Nick Northcut hit a three-run homer in a five-run second inning as the Portland Sea Dogs outscored the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-4 Wednesday night in an Eastern League game in Manchester, New Hampshire.
First-placed Portland won their fourth straight game two games ahead of Somerset in the North East Division.
Portland added to their lead in fifth on Izzy Wilson’s two-run homer.
Christian Koss was 2 for 5 with three RBIs for the Sea Dogs.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL : Susannah Gaines scored two goals in the first 17:00, the first set up by Abby Kraemer and the other off a wire from Jordane Pinette, as UMaine edged Holy Cross 2-1 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Colleen McIlvenna scored for Holy Cross (0-3-2) with an unassisted goal with 6:14 left in regulation time.
Kira Kutzinski stopped three shots for Maine (3-0-1), Olivia Dubin made five saves for the Crusaders.
WNBA: Candace Parker scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky tied the semifinal series with an 85-77 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the WNBA playoffs.
Game 3 is in Connecticut on Sunday.
Jonquel Jones scored a team-high 23 points for the Sun on 10-of-17 shooting, adding seven rebounds and two blocks.
AMERICAN WOMEN: Members of the United States women’s hockey team have agreed to extend their current contract for one month to focus on completing the world championship tournament in Denmark.
Representatives for the players and USA Hockey confirmed the deal to The Associated Press hours before their current contract expired.
Saying an extension is in place, USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said “our focus is on the world championships,” while adding, “Conversations continue to be productive and everyone everyone feels like we’re in a decent position.”
The expansion avoids putting players in a difficult situation by continuing to participate in the 10-nation tournament without an agreement in place.
NHL: The Buffalo Sabers are offering Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen two more years to become an NHL starter after signing the goalie to a $1,675,000 contract.
Luukkonen was a restricted free agent who spent most of the last two seasons in the minors. He is 3-8-2 in his career in the NHL, including a 2-5-2 record last season.
From Finland, the 23-year-old was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2017 draft.
Luukkonen is set to open this season in the minors after the Sabers re-signed Craig Anderson to a one-year contract and signed former Winnipeg Jets backup Eric Comrie to a two-year contact in free agency this summer.
• The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Minnesota Wild in a trade for future consideration.
MLS: Gabriel Slonina made five saves for the Chicago Fire in a 0-0 draw with host New England Revolution.
Djordje Petrovic made a save for New England.
The Revolution (8-9-11) outscored the Fire (8-13-7) 12-6, with five shots to one.
AC MILAN: The New York Yankees have bought a minority stake in Italian soccer champion AC Milan, which announced the closing of its latest change in ownership.
RedBird Capital Partners has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the seven-time European champion for 1.2 billion euros ($1.2 billion).
It is the second football team that the Yankees have in part after that of New York in MLS.
Gerry Cardinale, who founded RedBird in 2014 and is its managing partner, announced a preliminary deal in June to buy Milan from fellow American Elliott Management.
Yankees Global Enterprises, the parent company of the Steinbrenner family-run baseball team, will take about a 10% stake, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
BARCELONA: Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang injured his jaw when armed robbers broke into his home this week, the player has claimed.
He posted a message on Instagram thanking everyone for their support after the attack by a group of masked men early Monday.
Aubameyang said he expected to recover soon and no one else was physically injured in the flight.
JUVENTUS: Juventus have signed Leandro Paredes on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, with the midfielder returning for a fourth spell in Serie A.
The move also sees Paredes reconnect with Argentina and former PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria, who joined Juventus last month after his contract with the French club expired.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Substitute Fabio Carvalho drove Anfield wild with a goal eight minutes into stoppage time as Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-1 for a second straight win.
• Club record holder Lucas Paqueta had the chance to net a late winner for West Ham but ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw against London rivals Tottenham and his first point home of the season.
Hammers manager David Moyes claimed before kick-off that Paqueta hadn’t even passed the ball to his new teammates after completing his 52 million pound ($61.6 million) transfer from Lyon Monday.
• Bournemouth started life without Scott Parker with a battle point as Wolverhampton’s long league winless streak was extended by a 0-0 draw.
The managerless hosts, led by caretaker coach Gary O’Neil, produced a resolute response to a tumultuous few days that saw Parker sacked on Monday following a record 9-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Wolves dominated possession but could not make a breakthrough as their wait for a top-flight victory stretched for 12 games, dating back to April 2.
• Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick for the second consecutive game as hosts Manchester City beat Nottingham Forest 6-0.
• Arsenal maintained their perfect start to the season and top spot with Gabriel Martinelli scoring a second-half winner in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in London.
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