The Silver Lake Atom Splitters dominated their semifinal and final matches Sunday to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Elias Cup for the third time in five years at Bayside Bowl in Portland.

The team of Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, A.J. Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes won all eight games during the two-day tournament, capped by four straight victories in the finals against the Philadelphia Hitmen.

The only close game in the finals was Game 2 of the first set, when Chris Barnes rolled three strikes in the final frame for the Splitters. Philadelphia’s Matt Sanders, needing three strikes to force a rolloff, got the first two but left the No. 9 pin on his final ball, giving the Splitters a 216-215 win.

Silver Lake easily won the other three games, 248-189, 202-163 and 246-192.

The Splitters advanced to the finals by sweeping the Motown Muscle in the semifinals. The Hitmen, meanwhile, needed three rolloffs to edge the two-time defending champion Dallas Strikers.


EASTERN LEAGUE: Ben Ruta lined an RBI single to right as the Trenton Thunder scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in Trenton, New Jersey.

Bruce Caldwell homered for Trenton in the sixth inning before Portland got its run in the seventh. Tate Matheny led off the seventh with a single, went to third on Luke Tendler’s double and scored on a groundout by Jordan Betts.


OXFORD PLAINS: Curtis Gerry of Waterboro picked up his third consecutive Pro All Star Series win at Oxford Plains Speedway, overtaking Cassius Clark of Farmington with four laps remaining to win the Honey Badger 150.

Clark led more than 100 laps before he was passed by Gerry, the 2017 Oxford 250 champion. Clark finished second, and defending series champion Travis Benjamin of Belfast was third.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the final in Monaco.

Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same tournament 11 times and moved one ahead of Novak Djokovic for career Masters titles.

FED CUP: The defending champion United States will play in a second straight Fed Cup final after defeating France.

Madison Keys, a late replacement for CoCo Vandeweghe, secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4. Earlier, Sloane Stephens gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Kristina Mladenovic.

The U.S. will play the Czech Republic in November.


LONDON MARATHON: The hottest-ever London Marathon – with temperatures in the low 70s – featured two Kenyan victories, as Eliud Kipchoge won for the third time in four years and Vivian Cheruiyot took the women’s title.

Kipchoge, 33, completed the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds.

Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia was second, followed by Mo Farah, who set a British record of 2:06:21.

Cheruiyot crossed the line in 2:18:31.


FA CUP: Chelsea will play Manchester United in the final after beating Southampton 2-0 at London’s Wembley Stadium, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

– Staff and news service report

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