Taiwan knocked out of LLWS
Pan Yi-an scattered nine hits over five innings and added a solo homer in the sixth to lead Langley, British Columbia, to a 5-3 win on Monday over Greater Kaoshiung to advance at the Little League World Series (LLWS) in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Langley became the first Canadian team to defeat a team from Taiwan in the World Series after 16 straight losses. With the game tied, Connor McCreath scored the go-ahead run in the fourth after singling. McCreath was sacrificed to second and later came around to score on an error. Taiwan had two chances to tie late, but had a runner called out in the fourth for sliding head first into home, which is against Little League rules. Pan tagged a runner out at home to end the bottom of the fifth.
Holmes prepares for surgery
J.B. Holmes has withdrawn from The Barclays as he prepares to have brain surgery. Holmes has been diagnosed with structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He has been dealing with vertigo-like symptoms since May and has gone to several specialists. Doctors discovered last week he has Chiari malformations. Holmes is to have the operation on Thursday next week at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He said brain surgery sounds scary, but it’s a low-risk procedure and he should be able to return to competition about three months after the surgery.
Gabriel named IAAF chief
Experienced administrator Essar Gabriel has been named the new general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), replacing the retiring Pierre Weiss, the governing body said yesterday. Gabriel is a former director-general of the organizing committee for the 2003 Paris World Championships and was responsible for organizing the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last year.
Victorian Open to be joint
In what organizers are claiming to be a first for Australian professional golf, the men’s and women’s Victorian Open championships will be jointly played next year with both titles culminating at the same course and with equal prize money on Jan. 8. The men’s state championship will be played over 72 holes from Jan. 5 and the women’s tournament will be over 54 holes from Jan. 8. Cuts will be made ahead of the weekend, with the final two rounds of each tournament being held be at the Spring Valley course. A seeded draw will apply for the final day, with men’s and women’s groups alternately commencing rounds so that the leading group of men and the leading group of women will be last to start play from the first tee.
Colombia coach resigns
Colombian soccer officials have started their search for a new national coach after the resignation of Hernan Dario Gomez, who acknowledged he struck a woman in a bar. Gomez announced his resignation two weeks ago following the incident, but said late on Sunday he would leave despite suggestions the Colombia federation might not accept his departure. The Colombians Football Federation said on Monday it had started to search for a replacement ahead of South American qualifying for the World Cup starting in the next few months. Several possible replacements have been reported, including Gerardo Martino, who resigned recently after leading Paraguay to last year’s World Cup.