Japan beat Taiwan
Hajime Motegi hit a two-run homer to centerfield with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Tokyo a 2-0 victory over Taiwan, on Sunday, leaving the Japanese team undefeated at the Little League World Series. The 13-year-old Motegi was so happy as he rounded the bases that he jumped into the arms of his third-base coach down the line before even reaching the plate. Both teams flashed big-league defense and dominated from the mound. Japan and Taiwan pitching combined for 30 strikeouts. Japan frittered away other chances late to win, including the eighth with the bases loaded and one out, but Taiwan reliever Hu Cheng-kai came on to strike out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Bogut recovering quickly
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut fully expects to be in the lineup for the season opener on Oct. 31 at Phoenix after undergoing surgery this year on his troublesome ankle. How much the Australian will play during the exhibition schedule is not certain. Bogut believes he will be nearly full strength by the start of training camp on Oct. 3, but might still be limited during the preseason as a precaution. Last week, he began light jogging on a treadmill as part of his recovery — and plans to do more this week at a higher intensity. Bogut underwent surgery on his fractured ankle on April 27 to clean out loose particles and bone spurs.
Wozniak beats Zakopalova
Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak beat fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 7-6 (2) on Sunday in the first round of the Texas Open. Two weeks ago in Montreal, Wozniak became the first Canadian since 1992 to reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals. In other first-round matches, seventh-seeded Chanelle Scheepers beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-2, and eighth-seeded Sorana Cirstea topped Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (2), 6-4. In other first-round matches, fourth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer beat Heather Watson 6-3, 6-4, while No. 7 Chanelle Scheepers topped Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-2.
Blake beats Ramos
The US’ James Blake beat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. Blake had seven aces to advance to a second-round matchup against fifth-seeded Andy Roddick yesterday. Columbia’s Santiago Giraldo beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in another first-round match. Steve Darcis of Belgium beat countryman Xavier Malisse, 6-3, 6-0; Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia edged Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, 6-2, 6-2; and Belgium’s David Goffin topped France’s Nicolas Mahut, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Accident kills spectators
A rally driver in Serbia lost control of his car and hit a group of spectators on Sunday, killing three people and injuring another, Serbian state TV network RTS said. The accident happened in the Tara mountain region in Serbia’s southwest, where driver Branimir Simic of Bosnia lost control of his car and hit four spectators a few hundred meters from the finish line, media reports said. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. One victim died on the way to a regional hospital, another during an operation and a third in an emergency room in Belgrade, where she had been transported with severe head wounds.