Barfield’s two home runs carry Sea Dogs at Hartford

Jeremy Barfield hit two more home runs and the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Hartford Yard Goats 9-3 on Thursday night in Hartford, Connecticut.

Barfield belted a solo homer in the fourth inning to put Portland (63-73) up 1-0. His two-run homer in the ninth was his 26th, tying him for second in the Eastern League.

Josh Ockimey and Josh Tobias each hit a solo homer for Portland, and Michael Chavis had three RBI.

Dedgar Jiminez (5-0) allowing one earned run and four hits for the Sea Dogs while walking three and fanning three.

Omar Carrizales led Hartford (62-74) with two hits.


WOMEN’S SOCCER: Kayla Brace scored in the 84th minute to lift the University of Maine to its first victory of the season, 1-0 over Holy Cross at Worcester, Massachusetts.

It was the first career goal for Brace and came off the first career assist by Nicole Bailey, on a corner kick.

Annalena Kriebisch recorded seven saves for Maine (1-2-1), while Carolina Cashion stopped two shots for Holy Cross (1-3).


EUROPEAN TOUR: Callum Shinkwin shot an opening 6-under 66 to take the lead at the Czech Masters in Vysoky Ujezd.

After finishing second last month at the Scottish Open, the 24-year-old Englishman made seven birdies for a one-stroke lead.

Pontus Widegren of Sweden, South African Dylan Frittelli and another Englishman, James Heath, were tied for second after carding 67s.

U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR: Sean Knapp took the title without making a birdie in a 2-and-1 victory over Paul Simson at Minneapolis.

Knapp, a 55-year-old from Oakmont, Pennsylvania, pulled ahead for good on the 14th hole at The Minikahda Club when Simson missed the fairway and failed to convert a 15-footer for par. He went 2-up when Simson left a shot in the rough and took four shots to reach the 16th green, conceding Knapp’s par putt.

Simson, a 66-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, was trying to win the U.S. Senior Amateur for the third time.

WOODS VIDEO: The latest image of Tiger Woods looked more familiar. The 14-time major champion had a golf club in his hand.

Woods tweeted a short video showing him hitting a chip shot with a message that said, “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching.”

He had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse disks in April. Woods last played a tournament in early February, when he shot 77 and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.


NBA: New Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka’s contact with Paul George’s agent violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rule and resulted in a $500,000 fine.

The league said a law firm’s independent investigation didn’t find evidence of an agreement or an understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire George, who was with the Pacers at the time. George, who is eligible to become a free agent after the upcoming season, was traded to Oklahoma City.

The league said Pelinka’s contact with George’s agent “constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.”

Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne will have surgery next week for a broken right foot. Payne fractured the fifth metatarsal during a workout July 18.

The team says six weeks of rest in a boot were prescribed, but a subsequent scan and examination this week revealed the foot has not healed “satisfactorily.”


WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: France’s 4-0 win over Netherlands has the Dutch on the brink of missing the World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals helped keep Portugal in contention in European qualifying and moved him ahead of Pele on the list of all-time international scorers.

Belgium trounced Gibraltar 9-0, and Switzerland stayed perfect with a 3-0 win over Andorra in heavy rain.