Sports Digest: UMaine baseball falls to Hartford, 11-9.

UNIVERSITIES

Derek Tenney hit a grand slam in the fifth inning as Hartford took a six-run lead and defeated the University of Maine 11-9 in an America East game on Friday in Hartford, Connecticut.

Tenney was 3 for 4 with four RBI and two runs for Hartford (12-35, 10-19 America East). Tremayne Cobb Jr. was 2 for 5 for the Hawks, including a triple homer, and finished with four RBI. Devin Kellog added a solo home run and an RBI double for Hartford.

Quinn McDaniel was 3 for 5, with two homers and a double for Maine (27-19, 21-8). He drove five runs and scored twice. Jordan Schulefand added four hits, including a home run, drove in two and scored two, while Jeff Mejia was 2 for 4 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

Maine ends the regular season with a game in Hartford Saturday at 10 a.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana Hoosiers top pick Trayce Jackson-Davis will be on the court next season after being pulled out of the NBA draft.

Jackson-Davis has two more years of eligibility and will begin his senior season ranked 15th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,565 points.

ICE HOCKEY

NHL: Rick Bowness will not return as the Dallas Stars’ head coach after nearly three seasons in which he led them to the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals and to the playoffs again this year.

While Bowness has not been under contract this season, the 67-year-old coach said in a statement released by the team on Friday that he would step down to “give the organization an opportunity to take a different direction in the head coaching position”. The move doesn’t necessarily mean Bowness is done coaching.

General manager Jim Nill said assistant coaches John Stevens, Derek Laxdal and Todd Nelson would also not be returning.

Bowness has sat on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as head coach or assistant in nearly four decades. He was 89-62-25 as a head coach at Dallas, where he was a sophomore as an assistant before being named interim head coach in December 2019 after Jim Montgomery was fired over off-ice problems.

After the Stars reached the Stanley Cup Finals in this pandemic-altered 2019-20 season, the interim tag was removed and Bowness was given a two-year contract.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Finland returned to winning ways at the Ice Hockey World Championships when they defeated Great Britain 6-0, while Germany defeated Italy 9-4 in the highest-scoring game of the tournament in Tampere, Finland.

The win moved the Olympic champions Finland to first place in Group B, ahead of Sweden, the United States and the Czech Republic.

Slovakia defeated Kazakhstan 4-3 in the day’s other Group A game.

FOOTBALL

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman is moving from Germany to the United States and is among 27 players invited to the Americans’ penultimate pre-World Cup training camp.

Haji Wright, a 24-year-old Los Angeles forward who is on course for success in the Turkish league, is also among the players who could make their US debut, alongside Borussia Monchengladbach full-back Joe Scally, who was in the squad for Borussia Monchengladbach -Qualified in November but didn’t get into a match.

Glasgow Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and Montreal midfielder Djordje Mihailovic were also called up on Friday after being bypassed in the 14 September-March qualifiers.

TENNIS

GENEVA OPEN: Casper Ruud will defend his title in Geneva against unseeded Joao Sousa after both won two sets in the semifinals.

8th-ranked Ruud defeated Reilly Opelka 7-6(2), 7-5, raising his career record to 4-0 against the longest-serving American, who is ranked 18th.

Sousa advanced to his first clay-court final since 2018 by defeating Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2. Sousa was runner-up in Geneva seven years ago.

OLYMPIA

PROHIBITION: Russian athletes and officials banned from international sport because of the war in Ukraine would be protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said.

Most sports federations have followed IOC guidelines of February 28 – four days after the start of the invasion of Russia – by withdrawing teams and athletes from their international competitions. In football, Russian teams have been removed from both men’s and women’s World Cup qualifiers.

Russian football is challenging these and other decisions before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Friday’s speech by Bach is likely to be repeated by defense attorneys at several pending hearings.

TO GO BIKING

GIRO d’ITALIA: Romain Bardet abandoned the Giro d’Italia due to a stomach problem before French cyclist Arnaud Démare claimed his third win of the year.

Bardet, who was among the overall title favorites and was fourth overall, got off his bike about a third into Stage 13 and got into a Team DSM car. Shortly thereafter, the team confirmed its task.

MOTOR RACE

FORMULA ONE: Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso slammed the FIA ​​at his home grand prix, accusing race stewards of incompetence and saying one of the directors lacked the professionalism for the role.

The Spaniard was furious at the Miami Grand Prix two weeks ago after being penalized late in the race while fighting for points. Alonso claimed at Friday’s Spanish Grand Prix that his Alpine team had presented evidence to have his sentence overturned, but the stewards had already made their decision and were done with work for the day.

Alonso was penalized twice in Miami but Alpine protested the late penalty he received for leaving the track and gaining position. The team insist he returned the time gained and had data to prove his claim.

Alonso’s criticism comes amid tensions between race management at the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, and teams emerging from last season’s finale in Abu Dhabi. The championship was controversially won by Max Verstappen after a series of events set in motion by then-race director Michael Masi.


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