Sports Digest: Fightin Phils awarded Sea Dogs their third straight defeat


Reading Fightin Phils scored three times in the first inning and held on to beat Portland Sea Dogs 7-4 on Sunday at Hadlock Field and earn part of their six-game series.

Portland won the first three games in a row, including a duel on Thursday, before Reading won the last three.

The Fightin Phils quickly began to take the lead in RBI doubles in the first inning by Aldrem Corredor, Logan O’Hoppe and Chris Sharpe. Simon Muzziotti hit a two-series single in the fourth and scored 5-0, and Sharpe hit a two-series single in the seventh and brought Reading to a 7-1 lead.

Christian Koss hit a three-run home run in the seventh for Portland.

Sea Dogs starting pitcher Victor Santos fell to 2-3, allowing five sets on seven goals in four innings. James McArthur of Reading earned his first win of the season, allowing one run with two goals, while in six innings he knocked out five and none.


FORMULA ONE: Max Verstappen took advantage of an aggressive early pass to Formula One Championship leader Charles Leclerc and then controlled Miami’s inaugural Grand Prix for his third win of the season.

The reigning world champion started on the third Sunday, but Red Bull quickly got the best of Ferrari for the second consecutive race. Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. they blocked the front row in the qualifiers for Ferrari, but Verstappen scored at the start to get ahead of Sainz.

He then focused on Leclerc and used a strong outside pass in the ninth lap to take the lead. Verstappen was not challenged until a late accident between Land Norris and Pierre Gasly knocked out a safety car and set up a 10-lap sprint to the finish line on a 19-turn, 3.36-mile (5.41-kilometer) circuit built around Hard Rock Stadium.

Leclerc looked inside a bit, but Verstappen did not give up and the Dutchman won in 3.7 seconds. He also won two weeks ago in Imola as Red Bull took advantage of a poor Ferrari weekend on home Italian soil with 1-2 for Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Ferrari settled for second and third place for Leclerc and Sainz in Miami.


MADRID OPEN: Carlos Alcaraz ended another impressive week with a straight victory over Alexander Zverev and won the Madrid Open and became the second youngest player to win two Masters 1000 titles.

After defeating their idol Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and first-placed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, the Spanish teen sensation comfortably defeated third-placed Zverev 6-3, 6-1.

Alcaraz became the youngest winner in Madrid and the second youngest to win two Masters 1000 trophies after Nadal won in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005. Alcaraz has already become the youngest to enter the top 10 since Nadal did so in 2005.


PGA TOUR: Max Homa played solid, steady golf during a week of cold, wet conditions and Sunday’s duel with Keegan Bradley back and forth, closing 2 below 68 for a two-shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship in Potomac, Maryland.

An emerging star on the PGA Tour whose only achievement is missing competition in a major tournament, the 31-year-old Homa finished 8-under 272 at TPC Potomac on Avenel Farm. He won for the fourth time in total, the third in 15 months and the second since giving up his popular podcast.

Bradley started the day with a two-shot lead, gave it to the second par-5 hole and returned to par-4 eighth before Homa finally took command of the final nine. A reduction in hole closure brought Bradley a 2-over 72 and a tie for second place with Cameron Young and Matt Fitzpatrick.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Thorbjorn Olesen finished the eagle-birdie for the second day in a row and won the British Masters with one hit in a dramatic way at Sutton Coldfield in England, earning his first European tour title in almost four years and igniting his career after a damaging lawsuit.

Olesen hit 1 over 73 and finished the shot ahead of Swede Sebastian Soderberg (68) at Belfry.

Soderberg finished with a score of 9 less than 279 which seemed enough to win.

South African Justin Walters (71) and Scottish couple Connor Syme (70) and Richie Ramsay (71) shared three for third place.

CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR: Steve Flesch on Sunday with a four-stroke lag from 7-under 65 won in one shot at Mitsubishi Electric Classic, his second title at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia.

David Toms finished one shot behind along with Padraig Harrington, 64, and Fred Couples, who scored the last hole for 66. Harrington had a 7-foot birdie putt on the last hole he missed.

Flesch finished 11-under 205.


Tour of Italy: Mark Cavendish marked his return to the Giro d’Italia with a sprint victory at the end of the third stage, while Mathieu van der Poel kept the pink jersey.

Cavendish, who rides for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, raised his arms above his head and beamed broadly after crossing the line just ahead of Arnaud Demare and Fernando Gaviria.

It was the 16th stage victory on the Giro for the 36-year-old Cavendish, who has not driven an Italian race for nine years.


WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE: Sam Kerr’s two goals helped Chelsea win their third consecutive Women’s Super League title on the final day of the season by beating Manchester United 4-2.

A comeback against United after falling behind twice ensured that Arsenal did not overtake Chelsea with a 2-0 win over West Ham at the same time.

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