Sports briefs | Manatee Cal Ripken wins two games, still alive in regional

July 28, 2013 

Youth baseball: Manatee Cal Ripken team stays alive

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- The Manatee 12U Cal Ripken All-Stars won a pair of games Saturday in the Southeast Regional tournament and remain one of three teams in the running for a Cal Ripken World Series berth.

Manatee (4-1) defeated Goose Creek (S.C.) 13-3 in its first game Saturday. Caleb Whitson laced two home runs, and Anthony Squitieri ripped a grand slam. Each player knocked in five runs. Collin Goda went the distance on the mound, striking out four.

In its second game of the day, Manatee downed Bellevue (Tenn.) 15-4. Whitson homered and knocked in three, and Daniel Davidson homered. Ian McLean had three RBIs. Robert Arakel pitched five innings for the win.

Manatee will play Winchester (Va.) in the loser's bracket final at 9 a.m. Sunday. A victory would send it to the championship series.

The Manatee 9U Cal Ripken team bowed out of the regional tournament in Franklin, Tenn., with a 10-4 loss to Clay County (Fla.) in the first round of the single-elimination portion of the tournament.

Little League: Braden River wins state finale

TAMPA -- John Bean threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Braden River Little League juniors team ended its run at the state tournament with an 18-0 victory over Shalimar. Braden River (6-2) finished 1-2 in the tournament, falling earlier in the day to Deerfield Beach 10-3 and failing to advance out of Pool B. In the victory, Kareem Lewis had three hits and three RBIs, and Jose Quinones, Mario Martocchio and Michael Acklin had two hits and two RBIs apiece.Quinones threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in the defeat.

WNBA: Parker leads West over East in All-Star game

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Candace Parker scored a record 23 points in her WNBA All-Star debut to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East. Rookies Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne sat out because of injuries.

NBA: Suns trade Scola to Pacers in 3-player deal

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers for forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick. Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago. The 6-foot-8 Green has played for six teams since coming to the NBA in 2005. Signed as a free agent by Indiana in 2012, he appeared in 60 games.

ELSEWHERE -- The Denver Nuggets have resigned backup center Timofey Mozgov to a three-year, $14 million contract. ... Charlotte shooting guard Gerald Henderson and the Bobcats have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract, sources said.

Tennis: Tampa's Isner reaches finals of Atlanta Open

ATLANTA -- Top-seeded John Isner of Tampa and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up what Atlanta Open officials will be the "tallest" final in ATP Tour history. The 6-foot-10 Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), and the 6-8 Anderson topped American Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the night semifinal.

ELSEWHERE -- Dominika Cibulkova advanced to her second WTA Tour final this year, coasting past Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-0 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. .... Third-seeded Fabio Fognini saved three match points before reaching the final of the Croatia Open, beating Gael Monfils 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in Umag, Crotia. ... Shahar Peer of Israel advanced to the Baku Cup final by routing Polish qualifier Magda Linette 6-1, 6-1 in Baku, Azerbaijan, and will face Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina, ... Mikhail Youzhny will play unseeded Robin Haase in the Swiss Open final in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Soccer: Donovan gives spark to U.S. men's team

CHICAGO -- The Americans are playing Panama on Sunday in the Gold Cup final largely because of Landon Donovan. Re-energized after a four-month break, Donovan is playing perhaps the best soccer of his career. He has five goals and seven assists in the tournament, and has had a hand in a goal in each of the Americans' first five games.

Swimming: Lochte delays TV career for swimming

BARCELONA, Spain -- Ryan Lochte has put his TV career on hold. It's time to go swimming again. The American star will lead another powerhouse men's team into the swimming portion of the world championships, which begins Sunday. He hopes to compete in seven events and doesn't have to worry about being overshadowed by longtime rival Michael Phelps. Phelps retired after the London Olympics, though there's plenty of speculation he's plotting a comeback in time for the 2016 Rio Games.

-- Associated Press

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