The Maine Mariners scored five straight goals on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals in an ECHL game Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nick Master broke a 1-1 tie 8:36 into the first period, with assists from Mitchell Fossier and Marc-Olivier Duquette. Reid Stefanson added a goal later in the period, then Nick Jermain, Gabriel Chicoine and Patrick Shea scored in the second as Maine took the middle game of a three-game weekend series.

Keltie Jeri-Leon scored two minutes into the game for the Mariners. Tag Bertuzzi tied it 1:21 later.

Cale Morris had 18 saves for Norfolk, while Francois Brassard stopped 15 shots for Maine.

Maine and Norfolk will face off again at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. Norfolk won Friday night, 3-1.


NHL: Zac Jones and Julien Gauthier scored 19 seconds apart in the third period after Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger exited with an injury, and the New York Rangers beat the Stars 6-3 in Dallas.

Vincent Trocheck had two goals, including the last in a three-goal third period for New York and fourth against Scott Wedgewood, who replaced Oettinger in the second.

Nikita Kucherov broke a tie with 56 seconds left and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in San Jose, California.

Brandon Montour scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:32 remaining and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 in Sunrise, Florida.


NBA: Rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored a career-high 32 points, Tyrese Haliburton added 26 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-116 in New York.


Kyrie Irving scored 35 points on 13 for 22 shooting from the field for the struggling Nets, who have lost their last four games. Brooklyn’s defense has allowed 124.5 points per game during four-game skid.

• P.J. Washington scored 31 points, Gordon Hayward added 23 and the Charlotte Hornets once again spoiled Stephen Curry’s annual homecoming game with a 120-113 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors.

• Kevin Huerter scored 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to help the Sacramento Kings win their first game of the season with a 119-113 victory over the Miami Heat in Sacramento, California.

It’s the first win for Kings Coach Mike Brown, who was hired this past offseason. The Los Angles Lakers are the last winless team in the NBA.

• A female former San Antonio Spurs employee has alleged that now-former Spurs guard Josh Primo exposed himself in her presence, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details had been revealed publicly by the Spurs, Primo or the accuser.


Attorney Tony Buzbee confirmed to AP that he has been hired by “a former contractor” with the Spurs. He is the attorney who represented 24 women who sued Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, then of the Houston Texans, accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.


MLB: All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Cardinals, keeping him in St. Louis through the end of the 2027 season, a person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press.

Arenado had until five days after the World Series to decide whether to opt out of the remaining five years and $144 million on his contract. He originally signed an eight-year, $260 million pact with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 before getting sent to the NL Central champions, where he is set to make a base salary of $35 million next season.


NASCAR CUP SERIES: Kyle Larson will start on the pole in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.


Larson turned a fast lap at 96.078 miles per hour, edging Chase Elliott for the top spot. Elliott’s lap came at 96.019 mph, putting the last two NASCAR Cup Series champions on the front row for the last race before the four-driver field is set for the championship.

Elliott remains a contender for his second title. Larson has been eliminated.

NASCAR XFINITY: Ty Gibbs wrecked teammate Brandon Jones out of the lead in the third overtime in a controversial victory that had the Martinsville Speedway crowd booing Gibbs.

When the 20-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs went to victory lane, fans chanted “thank you, Grandpa,” to spoil the celebration.

The victory moved Gibbs into next week’s Xfinity Series championship finale, where he will race against three Chevrolet drivers from JR Motorsports. Had Gibbs stayed in second behind Jones, the victory for Jones would have put two Toyotas from JGR in the championship finale.

FORMULA ONE: Max Verstappen inched closer to a record 14th victory of the Formula One season by holding off a pair of Mercedes and Mexican favorite Sergio Perez to win the pole for the Mexico City Grand Prix.


It was the sixth pole of the season for Verstappen, who clinched his second consecutive F1 title earlier this month. Red Bull wrapped up the constructors title last week.


PGA TOUR: Seamus Power knows the wind and Port Royal well enough to realize he’d better do his scoring early. He did just that, added a few birdies late and had another 6-under 65 to share the lead with Ben Griffin in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship in Southhampton, Bermuda.

Power holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the daunting par-3 16th and made a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 17th to atone for his lone mistake, a double bogey on the par-3 13th.

Griffin followed the same script in a strong wind with three birdies to open his round. He kept his approach under the wind on the 18th to 5 feet for birdie and a 66.

They were at 18-under 195, two shots clear of Kevin Yu (67) and Aaron Baddeley (68).


EUROPEAN TOUR: Jordan Smith will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, Portugal after staying atop the leaderboard for a third straight day.

The Englishman shot 9-under 62 after eagling the par-4 15th hole and making eight birdies to go with a sole bogey at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Gavin Green of Malaysia, who shared the lead with Smith entering the day, is still his nearest chaser after his 64.


SWISS INDOORS: Felix Auger-Aliassime extended his perfect career record against top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz to win 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals in Basel, Switzerland.

Auger-Aliassime clinched with a service winner and will seek his third straight title in Sunday’s final against another 19-year-old, Holger Rune.

Rune, who is ranked No. 25 though is unseeded in Basel, advanced to the final after beating sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6).

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