Sports Digest: Cape’s Tinsman earns promotion to top Angels team


Brendan Tinsman, a catcher from Cape Elizabeth, earned his first professional baseball promotion Thursday when he was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels’ top team, the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, Wash., which plays in the North West League. .

Tinsman was a 20th-round pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft. He was first assigned to the Arizona Complex League Angels, who recently ended their season. Tinsman appeared in six games, batting .250 (5 for 20) with a double. Defensively, he managed 40 error-free chances and sent off one of two players who tried to steal.

The 2018 Maine Sunday Telegram High School Player of the Year, Tinsman played at Wake Forest University. Last season, as a redshirt junior, Tinsman hit .355 tied the school record with 24 home runs.

EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs got wet Friday night against the Hartford Yard Goats and will play a doubleheader Saturday at Hadlock Field, starting at 4 p.m.

The Sea Dogs had a half-game lead over the Somerset Patriots in the Northeast Division second-half standings heading into Friday’s games.


WNBA: Becky Hammon was named Coach of the Year after leading the Las Vegas Aces to the top of the league in her freshman year.

Hammon guided the Aces to a 26-10 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Aces host the Seattle Storm in Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinals on Sunday.

Hammon received 27 votes from a national panel of 56 members of the media. Tanisha Wright of the Atlanta Dream finished second (18 votes) and James Wade of Chicago Sky third (8).

The Aces averaged a WNBA-high 90.4 points, the third-highest scoring average in league history, and significantly improved their 3-point shooting. Las Vegas set a league record 23-3 last week in a playoff win over Phoenix.

Hammon played 16 seasons in the WNBA, eight with the New York Liberty and eight with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She then spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, who hired her in 2014 as the first full-time assistant in league history.


LPGA: Narin An shot a 6-under 65 to top the standings Friday in the suspended second round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Ont.

An had his second straight bogey-free round at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club after starting with a 64 on Thursday. A rookie on the LPGA Tour after picking up two wins in South Korea, An, 26, had a 13-under 129 total.

Minutes before darkness forced the suspension of play in a round delayed two hours in the morning due to heavy rain and lightning, Nelly Korda closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth for a 63, getting moving to tie for second at 11 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Fred Funk improved his age by a stroke with a 7-under 65 for the first-round lead at The Ally Challenge in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Funk closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth at Warwick Hills.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever turned my age or outgrown in competition, so that was really cool,” Funk said.

Funk’s last individual victory on the senior circuit dates back to 2012.

Woody Austin, the winner of the 1995 Buick Open, was a throwback at 66, along with Brett Quigley and Stephen Ames. Scott Parel followed at 67.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Thriston Lawrence and Alejandro Cañizares held on to a share of the lead at 13 under on a weather day at the European Masters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where neither was able to complete their second round.

Lawrence and Cañizares were both down to 5 cents for the day after 14 and 13 holes, respectively, when play ended around 8 p.m. in the darkness of the Swiss Alps.

Back-to-back rounds of 65 left Nacho Elvira and Marcel Siem leading the club with 10-under 130.


BAN LIFT: FIFA has lifted the suspension of the Indian Football Federation, allowing the country to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

The decision was expected this week after India’s Supreme Court returned control of the national football federation to its administration – restoring the management of the body to football officials, as FIFA wanted.

FIFA suspended the international football federation last week “due to undue influence by third parties”. This tactic is sometimes used by FIFA to protect its member federations by exercising leverage over government or judicial authorities seeking to influence football at national level.

The court in May ousted Praful Patel as president of the Football Association of India for failing to hold elections scheduled by December 2020 and for continuing to hold the post after that date. Patel is a member of the FIFA Governing Council as one of the elected delegates from Asia.


SPANISH VUELTA: Spaniard Jesús Herrada won the seventh stage in Cistierna, Spain.

Remco Evenepoel remained safe and sound in the peloton to retain the overall lead ahead of Rudy Molard, while Herrada prevailed in a breakaway to win his second stage in Vuelta history. The Cofidis rider narrowly edged out Samuele Battistella and Fred Wright after a 118-mile mid-mountain stage in northern Spain.


PROHIBITED ARBITRATOR: An Italian tennis referee was suspended for seven years and six months on Friday after admitting match-fixing charges.

National-level chair umpire and linesman Lorenzo Chiurazzi was also fined $50,000 – including $33,500 suspended – in a case investigated by the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

The infractions relate to matches at a tournament in Perugia, Italy, in 2021, the agency said. Among them, Chiurazzi delayed entering scores into the scoring device, entering scores that did not reflect actual scores on the pitch, failing to cooperate with the corruption investigation, and failing to report approaches. corrupt.

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