In baseball news, the Sea Dogs hit Hartford Yard in a doubleheader with the Goats and won the game with 8 points and 2 wins in Hartford, Connecticut. Nico Cabadas and Chase Maidros hit home runs, while Alex Vinelas trailed six with a two-run triple in the second inning. Four Portland pitchers had two hits in the game. Brendan Neil hit a two-run homer for Hartford in the first inning, but relievers Jacob Webb, Dylan Spak, and Ryan Zephyrjahn retired all 15 of Hartford’s final 16 hitters.
In game 1 of the baseball series, Nathan Hickey closed out the five-run lead with a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Portland a 5–4 victory. Portland’s comeback started with Hartford’s back-to-back errors. Nick York singled the bases loaded, and Sedan Rafaela followed with a two-run single. Kabadas hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. Hickey hit his third home run in eight games since being promoted to Double-A. Brian Van Bell won the game with 7 hits and 4 runs in the 6th inning. Luis Guerrero pitched a perfect 7th inning for his 7th save.
Moving on to collegiate women’s lacrosse, Colby took an early lead but conceded six in the first quarter, losing 12-7 to defending champions Middlebury in the regional finals in Middlebury, Vermont, to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Annie Eddy scored twice for the Mules, including the opening goal of the match (14-6). Ally Franz also scored twice, while Giulia Giardina, Elisabeth Hennessy, and Paige Saudek scored one each. Hope Shue and Susan Rowley scored three goals for top-seeded Middlebury (21-0).
In basketball news, Brianna Stewart scored her franchise-record 45 points as New York beat Indiana 90-73, tying her WNBA record for her 20th straight loss in the visiting Fever. The fever rivaled the Tulsa Shock in 2011, when they lost 20 straight.
Dewana Bonner scored 21 points and Alyssa Thomas had 14 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals as the Connecticut Sun came from 12 behind in Uncasville, Connecticut, to lead the Washington Mystics to 80-0.
In tennis, Daniil Medvedev beat up-and-coming Danish 20-year-old Holger Loon 7-5, 7-5 to claim the 2021 US Open title and first place in tennis for the first time in his career won the clay court trophy. Medvedev is known almost exclusively for his hardcourt prowess, with 18 of his 19 titles won on hardcourts. Another was on the lawn. But he must now be considered a candidate for the French Open, which starts next Sunday.
In football news, Borussia Dortmund is on top of the Bundesliga with one matchday remaining as Sebastian Haller scored two goals in the 10-a-side win over Augsburg 3-0. Dortmund will enter the final round two points behind 10-time defending champions Bayern Munich. Dortmund ends the season next weekend at home to ninth-placed Mainz. Brighton beat Southampton 3-1 in the Premier League, and Evan Ferguson scored two goals to qualify for European competition for the first time in history. The win means sixth-placed Brighton cannot finish lower than seventh and could still overtake fifth-placed Liverpool. Leeds are in danger of being relegated from the Premier League after losing 3-1 to West Ham. The Yorkshire club enters the final game of the season two points behind 17th-placed Everton.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior has been subjected to racist abuse once again, with coach Carlo Ancelotti saying he is considering a replacement for the Brazilian forward. After Madrid’s game against Valencia was suspended, Valencia fans apparently chanted ‘monkeys’ at the star player. Vinicius said the fans had insulted him from the stands, and Ancelotti said Vinicius was initially unwilling to continue playing. Vinicius is black and since he played for Spain five years ago he has been racist abused.
In hockey news, the USA kept their perfect record by beating France 9-0 in Tampere, Finland. Cutter Gauthier scored a hat-trick to give the USA a 6-0 lead.
Finally, in cycling news, American cyclist Brandon McNulty wins the 15th stage to take his first Grand Tour victory, while Bruno Almirail defends the leader’s pink jersey into the final week of the Giro d’Italia. McNulty held off Ben Healy and Marco Frigo at the end of the 121-mile route from Seregno to Bergamo. Armraille’s overall advantage over Geraint Thomas was reduced to his 1 minute 8 seconds.