Danny Mars lined a solo home run to left field in the third inning, the first of three homers Thursday night that helped the visiting Portland Sea Dogs defeat the Hartford Yard Goats, 10-2.

Mars’ homer was part of a three-run inning for Portland (33-51) against Hartford. The Sea Dogs added five runs in the fourth, highlighted by Jantzen Witte’s three-run blast.

Tony Randa contributed a solo homer in the eighth.

Starter Dedgar Jimenez picked up the win, going five innings and allowing two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking two.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Henry Blanco hit a solo home run to pace a three-run seventh inning as the Puerto Rico Islanders rallied past the Old Orchard Beach Surge 5-1 at Aguada, Puerto Rico.

Blanco and Angel Perez-Vargas each had a pair of hits for the Islanders (10-7).

John Suber had an RBI single for Old Orchard Beach (9-7) in the seventh.

AMERICAN LEGION: Andrew DeGeorge hit a two-out single to deliver the winning run in the seventh inning as Coastal Landscaping edged Topsham Post 8-7 in a Zone 3 game at Portland.

Dillon Francoeur and Griffin Watson finished with four hits apiece for Coastal Landscaping (9-3).

Topsham Post (1-11) was led Hunter Lohr, who had three singles.


NHL: Vegas forward William Karlsson is among 43 players seeking salary arbitration after he finished third in the NHL in scoring with the expansion Golden Knights last season.

Two more Golden Knights, defenseman Colin Miller and forward Tomas Nosek, also are on the list of players electing to have an arbitrator determine their contracts, the NHL Players’ Association announced.

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15 million contract, locking up a player who has been a stalwart presence in the team’s emergence as a playoff contender.


RONALDO MOVE: Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent told Portuguese media that Ronaldo would be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he ends up leaving the European champion.

Local media in Spain and Italy claim Ronaldo has reached a deal to sign with Juventus, the Italian champion, although neither club has confirmed the negotiations.


FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes’ mishaps in Austria will make the team stronger and help him become the British Grand Prix’s outright most successful driver Sunday.

Hamilton, a four-time world champion, lost the championship lead after failing to finish in Austria following a strategy mistake. But Hamilton said “the spirit within the team is stronger than it’s ever been and these experiences that we’ve been having have really united us.”


UFC: Featherweight champion Max Holloway was pulled from his title fight Saturday against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 due to symptoms of an apparent concussion.

Holloway made two trips to the emergency room this week after his coaches and management noticed he was acting unusually.

Max Griffin, a UFC welterweight, wasn’t impressed.

“To me, we’re fighters,” he said. “We always have a concussion, you know?”