Little League World Series
Pimentel ties record with 18 strikeouts
In South Williamsport, Pa., Kalen Pimentel tied a Little League World Series record for a regulation, six-inning game with 18 strikeouts to lead Rancho Bueno Vista of Vista, Calif., to a 7-2 victory over Owensboro (Ky.) Southern.
"It took me a couple of innings to get adjusted and I started to get in a groove about the fourth inning," Pimentel said. "My fastball and curve were really working well."
The feat was last accomplished in 1979 by Chao-An Chen of the Pu-Tzu Town team from Taiwan.
Connor Toups provided the big hit for Lafayette, singling to left past a drawn-in infield scored two runs to rally Lafayette past Westbrook.
"I went up there looking to get a hit. He threw me a fastball," said Toups, who at 4-foot-10 and 78 pounds is one of the smallest boys on Lafayette (1-0), the Southwest region champ. "It felt good."
Westbrook starter Ryan Murphy held Lafayette scoreless until the sixth, the final inning in Little League, when Murphy failed to retire a batter.
On Toups' winning hit, Jace Conrad raced around from second base and pumped his fist after sliding home.
Nick Finocchiaro and Michael Mowatt homered for Westbrook (0-1), the New England champion.
In the first inning, with a runner on first, Lafayette second baseman Brenn Conrad turned a double play by grabbing a relay toss barehanded, stepping on second and then throwing to first for the second out.
"It was like if we don't hit it over the fence they were going to make the play," Westbrook manager Richard Knight said.
- Japan shut out Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 3-0.
Takuya Sakamoto threw a two-hitter and started a decisive three-run third inning with a double. Sakamoto struck out 11 in going all the way for Chiba City (1-0), the Asia region champion. Alexander Robinett struck out six and allowed six hits for Dhahran (0-1), the Transatlantic champion.
Pacers ranked sixth in preseason poll
USC Aiken's men's and women's soccer teams have been picked to finish sixth and ninth respectively in the 2005 Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches poll.
Clayton State is tabbed to win the men's conference title, and USC Upstate was the women's selection.
Federer, Roddick meet again in final
In Mason, Ohio, Roger Federer took everything that the afternoon and Robby Ginepri could throw at him, and found a way to overcome it.
Federer rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 semifinal victory in the $2.45 million Cincinnati Masters, leaving no doubt that the world's No. 1 player is back in form and ready for the U.S. Open's top spot.
Federer will try for his ninth tournament title of the season today against Andy Roddick, who beat third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the other semifinal. History weighs against Roddick, who is 1-9 career against Federer and has lost their past five matches, including the past two Wimbledon finals.
Overall, Federer has won the past 21 times he reached a tournament final.
- In Toronto, Kim Clijsters advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-1 win over injured Anastasia Myskina of Russia.
Clijsters will play the winner of Saturday night's semifinal between Justine Henin-Hardenne and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France.
For the second straight day, Myskina wore a bulky splint on her sprained left ankle, which she injured during her 7-6 (5), 7-5 win Thursday against Shinobu Asagoe of Japan.
A winner of two of the past three WTA tournaments, Clijsters has easily won her matches in Toronto.
One included a walkover when Ana Ivanovic withdrew because of an injury.
Clijsters has won a WTA Tour-leading five titles in 2005.
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