Sports Digest: UMaine men win fourth in a row – Press Herald

COLLEGES

Kellen Tynes scored a career-high 23 points and added five steals as Maine beat Central Connecticut State 66-58 in a men’s basketball game Wednesday in New Britain, Connecticut.

Gedi Juozapaitis chipped in with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, to go along with four steals. The Black Bears (4-1) finished with 14 steals and forced 20 turnovers as they extended their winning streak to four.

Central Connecticut (0-6) was led by Kellen Amos with 13 points.

HOCKEY

ECHL: Tim Doherty opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game, and Mathew Santos tallied two goals and an assist as the Maine Mariners ended a four-game home losing streak With a 5-3 win over the Reading Royals at Cross Insurance Arena.

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Maine led 3-1 after the period, on goals by Doherty, Santos and Alex-Olivier Voyer. Santos added a power-play goal in the second period, and Patrick Shea clinched the win with an empty-netter in the final minute.

Michael DiPietro stopped 28 shots in his first game for the Mainers.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged that he’s been playing with a broken right thumb for the past six weeks.

Rodgers hurt his thumb Oct. 9 during a foiled Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London. Although the Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb injury ever since, the four-time MVP hadn’t said publicly that it was broken.

• Quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his second game in three weeks for the Los Angeles Rams after going back into the NFL’s concussion protocol.

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Sean McVay confirmed Stafford will sit out when the Rams (3-7) visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but the coach said his Super Bowl-winning quarterback doesn’t necessarily have a concussion.

Instead, McVay described Stafford’s injury as a “neck issue.”

• Zach Wilson has been benched by the New York Jets, and the underachieving quarterback will be replaced by Mike White as the starter Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision after evaluating and discussing the situation with his assistants.

Joe Flacco will serve as White’s backup, and Wilson will not be active against the Bears.

TENNIS

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DAVIS CUP: Marin Cilic rallied to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in a three-hour match in Malaga, Spain, sending Croatia to the Davis Cup semifinals.

Cilic trailed 4-1 in the decisive tiebreaker before coming back to clinch a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory after 3 hours, 13 minutes and secure a 2-0 win for Croatia over Spain.

Borna Coric upset Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first singles match.

Croatia will play Australia in the semifinals.

The quarterfinals wrap up Thursday, when the U.S. meets Italy and Canada plays Germany.


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