Sports Digest: Maine Celtics improve to 5-0 with comeback win over Capital City


Luka Samanic hit the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds left and the undefeated Maine Celtics rallied to a 105-103 win over Capital City Go-Go in a G-League game at Portland Expo on Thursday night.

JD Davison, Samanic and Mfiondu Kabengele scored 3 points during a late Maine 15-2 run (5-0) that turned a 96-87 deficit into a 102-98 lead. Capital City (4-2) took the lead 103-102 after a 3-pointer from Johnny Davis, but Samanic responded with a short hookshot.

Davison sunk 1 of 2 free throws and Kabengele missed two with a chance to win, but the Celtics forced a rally on Capital City’s last possession.

Samanic led Maine with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Kabengele had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks and Davison finished with 20 points.

NBA: X-rays on LaMelo Ball’s left ankle were negative, but the Charlotte Hornets all-star point guard has already been ruled out of Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Steve Clifford said it’s too early to know how much time Ball will miss after spraining his ankle for a second time in a 125-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.


LPGA: Lydia Ko began her quest for the greatest prize in women’s golf history by hitting a tree and bogeying on a par 5. The rest of their opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship could not have gone better.

Ko responded with eight birdies, including four in a row late in the round, leading them to a 7-under-65 and a one-shot lead at the $2 million LPGA Tour season finale in Naples, Fla brought at stake.

Danielle Kang and Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand were at 66, Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea were at 67, and the group at 68 included Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson.

PGA: Cole Hammer shot an 8-under 64 to take the lead after one round of the RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Hammer, who graduated from Texas in May, shared the low score with another Longhorn grad, Beau Hossler, whose 6-under-64 came on the Seaside course, which was about two shots harder to play than the Plantation course. Course.


ATP: Taylor Fritz reached the last four of the ATP Finals by defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 at the year-end tournament in Turin, Italy.

The American meets five-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

• Player compensation on the ATP Tour and subsidiary ATP Challenger Tour will rise to a record $217.9 million in 2023 on a $37.5 million increase that marks the biggest jump in a season for represents the men’s tennis circuit.

On-site prize money will grow to $18.6 million on the ATP Tour, fueled by the growth of the Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Shanghai from eight to 12-day events. The Masters 1000 in Canada and Cincinnati will both be expanded to 12 days in 2025.

The ATP is also increasing its bonus pools for 2023 to $21.3 million, an 85% increase from 2022.

WIMBLEDON: Wimbledon is relaxing its all-white dress requirement to allow players to wear colored underpants to feel more comfortable during their period.

Wimbledon’s strict policy on all-white clothing for players is one of the most prominent features of the grass-roots Grand Slam tournament, but the All England Club said it had decided to update the rules after discussions “with the WTA, clothing manufacturers and medical teams.” about how best to support women and girls competing in the championships.”

The new rules say women can now “wear solid color medium/dark underpants provided they are no longer than their shorts or skirt”.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Sadio Mané will miss the World Cup due to a leg injury, the Senegalese Football Association said.

Mane was injured in a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen on November 8.

• Jacqui Oatley will become the first play-by-play commentator for US World Cup broadcasts and will lead one of Fox’s five broadcast crews for the tournament in Qatar, which opens on Sunday.

Pien Meulensteen, Vicki Sparks and Robyn Cowen are among the broadcasters of games on the BBC in the UK.

“A lot of people are going to have negative comments about women and female commenters and that’s because that’s just how they think. They are not open to hearing otherwise,” said Meulensteen, the 25-year-old daughter of former Fulham manager and current Australia assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.

“I have loved football since I was a kid. I grew up in a footballer’s house, my father works in football. Both my brothers play football and we’re all talking about the same thing, so why not let a woman talk about it?” said Pien Meulensteen. “And I also hope that we will be accepted in time. It’s not seen as, ‘Oh wow, there’s a woman commenting. It should be normal for women to talk about football as much as men.’

Oatley, 47, worked for Britain’s ITV at the 2018 World Cup as a studio presenter and part-time reporter. She and Meulensteen have become regulars on the Premier League’s World Feed, which can be heard on NBC’s networks in the US.

FIFA: Fifa President Gianni Infantino takes over four more years at the helm of the Football Association after no candidate stood against him.

According to FIFA, the 52-year-old Swiss lawyer was the only one taking part in the race when the deadline passed overnight – exactly four months before Election Day on March 16 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Infantino won a five-candidate race to replace Sepp Blatter in 2016 and was re-elected unopposed in 2019. He will now remain in office beyond the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


INDYCAR: Stefan Wilson will be looking to contest his fifth Indianapolis 500 next year in a combined Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports start.

The British driver will pilot the #24 Chevrolet powered car. Dreyer & Reinbold, who started with two cars at last year’s 500, are planning a second participation.

FORMULA ONE: Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen says he has resolved a dispute with his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and is ready to help him at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen also lashed out at what he described as unfair media reports and offensive messages to his family on social media.

Last Sunday, he refused a team order to let Perez through for sixth place at the Brazilian Grand Prix, saying his reasons “would remain between me and the team”.

“It was about something that happened earlier in the season and I’ve already explained that Mexico and the team (at the previous race in) understood and agreed,” he said.

“Nothing was said to me in advance about a possible swap” of positions in Brazil,” he said. “I think they should have already known my answer from what had been said the week before.”

Since then, Red Bull have had talks to clear the air between the drivers, Verstappen said.

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