G LEAGUE: The Long Island Nets ran their winning streak to 16 games, outscoring the Maine Celtics 7-0 in overtime for a 115-108 G League victory on Thursday at the Portland Expo.

Maine used an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter and took its first lead with 3:12 to play, then was unable to get a basket in overtime. Mfiondu Kabengele had 28 points and 21 rebounds for Maine, while JD Davison scored a career-high 25 points while adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double. Scottie Lindsey chipped in with 26 points.

Chris Chiozza had 28 points for Long Island.


PGA: Chad Ramey shot an an 8-under 64 Thursday, making him an unlikely leader in The Players Championship on a TPC Sawgrass course that rarely fails to deliver a surprise.


Ramey, while playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, won the Live + Work in Maine Open at Falmouth Country Club in 2021. On Thursday, he played bogey-free for a one-shot lead over two-time major champion Collin Morikawa in mild conditions. Roughly half the field was at par or better.

Hayden Buckley made an ace on the famed island green at the 17th, in his Players Championship debut. Aaron Wise lost four balls in a span of two holes, and Rory McIlroy had his highest score in just over a year, opening with a 6, closing with a 6 and was pretty ordinary in between on his way to a 76.

Ramey had no such problems, putting for birdie on all but two holes during the slightly more peaceful morning conditions.

EUROPEAN TOUR: John Catlin and Dylan Mostert shared the first-round lead at the Kenya Open after beginning with impressive 64s at Nairobi, Kenya.

Catlin of the United States made five birdies and an eagle in his opening round of 7-under par. Mostert of South Africa had eight birdies and one bogey to join him.

They lead by a shot over Frenchman Pierre Pineau and the Netherlands’ Wil Besseling.


Catlin has won three times on the tour, with his last triumph coming in April 2021.


FRANCE: Coach Corinne Diacre was fired only four months before the Women’s World Cup.

The French soccer federation’s executive committee made the decision after several players expressed their discontent with Diacre.

“The numerous hearings conducted have made it possible to establish a very important gap with some top players,” the federation said. “This gap has reached a point of no return that damages the team’s interests.”

Diacre, who led the French national team to the quarterfinals at the last Women’s World Cup in 2019 and was under contract until August 2024, said Wednesday she was the victim of a smear campaign.

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