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Sports Digest: Worcester goalie makes 48 saves in 3-2 win over Maine Mariners


Henrik Tikkanen made 48 saves, and Anthony Callin scored twice during a three-goal second period for the Worcester Railers in a 3-2 ECHL win Sunday afternoon over the Maine Mariners at Cross Insurance Arena.

Alex Kile assisted on a power-play goal by Grant Gabriele in the second period and scored early in the third period to make it 3-2, but the Mariners couldn’t get the equalizer against the 6-foot-8 Tikkanen.


G LEAGUE: Terry Taylor recorded 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Windy City Bulls to a 114-93 win against the Maine Celtics in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Denzel Valentine led Maine with 20 points, going 6 for 9 from 3-point range. Mfiondu Kabengele added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Luka Samanic finished with 12 points but was 0 for 11 behind the arc.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Matthew Baldwin claimed his first title on the European tour in style by storming to a seven-shot victory at the SDC Championship in South Africa.

Baldwin finished with a 4-under 68 for 18 under overall as his challengers fell away.


NFL: The Dallas Cowboys acquired receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Houston Texans, adding a speedy veteran to play alongside CeeDee Lamb.

Houston gets a fifth-round pick this year and a 2024 sixth-rounder. The Texans will pay $6 million of Cooks’ $18 million salary.


ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka struck twice as Arsenal moved a step closer to the Premier League title by beating Crystal Palace, 4-1.

The Gunners are eight points clear of current champion Manchester City, having played one more game.

• Fulham had two players and its manager, Marco Silva, sent off in a frantic second half against Manchester United in an FA Cup quarterfinal.

With Fulham leading 1-0 at Old Trafford, the game turned after United was awarded a penalty when Willian handled Jadon Sancho’s goal-bound shot.

Silva was shown a red for complaining and Willian was sent off for the handball. Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown another red for his angry reaction.

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot in the 75th minute and Marcel Sabitzer put United ahead in the 77th. United won, 3-1.

• Tommy Doyle struck in the first minute of second-half stoppage time as Sheffield United beat Blackburn Rovers, 3-2, in a thrilling FA Cup quarterfinal between two second-tier sides.

• Grimsby’s FA Cup fairy tale is over after the fourth-tier team was routed 5-0 by Brighton of the Premier League.

U.S. MEN: Tim Weah will miss the United States’ CONCACAF Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador after getting hurt while playing for Lille.

Weah was injured in a French Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on Saturday. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Weah had entered the concussion protocol.

Weah was replaced on the U.S. roster by Djordje Mihailovic of the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

GERMANY: Amine Adli was twice booked for diving, had the yellow card rescinded both times after VAR reviews, and Bayer Leverkusen scored twice from the resulting penalties to beat Bayern Munich, 2-1.

Referee Tobias Stieler apologized to Adli on each occasion after consulting replays showing the French player had, in fact, been fouled.

Exequiel Palacios scored both penalties to end Bayern’s four-game winning run across all competitions and leave Dortmund one point ahead of the 10-time defending champions with nine rounds remaining.

FRANCE: Arnaud Kalimuendo scored against his boyhood club as leader Paris Saint-Germain was beaten 2-0 by Rennes in its first home loss in the French league this season.

The win ended PSG’s 35-match unbeaten run in the league at the Parc des Princes.


WORLD CUP FINALS: Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 21st career giant slalom victory as the American standout ended the season with yet another record.

The victory in Andorra moved Shiffrin past Vreni Schneider, a week after matching the Swiss skier’s record of 20 World Cup giant slalom victories.

• Norwegian skier Lucas Braathen clinched the men’s slalom season title, finishing runner-up to Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds.


FORMULA ONE: Sergio Perez won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and Max Verstappen drove from 15th to second to give Red Bull a 1-2 finish.

George Russell of Mercedes moved up to third after Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin was assessed a 10-second postrace penalty for incorrectly serving a penalty during the race. Alonso dropped down to fourth, and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was fifth.

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