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Washington eliminated from LLWS

Westport, Conn., players wait to greet Chad Knight (24) after his fifth-inning home run on Friday. (Associated Press)
Westport, Conn., players wait to greet Chad Knight (24) after his fifth-inning home run on Friday. (Associated Press)

LLWS: Chad Knight lined a run-scoring single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, and New England champion Westport, Conn., beat Northwest champion Sammamish, Wash., 14-13 Friday to earn a spot in the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

Connecticut beat Sammamish for the second time in a week to advance to play Chula Vista, Calif., today for a berth in the title game. Tijuana, Mexico, will face Tokyo for the international title. The World Series championship is Sunday.

Kuchar leads by one at The Barclays

Golf: Matt Kuchar was at 10-under par with five holes left at The Barclays in Jersey City, N.J., and will return this morning to try build on his one-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who both finished the second round in the rain-delayed tournament.

After a good start, Tiger Woods failed to make birdie on either of the par 5s, and made three bogeys out of the bunker through the 12th hole to fall off the pace. He made birdie on the 13th, the last hole he completed, but was still five shots behind Kuchar, who was in his group.

Park shoots 65, shares lead: Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr in the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta.

Park, the South Korean star who swept the first three majors of the season, had seven birdies and two bogeys at Royal Mayfair to match Kerr at 8-under 132.

Kerr, coming off the United States’ loss to Europe in the Solheim Cup, shot her second straight 66. Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) missed the cut.

Bryant takes first-round Boeing lead: Bart Bryant got off to a fast start in his bid to win consecutive Champions Tour titles, shooting a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Duffy Waldorf and Bobby Clampett shot 67, and Bernhard Langer, Dick Mast and Kirk Triplett (former Pullman resident) followed at 68.

Melzer, Monfils reach Winston-Salem final

Tennis: Gael Monfils and Jurgen Melzer beat higher-ranked players to advance to the Winston-Salem Open final in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Monfils, the Frenchman ranked No. 43 in the world, overcame early struggles to beat 38th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine 7-6 (11), 6-3 in the first semifinal at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

The 32nd-ranked Melzer beat American Sam Querrey 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Defending champ Kvitova back in New Haven final: Simona Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to reach the New Haven Open final in New Haven, Conn.

Halep will play defending champion Petra Kvitova. Kvitova beat Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-1 earlier for her eighth consecutive match victory in New Haven.

Kiwis close in on America’s Cup match

Sailing: Emirates Team New Zealand closed in on an America’s Cup match against Oracle Team USA, cruising past Italy’s Luna Rossa to take a 5-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. Emirates needs two more wins in the best-of-13 series to set up a match with defending champion Oracle starting Sept. 7. The Kiwis can wrap up a spot as soon as today, when two races are scheduled.

Capitals sign center Mikhail Grabovski

NHL: The Washington Capitals signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract, giving the team another candidate for second-line center after the departure of Mike Ribeiro.

The 29-year-old Grabovski spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had career-highs with 29 goals and 29 assists in 2010-11 before his production slipped last year.

Tejay van Garderen extends USA Pro lead

Cycling: Tejay van Garderen raced to a four-second victory in the individual time trial to extend his overall lead after five stages in the USA Pro Challenge in Vail, Colo.

Van Garderen, the BMC rider from Bozeman, completed the 10-mile uphill time trial in 25 minutes, 1 second.

DA: Race not a factor in killing of Australian

Miscellany: The Oklahoma prosecutor overseeing the case against three teenagers charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old Australian baseball player said the evidence doesn’t suggest he was targeted based on his race or nationality.

District Attorney Jason Hicks said that although social media posts allegedly made by the teenagers charged in the death of Christopher Lane are racial in nature, “the evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive” in his slaying.

Hicks charged James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, with first-degree murder. Seventeen-year-old Michael Jones was charged with using a vehicle in discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact.

Former Knicks player Meminger found dead: Dean Meminger, the former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.

New York City police said staff at the hotel found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room. Police said there were no signs of trauma and that the cause of death hadn’t been determined.

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