Brendan Rodgers belted two of Hartford’s four home runs as the Yard Goats completed a four-game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs with a 12-4 Eastern League victory Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut.

Rodgers finished with five RBI, including a three-run homer during a four-run fourth inning that gave the Yard Goats a 6-1 lead. Ryan Metzler’s two-run shot help Hartford extend the lead to 10-1 in the fifth.

Josh Ockimey hit a three-run homer in the sixth for the Sea Dogs, who have lost five in a row.


NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE: Despite three touchdown passes by Jonathan Bane, the Maine Mammoths (1-3) lost 48-31 to the Jacksonville Sharks (2-3) on Saturday night at Cross Insurance Arena.

Adrian McPherson complete 22 of 31 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for Jacksonville. Sharks fullback Derrick Ross added three rushing touchdown.

Bane passed for 153 yards and ran for 31 yards. Mammoths receiver Devin Wilson had five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.


OXFORD PLAINS: TJ Brackett of Buckfield led all 50 laps as he won the Super Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Gabe Brown, 15, of Center Conway, New Hampshire, challenged for the lead on the final lap but came up inches short, finishing .012 seconds behind Brackett. Ryan Robbins of Dixfield was given third place after his cousin, Scott Robbins, also of Dixfield, failed postrace inspection.

Rick Spaulding of Lisbon won the Street Stock feature, Dustin Valley of Poland prevailed in Bandits, and Eric Hodgkins of Minot took the Figure Eight feature.

PRO ALL STAR SERIES: Defending series champion Travis Benjamin of Belfast held off a challenge from Reid Lanpher of Manchester to win the 150-lap Super Late Model race Saturday night at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire.

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire; Derek Ranstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Johnny Clark of Farmingdale rounded out the top five.


PRAGUE MARATHON: Olympic bronze medalist Galen Rupp of the United States won the Prague Marathon with the second fastest time in the history of the race – 2 hours, 6 minutes, 7 seconds.


ESTORIL OPEN: Joao Sousa beat Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4 in the final in Estoril, Portugal, to become the first Portuguese-born player to win an ATP event on home soil.

MUNICH OPEN: Alexander Zverev defeated fellow German and three-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 to successfully defend his title.

MADRID OPEN: Two-time defending champion Simona Halep brushed aside Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-0 in the first round for her 13th consecutive victory on Madrid’s clay courts.

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and third-seeded home favorite Garbine Muguruza also advanced in straight sets.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canada bounced back from a loss to the United States in the opening game at the world championships by demolishing South Korea 10-0 in Herning, Denmark.

– Staff and news service report

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