Ortega, Zimmerman lead Inland Empire to 9-1 win over JetHawks

SAN BERNARDINO — Jordan Zimmerman hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, and Oliver Ortega allowed just two hits over seven innings as the Inland Empire 66ers beat the Lancaster JetHawks 9-1 on Tuesday. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the 66ers and a three-game winning streak for the JetHawks.

The home run by Zimmerman started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the 66ers a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Devin Davis scored on a passed ball and Gleyvin Pineda scored on a groundout and Cam Williams scored when a runner was thrown out.

The 66ers later scored four runs in the eighth to finish off the blowout.

Ortega (3-4) allowed one run while striking out seven and walking one to pick up the win.

Antonio Santos (3-5) went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs and five hits in the California League game. He also struck out eight and walked two.

Despite the loss, Lancaster is 13-7 against Inland Empire this season.

Thornton scores 10 in 4th quarter, Wings beat Sparks, 74-62

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kayla Thornton scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, Kaela Davis scored a season-high 13 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Los Angeles Sparks 74-62 on Tuesday.

Thornton scored eight straight Dallas points in a two-minute span to extend the Wings’ lead to 70-58. It started with a baseline jumper to beat the shot clock and capped by a fast-break layup.

Arike Ogunbowale and Glory Johnson each scored 14 points for Dallas (5-9). Ogunbowale scored 10 points in the first half to help Dallas take a 37-32 lead.

Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Riquna Williams added 14 points for Los Angeles (7-7). Williams and Ogwumike combined to make 10 of Los Angeles’ 14 first-half field goals.

Candace Parker played just six first-half minutes and did not return for Los Angeles because of a foot injury. Chelsea Gray, averaging 14.1 points, was held to three points in 33 minutes. Los Angeles was 4 of 19 from the 3-point line.

Panthers owner David Tepper to meet with MLS about expansion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick plan to travel to New York next week and meet with Major League Soccer officials in an effort to convince them to bring an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tepper has been working to bring an MLS team to Charlotte since purchasing the Panthers last summer.

Glick believes “the region deserves it. We think the region will support it, and we are confident of that.”

He says the goal is to land an MLS team as soon as possible.

Glick spoke Tuesday at a news conference to announce Charlotte will host preseason exhibitions as part of the International Champions Cup for the next five years, including Arsenal vs. Fiorentina on July 20. Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium hosted a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage doubleheader last month that included Mexico, attracting 59,283.

Soccer star appeals for return of dog stolen in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — European soccer star Daniel Sturridge says his beloved dog was stolen from his Los Angeles home and he’s appealing through social media for its return.

Sturridge says in an Instagram post Tuesday that he’ll pay anything for the return of the little Pomeranian named Lucci.

He tells KABC-TV that pets are just like family.

Sturridge posted a video showing a shattered glass door and said thieves also took bags, but he did not say what they contained.

Los Angeles police say they received a burglary report involving a stolen dog and miscellaneous property.

Sturridge most recently played for Liverpool of the Premier League, which announced last month that the striker will leave this offseason when his contract expires.

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