Sports Digest: Mariners score five straight to beat Admirals

HOCKEY

The Maine Mariners scored five straight goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals in an ECHL game Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nick Master broke a 1-1 tie 8:36 into the first period, assisted by Mitchell Fossier and Marc-Olivier Duquette. Reid Stefanson scored later in the period, then Nick Jermain, Gabriel Chicoine and Patrick Shea scored in the second as Maine took the middle game in a three-game weekend series.

Keltie Jeri-Leon scored two minutes into the game for the Mariners. Tag Bertuzzi tied it 1:21 later.

Cale Morris had 18 saves for Norfolk, and Francois Brassard stopped 15 shots for Maine.

Maine and Norfolk face off again at 3:05pm on Sunday. Norfolk won Friday night, 3-1.

NHL: Zac Jones and Julien Gauthier scored 19 seconds apart in the third period after Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger left with an injury, and the New York Rangers beat the Stars 6-3 in Dallas.

Vincent Trocheck had two goals, including the last in a three-goal third period for New York and the fourth against Scott Wedgewood, who replaced Oettinger in the second.

Nikita Kucherov broke a tie with 56 seconds left and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in San Jose, California.

Brandon Montour scored the tying goal with 3:32 left and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 in Sunrise, Florida.

BASKETS OF THE GAILS

NBA: Rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored a career-high 32 points, Tyrese Haliburton added 26 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-116 in New York.

Kyrie Irving scored 35 points on 13 for 22 shooting from the field for the struggling Nets, who have lost their last four games. Brooklyn’s defense has allowed 124.5 points per game during a four-game skid.

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• PJ Washington scored 31 points, Gordon Hayward added 23 and the Charlotte Hornets once again destroyed Stephen Curry’s homecoming game with a 120-113 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.

• Kevin Huerter scored 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to help the Sacramento Kings win their first game of the season with a 119-113 victory over the Miami Heat in Sacramento, California.

This is the first victory for Kings Coach Mike Brown, who was hired last season. The Los Angles Lakers are the last winless team in the NBA.

• A former San Antonio Spurs employee claims former Spurs guard Josh Primo exposed himself to her, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details have been made public by the Spurs, Primo or the prosecutor.

Attorney Tony Buzbee confirmed to AP that he is being hired by a “former contractor” with the Spurs. He is the lawyer who represented 24 women who sued Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, then of the Houston Texans, accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.

BASEBALL

MLB: All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Cardinals, keeping him in St. Louis through the end of the 2027 season, a person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press.

Arenado had until five days after the World Series to decide whether to opt out of the remaining five years and $144 million on his contract. He originally signed an eight-year, $260 million deal with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 before being sent to the NL Central champions, where he expects to make a base salary of $35 million next season.

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AUTO RACING

NASCAR CUP Series: Kyle Larson will start on the pole in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Larson turned a fast lap at 96.078 miles per hour, edging out Chase Elliott for the top spot. Elliott’s lap came at 96.019 mph, putting the last two NASCAR Cup Series champions on the front row for the final race before the four-driver field is ready for the championship.

Elliott remains a contender for his second title. Larson is fired.

NASCAR XFINITY: Ty Gibbs knocked teammate Brandon Jones out of the lead in the third overtime in a controversial victory that had the Martinsville Speedway crowd booing Gibbs.

When the 20-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs went to victory lane, fans would say “thank you, Grandpa,” to spoil the celebration.

The win moves Gibbs to next week’s Xfinity Series championship final, where he will race against three Chevrolet drivers from JR Motorsports. If Gibbs had stayed second behind Jones, Jones’ victory would have put two Toyotas from JGR at the end of the championship.

Formula ONE: Max Verstappen edged closer to a record 14th victory of the Formula One season by holding off a pair of Mercedes and Mexican favorite Sergio Perez to take pole for the Mexico City Grand Prix.

It was the sixth pole of the season for Verstappen, who won his second consecutive F1 title earlier this month. Red Bull wrapped up the constructors’ title last week.

GOLF

PGA TOUR: Seamus Power knows the wind and Port Royal well enough to realize that he had better get his scoring done early. He did just that, added some late birdies and had another 6-under 65 to share the lead with Ben Griffin in the Bermuda Butterfield Championship in Southhampton, Bermuda.

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Power holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the daunting par-3 16th and made a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 17th to make up for his lone error, a double bogey on the par-3 13th.

Griffin followed the same script in strong wind with three birdies to open his round. He held his fairway downwind on the 18th to 5 feet for birdie and a 66.

They were at 18 under 195, two shots clear of Kevin Yu (67) and Aaron Badeley (68).

EUROPEAN TOUR: Jordan Smith leads by two shots going into the final round of the Portuguese Masters in Vilamoura, Portugal after staying atop the leaderboard for the third consecutive day.

The Englishman shot a 9-under 62 after eagleing the par-4 15th hole and made eight birdies to go with one bogey at Victoria’s Dom Pedro Golf Course.

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who shared the lead with Smith entering the day, remains the closest shooter after his 64.

TENNIS

SWISS INDOOR: Felix Auger-Aliassime extended his perfect career record against top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz to win 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals in Basel, Switzerland.

Auger-Aliassime hit a service winner and will look for his third straight title in Sunday’s final against another 19-year-old, Holger Rune.

Rune, who is ranked No. 25 despite not being seeded in Basel, advanced to the final after defeating sixth seed Roberto Bautista 7-6 (1), 7 -6 (6).


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