Sports Digest: Mariners’ winning streak was snapped by Growlers
Todd Skirving scored early in the third period and the Newfoundland Growlers ended the Maine Mariners’ two-game winning streak with a 3-1 win in an ECHL game Friday at Cross Insurance Arena .
Maine took a 1-0 lead when Fedor Gordeev scored from Mitchell Fossier and Mathew Santos at 16:39 in the first period. Newfoundland tied the game just over a minute later on a goal by Brett Budgell, assisted by Alex Rindell and Orrin Centazzo.
Skirving gave the Growlers the lead at 4:53 of the third and Tyler Boland added an empty-netter.
NASCAR CUP SERIES: Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR retirement and IndyCar experience lasted two seasons.
The seven-time NASCAR champion returns in 2023 to the series that made him a global motorsport star as co-owner of Petty GMS. He will also participate in around five Cup races.
Johnson told The Associated Press his first race will be the season-opening Daytona 500, where he is a two-time winner.
MASTERS OF PARIS: Unseeded Holger Rune advanced to the semi-finals in Paris when top ranked Carlos Alvarez retired.
In a match between 19-year-old former junior doubles partners, Rune was leading 6-3, 6-6, 3-1 in the tiebreaker when US Open champion Alcaraz retired minutes later. having undergone treatment on an abdominal muscle at tipping.
Runenext takes on eighth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat No. 16 Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4 to stay on track for a fourth consecutive title. The Canadian had eight aces and faced no break points.
Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, stayed on course for his seventh Paris Masters title, beating Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, after Tsitsipas beat Tommy Paul, 6-2, 6-4.
WTA FINAL: Jessica Pegula finished winless in singles action in the American’s WTA Finals debut, losing to Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 7-5 in a round-robin final in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sabalenka had to wait for the result of the late match between No. 2 Ons Jabeur and No. 2 Maria Sakkari to see if she qualified for the semi-finals. Sakkari has already secured a place.
American Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands advanced to the doubles semifinals with a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over China’s Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan.
PGA: Russell Henley had another 8-under 63 and opened a three-shot lead in the World Tech Championship at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Henley was 16-under 126, one shy of his career best for the first 36 holes of the PGA Tour. He is ahead of Will Gordon (67) and Sam Ryder (65), each seeking their first PGA Tour title.
CHAMPS: Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied his last four holes in Boca Raton, Fla. for a 5-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Paul Goydos and Rod Pampling in the TimberTech Championship.
The PGA Tour Champions event is the second of three playoff series, with the top 36 players in points qualifying for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup championship next week in Phoenix.
Jimenez is already locked in, a three-time winner this year who entered the second post-season event at No. 5 in the Schwab Cup standings.
Football: Cape Elizabeth makes the saves to beat Wells, 20-14