Bullpen comes through as Sea Dogs top Fisher Cats

Portland got six scoreless innings from its bullpen, eight of nine starters had one hit and Mike Olt’s home run provided the difference as the Sea Dogs beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-3 in an Eastern League game Wednesday morning at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Jacob Dahlstrand (3-1) relieved Jalen Beeks and earned his first relief win, tossing four innings while allowing three hits and no walks. Jake Cosart allowed one hit in two innings to get his second save.

Olt’s drive to left in the fourth gave Portland a 4-2 cushion.

Beeks – who had a 25-inning scoreless streak snapped in his last start – lasted just three innings Wednesday, allowing four hits, three runs and four walks. His ERA rose to 2.13.

COLLEGE: Tyler Schwanz singled down the left-field line to drive in Jeremy Pena in the bottom of the 11th, and fifth-seeded Maine (22-28) avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Hartford (20-30) in the America East Conference tournament at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Schwanz hit an RBI double in the first, but the Hawks tied the game in the eighth.

Maine fell 3-0 to No. 4 Albany in its tournament opener Wednesday. The Black Bears next play at 6 p.m. Thursday.


EUROPA CUP: Manchester United gave its grieving home city a moment to cheer by winning the title on Wednesday, beating Ajax 2-0 in the final at Stockholm thanks to goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, two days after 22 people were killed in a bomb attack.


NBA: The NBA All-Star game will be played in Charlotte, North Carolina, two years later than anticipated.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of a state law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of House Bill 2.


NFL: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a minor car accident Sunday night and will miss the first three offseason practices as a precaution.

 The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando, Florida, in 2018 after its successful first appearance in the city last season.


NHL: The Coyotes hired Craig Cunningham as a pro scout and say he will assist with player development.

Cunningham collapsed on the ice with a cardiac disturbance before a game Nov. 19 while playing for Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Tucson and required emergency life-saving care. He had part of his left leg amputated and saw his playing career end.

The 26-year-old Cunningham played in 63 NHL games, including 34 with the Bruins.


HALL OF FAME: Robert Yates, a NASCAR Cup champion as both an engine builder and owner, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with four others.

Three-time NASCAR Cup championship crew chief Ray Evernham, drivers Red Byron and Ron Hornaday Jr. and broadcaster Ken Squier also were voted in Wednesday.


FRENCH OPEN: Simona Halep could miss the tournament because of a torn ankle ligament, while Juan Martin Del Potro might pull out of the men’s event because of shoulder and back problems.