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Sports Digest: Sea Dogs suffer second straight loss to Fightin Phils


Jhailyn Ortiz hit a grand slam as the Reading Fightin Phils cruised to an 8-0 win over the Portland Sea Dogs in an Eastern League game in Reading, Pennsylvania.

It was the second straight win for Reading, which won four of six games in the series with Portland. The Sea Dogs lead over Somerset in the Northeast Division second-half standings falls to 1/2 game.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by Aldrem Correrdor. Wendell Rijo added a two-run single in the third and McCarthy Tatum a solo home run in the sixth.

Andrew Painter earned the win, allowing three hits, while striking out eight and walking none in six innings.

Portland starting pitcher Thad Ward allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits in five innings.

LITTLE LEAGUE: The father of the Little League World Series player who seriously injured his head when he fell out of his top bunk in the dorms said there is a chance his son can make a full recovery when he returns home to Utah.

Jace Oliverson told The Associated Press his 12-year-old-son, Easton, was expected to fly back Tuesday to Utah and will remain in a hospital there.

“I’m just grateful that he’s still alive because I was pretty much told he had a zero percent chance to live,” Oliverson said. “We feel very fortunate.”

Easton Oliverson, a pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team out of Santa Clara, Utah, suffered the injury Monday.

“There is a chance of a full recovery,” Oliverson said. “It’s just a matter of how long and the therapy that he’s going to receive. We’re just asking for prayers. Continuous prayers.”


WOMEN’S SOCCER: Four players scored as the University of Maine women’s soccer team beat St. Peter’s 4-0 in its season-opener in Orono.

Saylor Clark and Madison Michaud scored in the first half, and Abby Kraemer and Kayla Kraemer added second-half goals for the Black Bears.

Kira Kutzinski needed just two saves for the shutout. Olivia Mackethan stopped 16 shots for St. Peter’s (0-2).


NBA: Miami captain Udonis Haslem is returning to the Heat for a 20th season. It’s a one-year deal worth $2.9 million; Miami extended the offer nearly two months ago, then waited for Haslem to decide between retiring and returning.

The 42-year-old Haslem is by far the longest-tenured player in Heat history. He is a three-time NBA champion with Miami and is the franchise’s all-time leader in rebounds. This contract is the 11th he has signed with the Heat, and this marks the seventh consecutive summer in which he has signed a deal with the team.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City was given a major scare by Newcastle before coming from behind to draw 3-3 in a thrilling game.

City needed goals in the space of four minutes after the hour mark from Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva to salvage a point at St. James’ Park and maintain the unbeaten start to its title defense.

• West Ham slumped to its third straight loss to open the season as goals from midfielders Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard earned Brighton a 2-0 win.

Mac Allister’s 22nd-minute penalty and Trossard’s breakaway goal in the 66th maintained Brighton’s unbeaten start to the season after a win at Manchester United and a draw with Newcastle.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Caroline Garcia generated momentum going into next week’s US Open, capturing the women’s championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova in Mason, Ohio.

And Borna Coric continued his headlong rush up the men’s rankings, completing an improbable run to the championship with a 7-6 (0), 6-2 win over No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first final at this tournament for both players.

Garcia, already the first qualifier to reach the tournament final, clinched the victory when Kvitova sent a second serve return into the net. Garcia dropped to her knees and lay on her back on the court after the final point.


OBIT: Tom Weiskopf’s golf skill went far beyond his 16 victories on the PGA Tour and his lone major at Royal Troon in the British Open. He was outspoken and accurate in the television booth and found even greater success designing golf courses.

Weiskopf died Saturday at his home in Big Sky, Montana, his wife said. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2020. He was 79.

Laurie Weiskopf said Tom was working last week at The Club at Spanish Peaks and attended a legacy luncheon at a club where he is designing a collection of his 10 favorite par 3s.

EUROPEAN TOURS: Maximilian Kieffer closed with a 6-under 66 to win the rain-hit Czech Masters in Vysoky Ujezd, Czech Republic, for his first European tour title.

Kieffer finished one shot ahead of overnight leader Gavin Green at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague with a 16-under 200 total.

Play had been suspended for the day on Saturday after the course was flooded following heavy rain shortly after the third round started. The round summarized on Sunday with the tournament decided over 54 holes.

The first trophy for the 32-year-old Kieffer came after four runner-up finishes on the tour. He also became the first German to win since Marcel Siem captured the 2014 BMW Masters.

CHAMPIONS TOURS: Padraig Harrington won the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York for his second PGA Tour Champions victory of the year.

Harrington closed with a 5-under 67 at En-Joie Golf Club for a three-stroke victory over Mike Weir and Thongchai Jaidee.

A stroke behind Weir entering the day, Harrington birdied Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12 in a bogey-free round to finish at 16-under 200.

US AMATEUR: Texas A&M senior Sam Bennett won the US Amateur, building a 5-up lead over Ben Carr and holding on for a 1-up victory at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.

Bennett is No. 3 in the world amateur ranking and had to get past three straight players ranked in the top 10 to reach the championship match.

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