Sports Digest: Sea Dogs dominate Somerset for eighth straight win

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BASEBALL

The Portland Sea Dogs have already qualified for the playoffs, but that’s not slowing them down.

Portland beat Somerset 5-2 in an Eastern League game on Thursday for its eighth straight win, tying a season-high streak, and its 16th win in 17 games.

Ceddanne Rafaela scored on Tyler Dearden’s sack fly in the fourth, and Hudson Potts followed with a two-run homer to set off Portland at Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.

FIGURE SKATING

QUAD AXIS: Ilia Malinin made history on Wednesday night when the 17-year-old prodigy, and heir to Olympic champion Nathan Chen among American figure skaters, managed to land the first quad axel in competition.

Malinin landed the four-and-a-half-revolution jump while winning the lower-tier American Classic in Lake Placid, New York, in front of a small crowd in a near-empty arena. It nevertheless sent shockwaves through the sport as the last and toughest of the quadruple jumps was finally conquered.

“It was really good. When I’m training, it’s quite easy for me to figure out how to get the timing right and everything to make it a good try,” Malinin said.

Chen, who for now has stepped away from the sport after his triumph at the Beijing Olympics, has played with the jump in training. And double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu failed to land it at the Winter Games.

COLLEGES

FIELD HOCKEY: Faith Jennings scored three goals, two in the first half, as Bowdoin cruised to a 6-1 win over Southern Maine at Gorham.

Maya Malenfant, Georgie Coetzer and Sophia Rutman added goals for the Polar Bears (2-1). Ginny Twitchell scored for USM.

Eleanor Folsom stopped 10 shots for the Huskies (2-3), while Delaney Bashaw had one save for the Polar Bears.

BASKETBALL: UConn announced Thursday that it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie an additional $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is on top of more than $11.1 million in back wages Ollie has already received after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was wrongfully terminated under the deal. of the school with its teachers’ union.

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations when terminating the deal.

SOCCER: Miami star receiver Xavier Restrepo has suffered a foot injury that will sideline him indefinitely, according to multiple sources.

HOCKEY

NHL: Nathan MacKinnon expects to sign a contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche shortly, which could make him the highest-paid player in the NHL.

MacKinnon wants to do something before the start of the season next month, adding that he will suspend talks if a deal is not reached by October 12, when the defending champions raise their Stanley Cup banner and will begin to defend their title.

“We’re pretty close,” MacKinnon said Thursday. “I would rather it be done. … It gets emotional. Sometimes you feel like it’s personal. I’d like to do it just so it’s not a distraction at all.

Once finalized, the deal could exceed Connor McDavid’s $100 million over eight years, the richest signed since the salary cap era began in 2005.

TENNIS

DAVIS CUP: Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz won their singles matches to help USA beat Kazakhstan 2-1 in Glasgow, Scotland to top their Davis Cup Finals group.

The Americans are almost guaranteed to reach the quarter-finals with two wins from two in Group D. They are now waiting to see if the Netherlands can follow suit with a victory over the British team on Friday. Britain must win after losing to the United States on Wednesday. The United States will next face the Dutch on Saturday.

HALEP SURGERY: Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has had nose surgery to improve her breathing and will not play again until next year.

In a Twitter post on Thursday, the ninth-seeded Romanian wrote that she felt “completely exhausted” after her first-round loss to qualifier Daria Snigur at the US Open last month. She then decided to follow medical advice and have an operation to solve her respiratory problems which had affected her “for many years” and were getting worse.

Halep posted a photo in her tweet, showing her bandaged nose.

“I felt it was the right time to do it and also to do something for me as a person,” she wrote. “That’s why I also did the (a)esthetic part.”

SOCCER

EUROPA LEAGUE: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of his Europa League career to help Manchester United bounce back from an opening defeat in the second-tier competition with a 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.

The Champions League top scorer converted from the spot after Jadon Sancho gave United a 1-0 lead in Moldova. It was the 37-year-old Ronaldo’s first goal of the season and his 699th in club competition.


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