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Sports Digest: Yard Goats rally in a sixth inning to beat Sea Dogs, 10-4

BASEBALL

Daniel Cope and Hunter Stovall both hit two-run doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Hartford Yard Goats rallied to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 10-4 on Friday night at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.

Portland took a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Tyler Dearden in the fourth and a two-run home run by Nick Sogard in the fifth. Hartford got within a run on a two-run double by Isaac Collins in the fifth, then scored four in the sixth and three in the seventh.

FRONTIER LEAGUE: Right-hander Kumar Rocker agreed to a contract with the independent Tri-City Valley Cats of Troy, New York, after failing to sign with the New York Mets last summer.

A 22-year-old right-hander who was a junior at Vanderbilt, Rocker was selected by the Mets with the 10th overall pick in last year’s amateur draft. He was the only player among the first 29 picks who failed to sign, and the Mets lost the $4,739,900 slot value available for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s pick.

Rocker is eligible for this year’s draft, which starts July 17.

FOOTBALL

Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, is joining the New Orleans Saints.

The eight-year veteran confirmed the move on Twitter on Friday.

Landry spent his first four pro seasons with Miami before joining the Browns. He led the league in receptions in 2017 with 112, his final season with the Dolphins.

In all, the 2014 second-round draft pick from LSU has 688 receptions for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Landry, 29, is coming off his worst season as a pro. He was instrumental in improving Cleveland’s culture and helping the Browns break their long playoff drought in 2020. But he missed time in 2021 with a knee injury and finished with career lows in receptions (52), yards (570) and touchdown catches (2) .

The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their thin ranks at receiver by acquiring Bryan Edwards from the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday.

The Falcons are sending a fifth-round pick in 2023 to Las Vegas, while also acquiring a seventh-rounder next year from the Raiders.

In other moves, Atlanta released cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a fourth-round pick in 2019, and tight end Ryan Becker.

• The Detroit Lions signed defensive end Aidan Hutchinson to a $35.7 million, four-year contract with a team option for a fifth season.

Hutchinson’s fully guaranteed deal includes a $23.15 million signing bonus, according to his agent, Mike McCartney.

Detroit drafted the former Michigan star with the No. 2 pick overall last month.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, Allisha Gray had 21 and the Dallas Wings overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 94-86 in Washington.

Ogunbowale took over after Dallas (1-1) fell behind 38-23 with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter. She hit three straight 3-pointers in a minute second span, scoring 14 of her 18 points in the quarter from there to pull the Wings to 44-41 at halftime.

Gray tied it with a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the third period, accounting for 12 points to help the Wings take a 66-55 lead into the fourth. The Mystics (3-1) got no closer than six points in the final quarter.

Elena Delle Donne led Washington with 20 points, and Ariel Atkins had 19.

ACES 96, DREAM 73: A’ja Wilson scored 15 points, Kelsey Plum had 14 points and 11 assists and the Las Vegas Aces rolled to a 96-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream in College Park, Georgia.

Wilson also had seven rebounds and five blocks to help Las Vegas improve to 3-1 overall and 2-1 on the road.

Chelsea Gray and Riquna Williams added 14 points apiece, Jackie Young had 13 and Dearica Hamby finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Aari McDonald scored 20 points for Atlanta (2-1), making 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Rhyne Howard had 13 points.

AUTO RACING

INDYCAR: Will Power used the final lap of qualifying to move past five drivers and take the pole for the IndyCar Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

The Australian will start from the No. 1 spot for the 64th time in his career after going 1 minute, 9.7664 seconds on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. He’s now three short of tying Mario Andretti’s IndyCar career record after knocking defending series champ and points leader Alex Palou to second after the Spaniard went 1:09.8090.

Two-time race winner Josef Newgarden, Power’s teammate, starts third after limiting himself to one hard lap in the third and final qualifying group. Conor Daly of Ed Carpenter Racing will start a season-best fourth on his home track.

GOLF

PGA: Ryan Palmer shot a 10-under 62 and was tied at 15 under with Sebastián Muñoz and 40-year-old tour rookie David Skinns at the Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.

Muñoz, a Colombian who lives in the Dallas area and went to college at North Texas, was even through 13 holes coming off his second 60 of the season – a first on the PGA Tour – before birdies on three of four holes for a 69. Skinn’s shot 63.

Justin Lower, another older tour rookie at 33, was alone in fourth, a shot behind the leaders after a 66.

LPGA: Minjee Lee flirted with the best round on tour this season before settling for a 9-under 63 and a three-shot lead in Clifton, New Jersey at the halfway point of the Cognizant Founders Cup. The Australian had a 14-under 130 total at Upper Montclair Country Club.

First-round leader Madelene Sagstrom, Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing shared second after the round played under a cloudy sky with sporadic light rain less than 10 miles from New York City. Sagstrom had a 70, while Thompson and Ewing had 66s in finishing at 11 under.

Lee got to 10 under with three holes to play but bogeyed the 16th and failed to tie the tour’s low round of 62 by Yuka Saso of Japan at the Honda event in Thailand.

CHAMPIONS: Steve Stricker shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a two-stroke lead over Scott McCarron and Padraig Harrington in the second round of the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Stricker, who has won and finished second the last two trips to Greystone Golf & Country Club, is continuing his comeback from a health scare that landed him in the hospital for nearly two weeks last year.

He had only his first bogey of the tournament on the par 5 fifth hole but never lost his lead. He was at 11-under 133.

McCarron shot to 65, and Harrington had to 66.

EUROPEAN: Ukrainian amateur Lev Grinberg became the second youngest player to make a cut on the European tour at the Soudal Open in Antwerd, Belgium.

At 14 years, 6 months, Grinberg added a second-round 2-under 69 to his opening 70 in his tour debut on his home course, Rinkven International.

German golfer Matti Schmid produced the lowest round of the day to share the halfway lead with English duo Dale Whitnell and Sam Horsfield.

TENNIS

ITALIAN-OPEN: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic brought the Foro Italico crowd to his feet with several memorable points in a 7-5, 7-6 (1) win over Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Italian Open semifinals.

Djokovic’s semifinal opponent will be Casper Ruud, who beat Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7), 7-5

Also, fifth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas served 10 aces to defeat Jannik Sinner 7-6 (5), 6-2 to reach his third consecutive Masters semifinal on clay.

Tsitsipas will face Alexander Zverev in their third semifinal over the last month after the 2017 champion beat Cristian Garin 7-5, 6-2.

In the women’s tournament, Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 26 matches by beating former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu 7-6 (2), 6-0.

HOCKEY

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Seth Jones scored a power-play goal and added an assist on a short-handed goal, and Riley Barber, Thomas Bordeleau and Sam Lafferty also scored as the United States beat Latvia, 4-1, in its opening game in Helsinki, Finland.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice while leading defending champion Canada to a 5-3 victory over Germany.

CYCLING

GIRO d’ITALIA: Dutch cyclist Koen Bouwman claimed a first grand tour stage victory after winning a tough seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia and Juan Pedro López kept hold of the pink jersey.

Bouwman was given a great leadout by Team Jumbo–Visma teammate — and 2017 Giro winner — Tom Dumoulin and sprinted to the line to edge out Bauke Mollema and Davide Formolo for two seconds as the Giro tackled its first mountain range, the Apennines.


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