Sports Digest: Sea Dogs hit hard from Sharp in 6-1 win over Reading


Sterling Sharp allowed just three hits over six innings and No. 9 shortstop Edwin Diaz managed a home run and drove in two runs to lead the Portland Sea Dogs to a 6-1 victory over the Reading Fighting Phils in an Eastern League game Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

Diaz opened the scoring in the third inning with his first home run of the season. In the fourth, Sedane Rafaela led off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Sea Dogs then broke it open with four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Tyler McDonough’s two-run triple.

Sharpe struck out three and walked four. One of the walks produced Reading’s only run, a single in the fifth.


LPGA: Lilia Vu birdied the first playoff hole to win her first major at the Chevron Championship in The Woodlands, Texas, after fellow American Angel Yin hit her shot into the water.

The 25-year-old Californian won for the second time on the LPGA Tour. She hit her final two holes in regulation for a 4-under 68 and a four-day total of 10-under 278 at Carlton Woods.

Yin birdied the 16th and 17th, then birdied the 18th to force the playoff.

PGA: Nick Hardy and Davis Riley birdied four of their final six holes – highlighted by Riley’s 33-foot putt from the fringe on the par-3 17th – to give both players their first PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. .

They closed with a 7-under 65 in alternate-stroke play to finish with a tournament-record total of 30-under 258 and beat Canadians Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor by two strokes.

WORLD TOUR: Australia’s Lucas Herbert edged Aaron Cockerill to win the Handa Championship in Omitama, Japan, on the second extra hole for his third World Tour title.

The pair finished 72 holes at 15-under 265 after Herbert just missed a 20-foot putt on the 18th.

LIV: Talor Gooch lost most of his double-digit lead overnight but rallied late to win the inaugural LIV Australia tournament in Adelaide, Australia.

After two undefeated rounds of 10-under 62, Gooch shot a 1-over 73 to earn his first LIV Golf victory by three shots over Anirban Lahiri.

CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR: Mark Hensby birdied the fourth playoff hole after Charlie Wee hit his approach into the water to win the Invited Celebrity Classic in Irving, Texas, for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.

The 51-year-old Australian closed with a 1-under 70. He birdied the par-5 18th in regulation to pace Wi at 12-under 201 through 54 holes.


PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Iga Svetek successfully defended her title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Aryna Sabalenka in Stuttgart, Germany.

Sabalenka reached the final in Stuttgart for the third consecutive year. She has been beaten by the world No.1 on each occasion, losing to Ashley Barty in 2021, then Svetek last year and this year.

BMW OPEN: Holger Rune successfully defended his title with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3) win over Botic van de Zandschulp in Munich.


ENGLAND: Manchester United qualified for the FA Cup final by beating Brighton 7-6 on penalties at Wembley Stadium.

Defender Victor Lindelof scored the winning spot-kick after the semi-final ended 0-0 after extra time. United will play for the title against rivals Manchester City in June.

• In a Premier League clash between two sides hoping to secure next season’s Champions League qualification, Newcastle raced into a 5-0 lead inside 21 minutes and stunned visiting Tottenham 6-1.

The win lifted Newcastle into third place ahead of Manchester United on goal difference and six points clear of Tottenham. Newcastle have one game in hand over Tottenham.

GERMANY: Bayern Munich may have to do without Canadian defender Alphonso Davies for the rest of the season.

The Bavarian side said Davies, 22, “suffered a muscle bundle injury” in the back of his left thigh during Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Mainz in the Bundesliga.


LONDON MARATHON: Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, 23, recorded the second fastest marathon in history with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 25 seconds – beating Eliud Kipchoge’s world record by 16 seconds.

Sifan Hasan produced a stunning comeback to win the women’s title on her marathon debut after looking injured throughout. The Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete triumphed in 2:18:33, despite falling off the pace and clutching her thigh around the 15-mile mark. She pulled away from Alemu Megertu and reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepcirchir in the sprint.


BASTOGNE LOUNGER: World champion Remko Evenepool produced an impressive attacking performance in Belgium to win for the second year in a row with a solo effort, while his main rival, two-time Tour de France champion Thaddeus Pogacar, crashed out of cycling’s oldest classic with a broken wrist.

Earlier, Demi Wöllering completed a prestigious hat-trick of classic victories in the Ardennes by taking victory in the women’s race.

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