Jeremy Barfield’s three-run homer capped a five-run sixth-inning, and the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-4 on Monday in an Eastern League game at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Harold Ramirez put the Fisher Cats (41-60) up 4-1 in the third inning with a three-run shot.

Portland (46-53) closed to within 4-3 in the fourth, before tying it on a double by Chad De La Guerra in the sixth. Michael Chavis followed with an RBI single and Barfield homered in the next at-bat.

Trey Ball (4-9) pitched five innings for the win.


Biddeford will play Delaware at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in its second game at the 11-12 Little League Softball East Regional Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. The game was originally scheduled for Monday.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join NBC Sports Group’s coverage of stock car racing next year.

The agreement with NBCUniversal will allow Earnhardt to pursue “a wide range of opportunities in the company’s media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas.”

Earnhardt announced in April he would retire after this season, in part because of his injury history. Two big crashes last summer forced him out of the final 18 races, and he missed two races during the 2012 playoffs also because of concussion-related symptoms.

The 42-year-old Earnhardt intends to compete in two Xfinity Series races next season and plans to be involved in the sport in other ways, when his broadcasting duties allow it.


Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo said he is fully healthy after a concussion led to sleeping trouble, significant weight loss and a trip to intensive care last March.

Okposo missed the final few weeks of Buffalo’s season with a previously undisclosed illness. In a letter posted on the team’s website Monday, Okposo said a routine hit in practice caused his mood to change and other problems that required hospitalization.

The 29-year-old said he lost his appetite, had a negative reaction to sleep medications and that at one point he weighed less than 200 pounds. He spent time in the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Hospital to be stabilized. Okposo’s playing weight is listed at 218 pounds.

• The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year $3.3 million deal keeping him under contract through 2019-20.


Mervyn Rose, who won two Grand Slam singles titles and two Davis Cups before going into coaching and working with stars including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court, has died.

He was 87.

The feisty left-hander won the Australian Open in 1954 and the French Open in 1958, and was a member of the Australian Davis Cup teams that beat the United States for the title in 1951 and 1957.


Russia plans to send 19 athletes to the World Championships in London next week despite its suspension from international competition for widespread doping.

The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing.

– Staff and news service report