 and the Yachtsmen finished 14th. Henry Jaques of Freeport was 19th in 15:59.40.


D-LEAGUE: The Maine Red Claws (2-0) rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat the Texas Legends (0-1) 137-131 at Frisco, Texas.

Legends guard Manny Harris scored 49 points, a record for an opponent against the Red Claws.

Boston Celtics guard Demetrius Jackson, who is on assignment with the Red Claws, led the team with 29 points.

COLLEGE: Grayson Allen had 25 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Frank Jackson added 21 points and No. 1 Duke (2-0) beat Grand Canyon (0-1) 96-61 at Durham, North Carolina.


LPGA: Austin Ernst shot her second straight 5-under 67 to take the third-round lead in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City.

Ernst had her second straight bogey-free round after opening the tourney with a 72. The 24-year-old American captured the 2014 Portland Classic for her lone LPGA Tour title. She had a one-stroke lead at 10-under 206.

COE-JONES DIES: Dawn Coe-Jones, the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer who won three times on the LPGA Tour, died in Tampa, Florida, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 56.


MAJOR LEAGUES: The Seattle Mariners acquired utility player Danny Valencia from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Paul Blackburn.

Valencia played four positions for Oakland last season, and hit .287 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 130 games.


BOETSCH WINS: Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch scored a first-round knock-out over Rafael Natal at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, the first mixed martial arts event ever held in the state of New York. The stoppage came 3:22 into the first round, improving Boetsch’s overall record to 20-10.

Miesha Tate announced her retirement inside the octagon following a loss to Raquel Pennington.


WORLD CUP: Former champions Spain and Italy eased to comfortable 4-0 wins over weak opponents in European qualifying.