August 26, 2012 in Sports

Butler powers Tennessee in national final

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Tennessee’s Lorenzo Butler belted three three-run home runs in a Little League World Series victory over California on Saturday.
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Little League: Brock Myers hit a tie-breaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., which gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, scored nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma, Calif., in South Williamsport, Pa., for a berth in the Little League World Series title game.

Only California’s 10-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 15 could overshadow Tennessee slugger Lorenzo Butler’s extraordinary day at the plate. Butler set a single-game record with nine RBIs, and tied a record with three homers to lead Tennessee.

Cole Tomei had a two-run double in the sixth, and Hance Smith’s solo shot with two outs gave California an improbable 15-15 tie.

Tennessee will face Japan today for the championship.

• Japan advances: Japan’s big bats helped the team from Tokyo earn a trip to the Little League World Series title game.

Japan hit five homers, including two from 13-year-old slugger Kotaro Kiyomiya, to beat Aguadulce, Panama, 10-2 in South Williamsport, Pa., for the international championship.

Garcia takes 2-shot lead into final round

Golf: The greens were so fast that Sergio Garcia didn’t know when the ball was going to stop. He was happy to see the day end with a 2-under 69, giving him a two-shot lead over Nick Watney going into the final round of The Barclays in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Garcia fell out of the lead with a three-putt bogey on the third hole, but he didn’t have another bogey the rest of the round on a Bethpage Black course that lived up to its tough reputation.

Tiger Woods, who started the third round three shots out of the lead, three-putted for bogey three times on the front nine alone. He had another three-putt on the 14th hole, this one from 15 feet, and had a 72 that put him six shots behind, along with Phil Mickelson (67).

• Jenkins leads Boeing Classic: Tom Jenkins holed out for eagle on the par-4 third hole and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead over Willie Wood in the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

The 64-year-old Jenkins is trying to become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.

Jenkins had a 9-under 135 total at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett followed his opening-round 68 with a 74 to fall seven strokes back of Jenkins.

• Ko eyes LPGA history: Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead in the Canadian Women’s Open in Coquitlam, B.C., in her bid to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, shooting an even-par 72.

The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander had an 8-under 208 total at The Vancouver Golf Club.

Chella Choi, tied for the second-round lead with Ko, had a 73 to drop into a tie for second with Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Jiyai Shin. Lewis, a two-time winner this year, had a 66, Shin shot 69 and Park 70.

Leipheimer grabs 9-second lead

Cycling: Defending champion Levi Leipheimer opened a 9-second lead in Boulder, Colo., in the USA Pro Challenge overall standings, while Australia’s Rory Sutherland won the uphill sixth stage.

Leipheimer, the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider based in Santa Rosa, Calif., began the day in fourth place, 8 seconds back. He was fourth in the stage, 26 seconds behind Sutherland.

The second-year race will end today with a 9.5-mile time trial in Denver.

Former race leader Christian Vande Velde of Garmin-Sharp and Lemont, Ill., dropped to second overall.

Tejay van Garderen, the Garmin-Sharp rider from Bozeman, Mont., was third overall, trailing Leipheimer by 21 seconds.

• Valverde victorious: Alejandro Valverde overtook overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez and Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Collado Vialba, Andorra.

Surging Kvitova wins at New Haven

Tennis: Petra Kvitova beat Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (9), 7-5 to win the New Haven Open in New Haven, Conn., the Czech star’s second WTA tournament title in three weeks.

The second-seeded Kvitova trailed 5-2 in the second set, before reeling off five consecutive games for the victory that avenged a loss to the Russian in the Olympics.

January scores 22 to spark Indiana

Miscellany: Lewis and Clark High School graduate Briann January scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the visiting Indiana Fever to an 85-72 win over the Phoenix Mercury in WNBA play.

Diana Taurasi, in just her third game with the Mercury (4-19) this season because of injuries, scored 19 points.

• Hurricanes adapt: The looming threat of Tropical Storm Isaac is already affecting the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Hurricanes moved practice 35 miles north to the Miami Dolphins’ indoor facility. University officials have closed campus through Monday.


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