Second-inning homer lifts Hartford past Portland

Juan Ciriaco hit a three-run home run in the second inning and the Hartford Yard Goats held on to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 4-3 on Wednesday in Hartford, Connecticut.

Michael Chavis homered in the first to give the Sea Dogs (62-73) a 1-0 lead. Hartford (62-73) tied it on a sacrifice fly by Drew Weeks in the bottom of the inning, then took the lead on Ciriaco’s homer.

Jeremy Barfield hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his 24th home run of the season, for Portland.


FOOTBALL: No. 17 Florida suspended two more players Wednesday for its season opener against 11th-ranked Michigan, including starting running back Jordan Scarlett.

Scarlett and receiver Rick Wells were suspended indefinitely from all team activities for misusing school funds, bringing to 10 the total number of Florida players suspended for the game Saturday in Arlington, Texas.

University Police Department spokesman Brad Barber confirmed there is an ongoing investigation regarding credit card fraud involving football players at Florida. But Barber would not discuss names or the number of individuals involved.

The Michigan football roster has finally been revealed to the public.

Coach Jim Harbaugh announced it via his Twitter account early Wednesday. The roster drew interest mostly because the school waited so long before releasing it. NJ Advance Media submitted a Freedom Of Information request in an effort to obtain it, and Harbaugh eventually said that with final tryouts for the team starting no earlier than Aug. 28, the roster would be publicized Aug. 30.

Tennessee will be missing its projected starting left tackle and its top linebacker Monday when the 25th-ranked Volunteers open the season against Georgia Tech.

Volunteers Coach Butch Jones announced offensive tackle Drew Richmond will be suspended for the Georgia Tech game due to a violation of team rules and that linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.


NHL: Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan is retiring after 21 seasons with the same franchise.

The 40-year-old Doan is the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every category, finishing his career with 402 goals and 570 assists in 1,540 games. The Coyotes announced in June that Doan would not be re-signed, making the longtime captain a free agent. After deliberating with his family, Doan decided to hang up his skates rather than play for another team.


WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Philippe Coutinho will be on the bench when Brazil plays Ecuador on Thursday in a World Cup qualifying match.

The Liverpool forward, linked to a move to Barcelona, has yet to play a minute in the Premier League this season. He is reported to have a back injury, although he has practiced this week with Brazil’s national team.


SPANISH VUELTA: Chris Froome increased his lead, finishing second in the mountainous 11th stage behind Miguel Angel Lopez.

Lopez completed the 116.5-mile ride from Lorca to the Calar Alto summit in 5 hours, 5 minutes, 9 seconds. Froome was second, 14 seconds back, edging title rival Vincenzo Nibali. Froome now leads second-placed Nibali by 1:19 overall.