Sports Digest: UMaine receiver Andre Miller signs free agent deal with Giants

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SOCCER

University of Maine wide receiver Andre Miller signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants on Sunday.

Miller, of Old Town, was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association draft pick. He earned first-team honors in the spring of 2021. As a senior last fall, he had career bests with 39 receptions and 684 yards in nine games, scoring three touchdowns.

Miller finished his career 14th on Maine’s all-time receiving yards list with 1,848 yards.

BASEBALL

EASTERN LEAGUE: Jhony Brito pitched seven scoreless innings and the Somerset Patriots held the Portland Sea Dogs to a hit in a 5-0 win at Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.

Brito (2-1) allowed only a single in the second inning to Sea Dogs catcher Kole Cottam. He struck out six and walked one.

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Brandon Lockridge hit a two-run triple in the third inning to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, Anthony Volpe hit a solo home run and Andres Chaparro added a two-run shot.

Sea Dogs starter Brandon Murphy took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four and walking four in four innings.

GOLF

PGA: Jon Rahm pulled back from a tie at four with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, then held on with pars for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke win at the Mexican Open in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Rahm won for the first time since the US Open last summer at Torrey Pines.

Tony Finau and Brandon Wu each closed with a 63, while Kurt Kitayama birdied the last hole from a back bunker for a 68. They tied for second.

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EUROPEAN: Home favorite Adri Arnaus won a six-hole playoff to beat Oliver Bekker at the Catalunya Championship in Girona, Spain, to claim his first European tour victory.

Arnaus, who hails from Barcelona in northeastern Spain near Girona, trailed overnight leader Bekker by seven strokes at the start of the day. But he managed a final round 7-under 65 to equalise.

In the playoffs, Arnaus and Becker made par in five trips to the 18th hole, but when they went to the 17th, Bekker’s bogey gave Arnaus the title.

TENNIS

WIMBLEDON: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have criticized Wimbledon’s decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Both tennis greats say Wimbledon acted unfairly.

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“I think it’s very unfair to (on) my Russian tennis mates, my colleagues… it’s not their fault what’s happening right now with the war,” said 21-time winner Nadal. Grand Slam, in Spain, where he and Djokovic are preparing to play at the Madrid Open.

“I feel sorry for them,” Nadal said. “Wimbledon just made their decision…the government didn’t force them to do it.”

BMW OPEN: Danish teenager Holger Rune won the final in Munich to claim his first ATP Tour title after Botic van de Zandschulp was forced to retire.

Van de Zandschulp, seeded eighth, was leading 4-3 in the first set – with Rune serving at 40-15 – when he pulled out with chest pain.

CAR RACE

INDYCAR: Pato O’Ward used a strong outside pass from pole sitter Rinus VeeKay after the two found fresh tires to take the lead, then rode out for the win at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

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It was O’Ward’s third career win and broke Team Penske’s stranglehold on IndyCar results.

Penske drivers Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden swept the first three races of the season, while O’Ward pouted on his friendly contract with Arrow McLaren SP. O’Ward wanted more cash and more assurances that McLaren had him in their F1 pipeline, and his frustration spilled over onto the track.

FOOTBALL

ENGLAND: Headers from defenders Gabriel and Rob Holding brought Arsenal closer to a Champions League return with a 2-1 win at West Ham in the Premier League.

Arsenal maintained their two-point lead in fourth place over north London rivals Tottenham, who beat Leicester, 3-1.

SWITZERLAND: American striker Jordan Pefok scored his 22nd goal in the Swiss league, converting a penalty seventh minute into second-half stoppage time to give Young Boys a 2-1 victory at Sion.

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