SOFTBALL

Delaware scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and beat Windham, 5-2, in the Little League Softball East Region on Sunday in Bristol, Connecticut.

Windham fell to 0-2 in the tournament and was eliminated. Delaware advances to play Massachusetts in an elimination game on Monday.

Lacie Higgins and Kiley Card drove in a run for Windham. Kiley Harant, Sophia Bowen, Autumn Willie each drove in a run for Delaware.

BASEBALL

NECBL: The Sanford Mainers rallied for four runs in their final at bat for a 4-3 win and doubleheader split with the visiting North Shore Navigators at Goodall Park.

The Mainers (14-22) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a walk and two singles, then scored single runs over the next four batters – an error, a single by Mitchell Moralez, and consecutive walks by Dayne Leonard and Freddy Rojas.

The Navigators (17-16-2) scored five runs in the fourth inning of the opener and went on for an 8-3 win.

HOCKEY

NHL FREE AGENCY: Defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Jake Virtanen on waivers on Sunday for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.

The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal. A person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it’s a one-year deal worth $2 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not release the contract’s value.

The 34-year-old Staal returns to Detroit for a second year after spending his first 13 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers. He had three goals and 10 points in 56 games last season, and is highly valued for his experience and leadership overseeing a young, rebuilding team.

The Canucks are parting ways with the under-performing Virtanen after six seasons. He was placed on leave on May 1 after being accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a women four years earlier.

COLLEGES: The 20-year-old son of Minnesota men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko has died of injuries from a car crash, after the speeding vehicle he was riding in went off the road in a Minneapolis suburb.

Mack Motzko, who played junior hockey last season, died at a hospital after being taken there from the crash Saturday in Orono, near Lake Minnetonka. One of the other two people in the vehicle, a 24-year-old male in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. The 51-year-old male driver was critically injured, according to Orono police.

TENNIS

PALERMO LADIES OPEN: Top-seeded Danielle Collins won her first WTA title,  beating qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-4, 6-2 in the final in Palermo, Italy.

The 44th-ranked Collins was playing in her first career final while her opponent was aiming for her second title in two weeks.

The 27-year-old American lost a three-set quarterfinal to Ruse two weeks ago in Hamburg, where the Romanian went on to win as a qualifier.

Collins, who did not drop a set at the tournament, is the 14th first-time singles champion so far this WTA season.

SOCCER

MLS: Gustavo Bou scored twice for his second multi-goal game and the New England Revolution beat Montreal 2-1 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for their third straight victory.

Bou, who scored two goals in New England’s 3-1 win over Orlando City in the 2020 playoffs, ripped a right-footer from well outside the area that bounced off the crossbar — twice — and into the net to open the scoring in the 29th minute. The 31-year old scored again, his eighth goal in the last nine games, to make it 2-0 in the 73rd.

The Revolution (10-3-3), who won for the third time in eight days, lead all of MLS with 33 points this season — one more than Western Conference-leading Seattle, which played Sunday night at home against Sporting Kansas City.

Djordje Mihailovic’s first-timer off a feed Joaquín Torres got Montreal (6-5-4) on the board in the 79th minute. The 22-year-old Mihailovic, in his fifth MLS season and his first with Montreal, has a career-high tying three goals and four assists this season.


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