Sea Dogs stage comeback to beat Hartford, 12-11

The visiting Portland Sea Dogs rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the first inning Tuesday night to defeat the Hartford Yard Goats, 12-11.

Portland (12-8) totaled six runs in the second and third innings, and Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in the third to put Portland ahead, 11-8.

Hartford (8-14) made it 11-11 in the fifth before Devers hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth.

Williams Jerez (1-0) got the win, allowing three hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts in 31/3 innings of relief.

Before the game, Heiker Meneses was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket and replaced by Deiner Lopez, promoted from Class A Salem.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals to lead Real Madrid to a commanding 3-0 win over visiting Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semifinal.

Monaco will be home against Juventus in the first leg of the other semifinal Wednesday.

U.S. MEN: The U.S. Soccer Federation is closing in on agreements to host its last two home World Cup qualifiers in Orlando, Florida, and Harrison, New Jersey.


NFL: Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader, signed with the AFC West rival Denver Broncos.

“Excited to have Jamaal Charles join the Broncos,” General Manager John Elway tweeted upon signing Charles to a one-year, incentive-laden deal. “A great addition to our backfield, and we’re thrilled we won’t have to play against him!”

The Buffalo Bills declined to pick up the fifth-year option on receiver Sammy Watkins’ contract for the 2018 season.


KVITOVA RETURNS: Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.

Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram showing herself swinging a tennis racket.


WORLD CUP: The Americans announced a six-member selection committee that will choose players, mostly from the D-League, to play in games to qualify for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

Coach Gregg Popovich and a team of NBA stars would return for that tournament and the following summer for the Olympics, assuming the U.S. makes it to Tokyo. But a team of lesser-known players will have to get the Americans most of the way there.


KENTUCKY DERBY: Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby.

The UAE Derby winner jogged once around before galloping a mile. He arrived in the U.S. on April 30 from England, and the USDA required him to spend 42 hours in quarantine.


BASKETBALL: Solly Walker, a St. John’s basketball star in the 1950s and the school’s first black player, has died at age 85.

In his first season on the varsity, Walker, on Dec. 17, 1951, became the first black player to compete in a basketball game at Kentucky. He was injured in that game and spent the remainder of it on the bench after making six of his first seven shots.

– Staff and news service report