Roman Anthony and Eddinson Paulino homered in both games, and the Portland Sea Dogs swept a doubleheader Saturday against the Reading Fightin Phils, 9-2 and 5-4 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The Sea Dogs belted four home runs in the opener, including a three-run blast by Nick Decker and two-run shots by Nick Yorke and Paulino.

Robert Kwiatkowski got the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Helcris Olivarez, who walked five and hit a batter in 1 2/3 innings.

Anthony led off Game 2 with a home run on the first pitch, but a four-run fourth inning was the difference. Paulino tied the game at 2-2 with his second homer of the day, Anthony drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the go-ahead run, and Marcelo Mayer followed with a two-run single.

Felix Cepeda escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to save the second game for Jacob Webb, who allowed two unearned runs in 2 1/3 innings after relieving Hunter Dobbins.



CUP SERIES: Kyle Larson will be the pole sitter for the third NASCAR Cup Series race in a row after a fast lap of 190.369 mph in qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

It is the 19th career pole for Larson, but his first at Texas, where last year he led 99 laps before getting loose and spinning into the wall with 85 laps left.

Ty Gibbs also will start Sunday on the front row after a lap of 190.134 mph. Christopher Bell, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, qualified third, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott and William Byron.

XFINITY: Sam Mayer made a last-lap pass and held on to win by inches ahead of Ryan Sieg at Texas Motor Speedway in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR Xfinity Series history.

Mayer was high against the outside wall after the two cars banged side-by-side on the way to the checkered flag. The final margin was .002, matching the second-closest finish in series history.


Justin Allgaier finished third after leading 117 of the race’s 200 laps.


COLLEGE: Jared Wright and Rieger Lorenz scored second-period goals, Matt Davis made 35 saves, and Denver beat No. 1 overall seed Boston College 2-0 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to win the 10th national championship in program history.

Denver (32-9-3), which finished the season on a nine-game winning streak, moved past Michigan (nine) for most titles all-time.

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Aerin Frankel stopped 15 shots for her fourth shutout in five games, and Laila Edwards scored a natural hat trick as the United States beat Finland 5-0 in the semifinals in Utica, New York, sending the defending champions to Sunday’s gold-medal game.

Hannah Bilka and Savannah Harmon also scored for the Americans, who kept their perfect run intact in having appeared in every final since the tournament was established in 1990.


For the 22nd time in 23 gold-medal games, the U.S. will play Canada, which won 4-0 against the Czech Republic.


MLS: Agustín Ojeda scored the first goal of his career early in the second half, Julián Fernández scored late, and New York City FC pulled out a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

ENGLAND: Wrexham, the Welsh team co-owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, clinched promotion to the third tier of English soccer, thanks to a 6-0 home win over Forest Green.

That’s back-to-back promotions for the team since it was thrust into the spotlight following the investment by its Hollywood owners. It is two tiers away from the Premier League.

• Manchester City kept up the pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool with an emphatic 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Luton that put the defending champion back atop the Premier League.


The win lifted City two points ahead Arsenal and Liverpool, who both play on Sunday.

• Newcastle handed Tottenham another drubbing at St. James’ Park, as Alexander Isak’s two goals helped secure a 4-0 win, damaging Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish.

• Manchester United needed two penalty decisions to salvage a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, although the point did little to boost the team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Casper Ruud finally got the better of Novak Djokovic, beating the top-ranked Serb 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to set up a final against two-time champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Djokovic double-faulted on match point in his first defeat in six matches against Ruud, who had never even taken a set off Djokovic before, including at last year’s French Open final.

Tsitsipas won the earlier semifinal against a tiring Jannik Sinner, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to hand the Australian Open champion only his second defeat of the season.

BILLIE JEAN KING CUP: Emma Raducanu wrapped up Britain’s berth in the finals by taking the last six points of a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1) victory over Diane Parry of France.

Poland, led by No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek, also advanced, along with the United States, Japan, Australia, Slovakia, Romania and Germany. The finals will be held in November in Seville, Spain.

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