Micah Kaczor held Portland to one hit in five innings of relief as the Sea Dogs ended their season Sunday with a 5-2 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats in Hartford, Connecticut.

It was just the second loss in the final 13 games of the season for the Sea Dogs, who finished with a 67-47 record. Triston Casas had an RBI single in the third inning, and Hudson Potts hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth.

This was the first time the Sea Dogs have finished with a winning record since they 2014, when they went 88-54.


FOOTBALL: Clemson and Ohio State slipped to the back of the top 10 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday and Penn State jumped four spots to No. 6 after another weekend in which lots of ranked teams had issues.

Even No. 1 Alabama.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide remained an overwhelming No. 1 after holding on to beat Florida 31-29, Alabama’s closest margin of victory during its current 17-game winning streak. The Tide received 59 of 62 first-place votes.

No. 2 Georgia, which had no problem with South Carolina, received the other three first-place votes.

No. 3 Oregon moved up a spot and No. 4 Oklahoma slipped one after a close victory over Nebraska. Iowa was No. 5 for a second straight week and Penn State has its best ranking since the Nittany Lions were fifth on Nov. 3, 2019.

• Wisconsin running back Antwan Roberts has entered the transfer portal less than three weeks after getting suspended from the team.

Roberts, a freshman, hadn’t played in either of the 18th-ranked Badgers’ first two games. Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst suspended Roberts and dismissed fellow freshman running back Loyal Crawford from the team on Aug. 31, shortly before the start of the season.

The punishments came after a fight in a dorm last month resulted in a citation for Crawford.


WNBA: Natisha Hiedeman scored 16 points off the bench, Brionna Jones had a double-double and the Connecticut Sun closed out the regular season with a 14-game winning streak, topping the Atlanta Dream 84-64 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The Sun (26-6) finished 15-1 at home, and the regular-season champions will have nine days off before playing in the semifinals against the lowest remaining seed. The Dream (8-24) did not make the playoffs.

• Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 points to lead the Dallas Wings to an 87-84 win over visiting Los Angeles, keeping the Sparks out of the playoffs and giving the No. 8 seed to the New York Liberty on a tiebreaker.

• Aerial Powers scored 27 points and the Minnesota Lynx made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to knock the Washington Mystics out of playoff contention with an 83-77 win at Washington.

Minnesota (22-10) claimed the third seed for the playoffs and a first-round bye.

• Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Jackie Young scored on a putback with 4.3 seconds left and Ji-Su Park blocked a final shot as the visiting Las Vegas Aces defeated the Phoenix Mercury, 84-83.

Las Vegas (24-8) is the No. 2 playoff seed and has nine days off before playing the highest remaining seed in the semifinals. Phoenix (19-13), the No. 5 seed, will be at home against eighth-seeded New York on Thursday.

• Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and the Chicago Sky used a 14-4 run to pull away from the visiting Indiana Fever, 98-87.


LPGA: Jin Young Ko won the rain-shortened Cambia Portland Classic in West Linn, Oregon, for her second victory in her last three LPGA Tour starts.

The second-ranked South Korean player closed with a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory over Jeongeun Lee and Su Oh. Ko finished at 11-under 205.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Darren Clarke won the Stanford International in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for his third victory of the season, beating K.J. Choi with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Clarke closed with a 5-under 65, birdieing the par-4 18th to match Choi and Steve Flesch at 12-under 198.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden shot an even-par 72 to finish at 23 under and win the Dutch Open by three strokes for his first victory since beating Patrick Reed in a playoff at the 2015 BMW Masters.


INDYCAR: Colton Herta routed the field at Laguna Seca’s permanent road course for his second win of the season, and Alex Palou moved closer to the season championship with a second-place finish in Monterey, California.

Palou increased his lead to 35 points over Pato O’Ward heading into next week’s finale on the street course in Long Beach.
Palou, 24, can clinch the title by finishing 11th or better.


ENGLAND: Chelsea continued matching each of Liverpool’s results through the first five rounds of the Premier League season by beating Tottenham, 3-0.

The European champions took the lead four minutes into the second half after Thiago Silva darted into space to meet a corner from Marcos Alonso with a header.

• Brighton maintained its impressive start with a 2-1 win over Leicester.

• Cristiano Ronaldo began the comeback as Manchester United won 2-1 at West Ham, thanks to Mark Noble missing a penalty in stoppage time for the hosts right after being brought off the bench.

The club captain was sent on by Manager David Moyes to take the penalty after Luke Shaw handled the ball in the area.

The long-serving midfielder, who is retiring at the end of the season, had not missed a penalty kick since December 2016, but he was denied a winner by United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Jimmy Greaves, one of England’s greatest scorers who was prolific for Tottenham, Chelsea and AC Milan, has died. He was 81.

With 266 goals in 379 appearances, Greaves was the all-time record scorer for Tottenham, which announced his death on Sunday.

ITALY: José Mourinho had his first defeat as Roma coach when his side surprisingly lost 3-2 at Hellas Verona, while Juventus remained winless after a 1-1 draw against AC Milan.

SPAIN: Vinícius Junior and Karim Benzema scored late goals in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at home against Valencia.

FRANCE: Substitute Mauro Icardi scored deep into stoppage time as Paris Saint-Germain secured a 2-1 win against visiting Lyon to make it six straight victories.

GERMANY: Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund emerged with a hard-fought 4-2 win at Union Berlin.

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