Mexico, Louisiana advance in LLWS
Bryce Jordan homered, and his brother, Beau, had an RBI double to back up starter Kennon Fontenot’s 11-strikeout night, as Lake Charles, La., advanced to the U.S. finals of the Little League World Series with a 6-1 win Thursday over Tampa, Fla.
In the day’s other game, Ruben Molina’s triple down the right-field line with the bases loaded drove in three runs to cap a four-run fourth inning, and starter Sergio Rodriguez struck out nine, as Matamoros, Mexico, advanced with a 5-2 win over Maracaibo, Venezuela.
So, Little League’s Saturday semifinals are set: Hawaii and Louisiana will square off in the U.S. final, while two unbeaten teams, Tokyo and Matamoros, Mexico, will play for the international title.
Kentucky is considering a major overhaul of its athletic facilities, a move that would include replacing Rupp Arena. The school and the Lexington Center Corp., which operates Rupp Arena, have given permission to a sports marketing company to conduct a financial feasibility study on the project.
The Miami Heat re-signed forward Dorell Wright.
• Former Carnegie Mellon forward/center Greg Gonzalez signed a professional contract with Franken Hexer of the Pro-B League in Germany.
Quarterback Ben Mauk is taking his case for another year of eligibility at Cincinnati back to the NCAA. At the request of both sides, a judge in Hardin County, Ohio, postponed a hearing scheduled today in Mauk’s lawsuit against the NCAA. That puts the lawsuit on hold while Mauk submits new information to support his contention that a foot injury prevented him from playing his freshman year at Wake Forest.
• Sophomore safety Jerimy Finch got a waiver from the NCAA to play for Indiana this season after transferring from Florida.
• Big 12 rivals Kansas State and Iowa State will play at Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The first meeting in 2009 is scheduled for Oct. 3, and the second is set for Oct. 9, 2010. Officials said each team is guaranteed almost a total of $2 million for the two games.
• Eight Georgia Southern players — including two projected starters, linebacker Terrione Benefield and defensive back Ronnie Wiggins — were suspended for the season opener against No. 1 Georgia for undisclosed violations of school rules.
The Wheeling Nailers, the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, signed Cedrick Bernier, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward who scored five points and had 229 penalty minutes in 33 games last season for Arizona of the CHL.
Big Brown is heading back to the grass in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will run in the Monmouth Stakes on Sept. 13 — his first start on grass since breaking his maiden at Saratoga last year.
• Ohio horsemen and the state’s three Thoroughbred race tracks face a showdown in October over the sharing of revenue from some simulcast wagers, such as those made online and off-track. The Ohio Racing Commission deferred awarding racing dates for 2009 because the two sides can’t come to an agreement.
The Pittsburgh Marathon returns after a six-year absence, and open runner registration has begun. The May 3, 2009, event remains USA Track and Field sanctioned and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The Pittsburgh Marathon was the 2000 Olympic trials for men, the 1988 Olympic trials for women and the three-time host of the U.S. men’s national championships. To register, visit www.pittsburghmarathon.com .
The Los Angeles Galaxy signed midfielder Eddie Lewis.
Pitt freshman Christoph Berger won the 400-meter individual medley title at the Swiss National Swimming Championships in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Berger also placed second in the 200 individual medley and 100 and 200 backstrokes and fifth in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle.
Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo swept into the semifinals of the Pilot Pen, beating fourth-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary, 6-4, 7-5. On the men’s side, top-seeded Fernando Verdasco won his quarterfinal, defeating Mischa Zverev, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
• ATP president Etienne de Villiers, who introduced video replay and increased prize money on the men’s tour, will step down when his contract expires in December.