Starting pitcher Jay Groome allowed eight runs on six hits, including four home runs, in two innings and the Portland Sea Dogs lost to the Somerset Patriots, 12-4, on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

Groome retired the first two batters of the game before running in trouble. He walked Josh Breaux and hit Andres Chaparro before Elijah Dunham hit a three-run homer. Former Sea Dogs Jeisson Rosario followed with a solo home run to make it 4-0. Portland (22-23) responded with a solo homer by Nick Sogard and a two-run shot by Pedro Castellanos in the bottom of the inning, but Somerset struck for four more runs (a three-run homer by Brandon Lockridge and a solo shot by Chaparro) in the second to make it 7-3.

Lockridge was 2 for 5 with three RBI, while Dunham was 4 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored for Somerset (29-15). Breaux added a solo home run in the sixth.

Portland returns to action Tuesday for the start of a six-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, New Hampshire.



NHL: Veteran Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza announced his retirement after a 19-season NHL career.

The 38-year-old is moving into the Maple Leafs’ front office as a special assistant to GM Kyle Dubas.

Taken second overall by Ottawa in the 2001 draft, Spezza spent his first 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators before joining the Dallas Stars in 2014 and Toronto in 2019.

Spezza finished with 995 points (363 goals and 632 assists) in 1,248 regular-season NHL games, with another 76 points (28 goals and 48 assists) in 97 playoff games.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sakari Manninen scored on a power play at 6:42 of 3-on-3 overtime and Finland beat Canada 4-3 in Tampere, Finland, for its fourth world hockey championship title.

Finland completed an Olympics-world double after winning in China in February.


Thomas Chabot was sent off for hooking, setting up the winning power play. With the 4-on-3 advantage, Manninen scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Mikael Granlund.

The countries met for the third straight time in the finals. Finland beat Canada in 2019 in Slovakia, and Canada topped the Finns last year in Latvia. The 2020 event was canceled.


GOLF: Florida State sophomore Cole Anderson of Camden shot a 3-over 73 in the third round of the NCAA Division I championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was 6-over for the tournament, 10 shots behind leader Gordon Sargent with one round remaining in individual competition.


WNBA: Jewell Loyd scored 22 points, Jantel Lavender had a double-double and the Seattle Storm routed New York 92-61 in Seattle, the seventh-straight loss for the Liberty.


Breanna Stewart had 14 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for Seattle, which beat the Liberty for the second time in three days despite having three players miss both games in protocol, including Sue Bird.

Lavender had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Briann January also had 12 points and Kaela Davis, in her first game with the Storm (5-3) had 11 points.

• Nneka Ogwumike’s putback of her own miss with 7.3 seconds left lifted the Los Angeles Sparks to an 85-83 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis.

Rachel Banham’s jumper with 26.6 seconds to go pulled Minnesota even for just the second time. The game was also tied at 65 after the Lynx erased a 17-point first-half deficit.


PGA: Sam Burns made a 38-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Colonial, which came just more than two hours after he had finished his round, to beat top-ranked Scottie Scheffler in Fort Worth, Texas.


After finishing his 5-under 65 to get to 9 under, Burns was done in the clubhouse when, at one point, Scheffler was among five players tied at 10 under.

The gusty wind and a strange sequence changed all that. And Scheffler needed three clutch putts for a 72 just to get into the playoff matching 25-year-old standouts and close friends.

Burns’ seven-stroke comeback matched Nick Price in 1994 for the biggest in a final round to win Colonial.

LPGA: Eun-Hee Ji won the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play in Las Vegas for a spot next week in the U.S. Women’s Open, beating Ayaka Furue 3 and 2 in cooler conditions at Shadow Creek.

Ji, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open winner at Saucon Valley, took the last spot at Pine Needles with her sixth LPGA Tour victory and first since 2019.

At 36, Ji became the oldest South Korean winner in LPGA Tour history. Ranked 83rd in the world, she was seeded 36th in the 64-player field.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Victor Perez of France birdied the fourth hole of a dramatic playoff with Ryan Fox to win the Dutch Open in Cromvoirt, Netherlands for the second European tour title of his career.

They switched to the 17th hole at Bernardus Golf having matched each other stroke for stroke on three trips down No. 18 in the playoff, with Perez holing birdie putts from 15 feet and then 30 feet to keep it alive.

On the fourth playoff hole, Perez rolled in another long-range putt on the 17th green and Fox missed his.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Steven Alker avoided mistakes down the stretch and closed with an 8-under 63 on Sunday for a three-shot victory in the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan, his third title this year and first major.

Alker started the final round four shots behind and forged a three-way tie with Stephen Ames and Bernhard Langer on the back nine.

Langer missed the green on consecutive holes and made bogeys to fall back. Ames hit his drive into the water on the par-4 14th and had to scramble for bogey.


Alker birdied the 15th and 16th holes playing in front of Ames to seize control, and Ames couldn’t catch up.

Alker finished at 16-under 268. Ames closed with a 70 to finish second, while Langer (71) finished alone in third.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Two-time European Cup winner Nottingham Forest is back in the top flight of English soccer for the first time since 1999.

Forest beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium to secure its return to the English Premier League next season.

The most lucrative match in soccer — it’s worth 170 million pounds ($215 million) in future broadcast money and guaranteed earnings – was settled by an own-goal by Huddersfield defender Levi Colwill just before halftime.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Lifting yet another Champions League trophy, Marcelo put an end to his era at Real Madrid.

The veteran Brazilian left back said after the team’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday that he will not continue playing for the club.

Marcelo said he plans to play another couple of years before retiring, but gave no hints about where. He said coaching is not in his plans for the future.


FORMULA ONE: Sergio Perez rebounded from Red Bull team orders that denied him a chance to race for the win one week ago to pick up his first Formula One win of the season in the rain-marred Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez earned his third career F1 victory on the slick city streets of Monaco after a questionable strategy call by Ferrari cost pole-sitter Charles Leclerc a win on his home circuit.


Although Leclerc finished the race for the first time in four tries, he finished fourth and allowed reigning world champion Max Verstappen to extend his lead in the points standings. Carlos Sainz Jr. finished second for Ferrari and Verstappen was third for Red Bull.


GIRO d’ITALIA: Jai Hindley accomplished what he so narrowly missed out on two years ago by sealing overall victory in the Giro d’Italia – becoming the first Australian rider to win Italy’s Grand Tour.

Hindley finished 1 minute, 18 seconds ahead of 2019 champion Richard Carapaz following the concluding individual time trial, which finished next to Verona’s Arena, a Roman amphitheater.

The victory was all the more sweet for Hindley after he entered the final stage of the 2020 Giro wearing the pink jersey only to finish runner-up to Tao Geoghegan Hart. Hindley said that second-place finish haunted him for months afterward.

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