BASEBALL

Cole Freeman had a first-inning solo homer and Rhett Wiseman blasted a grand slam in the second as the Harrisburg Senators built a 5-0 lead and held off the Portland SeaDogs Wednesday night 6-5 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trailing by a run, Portland’s Jeremy Rivera led off the ninth off with a single, but Harrisburg closer Frankie Bartow struck out the next three batters to save the win.

Tanner Nishioka was 3 for 4 for the Sea Dogs, and Pedro Castellanos added a pair of hits, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his second in the last two games.

OLYMPICS

Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings was defeated in her bid to reach a sixth Olympics when she and partner Brooke Sweat lost in a qualifying match Wednesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The early round loss to the Netherlands means the U.S. pair could not overtake fellow Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil on the international tour point list. Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross and her partner, Alix Klineman, have already clinched a berth in Tokyo, and there is a quota of two teams for each country in each of the women’s and men’s fields.

“It’s a terrible, terrible feeling,” Walsh Jennings said after the match. “It’s been a really rough year, and to lose in a qualifier, it feels really hard right now.”

Walsh Jennings, who won gold in Athens, Beijing and London with Misty May-Treanor and silver in Rio de Janeiro with Ross, also played on the U.S. indoor team at the Sydney Games in 2000. She and Sweat had been in position to qualify for Tokyo during most of the pandemic-extended qualifying period before Claes and Sponcil won an FIVB event in Sochi, Russia, last week – their first international gold medal.

To retake the lead, Walsh Jennings and Sweat would have needed to at least get to the bronze medal match this weekend in Ostrava and hope that Claes and Sponcil didn’t reach the semifinals.

“Not this time,” Walsh Jennings said. “It’s a really hard day for us, so I think we’ll feel the pain.”

Claes, 25, and Sponcil, 24, will be the youngest team to represent the United States in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

GOLF

LPGA: The CP Women’s Open was canceled because of logistical challenges and border restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was scheduled for Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club on Aug. 26-29. Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific said Shaughnessy will host the 2023 event and that CP has its extended title sponsorship an additional year through 2024.

The 2000 event also was canceled.

Earlier, Golf Canada canceled the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open scheduled for June 10-13 at St. George’s in Toronto.

SOCCER

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The Champions League final on Saturday averaged a combined 3.65 million viewers on English- and Spanish-language television, tying for the second-largest audience for the game since 2011.

Nielsen ratings show Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester City averaged 2.10 million on CBS and 1.55 million on Univision. The 2015 final between Barcelona and Juventus on Fox and Deportes also averaged 3.65 million.

The highest mark remains the 2011 match between Barcelona and Manchester United on Fox and Fox Deportes (4.15 million).

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