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USM advances in Little East softball tournament with 7-0 win over Rhode Island

LECTURES

Lexus McIntosh pitched a two-hitter as fifth-seeded Southern Maine broke open a close game with six runs in the final two innings to open the Little East Conference softball tournament with a 7-0 victory over No. 4 Rhode Island College in Boston.

Maddy Paradis drove in three runs with a single and a double, and Madi Day sparked a 10-hit attack by going 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

USM faces No. 1 seed UMass Boston on Thursday.

• Krista Francia and Gabby Papushka scored on errors in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon, and sixth-seeded Maine (5-39) won its opening game in the America East softball tournament with a 9-7 victory over third-seeded Bryant (32-16) at Orono.

Maine erased a 3-0 deficit when Caitlyn Fallon hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, then took the lead with four runs in the seventh. However, Bryant forced extra innings by answering with a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.

Francia, Papushka and Kyrah Haba-Dailey all scored twice for the Black Bears, who play No. 2 seed Binghamton on Thursday.

GOLF

PGA: Rory McIlroy will not return to the PGA Tour board after a plan to replace Webb Simpson was met with resistance from board members.

Simpson, one of six player directors, recently offered to give up his seat but only if McIlroy replaced him. McIlroy would have needed board approval to be reinstated in a position he resigned in November last year.

But McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship that talks about his possible return became “pretty complicated and messy,” reminding him why he left in the first place.

• Thursday’s opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club is postponed because rain is forecast.

The start of the first round was set for 11am due to heavy rain expected to pass through the area in the morning. Tournaments usually start around 8am

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel, whose interaction with WNBA No. 1 draft pick Caitlin Clark during her introductory press conference was criticized as inappropriate in the national media, will not personally cover the Indiana Fever this season.

Gannett spokesperson Lark-Marie Antón said in a statement that the Star’s corporate owner does not comment on personnel matters, but added: “Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel will not cover the Indiana Fever.”

Former Star sportswriter Bob Kravitz first reported the decision, citing anonymous sources, and also that Doyel had been suspended for two weeks, which Antón would not confirm. Doyel’s most recent column appeared on April 29.

Doyel apologized for the interaction with Clark during a press conference in Indianapolis, two days after the Fever selected the Iowa star with the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft. When it was Doyel’s turn to ask a question, he made a heart shape with his hands toward Clark, who is known for gesturing to family members during her matches. That was followed by this exchange:

Clark: “Do you like that?”

Doyel: “I like having you here, I like having you here.”

Clark: “Yeah, I do that with my family after every game, so…pretty cool.”

Doyel: “Well, just do it with me and we’ll get along just fine.”

The interaction was roundly panned as awkward at best, inappropriate and even creepy at worst. Doyel apologized on social media and again in a column.

“In my haste to be smart, to be familiar and welcoming (or so I thought), I offended Caitlin and her family,” he wrote. “After going through denial and then anger, am I on the wrong side of this? Me??? – I now realize what I said and how I said it was wrong, wrong, wrong. I mean, it was just wrong.”

TENNIS

ITALIAN OPEN: Naomi Osaka looked comfortable in her opening match in Rome, beating 45th seed Clara Burel 7-6 (2), 6-1.

It was Osaka’s first victory over a top-50 player on clay since beating Victoria Azarenka at the 2019 French Open.

Osaka, who was previously ranked first but is now ranked 173rd after a maternity break, served eight aces and produced 27 winners to her opponent’s 10. She will next face 19th seed Marta Kostyuk, who reached the final of a clay-court tournament. event in Stuttgart, Germany, recently.

GENEVA OPEN: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray returns from his ankle injury at the Geneva Open this month.

Tournament organizers announced they had given Murray, 36, a wildcard entry for the clay-court event that starts on May 18.

Murray damaged ligaments in his left ankle during a match at the Miami Open last month. He opted against surgery.


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