Matt McElwain belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning, and Nick White and Quinn McDaniel also homered as top-seeded Maine (30-19) opened its quest for the America East championship with a 10-7 win over UMass Lowell (20-34) in Binghamton, New York.

White hit an RBI double in the first inning and two-run homer in the third. Jeremiah Jenkins was 3 for 4 with two RBI, Connor Goodman also drove in two runs, and McDaniel scored three times.

Noah Lewis (7-1) was credited with the pitching victory, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings after he relieved Colin Fitzgerald in the third inning. Justin Baeyens retired the final three batters for his seventh save of the season.

Maine plays a winners’ bracket game at 1 p.m. Friday against UMBC.

Former Bonny Eagle star Jacob Humphrey was 1 for 5 with two runs scored for Lowell.



PGA: Harry Hall, a PGA Tour rookie from England, shot an 8-under 62 that gave him a three-shot lead over Harris English after the opening round of the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hall took only 22 putts, the last one an 8-foot birdie. Along with his eight birdies, Hall made par putts of 15 and 30 feet.

Tom Hoge, who played his college golf at TCU and now makes Fort Worth his home, holed out for eagle from the seventh fairway on his way to a 66.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Padraig Harrington shot 8-under 64 for a two-shot lead at the Senior PGA Championship in Frisco, Texas.

Japan’s Katsumasa Miyamoto shot 66, and Brazilian Adilson da Silva had a 67 in the Senior PGA debut for both. Phillip Price also shot 67.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Jorge Campillo birdied his way to 9-under 63 for a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Dutch Open in Cromvoirt, Netherlands.

Andy Sullivan, Joël Stalter and Pablo Larrazábal were tied for second.


ENGLAND: Manchester United secured a return to the Champions League with a 4-1 win over visiting Chelsea.

Goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford ensured a victory that means a Premier League top-four finish is now certain.



GENEVA OPEN: Casper Ruud’s run at a third straight Geneva Open title ended in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 loss to Nicolás Jarry in the quarterfinals in Switzerland.

Jarry next plays Alexander Zverev. Second-seeded Taylor Fritz and fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov will meet in the other semifinal.


CHURCHILL DOWNS: A federal judge granted Churchill Downs’ motion for summary judgment that dismisses Bob Baffert’s claim the track breached due process by suspending the Hall of Fame trainer for two years.

Churchill Downs Inc. suspended Baffert in June 2021 after his now-deceased colt, Medina Spirit, failed a postrace drug test after crossing the finish line first in the 147th Kentucky Derby. The trainer’s request to lift the discipline was denied in February, keeping him out of the Derby for a second consecutive May.

U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings ruled in a 12-page opinion issued Wednesday that Churchill Downs’ suspension of Baffert did not devalue his Kentucky trainer’s license.



WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Tampere, Finland, to advance to the semifinals.

Matt Coronato, Nick Perbix and Cutter Gauthier scored for the Americans, who earned their eighth straight victory. The U.S. will play Germany in the semifinals on Saturday.

Canada also advanced by knocking out defending champion Finland, 4-1, and tournament co-host Latvia upset Sweden, 3-1.


GIRO d’ITALIA: Geraint Thomas celebrated his 37th birthday with another strong ride in the mountains to retain the overall leader’s pink jersey after the 18th stage – a 100-mile route from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo that included several climbs, with an uphill finish.

Thomas crossed immediately behind Primoz Roglic, who moved up from third place to second. Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion, leads Roglic by 29 seconds and Joao Almeida by 39 seconds.

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