AVC volleyball falls to L.A. Pierce

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College men’s volleyball team lost to L.A. Pierce College, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-15, on Friday.

Matthew Lee led the Marauders (1-6) with 11 kills and six blocks, while Brandon Holderbach-Lee recorded 29 assists, five kills, three blocks and 13 digs and Julian Green picked up eight kills, three blocks and seven digs. 

AVC’s Jonathan Teo contributed five blocks, while Anthony Merzoian had 18 digs and Josh Chavez added eight digs.

AVC plays at Long Beach City College on Wednesday.

Diomande’s late goal lifts LAFC to 2-1 win over Sporting KC

LOS ANGELES — Adama Diomande scored in stoppage time to help LAFC beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday night in the MLS opener for both teams.

Diomande, who came on in the 59th minute, cut back to evade a defender at the top-left corner of the box and blasted a rising shot into the net in the fourth minute of injury time.

Krisztian Nemeth gave Sporting KC a 1-0 lead in the 16th. He tapped it to Johnny Russell who passed it back to Nemeth for the one-touch finish from near the spot.

Eduard Atuesta, from near midfield, perfectly placed a long, arcing pass to Diego Rossi on the left side. He cut to the middle, past defender Graham Zusi, before bending a low shot past the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Tim Melia, just inside the far post, to make it 1-1 in the 47th minute.

Sporting’s Roger Espinosa, who received a yellow card 31st, was shown a red in the 84th minute.

Judge homers twice as Yankees beat Tigers in spring game

TAMPA, Fla. — All rise — again. Aaron Judge is back.

Judge hit his first two homers of spring training, helping the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a split-squad game on Sunday.

Brett Gardner also connected twice and Gary Sanchez had a solo drive as New York went deep six times. The Yankees set a major league record with 267 homers last season.

Gardner and Judge hit consecutive homers off Daniel Norris in the first. Judge went deep again in the fifth, belting a two-run drive to right that went off the glove of a leaping Victor Reyes and just over the wall.

Norris allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander is trying to win a spot in Detroit’s rotation.

“Just trying to throw strikes and stay out of the middle of the zone, which I didn’t do very good today,” Norris said.

Masahiro Tanaka tossed three scoreless innings for the Yankees in his first spring start. Traditionally one of baseball’s most deliberate workers, the right-hander had no issues with baseball’s new 20-second pitch clock.

“Yes, I was conscious of that,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s something MLB is testing during spring training and it might come into effect once we get into the season. You don’t want to be not prepared if that were to happen.”

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