Brandon Lankford scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second to make it 1-0, and the second-seeded Sanford Mainers held on for a 2-0 win over the third-seeded Keene Swamp Bats in the wild-card round of the NECBL playoffs at Sanford.

Sanford went up 2-0 in the eighth when Conner Shepherd singled home John Rizer.

Sanford will play at top-seeded Valley Blue Sox in the first game of a best-of-three series Monday for the Northern Division title.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Ricky Schafer struck out 11 in a two-hit shutout as the Old Orchard Beach Surge (18-22) scored a 3-0 win over the New Hampshire Wild (21-19) in a doubleheader opener at Concord, New Hampshire. Old Orchard was limited to three hits in the second game and lost, 1-0.


CITI OPEN: Alexander Zverev became the first man in nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at the event, overpowering Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the hard-court tourney final at Washington.

Zverev hit six aces, topping 130 mph, and never faced a break point en route to his ninth career ATP title and third of 2018.

Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open and first at any WTA tournament title in two years, erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Mihaela Buzarnescu won her first career singles title at age 30, beating Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-0 at San Jose, California.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Britain’s team added two gold medals, a day after Adam Peaty set a world-record in the 100-meter breast stroke in 57.10 seconds at Glasgow, Scotland.

Georgia Davies won the women’s 50 backstroke and Britain dominated the men’s 800 freestyle relay in the closing event of the day. Russia is the only other nation with three gold medals after the third day of competition.


COLLEGE: Chane Behanan, a member of Louisville’s 2013 national championship team, was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and receiving a stolen gun.

Behanan, 25, was arrested Saturday night with three men following a traffic stop.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Ireland’s first final ended in defeat as the Netherlands kept the title with a 6-0 victory at London.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Sergio Aguero scored twice – once in each half – to secure the Community Shield as Manchester City, the defending league champion, beat Chelsea, the FA Cup champion, 2-0 at Wembley Stadium in the traditional opener to the English season.

Chelsea opens its regular season Saturday at Huddersfield and Manchester City will be back in London next Sunday to face Arsenal.

GERMAN MEN: Striker Mario Gomez is retiring from international soccer after Germany’s first-round exit from the World Cup.


TRANS-ATLANTIC CROSSING: A high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing.

Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, off England’s southwestern tip, late Saturday – 38 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

– Staff and news service report