Sports Digest: Van Belle lifts Sea Dogs to their seventh straight win


Brian Van Belle pitched seven shutout innings to lift the Portland Sea Dogs to their seventh straight victory, a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Sunday afternoon in Binghamton, NY

Van Belle allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none to improve to 4-1 with the Sea Dogs. Oddanier Mosqueda pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run, and Ryan Fernandez recorded the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.

Portland took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Izzy Wilson in the top of the fourth. Stephen Scott drove in run in the seven and the ninth to make it 3-0. Wilson was 3 for 4 with a double.

Binghamton scored on an RBI double at the bottom of the ninth by Luke Ritter.


TOUR de FRANCE: A solo attack by Bob Jungels gave him his first Tour de France stage victory on the first Alpine finish of this year’s race, while two-time defending champion Tadej Pogačar retained the leader’s yellow jersey after the ninth stage.

The 29-year-old Jungels, who rides for the AG2R Citroën Team, set off on his own with almost 40 miles remaining of the mountainous 120-mile route from Aigle in Switzerland to the ski resort of Châtel les Portes du Soleil.

The Luxembourg native had time to sit up and stretch out his arms before punching the air in delight as he crossed the line 22 seconds ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo and 26 ahead of Carlos Verona.


NHL: All-Star forward Adrian Kempe has agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The club announced the deal with Kempe, who set career highs with 35 goals and 54 points last season while earning his first All-Star Game selection.


MLS: DC United defender Brad Smith will have surgery to repair a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old Australian was injured during Friday’s 7-0 loss at Philadelphia. He entered the match as a 42nd-minute substitute and came out in the 67th.


FORMULA ONE: Charles Leclerc revived his Formula One title challenge by holding on to win the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria for a third victory of the season, while his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz’s hopes of a second-place finish ended when his engine blew as he was about to attack Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

The Monaco driver held on to beat second-place Verstappen by 1.5 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton finished third for Mercedes and encouragedly gained a third straight podium place. Russell got a five-second time penalty for the Perez incident but placed fourth. Even more impressive since Mercedes had to repair both cars after a late crash in Friday’s sprint qualifying.

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