The Portland Sea Dogs’ six-game winning streak crashed to an end Saturday night when the New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored seven runs in the seventh inning to emerge with a 10-8 victory at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Taylor Houck, one of the usual Portland starters who is being used in relief as possible help for the Boston Red Sox bullpen, allowed six runs while getting one out in the seventh.

Jerry Downs went 2 for 5 and hit a solo homer for the Sea Dogs.

NECBL: The Keene Swamp Bats (14-7) hit five home runs and rolled to a 16-12 victory over the visiting Sanford Mainers (8-15), who scored nine runs in the ninth inning.

AMERICAN LEGION: Staples Crossing (4-3) totaled 37 runs in a doubleheader to sweep the Rumford Falcons (2-7) in a doubleheader at South Berwick, 20-0 and 17-10. Staples had 16 hits in the opener and recovered from an 8-1 deficit to total 16 runs in the final three innings of the second game.



NASCAR: Rain spoiled one of the group’s last great traditions when the race at Daytona International Speedway was postponed because of persistent poor weather.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, which helps NBC avoid a head-to-head conflict with the final game of the Women’s World Cup.


Mike Teunissen claimed the first yellow jersey of this year’s Tour de France with a sprint victory in Saturday’s opening stage at Brussels, which was marked by defending champion Geraint Thomas’ crash.

Another top contender, Jakob Fuglsang, also hit the tarmac about 12 miles from the finish. Thomas’ team said he feels fine. Fuglsang, who is among the favorites, got back on his bike with blood on his face and right knee, and scratches on his jersey. He reached the finish without losing time.



NHL: Marcus Johansson signed a two-year contract with Buffalo, giving new coach Ralph Krueger another option for his lines.

Johansson, 28, played for New Jersey and Boston last season, finishing with 13 goals and 17 assists in 58 games. He also had four goals and seven assists in 22 playoff games, helping the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals.


WNBA: Odyssey Sims scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles had a double-double and the Minnesota Lynx handed the Connecticut Sun their fourth straight loss, 74-71 at Uncasville, Connecticut.

Fowles had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Danielle Robinson had 13 points, including four free throws in the final minutes, and Napheesa Collier scored 10 in her first return to Connecticut, where she had a stellar college career before becoming a first-round draft pick. The Sun had won a franchise-record 14 straight home games.


NBA: The Memphis Grizzlies plan to retire Mike Conley’s No. 11 jersey. Conley, 31, played for Memphis for 12 seasons before being traded to Utah this offseason.


AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS: South Africa scored with five minutes left to beat Egypt 1-0 and knock the stunned host and favorite out in the Round of 16.

Thembinkosi Lorch got the winner on a counter-attack to silence 75,000 fans at Cairo International Stadium.

• Nigeria beat defending champion Cameroon 3-2 in a wild Round of 16 game.

COPA AMERICA: Brazil Coach Tite denied he could leave his job after the final Sunday against Peru at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.



WORLD CUP: Australia will face fierce rival England in the semifinals after slipping from the top of the group standings with a last-over, 10-run loss to South Africa despite David Warner’s latest century.

India will take on New Zealand in the other semifinal.

– Staff and news reports

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