The Portland Sea Dogs scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to close a five-run deficit and beat the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 11-5 in Friday’s Eastern League game at Hadlock Field.
Portland trailed 5-2 in the seventh inning after Binghamton scored five runs in the third. Nicholas Northcut started the Sea Dogs rally with a two-run brace to make it a one-point game and Elih Marrero tied on a goal-laden walk. Ceddanne Rafaela then cleared the goals with a triple to make it 8-5.
David Hamilton added a two-run single and Northcut scored on a wild pitch in the eighth for Portland.
Wyatt Young hit a solo homer, Ronny Mauricio a two-run homer and Jeremy Vaszquez a two-run single for Binghamton in the third.
Tyler Dearden hit a solo home run in the third and Izzy Wilson a solo home run in the fourth for Portland.
The Sea Dogs lead in the Northeast Division second half standings is two games over Somerset, who beat Hartford 2-1 on Friday.
GIRL FOOTBALL: Allie Moore scored twice to lead Berwick Academy to a 7-0 win over Hebron Academy in Hebron.
Chili Dowd added a goal and three assists, Grace Libby had a goal and an assist, and Rose McComiskie, Blake Metcalf and Sevilla Coffin also scored for Berwick. Leila Beakes and Parker Roenick had assists.
THE FUTURE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON: Jimmie Johnson has announced that sponsor Carvana has agreed to fund next year’s racing efforts and the seven-time NASCAR champion will use the next few weeks to determine his 2023 schedule.
Just a week ago, Johnson said he was still seeking funding for a full IndyCar season. But he’s also looking forward to the upcoming IndyCar schedule as he wants to be part of NASCAR’s special project to take a Hendrick Motorsports car to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He hasn’t closed the door on another NASCAR race someday and told Laguna Seca Raceway he has several offers to compete in a variety of motorsport series.
INDYCAR: Colton Herta insists he has no deal to race in Formula 1 next season, is surprised at the sudden interest from AlphaTauri and doesn’t really want an exemption to receive the Super License required for compete in the World Series.
Is Sunday his last IndyCar race? Herta had no idea on Friday.
He heads to the IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway as the race’s two-time defending winner. Herta is not eligible to win the championship – five drivers remain mathematically eligible in the closest title fight since 2003 – but he is the clear favorite to win on the road course.
PREMIER LEAGUE: The English Premier League has postponed its series of matches as a mark of respect after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, adding to the cancellation of top-flight golf, cricket and horse racing in grieving Britain.
Top football clubs held a meeting on Friday and said they wanted to “pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country”.
The English Football League – the three divisions below the Premier League – has also called off its matches this weekend. The Women’s Super League was due to start its season this weekend but also canceled its matches.
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: The Nice prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the violence that punctuated a Europa League match and left 32 injured.
The start of Thursday’s game between Nice and Cologne was delayed by around an hour due to fights between fans in the stands of the Allianz Riviera stadium. The match ended 1-1.
The prosecution opened three investigations on Friday into the violence not only inside the stadium but also outside it as well as in downtown Nice, French media reported. The objective is to “identify and arrest” those responsible.
The mess is also the subject of a UEFA disciplinary case with eight charges against Nice, including failure to screen and search spectators, and three against Cologne.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
CFU: Nate Diaz will face fellow veteran welterweight Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 after Khamzat Chimaev was severely missed in weight for his main event clash with Diaz.
The top three pay-per-view bouts have been shuffled due to Chimaev’s failed weight cut, but the six fighters will still square off Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
Chimaev was 7 1/2 pounds over the 178.5-pound limit at the UFC Apex gym, and the Chechnya-born Swede’s mistake led to several late adjustments to the show on the Las Vegas Strip. Chimaev will instead face rival Kevin Holland, while Holland’s scheduled opponent will fight Ferguson’s scheduled opponent.
Ferguson was expected to face Li Jingliang in the penultimate bout at UFC 279. Instead, the longtime title contender who briefly held the lightweight belt will advance to the five-round main event against Diaz, one of the most popular mixed martial arts fighters. .
Diaz, 37, was a major underdog bet against Chimaev, one of the best welterweights in the world, but his fight with Ferguson should be much more competitive. Diaz is in the last fight of his contract with the UFC, and he has already announced plans to start his own promotional business.
Although Chimaev faces heavy financial penalties for his mistake, he will remain on the card to face Holland in a 180-pound bout. The match carries the bad blood: Chimaev and Holland got into a physical fight Thursday before the UFC 279 press conference, forcing the promotion to scrap the event.
SPANISH VUELTA: Remco Evenepoel had no trouble protecting their lead over Spain’s Vuelta on Stage 19 with just one day of competitive racing remaining.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Evenepoel maintained his two-minute lead over Enric Mas during the short, hilly race that ended in a long, flat finish line.
Mads Pedersen, the 2019 world champion, beat fellow sprinters to win the 86-mile run to and from Talavera de la Reina in central Spain. It was the Dane’s third victory in this race for his Trek-Segafredo team.
LPGA: Without a top 10 since the Asian swing in early March, Jeongeun Lee6 posted his best score in nearly a year with a 9-under 63 in Cincinnati that gave him a one-stroke lead in the Kroger Queen City Championship.
It’s been three years since Lee6’s lone win on the LPGA Tour at the 2019 US Women’s Open, and the 26-year-old South Korean hasn’t played since Singapore at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
She was 13-under 131, one ahead of China’s Janet Lin, who had a 68. Ally Ewing birdied six straight on the front nine and shot 64, leaving her two behind.
CHAMPS: Bernhard Langer drilled for the eagle 76 yards on the first hole and shot his age for the second time this year with a 6-under 65 for a head share with Padraig Harrington in the Ascension Charity Classic at St Louis.
Langer turned 65 two weeks ago. He shot a 64 in the Chubb Classic earlier in the year.
Harrington, the three-time Major champion and the most recent Ryder Cup captain for Europe, played bogey-free at Norwood Hills.
Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal and Steven Alker were part of the group at 66.
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