Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Matthew Lugo was named the Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .438 in five games.

Lugo was 7 for 16 last week with three doubles, a triple, a home run, three runs and 10 RBI to help the Sea Dogs win 5 of 6 against New Hampshire. In a 5-2 win on Wednesday. Lugo broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a bases-loaded triple. On Thursday, he hit an RBI double in the seventh to give the Sea Dogs the lead in a 3-0 win.

On Saturday, he reached base five times, including two hits and three walks, and drove in four in the Sea Dogs’ 6-2 win.

The Sea Dogs return to action Tuesday when they start a six-game series at Hartford.


NBA: Jordi Fernandez was hired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who are looking to bounce back after missing the playoffs for the first time in six years.


The Nets finished 32-50 and fired Jacque Vaughn at the All-Star break. Kevin Ollie finished the season as the interim coach.

Fernandez spent the last two seasons as associate head coach of the Sacramento Kings.


NHL: Lindy Ruff is returning to Buffalo for a second stint as coach of the Sabres.  Ruff coached the Sabres from 1997-2013 and was the last person to guide them to the playoffs. Buffalo fired Don Granato after missing the playoffs.


LPGA: Nelly Korda is putting her bid for a historic sixth straight victory on hold.


The LGPA golfer officially withdrew from the JM Eagle LA Championship, which begins Thursday at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Korda tied Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam with her fifth straight win last weekend at the Chevron Championship near Houston, the year’s first major.

“It was not an easy decision,” Korda said in a statement posted on the LPGA Tour website. “After the unbelievable week at The Chevron and grinding through the mental and physical challenges of four events in the past five weeks, I am definitely feeling exhausted.”

Korda’s two-shot win at the Chevron Championship was her second career major and her fifth win in five starts.


SWIMMING: The World Anti-Doping Agency said after reviewing various media reports that it stands by its decision to clear 23 Chinese swimmers who tested positive for a banned heart medication before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

WADA addressed questions at a news conference Monday and acknowledged there would be skepticism about details of the case after the release Sunday of a documentary by German broadcaster ARD.


In an earlier statement following initial newspaper reports led by the New York Times, WADA said it agreed with Chinese authorities and ruled the swimmers’ samples were contaminated.


SERIE A: A 2-1 victory over AC Milan in the derby gave Inter Milan a 20th league title – breaking a tie with its fierce city rival – and a coveted second star on the team shirts.

Francesco Acerbi and Marcus Thuram scored and, although Fikayo Tomori’s late goal for AC Milan threatened to delay the celebrations, Inter held on for the win that stretched its lead to an insurmountable 17 points over second-place Milan, with five games remaining.

A star is awarded for every 10 Serie A titles. Only Juventus has won more, with a record 36 and thus three stars.

— Staff and news service reports

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