Tobias, Barfield lead Sea Dogs to 9-4 win at Richmond

Josh Tobias knocked home three runs,and Jeremy Barfield had three hits and two runs as the Portland Sea Dogs beat Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-4 Wednesday night in Richmond, Virginia.

The Sea Dogs opened the scoring with a four-run fourth inning keyed by Michael Chavis’ two-run homer, then added three in the fifth behind Tobias’ three-run double.

Mike Olt also drove home two runs for Portland, and Chad De La Guerra, Chavis and Josh Ockimey each scored twice.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Alexis Sanchez will miss at least the first two games of the season for Arsenal, with Coach Arsene Wenger saying the absence is due to injury rather than doubts surrounding the forward’s future at the club.

Wenger said Sanchez sustained an abdominal strain Sunday – hours before Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

ITALY: Gian Piero Ventura will remain as coach of the national team until 2020 after signing a new contract.


NASCAR: William Byron will replace Kasey Kahne next season at Hendrick Motorsports, the latest teenager to earn a promotion to the group’s top level.

Byron, 19, will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet in the Cup series. Kahne and Hendrick announced their split earlier this week. Byron will be sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems and Liberty University.


NBA: The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.

The league said the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder will play in Mexico City on Dec. 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Dec. 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

The Atlanta Hawks signed veteran forward Luke Babbitt to a one-year deal.


ROGERS CUP: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer cruised to victories in their opening matches at Montreal.

Nadal breezed past Borna Coric of Croatia 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round, and Federer routed Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 in 53 minutes.

Karolina Pliskova began her run as world No. 1, beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round.