Brunswick swimmer wins title at YMCA nationals

Caitlin Tycz of Brunswick defended her 100-yard butterfly title and helped the Bath Area Family YMCA win the 200 freestyle relay Tuesday night at the Short Course YMCA National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Joining Tycz in the relay were Ann Tolan, Ella Martin and Olivia Harper of Bath. They finished in 1 minute, 32.85 seconds to become the first relay team from Maine to win a national title, according to Long Reach Swim Club Coach Jay Morissette. The time also set a state record.

Tycz, who set a national record of 52.43 seconds in the 100 fly a year ago, won in 52.76.

State records also fell in the 400 medley relay with Olivia Harper (backstroke), Haily Harper (breast), Tycz (butterfly) and Tolan (freestyle) placing 10th in 3:47.38. The 100 backstroke lead leg of 55.18 by Harper set a state record.

Liam Sullivan of the Mt. Desert Island YMCA set a Maine state record of 2:04.22 in the 200 breast stroke, finishing 15th nationally. Colby Prouty of Old Town-Orono YMCA placed 16th in 2:06.53.

The meet continues through Friday.


NFL: E-commerce powerhouse Amazon will stream the league’s Thursday night games this season via its Amazon Prime video service, replacing Twitter.

The live streams of the games will be available to the estimated 65 million members of Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year and includes other perks like free videos, books and shipping.

That means the games won’t be free to stream, but they will still be carried by broadcast networks CBS or NBC, as well as simultaneously on the NFL Network.

A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it’s a one-year deal worth close to $50 million.

 The New England Patriots re-signed veteran running back Brandon Bolden, the team announced Wednesday.

Bolden has spent all five of his NFL seasons in New England and has primarily been used on special teams. He has 20 career special teams tackles and one blocked punt.

Bolden appeared in 14 regular-season games in 2016, and all three playoff games.

 Retired running back Marshawn Lynch visited the Raiders on Wednesday as he decides whether to come back to the NFL, according to a person with knowledge of the visit.

 Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said in a radio interview that the team has listened to trade offers for cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen.


VOLVO CAR OPEN: Laura Siegemund of Germany beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 on Wednesday to win her second three-set match in three days and move on to the third round at Charleston, South Carolina.

Williams was poised to complete a comeback, but Siegemund twice pulled back from a break and saved two match points as Williams served for the victory at 5-4, winning the final three games to reach the round of 16.

In other matches, Russian Daria Kasatkina outlasted Puerto Rican Olympic champion Monica Puig 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2, and Shelby Rogers upset Madison Keys 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea re-established its position as favorite to win the trophy, virtually eliminating Manchester City from the title race with a 2-1 victory over City in London.