Evan Blake went 3 for 3, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs Monday night as Pittsfield, Massachusetts, defeated Saco 9-4 in Saco’s first game at the Little League New England Regionals at Bristol, Connecticut.

Saco must beat Fairfield American of Connecticut at 1 p.m. Tuesday to remain alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Henry Lausier and Josh Penny each had a pair of hits for Saco, and Jeremiah Chessie, Justin Labelle and Ryan Camire had RBI singles.

NECBL: The Valley Blue Sox scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and held off the Sanford Mainers 4-2 in the first game of the best-of-three North Divisional finals at Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The Mainers face elimination when the teams meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sanford.


MAMMOTHS WIN: Keiron Jones Sr. grabbed his second interception with 38 seconds left at the 15-yard line to secure the victory as the Maine Mammoths (7-8) upended the Jacksonville Sharks (10-6) 43-36 in their National Arena League season finale Sunday night at the Cross Insurance Arena.

Maine closed with a five-game winning streak. Jacksonville fell to the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for a league semifinal Aug. 14 against the Carolina Cobras.


U.S. OPEN: Bradley Klahn earned a wild-card entry with his win over David Ferrer in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Klahn, a 27-year-old former NCAA champion, will return to the Open for the first time since 2014, when he was ranked as high as No. 63. He was out from February 2015 to November 2016 due to back surgeries.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Russian teenager Kliment Kolesnikov added a gold and a silver to his medal haul in just over an hour at Glasgow, Scotland.

Kolesnikov dominated the men’s 100-meter backstroke for his third gold, and returned shortly after to help Russia take silver in the 400-meter medley relay. He has four golds in four events.


FOOTBALL: Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio said cornerback Josiah Scott is expected to miss about two months after a non-contact injury.

Scott started 12 games last season as a freshman.


ENGLISH TRIAL: Ben Stokes, one of the world’s most expensive cricket players, knocked two men unconscious in a street brawl after flicking a cigarette end at gay men he mocked outside a nightclub, the prosecution said at Stokes’ trial.

The alleged assault, which happened in September after England played in the southwest English city of Bristol, has led to Stokes missing some of his country’s biggest matches as he contests the charge.


WNBA: Breanna Stewart scored 32 points to help the visiting Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty, 96-80.

Natasha Howard added 14 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and five steals for the Storm (22-7). Seattle trailed 74-72 early in the fourth before Stewart’s three-point play sparked a 15-0 run that gave the Storm the lead for good.

– Staff and news service report

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