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Regional Digest: Melifonwu Signs With Raiders

Melifonwu Signs

Former UConn safety Obi Melifonwu ended a brief holdout by signing a contract Wednesday with the Raiders, according to his agent Sean Stellato. According to numerous reports, the deal is for four years. And according to overthecap.com, the contract will pay Melifonwu just over $4.5 million with a signing bonus of just over $1.4 million. The Raiders selected Melifonwu with the 24th pick of the second round of the NFL draft (56th overall). Melifonwu, of Grafton, Mass., had 351 tackles in 48 games at UConn, 118 as a senior when he was named first-team All-AAC. At the NFL combine after his senior season, he posted a vertical jump of 44 inches and a broad jump of 11-9, the best marks in the event. He also ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, the fastest time among safeties.

Barnstormers Batter Bees

Garrett Weber went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI as part of an 18-hit attack to lead the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 10-5 win over the Bees at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday. Lancaster had six players with multiple-hit games. Jon Griffin had three hits and a home run for New Britain, which committed three errors.

First Steeplechase At Spa

Show Court won the summer meet's steeplechase opener, capturing the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice in the first race of Wednesday's card at Saratoga Race Course. The Irish-bred 8-year-old was ridden by Michael Mitchell. Show Court completed the 2 1/16-mile course in 3:48.72 for his second straight win and second career stakes win. Mitchell registered his first career stakes win at the Spa. Off at 6-1, Show Court paid $14.20 on a $2 win wager. ... In the the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss at Saratoga, Juddmonte Farm's Paulassilverlining dueled Finley'sluckycharm in the deep stretch before winning by a neck. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare paid $5.30 on a $2 win bet.

Trinity Soccer Hires Crowe

Trinity College hired Maggie Crowe as an assistant women's soccer coach. The Bantams went 11-5-4 under Michael Smith last season and 7-3 in the NESCAC. Crowe graduated from Trinity in 2015 and was a four-year starter, an All-NESCAC performer and a NESCAC All-Academic selection, and helped Trinity qualify for its first NCAA Tournament in 2013. She was an assistant coach at Wheaton College in 2015, and she was head coach for Boston University women's club soccer in 2016. ... Blake Newcomer gave up four hits and a run in five innings, shutting down Trumbull in a 4-1 victory by Stamford at Palmer Field in Middletown in the Southern Division Super Regional Final of the American Legion playoffs. With the win, Stamford advances to play West Hartford in the state championship Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Palmer Field in Game 1 of a three-game series.

From staff report, press releases

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