Mets beat Marlins on disputed hit by pitch

NEW YORK — Jeff McNeil launched a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on his 29th birthday and the New York Mets were handed the winning run on a disputed hit by pitch for a bizarre 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in their home opener Thursday.

Clippers snap Suns’ winning streak

LOS ANGELES— Paul George scored 33 points, Kawhi Leonard added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 113-103 on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Braves sweep doubleheader with Nationals

WASHINGTON — Atlanta pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval drove a two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark off a Washington reliever who took over after Stephen Strasburg’s six scoreless innings Wednesday, lifting the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Nationals and a doubleheader sweep.

Kona Marathon virtual event coming soon

After making the difficult decision to postpone the Kona Marathon Events for a second year, race director Brent Imonen has his running shoes laced and ready to go for his next event.

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Payments to Student-Athletes

WASHINGTON — Justices across the ideological spectrum teamed up during Supreme Court oral arguments Wednesday to voice skepticism about the NCAA’s position that it could bar relatively modest payments to student-athletes in the name of amateurism despite the antitrust laws. But some of the same justices also seemed worried about opening the floodgates to further challenges.

Lindor, Mets agree to $341 million, 10-year deal

NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor and the New York Mets have agreed to a $341 million, 10-year deal, keeping the All-Star shortstop in Queens for the long haul after acquiring him from Cleveland in the offseason, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

Baylor muscles past Villanova into Elite Eight

INDIANAPOLIS — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its versatile defense.