Devon Dotson scored 16 points, and Vernon Carey Jr., Johnny Davis and Jaime Echenique each added 15 as the Capital City Go-Go ended the Maine Celtics’ season-opening five-game winning streak with a 104-93 victory Friday night at the Portland Expo.

Maine had six players in double figures, led by Luka Samanich with 18 points. Mfiondu Kabengele scored 16, and JD Davison had 15 points and nine assists.


ECHL: Brett Budgell scored his second goal of the night 3:57 into overtime, lifting the Newfoundland Growlers (12-0-1-0) to a 5-4 win over the Maine Mariners (4-7-1-0) in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Tommy Miller scored for the Growlers to break a 3-3 tie with 1:25 left in regulation, but Maine’s Mathew Santos got his second of the game with 19.7 seconds remaining.


Nate Kallen and Tim Doherty also scored for Maine.


LPGA: Lydia Ko shot a 6-under 66 in the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, pushing her to 13 under for the tournament and five shots clear of Hyo Joo Kim in the LPGA Tour’s season finale.

Ko made four birdies in a six-hole stretch midway through her round, rolled in a testy 4-footer to save par on the par-4 13th to maintain what was then a four-shot lead, and hasn’t dropped a shot since her opening hole on Thursday.

Ko entered the week with a one-point lead in the race for LPGA Tour player of the year. She’s on the verge of her second consecutive Vare Trophy for having the year’s lowest scoring average as she tries to move closer to the LPGA Hall of Fame.

• More than $100 million will be awarded to LPGA players for the first time in 2023, an increase of about 18% over what was planned for this season and more than doubling what was paid out on the tour just a decade ago.


The LPGA’s 33 official events next year will have a combined $101.4 million in purses, the tour announced.

PGA: Harry Higgs played bogey-free on the more difficult Seaside course for a 7-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Cole Hammer and Andrew Putnam going into the weekend of the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Hammer, who had a 66 at Seaside, is playing on a sponsor exemption and has no full status on any tour.

Putnam, whose only PGA Tour title was in 2018, had a 65 on the Plantation course.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy went birdie-birdie-eagle on his final three holes for a 4-under 68 that left him seven shots back of co-leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Fitzpatrick and Hatton were at 12-under 132 overall. Fitzpatrick would clinch his first Race to Dubai title with a third win at the World Tour Championship, provided McIlroy or Ryan Fox don’t finish the event in second. A second-place finish would also be good enough for Fitzpatrick if McIlroy finishes lower than seventh.



ATP FINALS: Andrey Rublev rallied to upset second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and reach the final four in Turin, Italy.

Rublev will face third-seeded Casper Ruud. Novak Djokovic plays Taylor Fritz of the United States in the other semifinal.


DECATHLETE BANNED: U.S. decathlon champion Garrett Scantling will miss the Paris Olympics because of a ban imposed after he falsified an email in trying to cover up a missed doping test.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the 29-year-old Scantling, who won national championships earlier this year, accepted a three-year ban retroactive to June 27. It means he will miss next year’s world championships and the Summer Games in 2024.

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