Sports Digest: Mariners’ streak snapped by Growlers


Todd Scurving scored early in the third period and the Newfoundland Growlers snapped the Maine Mariners’ two-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory in an ECHL game Friday at Cross Insurance Arena.

Maine took a 1-0 lead when Fedor Gordeev scored from Mitchell Fossier and Matthew Santos at 16:39 of the first period. Newfoundland equalized just over a minute later on a goal by Brett Budgell, assisted by Alex Rindle and Orrin Sentazzo.

Skirving gave the Growlers the lead 4:53 into the third and Tyler Boland added an empty-net goal.


NASCAR CUP SERIES: Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR retirement and IndyCar experiment lasted two full seasons.

The seven-time NASCAR champion returns in 2023 to the series that made him a global motorsports star as part owner of Petty GMS. He will also participate in about five Cup races.

Johnson told The Associated Press that his first race will be the season-opening Daytona 500, where he is a two-time winner.


PARIS MASTERS: Unseeded Holger Rune advanced to the semi-finals in Paris when top seed Carlos Alvarez withdrew.

In a match pitting 19-year-old former junior doubles partners, Roone was leading 6-3, 6-6, 3-1 in the tiebreak when US Open champion Alcaraz withdrew, minutes after undergoing treatment for an abdominal muscle on the substitution.

Runenext faces eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated No. 16 Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4 to stay on course for a fourth consecutive title. The Canadian had eight aces and no break points.

Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, stayed on course for his seventh Paris Masters title, defeating Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals after Tsitsipas defeated Tommy Paul 6-2, 6-4.

WTA FINALS: Jessica Pegula went winless in singles in the American’s WTA Finals debut, losing to Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 7-5 in the round-robin final in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sabalenka had to wait for the outcome of the late match between No. 2 Ons Jabeur and No. 5 Maria Sakari to see if she would advance to the semifinals. Sakkari has already won a seat.

American Desiree Krawczyk and Demi Schoors of the Netherlands advanced to the doubles semifinals after a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over China’s Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan.


PGA: Russell Henley had another 8-under 63 to open a three-stroke lead at the Mayacoba Technology World Championship in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Henley was at 16-under 126, one shy of his career best through the first 36 holes on the PGA Tour. He leads Will Gordon (67) and Sam Ryder (65), each seeking his first PGA Tour title.

CHAMPIONS: Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied his final four holes in Boca Raton, Florida for a 5-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Paul Goidos and Rod Pamplin in the TimberTech Championship.

The PGA Tour Champions event is the second of three in the postseason, with the leading 36 players in points advancing to next week’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Jimenez is now a lock, a three-time winner this year who entered the second postseason event ranked No. 5 in the Schwab Cup standings.

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