Sports Digest: Cottam drives in four as Sea Dogs beat Fisher Cats, 8-5



Kole Cottam’s scoring triple capped a four-run eighth inning that lifted the Portland Sea Dogs to an 8-5 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in an Eastern League game Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Cottam went 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Ceddanne Rafaela went 3-for-6 and scored the go-ahead in the eighth on a Christian Koss single, and David Hamilton hit a solo home run.

NECBL: The Sanford Mainers (18-20) took the lead for good with a pair of unearned runs late in the seventh inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the Upper Valley Bristol Blues (27-11) in Goodall Park.

Quinn McDaniel hit a solo home run for the Mainers. Bryce Afthim took the win with 12/3 no-hitter relief innings, fanning two and walking one.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Christophe Laporte ended the host country’s shortage of stage winners when he crashed out of the peloton in the 19th stage final and claimed his first Tour de France victory.

Just two days before the end of the race in Paris, Laporte became the first French winner since 2020, making his choice after a trio of breakaway riders were caught 1.5 kilometers from the flat 188 stage, 5 kilometers to Cahors in the South West of France.

Support runner of the leader of the general Jonas Vingaard in Jumbo-Visma, Laporte won ahead of Jasper Philipsen and Alberto Dainese.


WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIPS : Turns out Allyson Felix didn’t run her last race. The most decorated sprinter in United States history will return to the world championships to compete in the 1,600-meter relay prelims on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

She said team officials brought her out of her brief retirement after helping the mixed relay team win a bronze medal last Friday in what she said was her last major race.

The 1600m relay preliminaries will take place on Saturday and the final on Sunday to close the world championships.

Third place in the mixed relay gave Felix her 19th world championship medal, extending a record she already held.

• Noah Lyles led wire to wire and beat the field in the 200 meters on Thursday night in 19.31 seconds, the third fastest time ever, to lead the second American sprint sweep at the world championships.

Lyles beat his American teammate Kenny Bednarek by 0.46 seconds, Erriyon Knighton, 18, finishing third.

Her victory came moments after Shericka Jackson gave the Jamaicans another gold medal in the sprints. She ran 21.45, the second fastest time in history, to beat 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.


NHL: Patrik Laine has signed a long-term contract to stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets, completing the last major item on the team’s checklist this offseason.

Even after adding top free agent Johnny Gaudreau, the Blue Jackets made room to keep Laine by trading forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the Seattle Kraken for a third- and fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft. Laine signed again for four years and $34.8 million.


SOCCER: The NCAA has charged Tennessee with 18 major rule violations involving allegations of providing impermissible money, gifts and benefits worth approximately $60,000 to soccer rookies and their families under the former trainer Jeremy Pruitt.

The school has until Oct. 20 to respond to Level I violations, the most serious by NCAA standards, according to the letter it received from association law enforcement personnel.

The NCAA Notice of Allegations says at least a dozen Pruitt staffers were implicated in more than 200 individual violations over a two-year period.

Pruitt and nine others were terminated for cause in January 2021 after Tennessee launched an internal investigation following a whistleblower on Nov. 13, 2020, and uncovered what the university’s chancellor called ” serious violations of NCAA rules”. The layoff nullified Pruitt’s $12.6 million buyout after he went 16-19 in three seasons.


HAMBURG EUROPEAN OPEN: American Bernarda Pera will face top seed Anett Kontaveit in the women’s final after winning her semifinals in straight sets.

Pera, who won her first WTA title in Budapest last week, edged seventh-seeded Maryna Zanevska 6-2, 6-4.

Number one seed Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the men’s semifinals with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Karen Khachanov.

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