Frank DiChiara set up the first two goals and scored one of his own, and the Reading Royals grabbed a 2-0 lead over the Maine Mariners in the first round of the ECHL playoffs with a 3-0 victory Friday night in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Trevor Gooch opened the scoring 4:29 into the game. Kenny Hausinger and DiChiara padded the lead with goals just 29 seconds apart in the second period.

Logan Flodell made 32 saves for the Royals, who were outshot 32-20. Maine goalie Callum Booth was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Jeremy Brodeur faced only nine shots over the final 34 minutes.

The best-of-seven series shifts to Portland for three games, if necessary, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Cross Insurance Arena.



EASTERN LEAGUE: Tyler Dearden singled home Devlin Granberg in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Portland Sea Dogs rallied for a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs forced extra innings when Elih Marrero scored on a groundout by Izzy Wilson in the ninth.

Wil Dalton homered in the fifth inning and Dearden went 3 for 4 for the Sea Dogs (7-6).

Frank German (3-0) picked up the win with two hitless innings, striking out four. Starting pitcher Brandon Walter had 10 strikeouts over six innings, allowing two runs and six hits.


BASEBALL: Ryan Turenne tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, then hit a bases-loaded single in the 11th to give Maine (17-14, 14-3 America East) a 4-3 win over UMass Lowell (15-21, 7-9) in Orono.


Turenne finished with three of Maine’s eight hits.

Maine, which has won seven straight, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Quinn McDaniel walked and scored from first on a double by Joe Bramanti. Lowell went ahead with two runs in the sixth, but McDaniel’s RBI single tied it in the bottom half.

Colin Fitzgerald pitched the final four innings for Maine in relief of Trevor LaBonte, who allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings while striking out eight.

• Robbie Samarian hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning, and Bowdoin (12-14, 5-2 NESCAC) added five runs in the seventh to pull away for a 10-3 victory over Colby (16-8, 4-3) at Waterville.

CJ Brito-Trinidad went 3 for 4 with two RBI for Bowdoin.

Patrick McConnell drove in two runs for Colby.


SOFTBALL: Abby Orso threw a no-hitter while striking out nine for Colby (17-11, 5-2 NESCAC) in a 5-0 victory over Bowdoin (12-14, 2-8) in Waterville.

Amanda Cabral blasted a solo home run and finished with three RBI, while Jackie Hill and Logan Luebbe each had one RBI for Colby.

Orso, a sophomore from York, allowed only one base runner on a walk.


PGA: Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play at windswept TPC of Louisiana to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup partners were at 17 under.


The teams of David Lipsky-Aaron Rai and Doc Redman-Sam Ryder were second after 67s.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jerry Kelly made a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole and shot a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the ClubCorp Classic at Irving, Texas.

Woody Austin, Scott Parel and Gene Sauers were a stroke back.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Scott Jamieson took a two-shot lead after the second round of the ISPS Handa Championship in La Pineda, Spain.

Jamieson eagled the 18th hole to finish with a 7-under 63 and an 11-under total at the Lakes Course in eastern Spain.

Tapio Pulkkanen is his nearest chaser, shooting a 67 to move to 9 under.



BARCELONA OPEN: Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz beat top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals.

Alcaraz, 18, is aiming for his third title of the season after he won at Rio de Janeiro in February and in Miami this month.

Alcaraz next faces Alex de Minuar, who knocked off fourth-seeded Cameron Norrie, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Pablo Carreno Busta and Diego Schwartzman also advanced with comeback wins.

Carreno Busta fended off three match points in the second set and rallied from a break down in the third to beat second-seeded Casper Ruud, 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3. Schwartzman ousted third-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.


STUTTGART OPEN: Top-ranked Iga Swiatek beat U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, 6-4, 6-4, to move into the semifinals in Germany.

Swiatek extended her winning streak to 21 matches and moved closer to what would be a fourth consecutive title after victories in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.


FORMULA ONE: Reigning champion Max Verstappen earned his first pole position of the season after an incident-packed qualifying session for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy.

There were five red flags in qualifying, including three in the final part of the session. The last red flag cut qualifying short with Red Bull driver Verstappen 0.779 seconds ahead of series leader Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari and 1.132 ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.


RYLOV SUSPENDED: Russian Olympic gold medalist Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the sport for nine months for appearing at a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Rylov stood on stage with medalists from other Olympic sports at the event last month and wore a jacket with a “Z” on the chest. The letter isn’t part of the Russian alphabet but has become a symbol of support for Russian troops after it was used as a marker on Russian armored vehicles operating in Ukraine.

Rylov was the star of Russia’s swim team at the Olympics in Tokyo last year, winning two gold medals.

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