Sports Digest: Mariners score five straight to beat Admirals

HOCKEY

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

Nick Master broke a 1-1 tie 8:36 into the first period with assists from Mitchell Fossier and Marc-Olivier Duquette. Reed Stefanson added a goal later in the period, then Nick Germain, Gabriel Chicoine and Patrick Shay scored in the second as Maine took the middle game of a three-game weekend series.

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

Cale Morris made 18 saves for Norfolk, while Francois Brassard stopped 15 shots for Maine.

Maine and Norfolk will square off again at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday. Norfolk won Friday night 3-1.

NHL: Zach Jones and Julien Gauthier scored 19 seconds apart in the third period after Dallas goaltender 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 Wedgwood, who replaced Oettinger in the second.

Nikita Kucherov broke the 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 tiebreaker with 3:32 left and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 in Sunrise, Florida.

BASKETBALL

NBA: Kevin Huerter scored 27 points and hit 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.

It’s the first win for Kings coach Mike Brown, who was hired last offseason. The Los Angles Lakers are the last winless team in the NBA.

BASEBALL

MLB: All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado will not use the opt-out clause in his Cardinals contract that would keep him in St. Louis through the 2027 season, a person familiar with the 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 contract with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 before being sent to the NL Central champions, where he is due a $35 million base salary next season.

CAR RACE

NASCAR CUP SERIES: Kyle Larson will start from the pole position in Sunday’s race at Martinsville.

Larson set a fast lap of 96.078 mph, edging out Chase Elliott for the top spot. Elliott’s lap clocked in 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 set for the championship.

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

NASCAR XFINITY: Ty Gibbs unseated teammate Brandon Jones for the lead in the third overtime in a controversial victory that had the crowd at Martinsville Speedway booing Gibbs.

When the 20-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs walked into victory lane, fans chanted “thank you, grandpa” to spoil the celebration.

The win moves Gibbs into next week’s Xfinity Series championship final, where he will compete against three Chevrolet drivers from JR Motorsports. Had Gibbs been second behind Jones, a win for Jones would have put two JGR Toyotas in the championship final.

Instead, Jones failed to qualify and Justin Allgaier finished fourth to join teammates Josh Berry and Noah Gragson in next Saturday’s winner-take-all final.

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

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

FOOTBALL

PREMIER LEAGUE: Fulham failed to convert any of their 24 shots on target as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in the English Premier League.

• Ruben Neves’ second-half equalizer salvaged a 1-1 draw for Wolverhampton Wanderers at Brentford in an English Premier League match in which striker Diego Costa was sent off for a header.

• Graham Potter suffered a torrid return at Brighton as his former club beat Chelsea 4-1 as the Blues dropped points for a third straight Premier League game.

• Substitute Rodrigo Bentancourt scored deep into added time for Tottenham to complete a turnaround from two goals down to beat Bournemouth 3-2 in the English Premier League, ending a two-game losing streak.

• Leeds ended their four-game losing streak in the English Premier League by beating Liverpool 2-1 thanks to Crisencio Somerville’s 89th-minute goal at Anfield.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Jordan Smith will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Portuguese Masters in Vilamoura, Portugal after remaining atop the leaderboard for the third straight day.

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

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who shared the lead with Smith entering the day, is still his closest pursuer after his 64.

TENNIS

SWISS INDOORS: Felix Auger-Aliasime improved his perfect career record against top seed Carlos Alcaraz to win 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals in Basel, Switzerland.

Auger-Aliassime won with a service winner and will be looking for his third consecutive title in Sunday’s final against another 19-year-old, Holger Rune.

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


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