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Portland moves back into first place in the Northeast Division of Double-A Northeast.
BASEBALL
Victor Santos and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Portland Sea Dogs moved back into first place in the Northeast Division of Double-A Northeast by defeating the Somerset Patriots 5-1 Friday night in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Sea Dogs catcher Roldani Baldwin homered for the second straight night, Tanner Nishioka had an RBI single and Hudson Potts added an RBI double.
Santos (5-3) allowed three hits and one run in five innings, with three strikeouts and one walk. Rio Gomez worked three innings and Jose Disla closed it out.
AREA CODE GAMES: Greely High left-handed pitcher Zach Johnston was named the game MVP in his first appearance at the Area Code Underclass Games on Thursday night.
Johnston, who will be a senior at Greely, pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit without a walk while striking out three to help his team to a 7-3 win.
The Area Code Games is an invitation-only event that draws 175 players from around the country and is organized as a scouting tournament for all 30 major league teams. Top NCAA coaches are also in attendance. Johnston has verbally committed to pitch at the University of Maryland.
HOCKEY
NHL: Joe Thornton’s pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup is bringing him to the Florida Panthers at age 42.
He signed a one-year deal Friday, making Florida his fourth franchise in a now 24-year NHL career. He has more points than any active NHL player and is 14th all-time with 1,529 points.
The 13 players ahead of him in points are in the Hall of Fame.
• Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had wrist surgery and is expected to need a minimum of six weeks to recover.
Matthews, 23, led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games last season. Toronto did not specify which wrist needed the operation.
BASEBALL
AREA CODE GAMES: Greely High left-handed pitcher Zach Johnston was named the game MVP in his first appearance at the Area Code Underclass Games on Thursday night.
Johnston, who will be a senior at Greely, pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit without a walk while striking out three to help his team to a 7-3 win.
The Area Code Games is an invitation-only event that draws 175 players from around the country and is organized as a scouting tournament for all 30 major league teams. Top NCAA coaches are also in attendance. Johnston has verbally committed to pitch at the University of Maryland.
GOLF
PGA: Russell Henley shot a 6-under 64 to open a four-stroke lead halfway through the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Henley was at 14-under 126. Olympic silver medalist Rory Sabbatini (64) was tied for second with past champion Webb Simpson (65) and Scott Piercy (66).
Former FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, outside the playoffs going into the final event of the regular season, continued his surge toward the postseason with a 65 that put him at 9 under in a group with Tyler Duncan and Brian Stuard.
LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine and shot a 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the windy and rainy Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.
Playing in the morning in wind gusting to 40 mph at Dumbarnie Links in Fife, Jutanugarn birdied Nos. 12 and 13 and 15-17. The 25-year-old Thai star won the 2018 tournament at Gullane Golf Club.
Jutanugarn was at 9-under 135 total, three strokes ahead of fellow Thai player Atthaya Thitikul (70), England’s Charley Hull (69) and Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen (69).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Billy Mayfair shot an 8-under 62 at Canyon Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian star Mike Weir after the first round of the Shaw Charity Classic.
Winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning five times on the PGA Tour, the 55-year-old Mayfair had four straight birdies in the middle of the round and added late birdies on the par-5 fourth and par-4 seventh.
TENNIS
NATIONAL BANK OPEN: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Casper Ruud 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals in Toronto.
On Saturday, Tsitsipas will take on American qualifier Reilly Opelka, who edged No. 10 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 7-6 (1).
Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev rallies past seventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)
In the women’s event in Montreal, top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 6-4 in a quarterfinal between players from Belarus.
Sabalenka next faces fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-4, 6-0.
Camila Giorgi beat 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
BASKETBALL
NBA: The Los Angeles Clippers e-signed free agent Nicholas Batum, who helped lead the Clippers to their first Western Conference finals appearance in franchise history.
The 32-year-old forward averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 67 games while shooting 40% from the field last season.
• Thanasis Antetokounmpo re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo, an older brother of Bucks forward and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, has played for Milwaukee each of the last two seasons. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 9.7 minutes in 57 games this past season.
SOCCER
ENGLAND: Brentford started its first topflight campaign since 1947 by stunning Arsenal 2-0 in the opening game of the Premier League season.
Sergi Canos put Brentford ahead in the 22nd minute and Christian Noergaard headed in the second goal in the 73rd after Arsenal failed to deal with a long throw-in, handing the promoted club a perfect start in front of nearly 16,500 fans at Community Stadium.
GERMANY: Bayern Munich opened the Bundesliga season with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach, with the hosts incensed at the referee for denying them a late penalty.
Alassane Plea gave the hosts the lead in the 10th minute, but Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 42nd.
AUTO RACING
HALL OF FAME: Helio Castroneves, who got his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in May, is the headliner of a nine-member Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction class for 2022.
Castroneves will be joined by longtime NASCAR owner Jack Roush, Pete Brock from sports cars, Dick LaHaie from drag racing, NASCAR co-founder Raymond Parks and NASCAR builder Banjo Matthews, and Denise McCluggage in the media category. Motorcycle innovators Trey Vance and Byron Hines will go in as a single entry.
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