Youth baseball: Manatee Cal Ripken falls in regional
PALM BEACH GARDENS -- The Manatee 12U Cal Ripken All-Stars dropped their first game of the Southeast Regional tournament on Friday, falling 9-6 to Winchester (Va.) in the winner's bracket semifinals.
Hunter Bogumil led Manatee (2-1) with two hits and three RBIs. Caleb Whitson added two RBIs.
Manatee fell into the loser's bracket and is scheduled to play an elimination game at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Manatee 9U Cal Ripken team opened with a pair of victories Thursday in its regional tournament in Franklin, Tenn., 15-5 over Coosa (Ala.) and 14-3 over Mount Pleasant (S.C.).
College football: USC AD stands behind Kiffin
LOS ANGELES -- Although Lane Kiffin is grateful for Southern California athletic director Pat Haden's video vote of confidence, his job security won't alter Kiffin's urgency to get the Trojans back on top.
USC released a video in which Haden strongly backed Kiffin on Thursday night, the day before Pac-12 football media day in Culver City. "I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year," Haden said in the video. "Here is my answer, and will be my answer whenever I'm asked: He is not."
ELSEWHERE -- Even with new coach Mark Helfrich taking over for Chip Kelly at Oregon, the expectations around the high-flying Ducks haven't changed a bit. The media picke Oregon to win the Pac-12 football title, edging Stanford and UCLA in the preseason media poll.
NHL: Blackhawks coach gets 3-year extension
CHICAGO -- Stan Bowman wanted to keep Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and the coach had no desire to leave.
After two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, this was a no-brainer. The 54-year-old Quenneville is 222-106 in five seasons in Chicago. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, and then coached them to another title this year.
Tennis: Isner advances to Atlanta semifinals
ATLANTA -- Top-seeded John Isner advanced to his fourth straight Atlanta Open semifinal, beating James Blake 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5). Isner will face seventh-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian who overcame a disastrous start to beat third seed Ivan Dodig 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.
ELSEWHERE -- Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat seventh-seeded Urzsula Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Bank of the Week semifinals in Stanford, Calif. for the second time.
Track and field: Gay tested positive at nationals
Sprinter Tyson Gay failed more than one drug test this year, recording one of his positives at the U.S. championships in June, where he won the 100 and 200 meters, The Associated Press learned.
Earlier this month, Gay revealed he had tested positive in an out-of-competition test he took May 16.
ELSEWHERE -- Usain Bolt returned to the site of his last Olympic triumph, recovering from a slow start to win the 100 meters in the Anniversary Games in London in his best time this season at 9.85 seconds.
-- Herald staff, wire reports