Longtime groundskeeper of the Sea Dogs retires

Rick Anderson, the only groundskeeper the Portland Sea Dogs have known, has retired.

The team announced Anderson’s retirement on Wednesday, and named his assistant, Jason Cooke, the new head groundskeeper.

Anderson, who could not be reached for comment, was the head groundskeeper when the team began play at Hadlock Field in 1994. Anderson was a City of Portland employee but joined the Sea Dogs staff in 2007 when the franchise took over field maintenance duties from the city.

Cooke has been Anderson’s assistant for the past eight years. A South Portland High graduate, Cooke is also an assistant football and baseball coach at the school.


PGA: The PGA Tour is bringing a regular tournament to Kentucky for the first time in nearly 60 years.

The Barbasol Championship is leaving Alabama next summer for the Keene Trace Golf Club just outside Lexington. The tournament is July 19-22 and held the same week as the British Open. As an opposite-field event, the winner does not get an invitation to the Masters and the prize fund is only $3.5 million.


ENGLAND: Former England women’s team coach Mark Sampson racially abused two of his players, according to a Football Association investigation.

Sampson was cleared of discrimination by earlier FA investigations but was fired last month because of an unrelated case of inappropriate conduct toward players in a previous job. The new look at Sampson’s conduct toward England internationals Eni Aluko and Drew Spence by a barrister was prompted by fresh evidence.

“I have concluded that on two separate occasions, MS (Sampson) has made ill-judged attempts at humor, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on grounds of race,” barrister Katharine Newton said in a report published by a British parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday ahead of a hearing into the scandal.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home against Olympiakos on Wednesday.

Manchester United took advantage of an embarrassing mistake by the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in the Champions League to beat Benfica 1-0 at Lisbon, Portugal, and maintain its three-point lead in Group A.

Belgian goalkeeper Mile Svilar, making his debut at age 18, was deceived by a long free kick taken by Marcus Rashford in the second half, going over the line while holding the ball with his arms outstretched.


KREMLIN CUP: Top-seeded Kristina Mladenovic and No. 2 Coco Vandeweghe were among six seeded players to make an exit on Wednesday.