Brantley out for season
The Cleveland Indians will lose Michael Brantley for the rest of the season after it was announced on Sunday that the young outfielder will need surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Brantley had been playing through pain in the hand for some time before he was placed on the disabled list on Friday. Further examination revealed he will need surgery that will require six to nine weeks of recovery time. The 24-year-old Brantley is batting .266 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 114 games this season.
Huntington tops Little League
Nick Pratto singled with two outs and the bases loaded to give Huntington Beach, California, a 2-1 victory on Sunday over Hamamatsu City, Japan, and win the Little League World Series. With runners on first and second, an error by the shortstop on what could have been an inning-ending double play loaded the bases for California. After a force play at the plate, the 12-year-old Pratto smacked a solid liner off a 2-0 pitch for the game-winning hit. He tossed his helmet into the air after rounding first before his teammates mobbed him in the infield. Fans yelled: “USA! USA!” before Pratto’s single.
Kubica’s surgery successful
Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica had successful surgery on Sunday before beginning a full rehabilitation program after his life-threatening rally accident in February. His Renault team said the final scheduled operation on his right elbow had been carried out in Italy and had gone well. “The surgeons are happy to report that they have been able to complete 100 percent of their task and did not encounter any complications,” a statement said. “They have described the outcome of the operation as a “total success.” Renault said Kubica had been in good spirits when he emerged from the anaesthetic: “As soon as he opened his eyes, he asked for the results of today’s race. He will now rest in hospital before resuming his rehabilitation and training program.” Kubica is unlikely to return before the end of the season.
Power wins Sonoma GP
Pole-sitter Will Power held off a furious charge from teammate Helio Castroneves over the final seven laps following a late restart to become the first two-time winner at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma with a dominating performance on Sunday. Power led 71 of the 75 laps to earn his fifth victory of the year, one shy of the IndyCar single-season record. It’s also Power’s second straight win at Infineon Speedway, the same track where his career almost ended in 2009 following a horrific crash. That inched the Australian closer to points leader Dario Franchitti. Power trails Franchitti by 26 points with four races to go. Castroneves was second followed by Ryan Briscoe, completing a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske. Franchitti placed fourth.
French men win gold
Teddy Riner was the hero again as he scored the decisive point to hand France a team World Championship double following their women’s success earlier here on Sunday. In the most dramatic of finals, Riner gave France victory over Brazil in a sudden death period of golden score in the final bout. He took Rafael Silva over backward to notch the minimum yuko score with an outer reap (osoto-gari) after Brazil had battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the best of five final. Japan and South Korea won bronze, beating Georgia and Russia respectively.