Netherlands ends Israel’s unbeaten streak in WBC

Didi Gregorius drove in five runs Monday to lead the Netherlands over Israel 12-2 and handed Israel its first loss of the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo.

Gregorius doubled in a run in the third when the Netherlands scored four to take a 6-0 lead. The designated hitter then hit a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 10-0.

Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs.

MAJORS: Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is expected to begin the season on the disabled list because of a sprained right elbow.

Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond will undergo surgery Wednesday.

The Rockies have not announced a timetable for Desmond’s return.

Desmond broke the second metacarpal bone when he was hit by a fastball from Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis in Sunday’s spring training game.

Tim Tebow got his first hit for the New York Mets, in a surprise start after Manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 29-year-old after his second start.

The former NFL quarterback singled in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein.

Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single in the fifth inning.


NORWAY: Joakim Jensen finally ended what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history, scoring in the eighth overtime in the Norwegian League playoffs at Hamar.

More than 8-1/2 hours after the game started – and after 217 minutes, 14 seconds of play – Jensen broke through to give the Storhamar Dragons a 2-1 victory over the Sparta Warriors early Monday morning. The game ended at 2:32 a.m.

Players kept energy levels up by eating pizza and pasta during breaks.

In the longest game in NHL, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in a 1936 Stanley Cup final game on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Emily Esposito of Gorham High School was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Maine Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year.

The award is in recognition of outstanding athletic excellence combined with high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.

Esposito, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, led the Rams to a 21-0 record and their second straight Class AA state title this past season.

Esposito is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered locally on behalf of her church preschool, an area homeless shelter and participated in a service-mission trip to Nicaragua.

She has maintained a 92.9 average in the classroom.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Angelique Kerber needed three sets to avoid being upset at Indian Wells, California, while 2015 champion Simona Halep wasn’t so fortunate.

Kerber outlasted Pauline Parmentier of France 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third round and the fourth-seeded Halep lost to 28th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-3.


WORLD CUP: Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria posted the fastest time in a downhill training run at Aspen, Colorado.