In Brief: Endwell, New York, wins Little League World Series
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
Little League World Series: As Ryan Harlost stepped to the mound on Sunday, he took it all in.
Chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” droned over his left shoulder as he dipped it to deliver a warm-up pitch. South Korean arms and flags waved furiously to his right. Little kids who asked for his autograph earlier in the week used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill toward most of the 22,000-plus fans who packed Lamade Stadium.
The Endwell, New York, pitcher admitted it made him uneasy. He sure didn’t show it.
Harlost led New York to the Little League World Series title, striking out eight and limiting South Korea to five hits in six innings in a 2-1 victory in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He scored the deciding run on a passed ball in the fourth inning.
“I was a little nervous at first in front of a lot of people but it’s just another game and I felt confident going in,” Harlost said.
But it was more than just another game.
Endwell snapped a five-year championship drought for U.S. teams on Little League’s biggest stage and gave New York its first title since 1964. Huntington Beach, California, won in 2011 and Mid Island from Staten Island won New York’s last World Series championship.
Conner Rush had the New York team’s only RBI to give Endwell a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in the bottom of the fourth. Harlost (2-0) scored the deciding run on a passed ball a batter later.
“I was just thinking get it in play any way you can,” Rush said. “Once that happens, you never know what can happen.”
Zardes to miss U.S. upcoming World Cup qualifiers
Soccer: Midfielder Gyasi Zardes will miss the United States’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers after he was injured during a Major League Soccer game.
Already without forward Clint Dempsey as he undergoes evaluations for an irregular heartbeat, the Americans won’t have Zardes for their final two games of the CONCACAF semifinals.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is mostly sticking with the squad that finished fourth in the Centennial Copa America this summer.
“They deserve to come back and confirm what they did in the tournament,” he said.
Forward Jordan Morris, 21, was added to the 26-man roster announced Sunday after he wasn’t picked for the Copa team. Another young forward, 20-year-old Rubio Rubin, was also brought in to get a look in practice. Klinsmann plans to bring only 23 players on the road when the Americans face St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday.
The U.S. then hosts Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 6.
Red Bulls over Revolution: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday in Harrison, New Jersey.
Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl’s shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.
The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.
Orlando City tops NYCFC: Kaka scored a goal in each half and Orlando City beat New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday night in a matchup of 2015 expansion teams in Orlando, Florida.
Kaka gave Orlando City (6-7-13) the lead for good in the 63rd minute when he converted on a penalty he drew after the City defenders brought him down in the area.
Orlando City moved a point behind D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
McCoughtry helps Dream knock off Sun
WNBA: Layshia Clarendon and Angel McCoughtry had 19 points to help Atlanta beat visiting Connecticut.
Tiffany Hayes added 17 points and Elizabeth Williams had 16 for the Dream (14-13). Clarendon made all three of her 3-point attempts and McCoughtry was 2 of 3 from the arc.
Chiney Ogwumike had 24 points for the Sun (9-17).
Delle Donne leads Sky over Wings: Elena Delle Donne had 18 points and eight rebounds in Chicago’s victory over Dallas in Arlington, Texas.
Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points and nine assists, and Cappie Pondexter had 14 points for the Sky (13-13). Odyssey Sims scored 22 points for Dallas (9-18). They have lost eight in a row.
Balanced Stars topple Mystics: Monique Currie, Jazmon Gwathmey and Astou Ndour scored 16 points each and visitign San Antonio beat Washington to end a six-game losing streak.
Moriah Jefferson added 15 points and nine assists, and Kayla Alexander had 12 points for the Stars (6-19). Tayler Hill was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and led the Mystics (10-16) with 26 points.
Wlodarczyk breaks own world record hammer throw
Track and Field: World and Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland broke her own hammer world record with a throw of 82.98 meters on Sunday in Warsaw.
Wlodarczyk set the previous world record of 82.29 meters to claim the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro.
The 31-year-old Wlodarczyk beat the previous meeting record at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw with each of her five valid throws, opening with 79.68 meters and improving with each of her next three efforts to set the world record. Her final throw also beat the previous meet record.
The new world record has yet to be ratified.
Study finds playing with concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes
Sports Medicine: Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found.
It’s billed as the first to compare recovery outcomes for athletes removed from a game or practice compared with those who aren’t. The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwide
The study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
The study involved athletes aged 15 on average from several sports, including football, soccer, ice hockey and basketball who had concussions during a game or practice. Half continued to play and took 44 days on average to recover from symptoms, versus 22 days in those who were immediately sidelined.
Sidelined players reported symptoms immediately, including dizziness, headaches, mental fogginess and fatigue, and were diagnosed with concussions by trainers or team physicians. The others, who continued playing for 19 minutes on average, delayed reporting symptoms and were diagnosed later.
Those who continued to play had worse scores on mental function tests performed eight days after the concussion and 30 days after the concussion. Medical records showed mental function had been similar in all players before their concussions.
Western Michigan boots two players after criminal charges announced
College Football: Two Western Michigan football players were kicked off the team Sunday after a prosecutor announced in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they would face three criminal charges for allegedly pushing their way into a woman’s apartment and robbing her.
Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says his office has authorized charges of armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and larceny in a building against linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White. Getting says if convicted on all the charges, they could face life in prison. The two remain in custody pending their arraignment Monday.
Getting says he doesn’t know if either has hired an attorney.
The two men are accused of using a gun and knife to rob a woman on Friday night.
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said he would have no further comment.
French tennis federation suspends three
Tennis: The French tennis federation in Paris has provisionally suspended Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia and Benoit Paire for “damaging” its image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Paire, who was seeded 16th at the Rio Games, was sent home after being kicked off France’s team.
The 27-year-old Paire, ranked 34 in the world, broke “team rules,” the FFT said in its statement Sunday. He reportedly sometimes stayed away from the village, or came back late. He also made dismissive comments about the importance of the Games because there are no ranking points.
Mladenovic and Garcia “sharply criticized” the FFT following their defeat in the first round of the doubles over a clothing mix-up, saying that they were not informed by their federation that, as doubles partners, they had to wear the same colors.
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