BASEBALL

For the eighth time this season, a game between the Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats has been postponed because of rain.

Thursday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday at Hadlock Field, starting at 5 p.m.

SOCCER

GOLD CUP: Gyasi Zardes scored in the 86th minute and the United States beat Qatar 1-0 in Austin, Texas, to reach the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Zardes, one of the few first-line U.S. players on a mostly junior varsity roster at the tournament, replaced Daryl Dike in the 63rd minute and combined with two other second-half subs, Nicholas Gioacchini and Eryk Williamson.

Gioacchini picked up a Qatari clearance attempt and fed Williamson, who returned the ball. Gioacchini passed to Zardes, and he scored his second goal of the tournament.

The 20th-ranked U.S. matched its record with 13 consecutive home wins and advanced to Sunday night’s final in Las Vegas against defending champion Mexico or Canada.

MLS: The three Canadian teams in Major League Soccer are back in Canada for good, the league announced.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and Minister of Immigration have approved a National Interest Exemption that allows all MLS players to participate in cross-border matches subject to stringent health and safety protocols.

Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver had played all their home matches in the United States until recently because of pandemic-related border restrictions. Montreal and Toronto returned to their home venues earlier this month. Vancouver, which has played at the home of Real Salt Lake, is scheduled to have its first home match on Aug. 21 against LAFC.

GOLF

U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN: Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67  in her U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut for a share of the lead in the rain-suspended first round at Fairfield, Connecticut.

The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion in her Hall of Fame career, had six birdies and a bogey at Brooklawn Country Club.

Dana Ebster offset a double bogey on the par-5 seventh with an eagle on the par-5 11th – holing a 115-yard shot with a 9-iron – to join Sorenstam atop the leaderboard. The 51-year-old Ebster is a part-time golf instructor and assistant coach at Modesto Junior College in California.

LPGA: The LPGA Tour and the Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation canceled the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA because of ongoing travel and border restrictions and current health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled for Oct. 28-31 at Miramar Golf Country Club.

WORLD INVITATIONAL: Jordan Smith made seven birdies on his back nine to shoot an 8-under 62 and take a two-shot lead after the first round of the World Invitational in Galgorm, Northern Ireland.

The event is sanctioned by the European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour, with men’s and women’s tournaments taking place simultaneously.

In the women’s event, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh carded a 7-under 66 to share the lead with American Jennifer Kupcho and South Korea’s Chella Choi.

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