Sports briefs

Feldmann scores in Wildcats’ win

GRAND RAPIDS — Sophomore forward David Feldmann scored in the 78th minute to lead the Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team to a 1-0 season-opening victory over Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon.

Feldmann’s goal was assisted by junior forward Nic Harenda in this neutral-site game.

The Wildcats remain in Grand Rapids to face Missouri-St. Louis at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Live updates on that game will be available on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.

Patriots knocked out in 5 games

ISHPEMING — Westwood’s Liz Farley made 18 kills and 22 digs but it wasn’t enough as Gladstone prevailed in five games during a high school volleyball match held at the Patriots’ gym on Thursday night.

The Braves posted a 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-7 victory as Farley also had three service aces and a block.

Teammate Sarah Rautio added 10 assists and five digs; Aidan Reath four kills, 14 digs and three aces; Katie Wiljanen five kills; Alina Jones two kills and six digs; and Aliya Leach six digs and three aces.

Gladstone also won the JV match in two games, but scores weren’t available.

Mountaineers sweep Ishpeming

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ishpeming fell to Iron Mountain in three straight games during a Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball match held in Iron Mountain on Thursday.

The Mountaineers prevailed 25-8, 25-16, 25-12, as Hanna Ellis led the hosts with five aces and nine assists, according to a report by the Iron Mountain Daily News. IM’s front line of Mackenzie Swanson, Riley Poupore and Emma Thomann combined for 13 kills.

Statistics weren’t available for the Hematites.

The Mountaineers JV team also prevailed 25-11, 25-15, 15-3.

Brewers’ Davies wins 16th

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies won his 16th game to tie Arizona’s Zack Greinke for the most victories in the majors, Jonathan Villar homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Thursday night.

Davies (16-7) scattered six hits, walked two, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 1.77 over the last nine starts, five of them victories for himself and the team.

Villar hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez (13-6) in the fifth. It was his 11th of the season, second two-run in as many days and came after Davies walked.

Federer struggling to win

NEW YORK (AP) — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.

Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.

“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said.

Lions trade Tomlinson to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have acquired offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson from the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

The 49ers announced the deal on Thursday and say Tomlinson still must pass a physical to make it official.

Tomlinson was drafted 28th overall in 2015 by Detroit as the final first-round pick by former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. Mayhew is now a personnel executive for the 49ers. Tomlinson played 32 games the past two seasons and made 24 starts.