Corey Rosier had two hits and an RBI as the Portland Sea Dogs earned their second straight win to start the season, beating the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2-0 on Friday night at Hadlock Field.

Rosier hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to drive in Christian Koss, who doubled with one out, to give the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead.

Portland took the lead in the fifth when Elih Marrero, who reached with a lead off walk, scored on an error.

Binghamton had a chance in the top of the ninth when reliever Brendan Nail hit consecutive batters with one out, but Rio Gomez came on to record the final two outs to earn his first save of the season.



ECHL: Sebastian Vidmar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the second period, and the Adirondack Thunder moved into playoff position in the ECHL’s North Division by defeating the Maine Mariners 4-1 in Glens Falls, New York.

Mitch Fossier scored the opening goal for Maine, which has already clinched a playoff berth but is battling with the Reading Royals for second place in the North. Adirondack is now one point ahead of Worcester for fourth place.

NHL: Minnesota Wild star left wing Kirill Kaprizov has been cleared to return from a lower-body injury, just as top center Joel Eriksson Ek has been sidelined by a lower-body injury.

The Wild announced that Kaprizov will play against St. Louis on Saturday, exactly one month after he was hurt in an awkward collision with Winnipeg defenseman Logan Stanley. Kaprizov is still tied for 13th in the NHL and in the team lead with 39 goals despite missing 13 games.

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Abbey Murphy scored at seven seconds for the fastest goal in women’s world hockey championship history and the United States routed Switzerland 9-1 in Brampton, Ontario to improve to 2-0 in Group A play.

In Group B, Finland improved to 2-0, beating Germany 3-0. In the late game in Group A, two-time defending champion Canada faced the Czech Republic.


Murphy took the puck off Abby Roque’s opening faceoff victory, sped past two defenders and fired a shot past goalie Saskia Maurer.


ENGLAND: Burnley sealed an immediate return to the Premier League under Vincent Kompany by beating Middlesbrough 2-1 in the second-tier Championship.

The win guaranteed Burnley a top-two finish, with the team still having seven games left to play.

Kompany, the former Manchester City captain, has had a stunning effect since taking over as manager a few weeks after Burnley was relegated from the league last year to end its six-season stay in the top-flight.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen has recovered from an ankle injury ahead of schedule in a boost to the Premier League club’s hopes of a top-four finish.


The Denmark international has been sidelined since late January but will suit up Saturday when United hosts Everton, manager Erik ten Hag said.

Eriksen had become a key figure under Ten Hag, making 31 appearances in total this season before sustaining the injury after a tackle from Andy Carroll during an FA Cup victory over second-division Reading.

NWSL: The coach of the Irish women’s national team called allegations of weight shaming during her time as a coach in the National Women’s Soccer League “absolutely ridiculous and false.”

“There’s no truth in it,” Vera Pauw said in advance of a pair of matches against the United States, the first set for Saturday at Austin’s Q2 Stadium.

The allegations against Pauw, who coached the Houston Dash in 2018, were outlined in a report resulting from an investigation into misconduct in the league that was released in December


DOPING: Norah Jeruto, the Kenya-born runner who won world championship gold for Kazakhstan in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last year, has been provisionally suspended on suspicion of breaking anti-doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit said.

A notice of charge has been issued against Jeruto, 27, for the use of a prohibited substance or method, according to an entry on the website of the AIU, which oversees doping cases in track and field.

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