South Portland team stays alive with 3-2 win

Nolan Hobbs raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth for the winning margin as Maine, represented by South Portland American, beat Rhode Island 3-2 Tuesday in Bristol, Connecticut, to continue in the Little League 11-12 New England regional tournament.

Maine (2-1) plays Vermont (1-1) in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Thursday. Rhode Island bows out of the tournament without a win in two games.

Hobbs reached on a two-out single and advanced to third on consecutive walks to Richie Gilboy and Aiden Lee before scoring the winning run.

Rhode Island, represented by Cumberland American, took an early lead on a two-run double by Jack LaRose in the first inning. Maine tied the game in the bottom of the third when Johnny Poole doubled home Matthew Fogg and then scored on a single by Hobbs.

Hobbs finished with three of Maine’s six hits.

Andrew Heffernan pitched the opening 41/3 innings for Maine, striking out seven and giving up three hits. Lee picked up the win with 12/3 innings of one-hit relief.


NBA: The New York Knicks hired former President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law to a front-office position.

Craig Robinson was named vice president of player development in a series of restructuring moves that followed the promotion of Steve Mills to president and the hiring of Scott Perry as general manager.

Robinson spent last season as Milwaukee’s vice president of player and organizational development.


NHL: Former NHL forward and coach Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Olczyk, who turns 51 on Aug. 16, had surgery last week, and Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry says he “will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks, including chemotherapy.”

The Islanders signed forward Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way contract. Gionta, 33, scored six points in 26 games for the Islanders last season. He also played in seven games with the team’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.


SUPER CUP: Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who sat out, watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United.

MLS: Mexican star Carlos Vela reached a deal to join Los Angeles Football Club, the expansion MLS franchise due to begin play in March, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

Vela, 28, has been at Real Sociedad in Spain’s La Liga since 2011, scoring 72 goals in 230 appearances. He was previously under contract with Arsenal, but went on loan to several clubs.


TIGER WOODS: Tiger Woods will not attend his arraignment Wednesday on a driving under the influence charge from May 29, his attorney said, meaning under court rules the superstar golfer will be pleading not guilty.

Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant’s attendance.

Woods could have agreed to enter a program for first-time DUI defendants. He would have to plead guilty to reckless driving and receive a year’s probation.

– From staff and news reports

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